Monday, 23 November 2015

The Mysterious Mr Quin - Book Review

I am trying to read through the novels of Agatha Christie in the order in which they were written and write a review on each one.
  

The Mysterious Mr Quin. 

1930  
A Book of short stories.


Shelfari Description


THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUIN A conjurer of skill with an instinct for detection, Mr. Harley Quin has an almost magical flair for appearing at the scene of the most remarkable crimes. But is it just a trick of light that haunts his shadow with a ghostly apparition? Is it fate that invites him to a New Year's Eve murder? And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royston Hall, an isolated estate with a deadly history? With fantastic intrigue, uncanny procedure, and Agatha Christie's most charismatic creation, these dazzling stories remain personal favorites for the queen of crime.




My Thoughts

This is the 12th book by Agatha Christie and the First involving Mr Sattertwaite and Mr Quin.

Now the first thing I must comment on is that this one is of a very different tone and feel than the previous books.

It is the third book of short stories but is distinctly different from "Poirot Investigates"  and  "Partners in Crime"

Whereas "Poirot Investigates" was a gathering of typically Poirot type solutions, and "Partners in Crime" held the more comedic atmosphere due to Tommy & Tuppence adventures, this book is somewhat dark and sad in it's crimes.  Of course this leads well for the "Mysterious" title.

Two completely different men are introduced here with Mr Quin being highly mysterious and Mr Sattertwaite being very endearing to the readers.  I also think the readers would like to identify with the latter and think that one day they may have the opportunity to have some mystery and adventure in their lives.

I enjoyed the book again reading one story after the other and regretfully (afterwards) finishing the book in one evening when I really should have been asleep.  Lost sleep and the book being finished so soon both contributed to this regret.

Not a usual type of story for Miss Christie but then it does confirm the fact that she did not just turn out books of the same nature each time.  She had more talent than that.


 Here is a link to a list of her novels on Shelfari
Books by Agatha Christie





4 comments:

  1. Wow, what an amazing challenge to set yourself! Good luck!!! #readwithme

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  2. aaaaa that's how I always read, finishing a book in one sitting, I get far too engrossed lol. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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  3. I didn't realize Agatha Christie's books dated back to 1930. That is extraordinary. Thanks for sharing your review and best of luck on the book reading! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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  4. I am not familiar with any of Agatha Christie's books, so I appreciate you sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party.

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