Mysterious Mr. Quin

Mysterious Mr. Quin

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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A conjurer of skill with an instinct for detection, Mr. Harley Quin has an almost magical flair for appearing at the scene of the most remarkable crimes. But is it just a trick of light that haunts his shadow with a ghostly apparition? Is it fate that invites him to a New Year's murder? And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royalston Hall, an

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A conjurer of skill with an instinct for detection, Mr. Harley Quin has an almost magical flair for appearing at the scene of the most remarkable crimes. But is it just a trick of light that haunts his shadow with a ghostly apparition? Is it fate that invites him to a New Year's murder? And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royalston Hall, an isolated estate with a deadly history?

Editorial Reviews

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"A rare treat for discriminating readers."—The New York Times

"The Mysterious Mr. Quin will give you man problems to solve and a chuckle over Christie's entertaining and subtle humor."—Saturday Review of Literature

Library Journal

These early Christie tales are slight but offer modest charms for her many fans. Despite the title, Mr. Quin is not the star of these stories published in 1930. Our protagonist is Mr. Satterthwaite, a wealthy elderly man who seems to know everyone worth knowing. He drifts from one European pleasure spot to another while encountering murder, suicide, and other odd occurrences. Present at each incident is our eponymous character, who helps Satterthwaite solve the mysteries. Is Quin human or a supernatural manifestation? Even Satterthwaite is uncertain. All but one story are fairly riveting, with several resembling Christie novels in miniature. Reader Hugh Fraser provides his usual expert interpretation of the author; recommended for popular collections.
—Michael Adams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312981600
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature—Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple—and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre. Christie was born in Torquay, Devon in 1890. She died in 1976 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Mysterious Mr. Quin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
thimblemom More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to find that this is a series of stories, each have the two main characters -- the storyteller and Mr. Quin. I found that it was perfect for a quick 20-30 minute read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A collection of short stories with Mr. Quin as the main character and puzzle solver. A bit of magic, maybe, but a lot of good stories and interesting people.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A rarity--a clunker from Dame Christie! I've happily devoured dozens of her books, soaking up the European atmospheres, marvelling at every neat plot twist & turn, chuckling at her sly sense of humor, appreciating her keen intelligence and unique ability to absorb me completely into the worlds she's created. In this case, I kept hoping that either Mr. Quin or Mr. Satterthwaite or any character would pique my interest in some way. No luck. Snoozeville! Perhaps Ms. Christie Mallowan should have stuck to the long form. This is the first collection of short stories of hers I've read, though -- can anyone recommend any good ones of hers to read? Most appreciated.
BOOKMANRC More than 1 year ago
DID NOT READ THE BOOK