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The Thirteen Problems | [Agatha Christie]

The Thirteen Problems

When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple's house, the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes. Trying to solve these 13 mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer; the artist Joyce Lemprière; Dr Pender, the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character; Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach; and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself.
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Publisher's Summary

When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple's house, the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes. Trying to solve these 13 mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer; the artist Joyce Lemprière; Dr Pender, the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character; Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach; and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself. Then, of course, there is Miss Marple, who has observed enough about human nature to be more than a match for the most perspicacious investigator.

©1932 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full-length thriller." (Daily Mirror)

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    Elisa Cronulla, Australia 02-08-12
    Elisa Cronulla, Australia 02-08-12
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    "Awesome Miss Marple Short Stories"
    What did you love best about The Thirteen Problems?

    Its a series of 13 short stories, expertly read by Joan Hickson (my favourite Miss Marple). Each story is the perfect length to listen to before bed, on the train, etc. Each keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who-dunnit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, by having a series of short stories, so the suspense never lowers.


    What does Joan Hickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joan Hickson's voice just epitomizes Miss Marple. But she's also a great actress who brings life to every character, and adds suspense and excitement through her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A good selection for time poor people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    3/28/13
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    "Very good"

    Loved listening to the late Joan Hickson's melodious tones again. I enjoy Agatha Christie's shorter stories perhaps more than the longer ones, no need for character development, which I don't think was her forte, just a well crafted yarn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    South Wales
    7/31/11
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    "Love it!!!"

    Joan Hickson reads these short stories with the same accomplishment with which she acted the role of Miss Marple. A really charming first look at Miss Marple in her early incarnation (laced and starched before Christie made her 'tweedy'.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shelley Allsopp
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    6/27/14
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    "Individual stories - unusual for Christie!"

    I liked this because it WASN@T a usual Christie book! I love the Miss Marple book, but find a lot of her other stuff a little tedious (I know I shall probably be stuck down for saying such things!!)
    The individual stories are told by a group of people sat playing cards one evening and they start to tell their tales of woe!
    Joan Hickson is FABULOUS as the narrator! She, in my opinion, was also the best Miss Marple in the televised adaptations too! She has the Oooh's and Ahh’s that Christie wrote so painstakingly for the Marple stories. None of the others have ever "got" that part - - anyway, I digress...
    Over all I did actually enjoy this book! This is probably the 15th book I have read of Christies over the years and this is my favourites!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Bishopbriggs, United Kingdom
    1/2/14
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    "Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Joan Hickson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is a synergy at work here, one of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite characters who is played by the greatest actress ever to play the role - I expected it to be well done and it was well done with a dash of brilliance


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories themselves weren't familiar to me but the narration by Joan Hickson made me feel at home right away


    What about Joan Hickson’s performance did you like?

    You know what to expect and you get exactly that plus the thrill of knowing that nobody will ever do it better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Salford, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Classic Christie all the way."

    If you've read Christie before - and if you haven't, shame on you - you know what to expect. A complex riddle surrounded by red-herrings, archetypal characterisation, and loads of posh people. Joan Hickson, as expected, reads this as if she had written it herself. Simply brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "The Thirteen Problems"

    Highly entertaining Miss Marple book with a whole range of diverse problems being presented for Miss Marple (and the listener) to attempt to solve...although however diverse the problems might be they obviously have their solution in village life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Wallington, United Kingdom
    1/16/12
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    "What a Treat"

    A treat indeed to have the great Joan Hickson (surely the definitive Miss Marple) read some of Christie's greatest stories. Her quietly authoritative voice lends itself beautifully to the prose text and the clarity of her tones makes listening a pure joy. What a pity she passed on before the whole gamut of Miss Marple mysteries could have been recorded. That would be an archive worth having.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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