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The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  13,557 Ratings  ·  774 Reviews
Over six Tuesday evenings a group gathers at Miss Marple's house to ponder unsolved crimes. The company is inclined to forget their elderly hostess as they become mesmerized by the sinister tales they tell one another. But it is always Miss Marple's quiet genius that names the criminal or the means of the misdeed. As indeed is true in subsequent gatherings at the country h ...more
ebook, 183 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 1932)
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Jan 02, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Miss Marple appeared in her first, full length novel, she featured in short stories; the first in 1927. This collection was first published in 1932 (The Murder at the Vicarage, the first Miss Marple novel appeared in 1930). Although these are short stories, there are links which make these more enjoyable than some collections of random stories.

We begin with stories told at a group called, “The Tuesday Night Club,” in which Miss Marple, her nephew, Raymond West, artist, Joyce Lempriere, so
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When one utters the word "detective" or "sleuth", what is the image that comes to mind? A studious gentleman with monocle wandering about with a magnifying glass? A trench-coated, lantern-jawed, hard-boiled individual prowling the back alleys of dark America? Or... a little, pink old lady sitting in the corner, trying to catch up on her knitting?

For fans of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, the third image is as valid as the first two.

This unlikely detective relies on her intimate knowledge of huma
Oct 19, 2016 Luffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Marple is the queen of whimsy, just as Dame Agatha Christie is the queen of crime. Back ramrod straight, twinkling eyes, sometimes hands busy with knitting, there seems always something more to what meets the eye, with Jane Marple.

There are some people who, when young, have an air of old people who have been airbrushed into false youth. But there are other people, who, when old, you can imagine them how they must've looked when they were into their thirties.

Miss Marple is a throwback to an
Estefani at Fiction Jungle
5 Stars

2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a number in the title.

Que libro tan ingenioso, primero que leo de Agatha Christie. Aunque el desarrollo de cada misterio es denso y prolongado, cada uno es igual de interesante.

Son historias cortas de misterios, en las cuales Miss Marple se encuentra reunida con grupos de personajes que quedan fascinados por su habilidad de ver y entender la naturaleza del ser humano y así poder descifrar cada uno de los problemas que cada uno de ellos iba exp
Laurel Young
Nov 19, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably a bit more than halfway through (re)reading Dame Agatha's canon. I admit that I've been disagreeably surprised by the number of adventure novels mixed in with the mysteries; she actually wrote a great many of the former, but there is a reason her reputation rests exclusively on the latter! After plodding through one too many of her "random adventurer in exotic locale with vague political intrigue" novels, I found myself starting to feel a bit soured on my Year of Agatha and decided ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Francis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Miss Marple, I really do.

She has sparkling blue eyes, a demure smile, a friendly disposition, an inquisitive mind. She has a simple country charm and a prolific knowledge of poisons. She makes us yearn for tea, good company, good conversation, cozy quilted chairs and warm fires.

However, when Miss Marple is taken in concentrated doses ..rapidly told ..back to back? Lets say, the tea becomes a bit sweet, the fire too warm and the conversation condescending. Yes, Miss Marple, the old biddy

أكاد أجزم إن القصص التي جمعت هنا كانت الكاتبة أجاثا دونت فكرتها كروؤس أقلام على أن تفرد لها رواية مستقلة كون فكرتها تستحق ذلك إلا إنها أعني أجاثا ولسبب ما قررت جمعها بهذا الشكل إما إنها كانت مجهدة ذهنيا أو لم تتوفر لها الحبكة المناسبة
كان إيقاع الأحداث سريع كونها 13 قصة في رواية واحدة.. وكانت فارسة الأمسية الأنسة ماربل خارقة بشكل مبالغ فيه :)
Another wonderful Marple book, this time 13 short stories (not that you'd guess from the title lol). As per usual Joan Hickson, sorry I mean Miss Marple, was at her absolute best. As with the majority of Agatha Christie books, I know I read this eons ago, but thankfully I only remembered a couple of the stories, so was able to play "guess the perpetrator" along with the collected ensemble at St Mary Mead. Very enjoyable again, now onto the next ha ha. What a fantastic challenge this is.
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a book club and you specialize in mystery and murder. It is a grand old time. There is also a quasi-member of the club, an Angela Lansbury type, a dotty biddy from the old school. You try to include her but you also find yourself talking around her. It is hard not to be condescending: there is so little she knows of the modern world. Still, her archaic point of view is at times quaintly charming. At times you are shocked by her preposterous conclusions, but you
غزل أدم
Mar 25, 2016 غزل أدم rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
التجربة الأولى مع مس ماربل
وحقاً أعجبت بها كثيراً وساهمت فى تغير رأى بشأن أجاثا كريستى
بعد أن كنت أضعها فى مكانة أدنى من موريس لبلان وآرثر دويل
May 05, 2016 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I love Miss Marple but I definitely prefer the novels to short stories. They were all enjoyable but a bit forgettable. Except The Blue Geranium - that one I most definitely will not forget! Loved the ghost story vibe.
Feb 04, 2017 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miss-marple
This is a collection of thirteen short stories told by the members of the Tuesday Club which includes Miss Marple. The group of friends each tell the story of various mysteries they have come across during their lives - professional and private - and invite the others to work out the solutions. Naturally Miss Marple is the person who provides the correct solutions.

