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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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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 |
Miss Marple and some friends relate past mysteries and attempts to solve them. Miss Marple (of course) always gets the answer, due to her apparently simple observations of village life and people. All very clever. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Having decided not to re-read They do it with Mirrors, instead I picked up another early Marple from the shelf. Whilst these are short stories, they do follow on and have an overarching theme.

A group of friends gather at Miss Marples for dinner and the post prandial talk is of mysteries and murder. They each tell a tale and leave the others to 'solve' the mystery. Of course, Miss Marple solves them all! So that accounts for the first 6 of the stories.

The next 6, are similarly staged, except dinner takes place at Gossington Hall, home of the Bantry's and the setting for The Body in the Library & The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side.

The final story involves some of the same protagonists, but Miss Marple instigates when she approaches Sir Henry Clithering following a drowning in St Mary Mead that she believes will incriminate the wrong person.

Of these stories, only The Blue Dahlia, was one that I've come across before. Having said that, The Herb of Death seems to have been used in the TV adaptation of The Secret of Chimneys. Now that I've looked up said book, it seems the TV adaptation bears little resemblance to the book (suspect only the title remains!), so it's hardly surprising that they have taken a plot device from a different tale.

Nice easy book to finish my Christmas/New Year reading before heading back to work!! (Shall be giving the Agatha Christie's a rest for a while tho!)
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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
13 short stories featuring Miss Marple, most of them involve people presenting the facts of a case and seeing who can figure out the solution. Enjoyable though some of the crimes were too easy to figure out. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This collection of interconnected Marple stories is great fun, but also fascinating as a sort of compendium of all the author's tricks. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hickson, JoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malling, LivTranslatorsecondary 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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