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The Mysterious Mr. Quin ❴EPUB❵ ✻ The Mysterious Mr. Quin Author Agatha Christie – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Detective An Agatha Christie mystery From the most popular mystery writer of all time comes the story of Mr Harley Quinn, who sparks new life into a quiet New Year s Eve party by unmasking a murderer Detective An Agatha Christie mystery From the most popular mystery writer of all time comes the story of Mr Harley Quinn, who sparks new life into The Mysterious Kindle - a quiet New Year s Eve party by unmasking a murderer.


About the Author: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie MallowanAgatha Christie is the best selling The Mysterious Kindle - author of all time She wrote crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation According to Index Translationum, she remains the most translated individual author, having been translated into at least languages She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, UK as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novelsHer first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazinesIn late , Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On December the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house, Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven daysIn , Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in , is now in the care of the National TrustChristie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and the novel After the Funeral Abney Hall became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plotsTo honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club Wikipedia entry for Agatha Christie.



10 thoughts on “The Mysterious Mr. Quin

  1. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    According to me, this is one of the underrated gems of Agatha Christie, where she flirts with fantasy Even though none of the stories except the last one Harlequin s Lane cross over into fantasy territory, they are always on the borderline That Christie does this without straining our credibility speaks volumes for her mastery of the medium.Mr Harley Quin is a thinly disguised Harlequin, transported into modern England His specialty he allows one to solve mysteries by stripping away the u According to me, this is one of the underrated gems of Agatha Christie, where she flirts with fantasy Even though none of the stories except the last one Harlequin s Lane cross over into fantasy territory, they are always on the borderline That Christie does this without straining our credibility speaks volumes for her mastery of the medium.Mr Harley Quin is a thinly disguised Harlequin, transported into modern England His specialty he allows one to solve mysteries by stripping away the unnecessary details He does this by asking one to imagine that the events happened in the remote past, to strangers this removes the personal element from the equation and allows one to see clearer Mr Satterthwaite, an elderly bachelor who is interested in human beings and their affairs, is the usual beneficiary of Quin s method.Most of the mysteries in the volume are dark and brooding The first story, The Coming of Mr Quin, sets the tone for the whole book when Quin appears at the doorstep of the country house where Mr Satterthwaite happens to be spending his New Year s Eve, as the first visitor of the year As he steps across the threshold, a queer trick of the light appears to give the impression that the visitor is dressed in motley and is wearing a mask Then Quin sets out to make his presence felt by enabling the house guests to solve the mystery of a suicide that happened in that house a year ago In the process, he helps two lovers reunite.This is Quin s trademark loveand violent death As Satterthwaite says, his friend seem to be interested in the welfare of loversthan solving crimes But in a Christie story, they often go hand in hand.This book is a personal favourite of mine, read over and over countless number of times especially on wet June nights, in the cavernous rooms of my ancestral home in Kerala, as the monsoon rages outside I half expect Quin to step over the threshold every time, saying Damnable weather outside Can I wait inside till it clears


  2. Anne Anne says:

    An Agatha Christie novel starring Harley Quinn No Calm down, nerd.But it does feature a character named Harley Quin, who helps our main character, Mr Satterthwaite, solve a series of old mysteries that somehow relate to whatever situation our elderly hero finds himself in at the moment.


  3. Simona Bartolotta Simona Bartolotta says:

    4.5 Sentiment beloonged to his age It had no part to play in the modern world This is a Christie that is totally different from the one you and I know, or knew, or thought we knew Even in her most known and appreciated works, she always flirts with the supernatural and the mysterious, but, this time around, flirting isn t enough for her any this time, she abandons herself to it and yet without giving the impression of fully doing it It s a mystery in itself, how she did it, the main a 4.5 Sentiment beloonged to his age It had no part to play in the modern world This is a Christie that is totally different from the one you and I know, or knew, or thought we knew Even in her most known and appreciated works, she always flirts with the supernatural and the mysterious, but, this time around, flirting isn t enough for her any this time, she abandons herself to it and yet without giving the impression of fully doing it It s a mystery in itself, how she did it, the main and the most dense of the whole collection Not once does the reader feel mocked or wronged because of the peculiar air the arcane presence of Mr Harley Quin bestows on these stories, which is, to me, another marvellous paradox, being they crime stories and Christie s at that Agatha Christie, mother of the rational, precise, objective, infallible Hercule Poirot, and now she gives birth to this ghost, this wraith, this shadow of a man who appears, magically, whenever and wherever a new tragedy is about to happen or an old one needs to be put to sleep I would have dismissed without a second thought any crime novel presenting such a premise, and I would have wronged myself terribly I already knew I would find it brilliant it s Christie we re talking about, after all , but I wasn t prepared to love its peculiarity and strangeness to the point of not being able to think of anything or little else for days afterwards Mr Quin is unjustly underestimated, if you ask me I, for once, have found him to be extremelyremarkable and intriguing that the infamous Miss Marple ever was but, banally, not as much as my Poirot is.Not all of the stories of this collection are exceptional, but almost One or two may result unusually lame by Chritie s standard, which is to say good nonetheless , but I can promise the others won t disappoint If Agatha were still alive, I would start a petition to haveQuin s stories Twelve are far too few


