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Overview

The personal ad posed a simple question: Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne. The answer is a resounding no for a jealous wife who suspects her husband of infidelity...for a lonely widow driven to assume a new identity...for a distraught mother whose son has been kidnapped...and for the finance of a strangely reclusive bride-to-be. But what sort of detective would solicit in the personals? The sort who has a knack for investigating affairs of the heart. For therein lie the darkest motives for murder. And they are proving most lucrative for the hopelessly romantic—an highly suspicious—inspector Parker Pyne.

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“Crimes of the heart were his forte.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312981655
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Also Pub. as Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

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.

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 79 novels and a short story collection, 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 Belgian detective 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 died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Fun

    A fun read looking into the whys of people and relationships. As always Christie doesn't disappoint.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    Christie's lesser-known Parker Pyne is a pleasure to read

    "Are you happy? If not consult Mr. Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street." This the advertisement from the times and how we make our acquaintance with this detective of the heart. Though not so flamboyantly brilliant as Hercule Poirot, he has the enviable ability to solve *almost* any issue laid to hand. Rarely involved with murder, Mr. Parker Pyne's cases resonate with the everyman. Largely fun and light-hearted, but also thought-provoking. Recommended!

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