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الرجل الغامض (Harley Quin #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,711 Ratings  ·  350 Reviews
" اننى أكره دائما أن تشير زوجتى لورا إلى هذا الموضوع ، فان هذا البيت بعد الحادث بيع لرجل أعمال ثرى ، ولكنه بعد عام بدأ يعلن عن بيعه بثمن منخفض ، وكثرت الشائعات عن وجود شبح فيه .. شبح صاحبه المنتحر .. "
Paperback, 156 pages
Published 1975 by دار القلم - بيروت (first published 1930)
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Nandakishore Varma
May 12, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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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
Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 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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Molly Black
Aug 24, 2012 Molly Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Dana
Mar 27, 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!
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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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
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 24, 2014 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
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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Jill Hutchinson
Jun 03, 2013 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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.
Phoebes
Sep 15, 2015 Phoebes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I would have, but I liked this book a lot. It's strange, it's sad, it's mysterious, just like its detective. Although I didn't like all the stories the same, and the coincidences orchestrated by Mr. Quin are sometimes a bit too much, it was a very very pleasant reading: as always exciting, interesting and funny.

Non me l’aspettavo, ma questo libro mi è piaciuto proprio tanto. E’ strano, è triste, è misterioso, proprio come il suo investigatore protagonista. Anche se i racconti non
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Ryan G
Dec 30, 2010 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Claudia
Oct 06, 2014 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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Johara Almogbel
Oct 11, 2014 Johara Almogbel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2015 Kasey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, have become my favorites, surpassing Hastings (sorry, love!).
Julie Davis
Sep 19, 2015 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read these for many years but they were always among my favorite collection of Agatha Christie stories.

Mr. Satterthwaite is a dried up little old man whose main gift seems to be noticing details. Every so often, Mr. Quin appears mysteriously (but coincidentally) in situations where trouble is brewing (or murder has occurred). His observations seem to be just the thing to prompt Mr. Satterthwaite to put it all the pieces together. These stories have Christie's trademark ability to mystify
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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
Apr 26, 2013 Uncle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Penny Landon
Aug 09, 2012 Penny Landon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mónica Silva
Feb 02, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 09, 2009 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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Maureen
An unusual early Christie short story collection which combines crime with the supernatural. It also adds evidence to my theory that Christie was just as interested in the human passions that drive us as she was in murder. I particularly enjoyed the final story with its allegory about love and its endings in a rubbish heap or a beautiful cottage.
JBooks
fantastic short stories ! cant wait to read another book by Agatha Christie

review to come
Sean Homrig
There are some that think this one of Christie's best books, and while I really enjoy the idea of seemingly omnipotent character (that being the titular Mr. Quin) helping others to solve mysteries without ever being directly involved, many of the stories here fall rather flat.

While I can appreciate that this isn't your standard cozy mystery fare, some of the tales feel like short stories that Christie later adapted to fit the framing of the book. There are a few mundane plots here, some of which
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Christa
Mar 07, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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