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The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  7,994 Ratings  ·  459 Reviews
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 murder? And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royalston Hall, an isolate ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 15th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published April 14th 1930)
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Nandakishore Varma
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
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Simona Bartolotta
Oct 19, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, collections
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 anymore: 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
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Poonam
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 Marple....
"This was Mr.Quin's doing. It was
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mark monday
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.

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Laurel Young
Apr 20, 2011 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Zoha
Nov 07, 2016 Zoha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Before reading the blurb I thought the story of Joker and Harley Quinn is retold!
Turned out Harley Quin is a guy and a detective! Great! -_-
Molly Black
Aug 24, 2012 Molly Black rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite collection of short stories, all tied together around the realm of the harlequinade as experienced by the dapper, if wizened, Mr. Satterthwaite.

As others have mentioned, there's no sense of strain in these stories, no sense that the beloved by many, Agatha Christie, had problems matching Mr. Quin to his supernatural side, by bringing in the ever curious Mr. Satterthwaite to help bring walking spirits to rest, perhaps bring the guilty to justice, and even to help the lonely dis
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Carmen
Feb 23, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
A charming collection of Agatha Christie stories, all revolving around a man with the unlikely name of Harley Quin.

Mr. Quin appears and disappears suddenly. But if the protagonist, Mr. Satterthwaite, sees him, he knows that something exciting is about to happen.

This book focused more on suicide than other Agatha Christie books I've read. Some stories didn't deal with murder or suicide, but the majority did.

1.) The Coming of Mr. Quin. Harley Quin shows up unexpectedly at a New Year's Eve dinner p
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Ayman Gomaa
مع تانى تجرية ليا مع اجاثا كريستى و اول تجربة مع مجموعة قصصية لها استطيع ان اقول انها كانت مغامرة ممتعة و مملة فى بعضها مجموعة من الجرائم تحدث او حدثت يتم تناولها بشكل مثير بين السيد ساترثوايت و السيد كوين الغامض الذى ظهوره يبشر بالحب او نذيرا للموت
بعض القصص كانت رتيبة و البعض الاخر كان ممتع و مثير
على الرغم من هذا فقد اعجبت بالسيد ساترثوايت اكثر :)
تقييمى للقصص
1- مجى السيد كوين 2.5 نجمة
2- ظل على الزجاج 2 نجمة
3-فى نزل بيلز و موتلى 3 نجوم
4- علامة فى السماء 3.5 نجوم
5-روح مدير اللعبة 5 نجوم
6- ر
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Sahar keshmiri
این کتاب اگاتا کریستی مجموعه داستانی است با دو شخصیت محوری:اقای ساترزویت و آقای کوئین.
اولی مرد ریز اندام و دقیقی ست که به گفته برخی از دیگر شخصیت های داستان خصوصیات زنانه بارزی دارد و این یعنی بسیار دقیق ، نکته سنج و ریز بین است.اقای ساترزویت هیچ وقت اشتباه نمی کند.
اما با دومین مرد اقای کوئین، ما به عنوان یک چهره حقیقی و بسیار واقعی اشنا می شویم اما هر چه بیشتر او را می شناسیم متوجه جنبه های نا مشخص و تعریف نشده شخصیت و حتی ماهیت او می شویم.
در هر یک از قسمت های این مجموعه داستان اقای ساترزویت در
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Ivonne Rovira
Nov 15, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Golden Age of Mystery fans
Dame Agatha Christie pens a collection of short stories very different than her works featuring the precise, foppish Hercule Poirot or the intuitive but circumlocutious Miss Marple. The stories deal with the interaction between a mysterious dark, saturnine stranger using the pseudonym of Harley Quin and a 69-year-old meek, wizened bachelor named Mr. Satterthwaite, a man sometimes sentimental and a bit of a fop but perceptive and a shrewd judge of character. In the story titled “The Soul of the C ...more
Vintage
I adore Agatha Christie. She is a wonderful mystery writer in that she revolutionized the concept of what a non-violent, cozy mystery could be with her psychological approach of what motivates a criminal. Rather than focus on over-intellectual concepts that excuse criminal behavior she allowed her criminals to be regular people that killed for human reasons: love, hate, revenge. The crimes, the criminals and the victims are relatable. Both Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple rely on their knowledge o ...more
Guy Adams
Feb 08, 2011 Guy Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fantasy
The Mysterious Mr. Quin is not one of Christie's most well know books. A collection of bizarre, bittersweet tales starring Mr. Satterthwaite, an elderly observer of life. He is a refined old gent who knows all about the complexities of life and love but has never experienced them for his own. Mr. Satterthwaite is haunted, not only by his barely-realised sense of regret but also by a mysterious man known as Mr. Quin, a man who "speaks for the dead" and "comes and goes" as they need him. Mr. Quin ...more
Dana
Mar 16, 2013 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What did I think?! Answer: Eww -_-

I'll say just two points:-
1- Christie wrote this book when she was a beginner.
2- If not so, then my copy is not the original text :p

w a5tem klamy b 7asbya Allah w Ne3ma Alwakeel!
Lotte
3.5 stars maybe? I'll have to think about that last story for a little longer...
Abbey
1930, sentimental, slightly spooky short stories tied together very loosely via protagonists (Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite) and themes (how meeting someone can change a life, at any moment, for almost any reason, sometimes just in the nick of time). Not really a true novel, but an interesting grouping of stories that reflect popular philosophy/attitudes at the time; many of these now seem very innocent in tone, at least superficially - don't be fooled... Some stories are three stars, a coup ...more
Phayvanh
Dec 15, 2008 Phayvanh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Phayvanh by: library book sale
Who are you crazy people who like this book, think it memorable, or - gasp! - among one of Christie's best works??!! This book sucked ostrich eggs. The only reason I kept reading it to the end was to unlock the "mystery" of Mr. Quin, and to revel in Christie's spiral into the dark and supernatural. Little did I know that this was Christie at her laziest.