  4. Poonam Poonam says:

    This is the only book of Harley Quin written by Agatha Christie and it is unlike any other Christie novel.A collection of 12 short stories where the recurring characters are Mr Harley Quin and Mr Satterthwaite Mr Satterthwaite is different from Christie s other side kick Mr.Hastings of Poirot series He is from British Upper class, is 60 years old and loves his comfort.Coming to Mr.Harley Quin, again very different from the famous Poirot or Miss MarpleThis was Mr.Quin s doing It w This is the only book of Harley Quin written by Agatha Christie and it is unlike any other Christie novel.A collection of 12 short stories where the recurring characters are Mr Harley Quin and Mr Satterthwaite Mr Satterthwaite is different from Christie s other side kick Mr.Hastings of Poirot series He is from British Upper class, is 60 years old and loves his comfort.Coming to Mr.Harley Quin, again very different from the famous Poirot or Miss MarpleThis was Mr.Quin s doing It was he was staging the play was giving the actors their cues He was at the heart of the mystery pulling the strings, making the puppets work He knew everythingThe mystery solving was not the usual kind In some of the stories Mr.Quin did not even need to go to the crime scene Just by playing on people s perception of what they have seen and how things could have happened, he is able to solve the mysteryMr Quin is a friend or should I say, an acquaintance of mine He is a most remarkable man One of these amateur solvers of crime, I suppose, remarked the Inspector disparagingly No, said Mr.Satterthwaite he is not that kind of man at all But he has a power an almost uncanny power of showing you what you have seen with your own eyes, of making clear to you what you have heard with your own earsI liked the technique used to solve most of the mysteries but none of the stories made me bite my fingers or make my heart stop 2 of the stories even left me a bit confused But I would still say that most of the stories are decent and make for a good cozy mystery read.I was a bit disappointed with the ending view spoiler What is up with a supernatural twist at the end That is soo not expected in a Christie novel hide spoiler


  5. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    I very much like the retro feel of my edition s cover But some other editions have some quite brilliant cover art that capture the who feel of this book and above all I ve had fun collecting these covers, all from Goodreads I didn t care for this title when I read it in my younger years, but the hint of the fantastic doesn t bother me now and with the exception of The Shadow of the Glass andThe Bird With a Broken Wing this one was too silly for me these were I very much like the retro feel of my edition s cover But some other editions have some quite brilliant cover art that capture the who feel of this book and above all I ve had fun collecting these covers, all from Goodreads I didn t care for this title when I read it in my younger years, but the hint of the fantastic doesn t bother me now and with the exception of The Shadow of the Glass andThe Bird With a Broken Wing this one was too silly for me these were all good engrossing stories I loved the complexity that Christie gave to Satterthwaite s character and his development as a detective For he isthan an observer and he is greatly appreciated by Mr Harley Quin Quin has his own back story which is fascinating to read.These stories feel like a homage to Arthur Conan Doyle, and to certain extent, Edgar Allan Poe and are none the worse for that


  6. Ona Ona says:

    Each chapter involves a separate mystery that is solved through the interaction between observant man Mr Satterthwaite and Mr Quin, who appears and disappears almost magically at the most opportune moments.


  7. mark monday mark monday says:

    Choose Your Own Adventure You are the Mysterious Mr Quinn You are ever so mysterious And yet you do not really hold a candle to Poirot or Marple or even the Tuppences Your adventures are boring your mysteries are trite You are an Unfinished Book.If you decide you want some hot Belgian action, choose you decide an older woman would beyour cuppa, choose Choose Your Own Adventure You are the Mysterious Mr Quinn You are ever so mysterious And yet you do not really hold a candle to Poirot or Marple or even the Tuppences Your adventures are boring your mysteries are trite You are an Unfinished Book.If you decide you want some hot Belgian action, choose you decide an older woman would beyour cuppa, choose


