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.
©1934 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The different stories and characters. Not a real detective story per se
The period details. Flappers and such like. One of Pyne's employees referred to as a 'vamp'
It did both. I very much enjoyed this book and also The Mysterious Mr. Quinn.
As much as I enjoy her detective novels I think a lot of readers/listeners miss the boat by not checking out Miss Christie's short stories. She had a real gift for writing them especially ones with a twist in the end.
Hugh Fraser does a fine job, but many of the stories were less than gripping. They were all fairly comic, though, so the book is amusing, and occasionally, Christie's delightful sense of humor and self-deprecation peeks through, as when a character takes a break from Greek ruins to spend an afternoon reading a thriller.
I have never read a Parker Pyne book before, nor have I heard of this character. He is a bit different than most of her other crime solving heroes. But, just like all of her books, each story keeps you involved in every page of the tale right up to the end.
What else can be said that hasn't already been said...it's an Agatha Christy book and she's an amazing writer.
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