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The Thirteen Problems

Christie, Agatha (Paperback - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Thirteen Problems
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Miss Jane Marple is throwing a party, and the guests all have a story to tell--thirteen in all--each involving evil deeds and clever deduction.
Authors: Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976
Title: The thirteen problems
Published: New York : Signet, 2000, c1932.
Characteristics: 215 p. ;,18 cm.
Notes: "Also published as The Tuesday Club Murders."
"Miss Marple mysteries"--Cover.
Summary: Miss Jane Marple is throwing a party, and the guests all have a story to tell--thirteen in all--each involving evil deeds and clever deduction.
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Christie, Agatha - Tuesday Club murders. - 1890-1976.
Alternate Title: 13 problems
ISBN: 0451200209
9780451200204
Branch Call Number: F CHR
Statement of Responsibility: Agatha Christie
Subject Headings: Marple, Jane (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Marple, Jane (Fictitious character)
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Dec 18, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 13, 2013
  • blolo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

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