The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories

The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Nine previously uncollected gems from the world's most popular mystery writer have finally been incorporated into a stellar book of Agatha Christie short stories. Fans around the world will welcome the mysterious delights found in The Harlequin Tea Set as Christie's famous detectives unravel the webs of intrigue spun by the most beloved mystery writer of all

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Nine previously uncollected gems from the world's most popular mystery writer have finally been incorporated into a stellar book of Agatha Christie short stories. Fans around the world will welcome the mysterious delights found in The Harlequin Tea Set as Christie's famous detectives unravel the webs of intrigue spun by the most beloved mystery writer of all time. Agatha Christie's works have been published in more languages than any other book except the Bible, and her worldwide legions of fans will delight in the release of this previously unpublished collection of stories.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This welcome collection contains nine stories, most of which were published only in British newspapers and magazines during the 1920s. Hercule Poirot and Harley Quin make appearances, as do more "normal" people dealing with murder.
School Library Journal
YA--These nine short stories, never before published in the U.S., offer a variety of mysterious doings, intriguing characters, and odd circumstances. Christie's complex plots, her historical and moral perspectives, and her strong interest in human psychology are the major factors setting the tone of these selections. "The Harlequin Tea Set" weaves psychological drama with a ghost story, creating a surreal atmosphere and an extraordinary ending. Several of the stories, while interesting, are familiar in plot and character and offer no real surprises. "The Lonely God" is a love story typical of the sentimental writing of the period. "Manx Gold" is a grand adventure with several murders spicing up the plot. Christie captures cultural and period details in a way that readers can easily assimilate, making these stories time-capsule views of life during the first third of this century. This collection continues to substantiate the author's ability to create imaginative plots and characters, proving that really good writing remains readable for countless years.--Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Dispatch Richmond Times
"The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories is a treat for any Christie fan...These stories are ample proof -- if further proof were need -- of the mastery she brought to her craft."
Richmond Times-Dispatch
"The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories is a treat for any Christie fan...These stories are ample proof -- if further proof were need -- of the mastery she brought to her craft."
Kirkus Reviews
Don't get your hopes up: Six of these nine stories are inconsequential, if smoothly told, romances in Christie's Mary Westmacott mode. The exceptions include "Manx Gold," a labored and underclued treasure-hunt; "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest," an expansion (actually a dilution) of one of Christie's most successful stories, "The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest," which shows how poorly served the tale is by subtracting Hastings and expanding Poirot's dialogues with the suspects; and the title story, a pale reunion of Mr. Satterthwait and the spectral Harley Quin 40 years after their first meeting.

Christie completists will treasure the three low-grade stories for all their flaws. But the collection is the worst possible introduction to one of the genre's true masters.

Mary Daheim
“There are no original mystery plots. Christie devised all of them first, and the rest of us borrow from her.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611737691
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Mary Daheim
“There are no original mystery plots. Christie devised all of them first, and the rest of us borrow from her.”

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

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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The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really great book and just a tad bit different from other agatha christie books. How are they just a tad bit different u ask? Well these short stories have shall we say a almost uncertain endings (except probably the last story and the spanish chest) i really recomend this and will think u will really enjoy this book. Also this was the first time i was introduced to Mr. Harlequin and i thought he was an enthralling character. Again. Great book. Worth the money.