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Misteriozni gospodin Kvin by Agata Kristi
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Misteriozni gospodin Kvin (original 1930; edition 2004)

by Agata Kristi (Author)

Series: Harley Quin (1)

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So far, it had been a typical New Year's Eve house party. But Mr Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold. So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?… (more)
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The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie (1930)

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An unusual series for Christie, Mr. Quin appears at just the right moment, asks just the right question, and Mr. Satterthwaite solve some long ago event. More supernatural than I would have ever suspected of Ms. Christie. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
This collection of short stories featuring the elderly, bachelor connaissor, Mr. Satterwaite, and the appearing and disappearing Mr. Harley Quin were written and published over a period of years early in Christie's career. In this collection they almost work as a novel, as Mr. Satterwaite seems to develop as a character as he solves more curious situations brought to his attention by Quin and as Quin becomes more clearly a supernatural figure. The supernatural element disqualifies them as classic Golden Age mysteries, with it's humorous injunction against ghosts and Oriental villains. ( )
  ritaer | Aug 23, 2020 |
A set of twelve short stories, written at various times so not intended as a series as such. But each one features the likeable, intuitive epicure Mr Satterthwaite. He is acquainted with most of the British upper and upper middle class families of the era and also takes a benevolent interest in young and promising artists in many fields.

The stories also feature the strange person known as Mr Quin, based somewhat on the classic Italian Harlequin, who appears in order to avert tragedies and to see justice done, where possible. I never worked out who or what he is supposed to be; I think it's left up to the individual.

Light-weight crime fiction, written in Agatha Christie's usual incisive style. Other than the two main characters most of the people are a bit flat, but I expect that with this author. Nothing too gory, but rather more mystical than I've come to expect from Christie.

I didn't much like the final story or its endings, but thought the others made a good mix of stories, rather different from what I expected.

Recommended.

Longer review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2020/04/mysterious-mr-quin-agatha-christie.... ( )
  SueinCyprus | Apr 15, 2020 |
I didn't enjoy those short stories as much as those of Ms Marples. Some were really weird and seemed to lack .. something. ( )
  kinwolf | Jun 18, 2019 |
A collection of short stories about Mr. Satterthwaite, an older unmarried man, who meets Mr. Quin several times when something mysterious is going to happen and he (Satterthwaite) figures out the mystery with some help from Quin who seems to represent death.
  taurus27 | Jun 10, 2019 |
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To Harlequin the invisible
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It was New Year's Eve.
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Note that this is not a complete collection of Harley Quin stories, as it omits "The Love Detectives" and "The Harlequin Tea Set".
All of the stories contained in this anthology, plus "The Love Detectives" appear in
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In addition, Mr. Satterthwaite appears in the novel Three Act Tragedy without Mr. Quin.
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So far, it had been a typical New Year's Eve house party. But Mr Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold. So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?

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This short story collection contains:
  • "The Coming of Mr. Quin"
  • "The Shadow on the Glass"
  • "At the Bells and Motley"
  • "The Sign in the Sky"
  • "The Soul of the Croupier"
  • "The Man from the Sea"
  • "The Voice in the Dark"
  • "The Face of Helen"
  • "The Dead Harlequin"
  • "The Bird with the Broken Wing"
  • "The World's End"
  • "Harlequin's Lane"

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He Loves a Mystery
A lonely manor filled with fear... a shot in the summer-scented night... a beautiful woman's hideous scream...all are invitations for the elegant, elusive, inimitable Mr. Harley Quin to arrive on the scene. Quin seeks his quarry in the world of aristocratic evil and blue-blooded criminality to see that justice is done.

Here is one of Agatha Christie's creations - following a twisting labyrinth of passion, blackmail and murder to its last startling turnabout and riveting revelation.
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