The Mysterious Mr. Quin

The Mysterious Mr. Quin

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

THE MYSTERIOUS

Overview

Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUIN

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 Eve murder? And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royston Hall, an isolated estate with a deadly history? With fantastic intrigue, uncanny procedure, and Agatha Christie's most charismatic creation, these dazzling stories remain personal favorites for the queen of crime.

Author Biography: Agatha Christie is the world's best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 80 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.

Agatha Christie also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four non-fiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan.

Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Editorial Reviews

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

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780854565467
Publisher:
Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/01/1977
Series:
Ulverscroft Large Print Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
457

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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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