Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective

  • Title: Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780425067888
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mr Parker Pyne Detective Agatha Christie is 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 den
    Agatha Christie is 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 PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATESAgatha Christie is 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 PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES 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 infidelityr a lonely widow driven to assume a new identityr a distraught mother whose son has been kidnappedd for the fianc 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 and highly suspicious Inspector Parker Pyne 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 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.

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    1. Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.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 Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande


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    1. Fantasy Island for the mystery set!This isn't Agatha Christie's typical who-dunnit mystery. Half the people that come to "investigator" Parker Pyne for help are just bored. Makes sense since that's who he advertises for, those who are unhappy and don't know what to do about it. So, his clients are often people with money who want someone else to make life interesting again for themThat is difficult for me to swallow. I come from a background where money had to be hard-earned, penny by penny. As [...]

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    2. Parker Pyne is a different specimen from the Christie universe. He is not your conventional detective, but a person who provides "happiness"; his ad in the paper says: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne." Having worked in the Statistical Bureau his whole life, Mr. Pyne knows that unhappiness can be classified under six heads - no more, no less. That said, apart from the first six stories, the others are all conventional stories of detection. I think Dame Agatha ran out of ideas for [...]

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    3. Parker Pyne is the most emotional of Christie's detectives, preferring matters of the heart to pure puzzles. However, he can be just as sharp in his deductions as Poirot or Miss Marple when the need arises. As it happens, I prefer the stories in this collection that *are* mysteries. There are also some lighthearted cases of people wanting more romance or adventure in their lives, which Mr. Pyne supplies. I couldn't help feeling, at first, that it's a bit condescending to suggest that most people [...]

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    4. "MUTSUZ MUSUNUZ? EĞER ÖYLEYSENİZ BAY PARKER PYNE’A BAŞVURUN - Richmond Caddesi -17 Numara. "Her ne kadar kendini dedektif olarak değil de gönül uzmanı olarak tanıtsa da bence bir Poirot kadar yetenekli bir dedektif. İlk öyküler canı sıkılan insanların sıradan öyküleriyken kitap ilerledikçe Parker Pyne'a bir türlü istediği tatili yaşatmayan olaylar okuyorsunuz. Özellikle en sondaki cidden ilginçti. Zaten Agatha Christie'nin yarattığı hangi karakter sizi etkilemez ki [...]

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    5. On the final pages, when we reach the oracle, wewait, some background info first. This is my 39th Dame Agatha read. This work feels odd in many ways: 1) the titular detective is completely flat and sometimes unnoticed by other characters, but perhaps this allows Pyne to travel incognito and was an intentional characteristic drawn that way by Christie; 2) as another reviewer noted, this book feels like a set of episodes from the 1970's monster TV hit show, Fantasy Island, but let's not forget Chr [...]

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    6. Mr. Parker Pyne is my favorite character of the Christie lot. I love the idea of a place people can go when unhappy, to come out happy again. Not through booze or drugs, but do to actions made to right the sinking ship.The first half of the short stories in this anthology are the best. The second half involve Pyne trying to take a vacation and constantly getting to another case, which becomes trying. Especially in the complexity in so few pages. The writing is great, especially the first half. S [...]

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    7. كانت رحلة عودة ممتعة جدًا لعالم أجاثا كريستي، ووجب الأعتراف إن مستر باركر باين من أمتع التحريين اللي قرأت عنهم في حياتي.

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    8. …or does not, as in much of this book. Agatha Christie’s Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of fourteen short stories featuring, as detective (a term applied somewhat loosely in several of these stories) C Parker Pyne. A retired government employee who has spent his life working with statistics, Parker Pyne has come to the conclusion that all human happiness (and unhappiness) can be categorized, sifted, dealt with in a logical way. He therefore advertises in the newspaper: Are you happ [...]

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    9. I like to re-read a Christie now and then, it's great comfort food. Some of these stories are repetitive and at least one seems to presage a plot later used for Poirot, but they're all quite tidy and satisfying taken on their own. I do prefer the ones where Pyne does not have an actual crime to deal with but is just sorting out someone's life with a bit of stage management.

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    10. This was my first time reading a short story collection from Agatha Christie. While I do prefer her longer mysteries, this was a fun read. There were some short stories that were so so, but I really enjoyed most of them. Agatha Christie was still able to weave in some unexpected twists in a short period of time. My favorites were: The Case of the Distressed Lady, The Case of the Rich Woman, The Gate of Baghdad, Death on the Nile, The Oracle at Delphi, Problem at Pollensa Bay, and The Regatta Mys [...]

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    11. 4.5/5 ⭐️s. I loved this collection of short stories!

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    12. When you're the "Queen of Mystery," readers expect your books to be about crime. Mr. Parker Pyne is identified as a detective or "investigator," but he's really a retired civil servant who's now a private consultant in the all-important business of happiness. He's not a detective, but he knows a lot about human nature. In her autobiography (speaking of her failed first marriage) Christie says, "Now that I am older and know more about men and women." Like Mr. Parker Pyne, she was a close observer [...]

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    13. Love it. I haven’t even finished it, only read the first two of the book’s 12 stories, but I know the rest will be just as delightful. Not surprising, really. The back blurb states that there are two billion copies of Christie’s books in print, and that was written in 1984. Obviously, I’m not the only one who likes her writing. What is interesting though is that I had been trying to read several different books before this one. I tried a classical novel, a mainstream novel, a mystery nov [...]

