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Parker Pyne Investigates (Parker Pyne #1)

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Mrs. Packington felt alone, helpless and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in the Times that read: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne."

Equally adept at putting together the fragments of a murder mystery or the pieces of a broken marriage, Mr. Parker Pyne is possibly the world's most unconventional private investigato
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 10th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1934)
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Laurel Young
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Yasmeen Rushdy
His first book, read it for Agatha Christie's impressed by the character of Parker Payne really wonderful group story
Parker Pyne is one of Agatha Christie's less well known detectives. He is a retired civil servant with the similar understanding of people that Poirot & Miss Marple are famous for.
Parker Pyne advertises in the newspaper "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr Parker Pyne ... "
His clients are a mixed bunch, but most are bored of daily life & wanting a little adventure in their lives, which Mr. Pyne supplies with help of a small trusted band of friends/employees.

The book is very much of its tim
Nada Agami
الكتاب ممتع جدااا

مش هحتاج أعلق على المؤلف.... اجاثا أسلوبها معروف ودايما مبدعة

الكتاب عبارة عن مجموعة قصص بطلها هو باركر باين

السيد باركر هو ملاذ المكتئبين والتعيسين وذو المشكلات ،،،، وباركر بيساعدهم فى حل مشكلاتهم

تتنوع المشاكل فى الكتاب ففى اول قصة المشكلة اجتماعية وتصنيف القصة يندرج تحت قصص المغامرات وبعض القصص تصنف
من القصص البوليسية

بعض القصص كانت تنافس فيها كونان دويل فى كتابة القصة البوليسية لكنها كانت بتقع فى نقطه

مثال ( قصة قضية المرأة الحزينة (

كانت حلوة بس كشف كذبة ايرنستين ريتشارد كان
I don't read much detective type mystery novels so this was a nice change for me. I throughly enjoyed the book. All the short stories were interesting and I have always wondered what one can do to help others in such and such situation. I rather liked the small love stories in between and the twists were something unexpected in some of them. There were lots of character development throughout the book which was entertaining.
Aulia Z.
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
Matteo Pellegrini

"Siete felici? Se la risposta è no, consultate Mr. Parker Pyne, Richmond Street, 17". Ogni mattina questo annuncio pubblicitario appare sulla prima pagina dei più noti quotidiani inglesi e ogni giorno decine di persone si riversano nello strano ufficio di Richmond Street. A riceverle trovano l'insuperabile Parker Pyne, uno strano individuo un po' detective e un po' stregone. Mr. Pyne, dal canto suo, ama definirsi "medico", ma è certamente un medico assai particolare, abilissimo nel rimettere a p

I'm not usually a fan of Agatha Christie's short stories (I think her novels are far superior), but I quite enjoyed this set, especially the first. Technically, Mr. Parker Pyne is not a detective, but a consultant who uses statistics to solve people's problems and make them happy.

Parker Pyne indaga è una raccolta di racconti gialli scritti da Agatha Christie fra il 1932 e il 1933 e pubblicati per la prima volta nel 1934.

Siete felici? Se la risposta è no, consultate Mr. Parker Pyne, Richmond Street, 17. Questo è l'annuncio che compare sui giornali e che introduce Mr. Parker Pyne. Il libro raccoglie dodici racconti gialli:

Il caso della moglie di mezz'età
Il caso del militare scontento
Il caso della signora disperata
Il caso del marito scontento
Il caso dell'impiegato della Cit

The first half of the "cases" are not mysteries at all - so, very different shades of Christie. The mysteries, are short for my taste - I like the full novels much better.
باركر باين محقق ذكي وحاذق ليس كمثله من المحققين فهو لا يحقق في جرائم القتل وماشابهها بل يساعد موكليه ليشعروا بالسعادة ، رائع جدًا ، اجاثا عجييبة
Dentro de un  Libro
3.5 estrellas. Un libro diferente a lo que estoy acostumbrada a leer de Agatha, compuesto por varios relatos cortos.
What could be better than an Agatha Christie short story? Like M & Ms, one is never enough. Unlike M & Ms, the devourer is never satiated. Only 14 Parker Pyne stories were written and they are all here. I read some of these years and years ago, but when I found there was a complete collection, I bought it at once.

Parker Pyne is one of Christie's lesser known detectives. Each story stands on its own and each has a nice little twist. Parker Pyne guarantees a cure for unhappiness and only
Parts of it were like total recall, it was great
Jeffrey Marks
A mixed bag of stories.
Ya hice una reseña de otro libro de Agatha Christie, pero puedo decir de este que es una obra maestra en toda regla.

Jamás había leído un libro de semejante calidad.

Si os digo que casi me lo leo en un mismo día, creo que os lo digo todo. Solo dejé de leer porque pasadas unas horas comencé a marearme, imagino que de tener la vista puesta todo el rato en un mismo punto.

De noche me daban las tantas y las horas se pasaban sin ni siquiera avisar que se iban.

Está escrito de una forma muy curiosa, que f
An Odd1
Only two deaths, more fun and surprises. Large bald Pyne reassures 12 unhappy clients, half from London Times Personal ad, half interrupting his holidays, that human troubles fall into five main categories discovered in his former career in civil service statistics: ill health, boredom, marriage discontent (x 2 spouses), and ?? (unstated) p50. By now, Christie had been happily married four years to her second husband Max, lending a perspective of relaxed confidence to the diagnoses and entertain ...more
Ryan G
I can't remember when I read this book for the first time, but I know I was in middle school, maybe 5th grade. Back then there wasn't enough action for me to keep me interested. I wanted mysteries that involved lots of dead bodies and nefarious plots by overly active evil doers. For the most part those are not the cases that Mr. Parker Pyne takes.

This is a collection of 12 short stories that run the gamut from a wife wanting her husband back and it working out to a husband wanting his wife back
Interesting. Rather than a typical whodunnit, Christie has used Parker Pyne to explore human nature in a series of short stories. He's sort of a detective, because some of the stories involve crime, but he describes himself as a specialist in making people happy. I found it entertaining, except the recurring theme of women not being truly happy unless there's a certain amount of jealous tension was ridiculous and frustrating to me.

I found 2 of the stories to be particularly interesting. (As luc
Parker Pyne is not a detective. He occasionally detects, and even solves a couple murders, but most of these stories are not detective stories. He is a former government employee who had a somewhat vague unclear job. In this way he is somewhat reminiscent of Mycroft Holmes; a genius who has a vague job in the British Government who appears to have had a lot of power due to general respect for his own intelligence. Now he is retired and has dedicated himself to making people happy. He runs an adv ...more
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