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The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

The Thirteen Problems (1932)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Miss Marple (1.5 short story collection)

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Thirteen Problems is mostly a series of mysteries presented to a group of people, but all solved by Miss Marple. The first, The Tuesday Night Club, brings a description of the always erect and correct Miss Marple (a first, at least for me): “Miss Marple wore a black brocade dress, very much pinched in round the waist. Mechlin lace was arranged in a cascade down the front of the bodice. She had on black lace mittens, and a black lace cap surmounted the piled-up masses of her showy hair. She was knitting—something white and soft and fleecy.” Her eyes are described as “faded blue.” Miss Marple would certainly not enjoy our politically correct age; in A Christmas Tragedy she stated: “I’ve no patience with modern humanitarian scruples about capital punishments.” (Neither do I!) In the same story she gives some great advice from which modern women would greatly benefit: “I remember my dear mother teaching me that a gentlewoman should always be able to control herself in public, however much she may give way in private.” The coup the grace comes in The Thumb Mark of Saint Peter: “[…] you modern young people will laugh, but when I am in really bad trouble I always say a little prayer to myself—anywhere, when I am walking along the street, or at a bazaar. And I always get an answer.” Good girl! Every time I get one of Mrs. Christie’s books I am sure to enjoy; this one was definitely no exception. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
Thirteen stories told in a circle of friends and neighbours, and amidst them Miss Marple. I can hardly think of a better setting and a more elegant way to connect a series of short stories.

The stories themselves are just what you expect from Christie: full of suspense, red herrings and Miss Marple's insights into human nature.

Although I prefer the novels to the short stories, The Thirteen Problems makes for a cozy read - as long as you don't expect them to be extraordinary or memorable. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
I love Agatha Christie, but Miss Marple is my least favorite Christie detective. So having 13 stories starring Miss Marple is not my favorite read. However, Christie can write interesting plots. So I was still intrigued by her stories. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
The Tuesday Club Murders – A.Christie
4 stars
Performed by Joan Hickson

Also published as The Thirteen Problems, this is a collection of short stories featuring Miss Marple. A group of friends propose to relate a series of mysteries for the others to solve. Naturally, it is Miss Marple who solves each and every puzzle. The stories are vintage Agatha Christie; very quick and very entertaining. The bloodshed and violence are sufficiently distant to allow the Tuesday Club and the reader to regard the stories as a completely intellectual exercise.
I loved Joan Hickson when she portrayed Miss Marple in the BBC productions, but she does have a bit of a lisp. There were times when I found this audio production difficult to understand. Miss Hickson has the perfect Miss Marple voice, but she was less successful with some of the male characters.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie features Miss Jane Marple as she astounds the guests at a pair of dinner parties when they each relate a mystery and the other guests try to guess the solution. In all cases Miss Marple, relating the facts to her knowledge of human nature, is the one to come up with the right answer.

Reading very much like a collection of short stories, each chapter consists of a separate incident and then the solutions are surmised. The people involved in this intriguing game are mostly members of the upper middle class and among them one can find a doctor, a lawyer, a mystery writer, a vicar, an actress and a retired Scotland Yard Inspector. Of course at first they mostly dismiss Miss Marple, leaving her to sit in a corner with her knitting, but as she repeatedly comes up with the right solution, they learn to give her the respect and admiration that this unlikely sleuth deserves.

I am a big fan of Miss Marple and I enjoyed this collection very much. My admiration for Agatha Christie and her abilities as an author were extended even further by the deceptive simplicity of these stories and how they were melded together into such a unified compilation. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 2, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hickson, JoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451200209, Mass Market Paperback)

Miss Marple puts her deductive skills to use in thirteen of her most fiendish cases in this short story collection from the reigning matriarch of mystery.

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One Tuesday evening a group gathers at Miss Marple's House and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes. The case of the disappearing bloodstains; the thief who committed his crime twice over; the message on the death-bed of a poisoned man which read 'heap of fish'; the strange case of the invisible will; a spiritualist who warned that 'Blue Geranium' meant death.… (more)

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