  8. Veronique Veronique says:

    4.25 Short stories always feel a little less than novels to me and yet, here, Christie gives us much to ponder What seems at first entertaining mysteries can also be seen as sharp glimpses into the human psyche Twelve mysteries are served to the reader, featuring the likeable Mr Satterthwaite, who prefers to witness what happens around him rather than participate However, with the appearance of the enigmatic Mr Quin, our deal old gentleman is forced into the role of mystery solver I love 4.25 Short stories always feel a little less than novels to me and yet, here, Christie gives us much to ponder What seems at first entertaining mysteries can also be seen as sharp glimpses into the human psyche Twelve mysteries are served to the reader, featuring the likeable Mr Satterthwaite, who prefers to witness what happens around him rather than participate However, with the appearance of the enigmatic Mr Quin, our deal old gentleman is forced into the role of mystery solver I love the way Christie paints one scene, totally clear, only to rip it apart and show something utterly different The collection might be name after Mr Quin, but his role is that of fuse , inciting Mr Satterthwaite to action In a way, he is like a glass prism that changes white light into a plethora of colours, transforming what appears to be one truth into very different perceptions Masterly done


  9. Laurel Young Laurel Young says:

    I am going to give this collection of short stories 5 stars because I truly cannot find fault with it I just reviewed The Labours of Hercules and remarked that sometimes Christie had to force the stories to fit the theme, to their detriment With Mr Quin, there is no such strain the overarching motif stories with a touch of the supernatural and the whimsical is elastic enough to accommodate a fine variety of excellent stories I think this collection is unique in that Dame Agatha had the ch I am going to give this collection of short stories 5 stars because I truly cannot find fault with it I just reviewed The Labours of Hercules and remarked that sometimes Christie had to force the stories to fit the theme, to their detriment With Mr Quin, there is no such strain the overarching motif stories with a touch of the supernatural and the whimsical is elastic enough to accommodate a fine variety of excellent stories I think this collection is unique in that Dame Agatha had the chance to integrate the two sides of her authorial persona Mary Westmacott, the romantic Englishwoman, and Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime The result is a collection of stories with a romantic or Gothic atmosphere that ultimately with one or two notable exceptions resolve into a logical and clever solution.I also think that the mystery of Harley Quin himself is quite fascinating He is a shadowy figure from the underworld who appears to intercede on behalf of the dead those who have a mystery to solve or a wrong to set right Heor less follows the pattern of the Harlequin character from the Italian Commedia dell arte, and he is attractive, beguiling, and at times extremely frightening He likes to haunt places associated with his archetype an inn called the Bells and Motley, a restaurant called Arlecchino Italian for harlequin He dresses in black but has a way of catching the light from, say, a stained glass window, so that he appears briefly to be dressed in motley I think of Mr Quin as the control spirit for a medium, in this case dapper Mr Satterthwaite Satterthwaite is not usually numbered among Christie s detectives, but he manages to solve a number of mysteries with a little prodding from Mr Quin and his messages from beyond.The tone of the stories is dreamy and romantic and the tales of love and murder stick with the reader, especially The Dead Harlequin and The Man From the Sea in my case Although one might complain that the stories are a departure from Christie s usual Miss Marple or Poirot cases, I found the change refreshing and actually many of the stories have the classic detective fiction twists we expect from Christie I think heropen minded fans will find a lot to admire and enjoy here


  10. Wafae | 와파 (hiatus) Wafae | 와파 (hiatus) says:

    Ratings SOLID 05 STARS Shelved as Favs Fav Mystery Novels Status wow, in love with Mr Harley Quin. Well, well, well,I didn t really enjoy it at first but then I started slowly drowning in every word, every sentence and every page Harley Quin, this character is just beautiful, he s really one of a kind I quote Folks that come go a very apt description of Mr Quin I m in love with his character, I wanna befriend him, just like Mr Satterthwaite did.I quote Perhaps, as a result Ratings SOLID 05 STARS Shelved as Favs Fav Mystery Novels Status wow, in love with Mr Harley Quin. Well, well, well,I didn t really enjoy it at first but then I started slowly drowning in every word, every sentence and every page Harley Quin, this character is just beautiful, he s really one of a kind I quote Folks that come go a very apt description of Mr Quin I m in love with his character, I wanna befriend him, just like Mr Satterthwaite did.I quote Perhaps, as a result of the price you have paid, you see things that other people do not I also want to mention that I absolutely love Mr Satterthwaite s character as well, for he played a big role in the stories. He s an actor, not a looker on nor a listener any The Queen of Detective Fiction Agatha Christie did great by creating such complexity mystery that is wonderfully written I am very glad that it was such an enjoyable read, a very nice addition to my reading list as well as to my reading challenge. HarelyQuin TheMysteriousMrQuin AgathaChristie readingchallenge


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