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The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,828 ratings  ·  288 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 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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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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Molly Black
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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Laurel Young
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
Carmen
Feb 10, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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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Guy Adams
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
Claudia
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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Dana
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

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Melvin Mathews
This was a very easy read for me. I liked the fact that Mr. Satterthwaite's reaction on seeing Mr. Quin is not, "Oh no, it's you again! What new bad thing is going to happen NOW?" but more on the lines of "Oooooh what new exciting game are we going to play? Can I be the hero again, can I?" Actually it's not thaaat fatuous, but I really liked the fact that Satterthwaite's open reaction to Mr. Quin's sudden appearance is to rejoice that he can take centerstage in the drama of life as opposed to be ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 24, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Penny
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
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.
Julia
my FAVORITE of the christie mysteries. so original...i've never been as intrigued and made slightly uncomfortable by a mystery both at once.
Ryan G
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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Phayvanh
Dec 15, 2008 Phayvanh rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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Johara Almogbel
Agatha Christie's mystery novels are pretty straightforward. A crime happens, she messes with your brain puzzling out how it happens, then the crime is solved to the public and all is well. Her politically based spy novels are perhaps a little less clear, but are also more mundane. Her foray into the supernatural, though? Blows them all out of the water.

There's something about the idea of Mr. Quin, about the way the events in each story unfolds that's arresting. Nothing is neatly tied up, nothin
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Kasey
This book was simply haunting and yet, beautifully written. The ending leaves you hanging, though you know that there is really nothing more. These two characters, Mr. Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite, are now my favorites, surpassing Hastings. XD
Dawn
I can't say as Mr. Quin was a great addition to these stories. I probably would have liked them better if they had just been with Mr. Satterthwaite.
Uncle
The early books of Agatha Christie are interesting in that they show the author still experimenting with the form of the classic mystery novel. These books give a fleeting taste of a writer who eventually hit upon a wildly successful formula, one from which her publishers rarely let her deviate. The Mysterious Mr. Quin, published in 1930, is a series of interconnected short stories set variously in the country houses and luxurious vacation spots of the wealthy, or those who wish to prey upon the ...more
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
Brit McCarthy
Well that may just have been the best of Agatha Christie that I have read in my short life! I stayed up to finish it and write this review even though I'm dead tired and my eyes are falling out of my head.

I am yet to meet an Agatha Christie book I didn't like (I hope the day never comes) but this collection of short stories starring the charming, lovable Mr. Satterthwaite and the strange relationship he holds with the elusive Mr. Quin has really stood out for me above most of the others that I'v
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Mónica Silva
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Uma coletânea de estórias com a participação da personagem mais peculiar de todo o universo de Agatha Christie: Mr. Harley Quin. Nada é sabido acerca da origem de Mr. Quin, as suas motivações não são claras e maneira como surge inesperadamente no centro de um mistério é no mínimo intrigante. Esta personagem é, no fundo, uma incógnita! Mas é isto que o torna tão fascinante.

A sua relação com Mr. Satterthwaite é invulgar e engraçada: Mr. Quin
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John
Brittany and I picked out a few audiotapes for a road trip we took a couple of weeks ago, and this is the only one that I continued to listen to after the trip. The fact that it is a collection of short stories made it easier to listen to during my commute to and from work.

My biggest complaint about the book is that there isn't enough variety in the tales. There are 12 stories, and all have the same general theme. I'm not sure if I would feel the same way if I was reading it instead of listening
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Christa
An unusual, but fun turn for Agatha Christie as she takes her readers close to the intersection of fantasy, thriller, and mystery. The short stories are loosely bound together by recurring characters. These characters occasionally reference preceding stories, but otherwise the stories are fairly free-standing. Mr. Satterthwaite is the main character in all the stories, and I find him to be really fun. He isn't actually comical, but shares a lot of the same sort of fussiness that Poirot has, and ...more
Rebecca
This collection of short stories features sixty-something Mr. Satterthwaite, always an onlooker in life, but who gets involved in others' romantic lives to try to solve their problems. Helping him is the mysterious Mr. Quin, a vaguely supernatural man who is essentially an embodiment of Harlequin in modern dress--when Mr. Quin shows up, Mr. Satterthwaite knows he will have to save a life or a relationship, or both.

I read this as a teen, and have been trying to remember what my reaction would hav
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Zakariah Johnson
This is a book both about and starring stylized archetypes of the theatre, most especially Harlequin but also other characters and tropes people looking outside themselves will inevitably recognize both on stage and off if they live long enough and are wise enough to listen more than they speak. The protagonist of the book is the elderly Mr. Satterthwaite, the sort of person who waited all his life to invest the role of the gentle, old art collector. By long habit of observation, he discovers th ...more
Carol
"O Misterioso Mr. Quin" é um livro onde são narrados vários contos policiais, sendo as personagens intervenientes em comum Mr. Satterthwaite, um velho solteirão, e Mr. Quin, um enigmático personagem que surge sempre que alguma tragédia está para ocorrer.

Os dois contos que mais gostei foram "A Voz na Noite" e "O Rosto de Helena"!! ;)

Recomendo a todos os que gostem de policiais em suaves prestações! :)
Veronikah
Jul 06, 2014 Veronikah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: crime, fantasy, faves, mystery
The Mysterious Mr Quin is an amazing read!
I was, again, mindblown! (view spoiler)

The book contains twelve stories following Mr Satterthwaite's life, and the occasional appearance of a mystery and the mysterious Mr. Quin. While it isn't until the last part of the book that you realize that, it does span throughout a few years of his life.
Whenever Mr. Quin comes around, a mystery is bound to come to light. He has the power, if I may say it like this,
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Aulia Hazuki
Lagi, salah satu novel favorit dari Agatha Christie selain Nemesis, juga merupakan karakter favoritku selain Miss Marple.
Mr. Quin yang misterius, yang kemunculannya selalu diikuti dengan tragedi, dan mulai terungkapnya rahasia-rahasia masa lalu. Mr. Quin, yang membuat Mr. Satterthwaite merasa senang dengan kehadirannya namun juga merasa penasaran. Mr. Quin, yang mengungkap siapa jati dirinya yang sesungguhnya di kasus terakhir.
12 kasus dalam novel ini sangat menarik, kasus-kasus yang diciptakan
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