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    14. In this collection of short stories, Mr. Parker Pyne is a middle-aged retiree from a job in statistics, and he applies the knowledge he gained through his work towards the goal of helping make people happy. The first few stories take place in England, and mostly involve Pyne creating elaborate adventures for his clients, that they think are happening naturally. In the second half of the book, Pyne goes on holiday to the Middle East, Egypt, and Greece, and finds himself in the role of detective, [...]

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    15. Opinião no blog howtoliveathousandlivesspEsta é uma coletânea de contos protagonizados por Parker Pyne, um investigador privado que se interessa pela felicidade alheia, principalmente pelos encontros e desencontros, amores e desamores da vida.Nos primeiros seis casos, Parker Pyne atua de forma indireta, proporcionando os meios para que tudo corra da forma estipulada. Nos restantes, a sua intervenção já é mais direta, na medida em que é abordado, pelos países em que passa, por pessoas de [...]

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    16. يك مجموعه ديگه از داستان كوتاه هاي اگاتا كريستي كه در ايران با عنوان خانه اي در شيراز به چاپ رسيدهاين كتاب بر خلاف بقيه داستان هاي كريستي در مورد قتل يا جنايت يا جاسوسي نيست ، داستان هاي كتاب حول محور شخصيت اصلي آن يعني پاركر پاين مي گرده كه داراي شركت ست كه مي شود بنگاه شادماني [...]

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    17. I was very disappointed by this. It certainly isn't Agatha Christie's typical whodunit mystery. Instead, it is about a man who makes life interesting for people by throwing around some money. I did not finish it because it was boring and poorly written. The short stories all (by all I mean those I read) followed the same plot. Certainly not one of Christie's best. If you're looking for one of her better novels, go read And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express

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    18. I must confess I was slightly disappointed by this one. I rather expected Parker Pyne to be an energetic, quirky detective, but was presented with a virtually office-bound self-styled "love expert" that solved people's problems through money and deception rather than any of his own genius. Most of the stories were rather dull, too, and it makes you wonder what was the whole point of it.

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    19. Кто бы мог подумать, что леди Агата умеет быть немножко Вудхаузом.

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    20. This book is good

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    21. ويعود الطبيب ليكون مخزن الأحزان ومستودع الحلول للمشكلات!

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    22. Fairly fluffy short stories, but a lot of fun!

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    23. (7/10)____________________________الفكرة : (4/5)المحقق ( ان صح تسميته كذلك ) باركر باين لديه مكتب متخصص في حل مشاكل الناس النفسية و العاطفية لجعلهم سعداء 😁 . ____________________________المحتوى : (7/10)' هل انت سعيد ؟ ان لم تكن كذلك فعليك باستشارة السيد باركر باين ' 😃 هو محقق و إن صح التعبير أكثر فهو مساعد نفسي [...]

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    24. Parker Pyne is no Hercule Poirot. In fact, he himself admits that he is not an actual detective. The man himself will tell you that he is a "detective of the heart" by helping people regain their happiness. The collection of cases varied in quality. The first 6 are actual cases that Pyne agrees to work on while the last 6 involve him solving cases while on vacation. Pros: Some of the cases, especially the ones involving a murder, were pretty good. Christie knows how to write a mystery, even if i [...]

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    25. A 275 -page book of short stories by the queen of crime.Some were good and some weren't so. Be warned though, that this book has certain words in it that may cause offence to some readers. The 'N' word, is in there for example; a word used quite innocently by Ms. Christie but a word that is totally unacceptable, in any context, today. There are also some very old-fashioned words that even I had to look up; words that are never written anymore or very rarely, at least. 'Enbonpoint' is one example [...]

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    26. This was a lighter and unusual mystery. Parker Pyne uses his knowledge of human nature to “make people happy.” I thought it a clever business to run. Many short stories in this book some with murder and some without.

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    27. I can't make it through 2 chapters of this. That may disqualify me from leaving a review worth reading, but I don't care for Pyne or his style and the storylines are just TOO CHEESY. Couldn't do it.

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    28. Enjoyed! More light-hearted than Poirot or Marple.

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    29. Parker Pyne Investigates is a book of short stories. Parker Pyne advertises if you are unhappy he can help. From a middle-aged wife to a poisoning he helps. Mr Pyne reminds me of Hercule Pierot in a way. Some of the stories are like a foreshadowing of Hercule Pierot and Jane Marple. Agatha Christie also introduces Miss Lemon. Throughly enjoyable.

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    30. Enam cerita pertama bermula dari klien-klien yang datang ke kantor Mr. Pyne untuk berkonsultasi. Bisa dibilang cerita-cerita ini menjelaskan metode kerja Mr. Pyne dari kantornya. Dari keenam cerita awal itu ada empat yang kusukai, karena persoalan pokoknya bukan cinta biasa (cieeehh…^^). Keempat cerita itu adalah Kasus Perwira yang Tidak Puas dan Kasus Karyawan di Kota yang keduanya sama-sama bercerita tentang seseorang yang ingin menikmati petualangan seru dalam hidupnya, lalu Kasus Wanita ya [...]

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