My particular favourite is the Blue Geranium which I always find particularly sinister though the solution is simple in the end. The
Jan 19, 2017 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2017
The second Miss Marple book, and whilst not my favourite thus far, it is packed with fascinating mysteries and clever conclusions. The stories are collected under the guise of a 'Tuesday Night Club', in which six characters - including, of course, Miss Marple - get together to see if their minds are sharp enough to get to the bottom of assorted mysteries. The overarching structure works so well, and the individual stories are so clever that they could easily have been turned into longer novels. ...more
Agatha Christie's compilation of Miss Marple stories, The Thirteen Problems, was published in 1932. It marks the second appearance in book form of Christie's beloved spinster sleuth, Miss Jane Marple, whose debut in The Murder at the Vicarage had occurred only two years earlier.

Miss Marple is my favorite Christie character. I love the contradiction of the wooly-headed old dear, who despite living in a quaint English village, has an uncanny, some might say ruthless, awareness of the absolute wor
Ms. Smartarse
Several people get together during various occasions, and they decide to tell stories... of the mysterious murder kind. To a fan of historical romances, I suppose this would count as the equivalent of parlor games? Only so much more fun. And to make things even more interesting, the storyteller won't (at first) reveal the murderer's identity.

A book with 13 distinct puzzles penned by Agatha Christie? Christmas has indeed come early. Specifically by 2 days, according to the date I started reading
Rating: 3.0/5.0

I love Miss Marple books because they are deep and the main characters are usually more developed and have a significant existence. I cannot say the same about this though for several reasons. I liked it too but not as much as the other books in the series. The book consists of short stories with Miss Marple being in all of them. I would say that it is a bit of over dosage from having Miss Marple solving each and every mystery herself in all of them without being a part in them! Y
Felicity Disco
This is a story collection, so it's Miss Marple calmly outsmarting the mansplainers 13 times in a row, and therefore THE BEST.
John Frankham
Very rarely do I really like short stories, but this coherent and character-establishing book of thirteen Miss Marple stories was an exception. Well-written, lots of sly humour at the characters involved. A set of six murder cases narrated at a meeting at Miss Marples', then six more at her friend Dolly Bantry's. Only Miss Marple could solve these problems, although I did solve one! Then the last story is of an actual murder in St Mary Mead, and Miss Marple is able to tell the retired commission ...more
Lou Robinson
Oct 08, 2014 Lou Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, a Miss Marple book that I'm convinced I've never read (and I really did devour Agatha Christie novels as a kid). Thirteen whimsical problems, discussed over dinner. And of course, Miss Marple hones in on the right answer every time, with her vast knowledge of village life and human nature. Nothing like a good old murder mystery or two. Or thirteen.
Jan 09, 2016 nikos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Αγαπημενη μις Μαρπλ!!!!!!!!!!!13 ιστοριες εγκληματος και μυστηριου, στις οποιες η τρομερη γιαγια διαπρεπει!!!!!!!!
Aug 03, 2016 Andreea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte interesantă, stimulează imaginația și e un mod de relaxare facil.
Nov 23, 2013 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
3 Stars

I am really liking Miss Marple. She is feisty, smart but not overwhelming or prudish. Nice, short mysteries that make us wonder, "who-dun-it?"
Maybe because they were short stories, some were not as complicated as Agatha Christie's usual tales. In other words, I could guess correctly what and how it happens in some of the cases given :-P
Cleo Bannister
So after finally allowing Miss Marple into my life just last year with Murder at the Vicarage, I decided to try another book which featured this sharp, yet elderly spinster of St Mary Mead. What I didn’t quite appreciate was that The Thirteen Problems wasn’t really the second book in the series as denoted by Goodreads but a collection of linked, but essentially short stories, featuring the accidental detective.

The collection starts with The Tuesday Night club held at Miss Marple’s house where ea
Ana Gomes
Gosto dos mistérios que a Agatha Christie, mas confesso que a arrogância do Poirot me enerva um bocadinho. Deste modo, decidi experimentar ler um livro com a Miss Marple como protagonista e devo dizer que adorei a velhinha, que parece estar distraída mas que nada lhe escapa.
Dichotomy Girl
"I must explain," broke off Sir Henry, "that Miss Clark alarmed at her increasing stoutness, was doing a course of what is popularly known as 'banting'. (Chapter 1, pg. 15)

noun , often capitalized ban·ting \ˈbant-iŋ\
Medical Definition of banting
: a method of dieting for obesity by avoiding sweets and carbohydrates

This amused me to no end. That low carb diets didn't start in the 20th century with Dr. Atkins, but in the 1860s! See

(I conclude this ran
Evi Routoula
Jul 17, 2015 Evi Routoula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Διηγήματα με ηρωίδα την αγαπημένη Μις Μαρπλ. Γρήγορα, ευφάνταστα και με την σφραγίδα της αγαπημένης Αγκάθα Κριστι.
Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
Varbūt 4,5 zvaigznes, bet visi trīspadsmit stāsti bija vienlīdz interesanti un ieturēti labākajās Kristi tradīcijās.

ثاني تجاربي مع أجاثا
هذة المرة مس ماربل
من المفترض أن إسم الكتاب الحقيقى الثلاثة عشر لغزا
لكن تلك النسخة مختصرة ب 11 لغزا فقط
لكنني إستمتعت بالتأكيد
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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
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