Parker Pyne Investigates: A Parker Pyne Collection

Parker Pyne Investigates: A Parker Pyne Collection

by Agatha Christie


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Agatha Christie once again demonstrates her mastery of the short form mystery with Parker Pyne Investigates—short stories of crime and detection featuring Parker Pyne, certainly one of the most unconventional private investigators ever to pursue a hot lead.

Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne."

Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigator. Armed with just his intuitive knowledge of human nature, he is an Englishman abroad, traveling the globe to solve and undo crime and misdemeanor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074409
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 226,505
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 13.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Parker Pyne Investigates 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
basson_mommy12 More than 1 year ago
"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!
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First published in 1934, the edition I read was published by Fontana/Collins in 1974. 158 pages.The cover image to the right was the original one used on the dust jacket in 1934, and seems to me to be a good likeness of portly and avuncular Mr Parker Pyne.This title is a collection of 12 of the 14 short stories that Agatha Christie wrote that featured Mr Parker Pyne.The connecting thread between the stories is Mr Pyne's advertisement at the top of the Agony column of the respectable newspapers:Mr Pyne's solution for each of the people who consults him is individual and very varied in the fees that he charges. The first 6 stories are set in England while in the last 6 stories Mr Pyne is on holidays travelling first on the Simplon Express, and then to some of Agatha Christie's favourite places in the Middle East such as Baghdad, the Nile, Shiraz and Delphi.Many of the 12 stories had been individually published in the period 1932-4 but the overall the effect of the collection is like an episodic novel. Wikipedia gives you a lot more detail for each story than I am going to give here. You can also get some details of their publication history.Mr. Parker Pyne states quite clearly that he is not a detective but 'a heart specialist'. Deception, accomplices and manipulation are all part of his method of operation and he works to cure unhappiness more frequently than to investigate crime. * The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife, apparently unpublished earlier Mrs Packington consults Mr Parker Pyne because her husband George has fallen for a young girl from the office. I was interested to meet Miss Lemon, whom I have always associated with Hercule Poirot, in this story. * The Case of the Discontented Soldier, August 1932 Recently returned from East Africa Major Wilbraham finds London life very tame. Mr Parker Pyne not only creates adventure for him, he sends him on a treasure hunt. In this story Mrs Ariadne Oliver makes a fleeting appearance - another character I have always associated with HP. * The Case of the Distressed Lady, August 1932 Daphne St. John is frightfully unhappy. She has stolen a diamond and doesn't know how to return it. * The Case of the Discontented Husband, August 1932 Mr Reginald Wade adores his wife, but she seems to have fallen for another. Mr. Pyne has to list this case as one of his failures. * The Case of the City Clerk, August 1932 Mr. Roberts has reached the age of 48, is "happily" married, but feels his life is very dull, so Mr Parker Pyne sends on a dangerous espionage mission to Europe. * The Case of the Rich Woman, August 1932 Mrs Abner Rymer is living proof that riches don't bring happiness. * Have You Got Everything You Want?, April 1933 Mr Parker Pyne is on holidays, and shares a train compartment on the Simplon Express with Mrs Elsie Jeffries who implores him to help her find out what her husband is up to. * The Gate of Baghdad, June 1933 Mr Parker Pyne joins a tourist coach from Damascus to Baghdad, and one of his fellow passengers is murdered. * The House at Shiraz, April 1933 Mr Parker Pyne flies to Shiraz from Teheran and offers his help to a young woman considered to be both a recluse and mad. * The Pearl of Price, July 1933 Mr Parker Pyne travels from Amman to Petra with 6 other tourists.One of his fellow passengers loses a priceless pearl earring and Mr PP works out why. * Death on the Nile, July 1933 This is not the story that features Hercule Poirot, but one about a lady who dies of poisoning. * The Oracle at Delphi, April 1933 Mr Parker Pyne finds someone who is impersonating him, and takes great exception, in the process foiling an attempt at extortion.These were very readable stories without being much more than that. The one I think I liked best was The Case of the Rich Woman, which was also the most improbable.My rating 4.2Mr Parker Pyne appears in 2 other short stories, one of which I have alread
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise whereby an ex-civil servant, who worked in some kind of stastical analysis, sets himself to happy people become happy. He is not always successful. There is a generally a twist in the tale which makes these stories enjoyable. This collection is also noteworthy for introducing Ariadne Oliver, who appears in some of the later Poirot novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting little vingnettes. According to Mr. Pyne, a retired statistician, peoples' problems can all be easily identified as one of 5 basic types. He then uses his knowledge gleaned as a statistician to design personalized responses for solving their problems. Most of the stories seem set between WWI & WWII. The last 4(?), and, to me, least interesting, involve Mr. Pyne travelling in the Middle East early post-WWII. In the pre-WWIi tales, Christie introduces a young Miss Lemon, before her employment by Poirot. She brings in Ariadne Oliver, once, too.
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MarjiD More than 1 year ago
A fun read looking into the whys of people and relationships. As always Christie doesn't disappoint.
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