It had been a typical New Year's Eve party. But as midnight approaches, Mr. Satterthwaite - a keen observer of human nature - senses that the real drama of the evening is yet to unfold. And so it proves when a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Who is this Mr. Quin?
Mr. Satterthwaite's new friend is an enigma. He seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about him is that his presence is always an omen - sometimes good, but sometimes deadly....
©1930 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
I love these stories, and actually listen to them more than once, because I'm sure I
missed a clue, same as poor Mr. Satterthwaite .
Luckily, he gets some mysterious help!
Can't tell you more, but get it and
listen, you won't be disappointed!
My enjoyment of the stories varied. Some were fantastic. Others just sat there. Thus the 4. Mr. Quin is a bit magical. His powers include knowing when a young lover needs his special help, and showing up to direct Mr. Satterthwaite. They do not include knowing the key to the mystery (I don't think), so the detection in the story is not ruined.
My favorite was The Man from the Sea
I really enjoy Agatha Christie's short stories. Though I do agree with some other reviewers that the characters are not as developed in this book as others by Agatha Christie, I really enjoy the mystery of Mysterious Mr. Quin.
Hugh Fraser is one of my favorite narrators of all time. The way he reads adds to the book in a way that other narrators just don't seem to.
I love Agatha Christie but this series of stories were not my favorites. Usually Hugh Frasier is very expressive. For example, my very favorite Christie novel is "The Secret of Chimneys". You can tell he is reading with humor and joy. This book, however, was very flat and muddy. I had a hard time keeping the characters and stories apart as some of the voices were used over for different characters with the next story. It also seemed as though several stories had the same theme. Mostly love triangles. I stopped and restarted the book over 3 times and still my mind wandered. I'm going to listen again to give it a fair shot as Christie couldn't ever write a bad story for me.
I enjoyed this book, and think most Christie fans would as well.
No. It's a collection of short stories featuring Harley Quinn & Mr. Satterthwaite. Each story is interesting, but it's easy to put the work aside after each chapter/story.
I liked a few of the stories more than the others, but nothing truly stood out.
I would not make it into a film.
I like Harley Quinn; he reminds me of Poirot. Mr.Satterthwaite reminds me of Miss Marple,, my favorite Christie character.
This is one to 'clan's the pallet (mind)" between more serious or intense reads. This is one worth listening to many times with out getting stale. Try it and enjoy the quiet.!!
Very enjoyable performance and I liked living in a new world of characters. The stories were well conceived and intertwined.
Mystic on the Mesa
A delightful set of stories with some fun twists here and there. Too short for good character development for all but the main character. Mr. Quinn, while somewhat mysterious, is not developed hardly at all and seems to be a rather flat foil for our protagonist, showing up more as a convenient sounding board for the lead.
Even so, the stories are pleasant enough and with the listen if you're a Christie fan.
Though Poirot and Miss Marple are probably two of the most beloved characters in Christie's Works. However, the lesser known Harley Quin definitely has an equal (albeit unconventional) power of solving crimes. Mr. Quin, like another pair of Christie's sleuths Tommy and Tuppence, is so not your average private detective. There is an air of mystery about him, yet he is so personable that you'd like to just sit and talk with him like a friend. And it is in doing so, that the truth reveals itself.
As always, Hugh Fraser does a wonderful job in giving a vivid performance. The exchanges between Mr. Satterthwaite and Mr. Quin are the highlights of this audiobook.
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