The Thirteen Problems

The Thirteen Problems

Book - 2005
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What's better than Agatha Christie? thirteen Agatha Christies.

A baker's dozen of fiendishly told tales in which indomitable sleuth Miss Jane Marple plays host to some of the most clever crimes- and criminals.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2005, c1932
Edition: Facsim. ed. --
ISBN: 9780451200204
0451200209
9780007208432
000720843X
Characteristics: 250 p. --
Alternative Title: Tuesday Club murders

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EuSei Dec 18, 2013

Thirteen Problems is mostly a series of mysteries presented to a group of people, but all solved by Miss Marple. The first, The Tuesday Night Club, brings a description of the always erect and correct Miss Marple (a first, at least for me): “Miss Marple wore a black brocade dress, very much pinched in round the waist. Mechlin lace was arranged in a cascade down the front of the bodice. She had on black lace mittens, and a black lace cap surmounted the piled-up masses of her showy hair. She was knitting—something white and soft and fleecy.” Her eyes are described as “faded blue.” Miss Marple would certainly not enjoy our politically correct age; in A Christmas Tragedy she stated: “I’ve no patience with modern humanitarian scruples about capital punishments.” (Neither do I!) In the same story she gives some great advice from which modern women would greatly benefit: “I remember my dear mother teaching me that a gentlewoman should always be able to control herself in public, however much she may give way in private.” The coup the grace comes in The Thumb Mark of Saint Peter: “[…] you modern young people will laugh, but when I am in really bad trouble I always say a little prayer to myself—anywhere, when I am walking along the street, or at a bazaar. And I always get an answer.” Good girl! Every time I get one of Mrs. Christie’s books I am sure to enjoy; this one was definitely no exception.

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blolo
Dec 13, 2013

I always enjoy agatha christie and these short stories are nice to read in one sitting.

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