I ve seen so many Miss Marple adaptations I m glad I ve finally made the decision to read the books I ve only read two of the books in the series now, but I can already say that you can never go wrong with the character The Thirteen Problems aka The Tuesday Club Murders is a great sequel and I loved seeingof our titular character Plus, I couldn t resist all of the twists and turns and red herrings My only issue I wasn t all that interested in the rest of the cast of characters. When one utters the word detective or sleuth , what is the image that comes to mind A studious gentleman with monocle wandering about with a magnifying glass A trench coated, lantern jawed, hard boiled individual prowling the back alleys of dark America Or a little, pink old lady sitting in the corner, trying to catch up on her knitting For fans of Agatha Christie s Miss Marple, the third image is as valid as the first two.This unlikely detective relies on her intimate knowledge of human nature, having had the opportunity to observe it at close quarters in a village like St Mary Mead, to solve mysteries She compares the love affair of her nephew Raymond West with that of the milkman and the maid and when the self important, intellectual, avant garde novelist is shocked that he could be compared to such a lowly individual, Miss Marple says affably that everyone is very much like everyone else It is this predictability of human nature that the old lady draws upon to arrive at her conclusions The Thirteen Problems contains two sets of six stories each in the same format A group of individuals are relaxing with drinks after dinner in a cosy British parlour Each of the people tell a story a real life mystery the solution to which only he she knows and the others have to guess The idea is mooted by Raymond, who is initially incredulous that his aunt wants to play at all However, his incredulity changes to bewilderment and grudging admiration a sentiment shared by others at the gathering when Miss Marple emerges the winner each and every time, by comparing it with a village parallel.One of the members of the gathering is Sir Henry Clithering, retired Commissioner of Police He and Miss Marple are the common factors in the second set of stories, where the parlour is different and the participants are different However, Miss Marple comes up trumps once again Sir Henry leaves with lasting respect in his mind for this finest sleuth in the world.Which is why, in the last story, he prepares to take on the task Miss Marple has entrusted him with save an innocent from punishment for a crime which he has not committed Armed with the foreknowledge of the name of the person Miss Marple thinks is the murderer, Sir Henry is able to succeed The story ends with the significant sentence Miss Marple had been right again. Yes, it has indeed become a habit for this little old lady Everyone would have their own favourites in this collection mine are The Idol House of Astarte and The Blue Geranium However, each one is a gem.This book is a masterpiece of the genre. One Tuesday Evening A Group Gathers At Miss Marple S House And The Conversation Turns To Unsolved Crimes The Case Of The Disappearing Bloodstains The Thief Who Committed His Crime Twice Over The Message On The Death Bed Of A Poisoned Man Which Read Heap Of Fish The Strange Case Of The Invisible Will A Spiritualist Who Warned That Blue Geranium Meant Death Now Pit Your Wits Against The Powers Of Deduction Of The Tuesday Night Club Miss Marple is the queen of whimsy, just as Dame Agatha Christie is the queen of crime Back ramrod straight, twinkling eyes, sometimes hands busy with knitting, there seems always somethingto what meets the eye, with Jane Marple.There are some people who, when young, have an air of old people who have been airbrushed into false youth But there are other people, who, when old, you can imagine them how they must ve looked when they were into their thirties.Miss Marple is a throwback to an early age Pious, puritanical, she still does what is required of her in her stories That is solve crimes The plot is mainly about people meeting at a social dinner and each person proposing a mystery Each mystery is a conundrum, begging to be solved by anyone who can And Marple doesn t simply can, but explains how she had come upon the solution.The majority of the mysteries involve murder I found my attention undivided I silently praised Agatha Christie with some of the inventive writing she dishes out I think this book was written when the author was at her prime I say this because each of the short story could have been a full fledged novel It s an undiluted fare that is up within the reach of anybody who will accept this offering This particular one, makes me long forof Marple I prefer her to Poirot, you know But we must be satisfied with the dozen of Marple books or so I m grateful for this type of stellar storytelling. This book also published under the title Thirteen Problems is out of print and that s a shame Miss Marple s nephew Raymond West, who shows up at the end of Murder at the Vicarage, holds parties on Tuesday nights at this aunt s