The 12 interlocking, and often repetitive, stories featuring both Mr. Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite, are rough sketches of (potentially intriguing
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Nivedita (thebooklovingnerd)
Agatha Christie does it again! She cannot write a mystery and not make it mind blowing. It's so easy to read an Agatha Christie book from time to time to dive into a world of mystery and intrigue.
The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a collection of twelve stories featuring a very interesting character, Mr Satterthwaite who observes everyone and everything. He is a person "who knows everything", as described by most of the characters in these stories.

"But I see things. I may have been only a looker on at
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Claudia
Apr 22, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The best thing that Christie ever wrote.

Mr. Satterthwaite is our guide into an upper class world of murder, deceit and property. An old man, he is Poirot without the little grey cells, or Miss Marple without the ability to apply his strong observational skills to problems, and is mostly content to be an observer of life rather than to take part in it.

All this changes when the highly mysterious Mr. Harley Quin arrives on the scene. Odd and unusual, where he goes drama follows, leaving Mr. Sattert
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Jennifer Girardin
I enjoyed this collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, featuring fussy little Mr. Satterthwaite and the dark and mysterious Mr. Harley Quin, who is always "just passing by," and helps Mr. Satterthwaite solve crimes and human dramas that unravel before him.

Mr. Satterthwaite is an older man, a bachelor, and a connoisseur. He has always watched life pass by, and was content to do so. But as old age approaches, he decides to participate in the little things that have passed him by.
He is hap
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Jill Hutchinson
Harley Quin is one of my favorite Agatha Christie characters and her least known. Along with his friend, Mr. Sattherhwaite, they solve little mysteries....or do they? Mr. Quin suddenly appears on the scene no matter where it may be whenever Mr. Sattherwhaite is faced with a problem such as murder or theft. Is he real or is he a figment of his friend's imagination. He suggests solutions and leads Mr. Sattherhwaite to the solving of the crime(s). Christie implies that he may be almost a supernatur ...more
Morwenna Morasch
Recently re-read it while sick with the flu. This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie book - a very different and unique take on story telling, fate, and the now out-of-fashion British Harlequinade. Always a fun, if slightly melachcolic read.
Ardy Damar
Nov 01, 2015 Ardy Damar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jadi Mr quin ini cenayang atau detektif?..

Tp kalo denger nama harley quin yg kebayang malah pacarnya joker..
Julia
Feb 11, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my FAVORITE of the christie mysteries. so original...i've never been as intrigued and made slightly uncomfortable by a mystery both at once.
Charlotte Langstroth
You should read this if you're quite familiar with Christie - I say this as otherwise I think you'd find this slightly underwhelming. These are all short stories which all follow the similar pattern of Mr. Satterthwaite, who with a lack of confidence solves mysteries with help from Mr. Harley Quinn who only ever appears intermittently. I found the first two stories VERY POOR but the rest seemed to pick up after. My favourites were "At The Bells & Motley", "The Soul of the Croupier", and "The ...more
Leah
Simply loved it: Engaging story telling, british sense of humor and murder.
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Mildly entertaining collection of short mysteries. I don’t believe this is Agatha Christie’s best work but there are enough enjoyable stories mixed in with misses that it wasn’t altogether a loss.

Unlike the more famous Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot mysteries the protagonist in these stories is not an investigator/detective, or even looking for mysteries to solve. This premise begins to wear fairly thin by the end of the book. Though I imagine that if you were reading them as they were originall
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Ryan G
May 04, 2010 Ryan G rated it really liked it
Well here I am finishing up another book on my Agatha Christie self challenge and I must say that I'm still not sure what I'm really thinking about this one. This is a collection of 12 short stories that she wrote over a long period of time that while they are mysteries, there is a very strong supernatural element to them.

They all feature Mr. Satterthwaite, a older gentleman who has lived his life through the observation of others. When he encounters Mr. Harly Quin for the first time, he knows h
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Penny Landon
Aug 05, 2012 Penny Landon rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of Agatha Christie and as I have made my way through all of her books, I have begun to notice pattern between them. The style of the mysteries is always the same. This book took me by surprise because it is so different from the rest of her works. I started reading with the assumption that Mr. Harley Quin would be the "detective" and the stories would be told from his point of view. I'm glad that I was completely wrong. All of the stories are told from the point of view ...more
Cheyenne
Apr 09, 2016 Cheyenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mysterious Mr. Quin is much like the house that lies at the end of his “Lover’s Lane” in the book’s final chapter. In this ruined cottage, one can see either a dream house or a rubbish heap. Likewise, one reader may receive the novel as an innovative synthesis of literature and theatre while another, preferring Christie’s more traditional works, may regard it as a failed experiment that denies explanation and thereby deceives expectations. This reviewer, for one, revels in Christie’s mystery ...more
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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