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Publisher's Summary

All great crime writers have their favourite creations. Similarly, every great sleuth has his, or her, own preferred method of deduction. Take the charming Parker Pyne, who relies upon an intuitive knowledge of human nature to solve the "Problem at Pollensa Bay". Or Mr Satterthwaite, who seeks inspiration through his collaboration with the enigmatic Mr Quin in "The Harlequin Tea Set" mystery. Then, of course, there's Poirot, whose measured analysis of motive and opportunity is tested to the full in "Yellow Iris", when he receives an anonymous call about a matter of life and death.
©1991 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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Stories are missing - too short

the original book has 4 more stories than this audiobook, hence the lowered rating. felt a bit cheated paying the price on this for half an audiobook.

otherwise, the narration is spectacular as usual and A.C. short stories are nothing if not breezy enjoyment on a Sunday afternoon.

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Excellent but incomplete

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Hugh Fraser is an excellent reader. Unfortunately only four stories are included:
Problem at Pollensa Bay
The Second Gong
Yellow Iris
The Harlequin Tea Set

Be warned: the official book has four more stories which are NOT included.
The Regatta Mystery
The Love Detectives
Next to a Dog
Magnolia Blossom

Therefore 3 stars

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  • Ceripol
  • 01-02-16

Rehash of old plots

Unfortunately though this seems at first to be a new set of stories they are mostly short reprises of full length novels and other short story collection - sparkling cyanide is replicated identically for example.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 12-31-17

Mixed tales, a wee bit different from standard Christie

Quite liked this collection, but immensely enlivened by Hugh Fraser’s narration. Perhaps wouldn’t have read them (almost certainly) or watched TV adaptations, but in Audiobook form they’re very passable entertainment.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 05-29-15

Problem at Pollensa Bay

Yet, again, brilliant collection of Agatha Christie short stories, easy to listen to and intriguing, as I'd not heard of them before it was a good fluke buy