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Originally published in 1939, this collection of short stories shows the depth and skill required to create a successful short story. Christie deftly creates characters by a simple description of hair color or expression on a face, and the mysteries are not all about murder. Perhaps my favorite is Problem at Pollensa Bay wherein Mr. Parker Pyne uses psychology to achieve a desired end. The real brilliance of the story is that you think you’ve got it figured out and yet at the end you realize that there is another layer. The outcome hasn’t changed, yet you smile at the cleverness.

I’m not usually much of a short story fan. However, short stories about some of my favorite characters by one of my favorite authors makes for a good experience. ( )
  karenmarie | Jan 14, 2017 |
This was a collection of short stories starring various Christie detectives. Some of the stories were better than others, which is usual for an anthology. I do find it humorous that both my favorite and least favorite stories starred the same detective, Parker Pyne. My favorite story was the title story, "The Regatta Mystery". It was my first introduction to Parker Pyne and I liked his style. Very similar to Hercule Poirot, my favorite Christie detective. I did not like "Problem at Pollensa Bay" also starring Parker Pyne. I thought the resolution of the problem was ridiculous. The other stories were a decent mixture of Agatha Christie's style. ( )
  jguidry | Nov 8, 2016 |

The Regatta Mystery - Parker Pyne: Mr Parker Pyne catches a diamond thief during regatta festivities at Dartmouth Harbour.

The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest - Poirot: M. Poirot figures out how a dead body found its way into the titular chest in the midst of a dance party

How Does Your Garden Grow? - Poirot: M. Poirot finds the clue to the murder of an older woman who has written him for help just prior to her death

Problem at Pollensa Bay - Mr. Pyne: During his vacation, Parker Pyne solves a mother's dislike for her son's fiancee before an act of violence can occur

Yellow Iris - Poirot: Poirot follows an anonymous phone call to a restaurant table laden with the favourite flower of a woman who died mysteriously four years before. This story was expanded and made into the full-length mystery Sparkling Cyanide, featuring Colonel Race instead of Poirot

Miss Marple Tells a Story - Marple: Miss Marple recalls solving (without leaving her own chair) a seemingly impossible murder

The Dream - Poirot: An eccentric millionaire tells Poirot of a troubling dream in which he kills himself – and is found dead a week later

In a Glass Darkly - I have not read

Problem at Sea - Poirot: a rich woman is found dead in her cabin on a luxury ship off the shore of Alexandria. The story concludes with Poirot saying: "I do not approve of murder." ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Some individual stories are good, but this collection irritates me because it is a reshuffling of stories which have appeared in other collections. ( )
  antiquary | Nov 22, 2014 |
While I prefer Agatha Christie's longer works, it's sometimes nice just have a sampling. My favorite of the short stories are the ones with Parker Pyne who in one story reluctantly admits that his first name is Christopher. Pyne is the opposite of fastidious and sometimes pompous M. Poirot or the ever congenial Miss Marple. No, he's in his line of work for the money and makes no apologies for it. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 1, 2014 |
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The Regatta Mystery:

Mr. Isaac Pointz removed a cigar from his lips and said approvingly: "Pretty little place."
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Do not combine with the short story The Regatta Mystery

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The Regatta Mystery; (Mr. Parker Pyne)

The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest (Hercule Poirot);

How Does Your Garden Grow? (Hercule Poirot);

Problem at Pollensa Bay (Mr. Parker Pyne);

Yellow Iris (Hercule Poirot);

Miss Marple Tells a Story (Miss Jane Marple);

The Dream (Hercule Poirot);

In A Glass Darkly;

Problem at Sea (Hercule Poirot)

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A collection of classic stories featuring multiple victims, multiple mysteries, multiple suspects, and a multitude of talent to solve it all: Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and Mr. Parker Pyne.

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A collection of stories by the mystery master features Christie's most famous detectives solving challenging cases with an interesting array of suspects.

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