house Miss Marple is not so much an invited guest, but rather hangs in the background working on her knitting The group gets to talking about unsolved crimes Each member tell one story of something they witnessed that had baffled them, and the other members of the party try to unravel the mystery Of course, every story reminds Miss Marple of something rather inane that happened in her quaint village of St Mary s Mead, but that likeness helps her solve each case because human nature is the same everywhere Short story collections are not my favorite In a mystery, the ending always comes on rushed and underdeveloped However, this is a great way to get to know Miss Marple as a character, as well as some residents of St Mary s Mead There was only one or two stories I didn t thoroughly enjoy And as two prominent dinner party attendees get their very own mystery in Miss Marple s next book, I m glad I read this one first. 13 .. Miss Marple, said Sir Henry, you frighten me I hope you will never wish to remove me Your plans would be too good This book of short stories is a little different Instead of just having one tale after the other with no connection, Christie links them with a narrative Well, three to be precise The first six stories are part of the Tuesday Night Club, a gathering of several people who decide to tell each other mystery crime stories in order to allow the others to solve them and exercise their brains Miss Marple is of course badly underestimated, but as you can guess, she beats everyone down and earns herself the respect of her peers, especially Sir Henry Clithering, an ex Commissioner of Scotland Yard The following six stories are told during a dinner party, held by said gentleman, again with the same guessing game, while the final tale is quite different Miss Marple goes to Sir Henry to ask him to investigate an apparent suicide and find out the real culprit, which she has already uncovered but has no means of action.I very much enjoyed this, although since each story was so short, it made it even harder to find the solutions Still, there is so much fun in seeing Miss Marple being overlooked time and time again as that old lady with her knitting, and yet beat everyone down with her analytical brain and vast life experience. My favourite Miss Marple to date. The Thirteen Problems Miss Marple 2 , Original Publication Year 1932Abstract While genial gentle soft white haired Jane, in black lace cap and mittens of the time, knits, her Tuesday week visitors present early experiences, recently solved usually by confession of participants, for consideration by their club Sir Henry Clithering last Commissioner of Scotland Yard, nephew writer Raymond West, artist Joyce Lempri re, elderly clergyman Dr Pender, dried up little bespectacled solicitor Mr Petherick Characters Miss Jane Marple, Sir Henry Clithering last Commissioner of Scotland Yard, nephew writer Raymond West, artist Joyce Lempri re, elderly clergyman Dr Pender, and dried up little bespectacled solicitor Mr Petherick 2011 1388 255 9789643635954 20 Before Miss Marple appeared in her first, full length novel, she featured in short stories the first in 1927 This collection was first published in 1932 The Murder at the Vicarage, the first Miss Marple novel appeared in 1930 Although these are short stories, there are links which make theseenjoyable than some collections of random stories.We begin with stories told at a group called, The Tuesday Night Club, in which Miss Marple, her nephew, Raymond West, artist, Joyce Lempriere, solicitor, Mr Petherick, Dr Pender, a clergyman and the retired Commission of Scotland Yard, Sir Henry Clithering, meet to discuss mysteries These are solved successfully by Miss Marple, but part of the joy of this section of the book is the little group of characters so beloved by Agatha Christie the clergyman, the lawyer and the, almost obligatory, attractive young woman.This group changes slightly in the second part of the book, where Sir Henry Clithering is the guest of Colonel and Mrs Bantry Asked if he would like to suggest someone as a sixth for dinner along with Dr Lloyd and the beautiful actress, Jane Helier , Mrs Bantry is surprised when he suggests Miss Marple Again, the dinner party ends in a similar way with every person telling a mystery that needs to be solved and where Miss Marple, again, triumphs with her village parallels.The last story, Death by Drowning, is slightly different, in that Miss Marple, discovering that Sir Henry Clithering is staying in St Mary Mead, asks for his help in solving the death of a local girl This is a very enjoyable collection, with clever plots and enjoyable scenarios Interestingly, the village of St Mary Mead is mentioned in the Poirot novel, The Mystery of the Blue Train, and Miss Marple although she did not appear as often in print as Christie s Belgian detective, is almost as beloved and popular This is certainly a very enjoyable collection, even for someone like me, who does not normally enjoy short stories.
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- The Thirteen Problems
- Agatha Christie
- 10 July 2017 Agatha Christie