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Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective (Ariadne Oliver #1)

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Are you happy? If not, consult Mr Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond St
Retired after 35 years in UK London civil service statistics, large bald Pyne reassures clients that all unhappiness classifies under five main heads. He hires secretary Miss Lemon (next with Poirot), former gigolo Claude Lutrell, vamp Madeleine de Sara, and successful novelist Ariadne Oliver to write plots when
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1984 by Berkley (first published November 1934)
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❁ بــدريــه ❁
بسيطه ، و مُسلية لا أكثر !
Jason Koivu
Fantasy Island for the mystery set!

This isn't Agatha Christie's typical who-dunnit mystery. Half the people that come to "investigator" Parker Pyne for help are just bored. Makes sense since that's who he advertises for, those who are unhappy and don't know what to do about it. So, his clients are often people with money who want someone else to make life interesting again for them...

That is difficult for me to swallow. I come from a background where money had to be hard-earned, penny by penny.
Laurel Young
Feb 08, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker Pyne is the most emotional of Christie's detectives, preferring matters of the heart to pure puzzles. However, he can be just as sharp in his deductions as Poirot or Miss Marple when the need arises. As it happens, I prefer the stories in this collection that *are* mysteries. There are also some lighthearted cases of people wanting more romance or adventure in their lives, which Mr. Pyne supplies. I couldn't help feeling, at first, that it's a bit condescending to suggest that most people ...more
Rob Smith
Dec 31, 2015 Rob Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Mr. Parker Pyne is my favorite character of the Christie lot. I love the idea of a place people can go when unhappy, to come out happy again. Not through booze or drugs, but do to actions made to right the sinking ship.

The first half of the short stories in this anthology are the best. The second half involve Pyne trying to take a vacation and constantly getting to another case, which becomes trying. Especially in the complexity in so few pages.

The writing is great, especially the first half. S
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I like to re-read a Christie now and then, it's great comfort food. Some of these stories are repetitive and at least one seems to presage a plot later used for Poirot, but they're all quite tidy and satisfying taken on their own. I do prefer the ones where Pyne does not have an actual crime to deal with but is just sorting out someone's life with a bit of stage management.
Jun 15, 2009 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I must confess I was slightly disappointed by this one. I rather expected Parker Pyne to be an energetic, quirky detective, but was presented with a virtually office-bound self-styled "love expert" that solved people's problems through money and deception rather than any of his own genius. Most of the stories were rather dull, too, and it makes you wonder what was the whole point of it.
Nikita the bookworm
Jul 21, 2016 Nikita the bookworm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I was very disappointed by this. It certainly isn't Agatha Christie's typical whodunit mystery. Instead, it is about a man who makes life interesting for people by throwing around some money. I did not finish it because it was boring and poorly written. The short stories all (by all I mean those I read) followed the same plot.
Certainly not one of Christie's best. If you're looking for one of her better novels, go read And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express
Madhulika Liddle
…or does not, as in much of this book.

Agatha Christie’s Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of fourteen short stories featuring, as detective (a term applied somewhat loosely in several of these stories) C Parker Pyne. A retired government employee who has spent his life working with statistics, Parker Pyne has come to the conclusion that all human happiness (and unhappiness) can be categorized, sifted, dealt with in a logical way. He therefore advertises in the newspaper: Are you happy? I
In this collection of short stories, Mr. Parker Pyne is a middle-aged retiree from a job in statistics, and he applies the knowledge he gained through his work towards the goal of helping make people happy. The first few stories take place in England, and mostly involve Pyne creating elaborate adventures for his clients, that they think are happening naturally. In the second half of the book, Pyne goes on holiday to the Middle East, Egypt, and Greece, and finds himself in the role of detective, ...more
Olga Godim
Apr 19, 2012 Olga Godim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Love it. I haven’t even finished it, only read the first two of the book’s 12 stories, but I know the rest will be just as delightful.
Not surprising, really. The back blurb states that there are two billion copies of Christie’s books in print, and that was written in 1984. Obviously, I’m not the only one who likes her writing.
What is interesting though is that I had been trying to read several different books before this one. I tried a classical novel, a mainstream novel, a mystery novel, all
Mónica Silva
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Esta é uma coletânea de contos protagonizados por Parker Pyne, um investigador privado que se interessa pela felicidade alheia, principalmente pelos encontros e desencontros, amores e desamores da vida.

Nos primeiros seis casos, Parker Pyne atua de forma indireta, proporcionando os meios para que tudo corra da forma estipulada. Nos restantes, a sua intervenção já é mais direta, na medida em que é abordado, pelos países em que passa, por pess
Oct 10, 2015 Ines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
Кто бы мог подумать, что леди Агата умеет быть немножко Вудхаузом.
طارق الموالدي
ويعود الطبيب ليكون مخزن الأحزان ومستودع الحلول للمشكلات!
Nov 25, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're expecting this charming collection of short stories to feature a crime in every one you will be disappointed. Some of them DO involve a crime or a mystery but most do not. J Parker Pyne specialises in helping the unhappy, those with problems or those who are just plain bored with the humdrum affairs of everyday life.

He endeavours to reunite husbands and wives who have drifted apart - with mixed results it has to be said. He creates adventures for those who are bored with everyday life
The Year of Agatha
Fairly fluffy short stories, but a lot of fun!
Apr 08, 2016 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audio-book
Parker Pyne is not a private investigator, as he will tell you. After years of working in government, he has a deep grasp on statistics and the human heart. He places a piece in the Times Agony Column that says, "Are you happy? If not consult Mr. Parker Pyne..."

This series of short stories are about his cases and how he helps people resolve their unhappiness. From an unhappy, neglected wife to a theft in Egypt, the stories demonstrate his ability to detect the flaws and strengths of the human s
Julie Davis
Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne.
This personal ad in The Times brings a series of interesting cases to Parker Pyne's door in this collection of short stories. I enjoyed all the stories although the ones that were actual mysteries were more satisfying than those in which we saw the labyrinth ways Mr. Pyne had to make his clients happy. I especially enjoyed the second half of the book when Mr. Pyne goes abroad on vacation only to find himself continually recognized and asked to make
Hope Abualrahi
Mar 14, 2016 Hope Abualrahi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite books of Agatha. The idea is charming "Stories about how a man turns unhappy people happy using simple unusual ways". He has an office and unhappy people just come to him, talk and pay the money.

Though it's simple and written in very easy language "I have read translated version", it has so much more. It gives a very tiny insight about humans, life, cultures, and simplicity of happiness.

Never get bored with this book. I can read it over a night (which I have done), and re-rea
Masoud Irannejad
This book is good
May 06, 2013 Lida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book of short stories that follows the "cases" of Mr. Parker Pyne, a retired statistician who begins the series by conning people into situations that will cure their unhappiness. By the end of the book, he has traveled to the Middle East and the Mediterranean and started solving crimes. It is likely that Agatha Christie drew upon her own travels to Syria on an archaeological dig with her second husband when writing these stories that began to be published in 1932. I found the wri ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini adalah novel Agatha Christie pertama saya, jadi mungkin sewaktu-waktu saya bisa menurunkan satu atai beberapa bintang setelah membaca karyanya yang lain. So yeah, I'm ecstatic to read more of her! (Any recomendation what should I read next?)

Parker Pyne adalah tokoh yang sangat menarik. Apakah Anda tidak bahagia? Kalau begitu, mintalah nasihat Mr. Parker Pyne, Richmond Street nomor 17. Mengenai pekerjaannya, saya juga kurang yakin. Konsultan hati? Psikolog? Part-time detective (if he's need
Dec 07, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection of a different kind of Christie story. I think Parker Pyne would make a great series, though I remember a few of the stories were adapted for The Agatha Christie Hour.

Some of these were more along the lines of lonely people looking for adventure, thereby engaging Mr. Parker Pyne to the rescue, but other were more mystery. Hence, a nice, and very different selection.

Plus we get to see Miss Lemon work for Parker Payne before she quit the job and went to work for Hercule Poirot ;)
Alexandra Crocodile
I try and try to love Christie, but she makes it hard! Although, with over 80 books written, one has to give her certain allowances, and I'll keep on reading her books until I've read them all, I expect:)

This is a collection of short stories featuring her third detective; Mr. Parker Pyne. I didn't warm to him at all, I'm afraid. He is by nature a very reserved man, who likes to be incognito, but at the same time a reader should feel that they get to know him during the course of a book.

Some sto
Bill Beck
It was a collection of short stories with the same character Mr. Parker Pyne. Some were interesting and others were kind of silly. "The Case of the Distressed Lady" was probably my favorite story in this book.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Short stories are not usually my thing, detective shorts more so (or perhaps I mean less so. You know what I mean.) But Parker Pyne is not really a detective, and I really enjoyed this book. Parker Pyne is a refreshing change from Poirot and Marple, which may be why Christie created him. He's not a detective but a fixer--he fixes lives, situations and feelings. "Are you unhappy? Consult Mr Parker Pyne," says his ad in the agony column of the Times--and of course we all know that only decent peop ...more
Kimberly Ann
Parker Pyne, for the most part, comes by his clients via an advertisement in the "Personals" of The Times. The ad offers people a chance at happiness. Working with him are: his secretary, Miss Lemon (same name as Poirot's); novelist , Ariadne Oliver; lounge lizard, Claude Luttrell; & disguise artist, Madeleine de Sara.

Most of the stories featured people looking for happiness, but a few dealt with murder investigation.

Stories included:

The Case of the Middle-aged Wife: The marriage of George a
This is not, by far, the best Agatha Christie book. It is a collection of short contrived stories that are interesting as historical literature, or examples of writing exercise, but are poorly written otherwise. Parker Pyne puts an advert in the paper announcing that anyone who is unhappy should consult him and using statistics and his knowledge of human behaviour he would sort them out. Fanciful.

My first impression was that these stories are written in a totally un-Christie fashion. They are r
Tyler Jones
May 01, 2015 Tyler Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-most-cozy
I think what we have here is Christie attempting, at first anyway, to do something a little different. The first few stories are hardly even mysteries at all, but cute little tales of unhappy people finding relief from their sorrows through the elaborate machinations of one Mr.Parker Pyne. It seems Christie's original plan was to use Pyne's experience as a former clerk in the office of statistics to aid him in making people happy. An interesting idea, but one that Christie can't really pull off. ...more
Etienne Mahieux
Apr 06, 2015 Etienne Mahieux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker Pyne était, paraît-il, un des personnages favoris d'Agatha Christie, et pourtant les faits sont là : il était sans avenir ; ses aventures se limitent à cette collection de nouvelles (douze, comme souvent avec lady Agatha, qui a d'étranges idiosyncrasies) ; à noter que bien que les bureaux de Pyne soient londoniens, une bonne moitié se déroulent à l'étranger, notamment dans cet Orient riche d'histoire qui fascinait tant l'auteur. Ce détective d'un genre particulier est un ancien statistici ...more
Иван Величков
Една от малкото книги на Агата Кристи, която да ми хареса. Може би защото не мога да понасям френския лигльо и старата дама, дето си вре носа на всякъде. Тук имаме съвсем друг тип детектив. Паркър Пайн е пенсионер, който е обработвал статистически данни към вътрешно министерство. Решава, че може да помага на хората, защото колкото и да са им уникални проблемите в повечето случаи са чиста статистика.

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