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Parker Pyne Investigates (Ariadne Oliver #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  11,076 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 14th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published November 1934)
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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.
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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 27, 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
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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.
Olga Godim
Apr 18, 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
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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
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Rebecca
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
Aya
Feb 11, 2017 Aya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
كانت رحلة عودة ممتعة جدًا لعالم أجاثا كريستي، ووجب الأعتراف إن مستر باركر باين من أمتع التحريين اللي قرأت عنهم في حياتي.
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
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Sahar keshmiri
يك مجموعه ديگه از داستان كوتاه هاي اگاتا كريستي كه در ايران با عنوان خانه اي در شيراز به چاپ رسيده
اين كتاب بر خلاف بقيه داستان هاي كريستي در مورد قتل يا جنايت يا جاسوسي نيست ، داستان هاي كتاب حول محور شخصيت اصلي آن يعني پاركر پاين مي گرده كه داراي شركت ست كه مي شود بنگاه شادماني ناميد، يعني اگر خوشحال نيستيد به او مراجعه مي كنيد و اون هم مشكلاتتون رو حل مي كنه
نكته جالب كتاب همين بود كه زاويه ديد ما به كل ماجرا از بقيه داستان ها متفاوت بود ولي در مجموع مثل بقيه مجموعه داستان كوتاه هاي كريستي به م
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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
Hannah
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.
Ines
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.
Masoud Irannejad
This book is good
طارق الموالدي
ويعود الطبيب ليكون مخزن الأحزان ومستودع الحلول للمشكلات!
The Year of Agatha
Fairly fluffy short stories, but a lot of fun!
Maya
Parker Pyne is no Hercule Poirot. In fact, he himself admits that he is not an actual detective. The man himself will tell you that he is a "detective of the heart" by helping people regain their happiness. The collection of cases varied in quality. The first 6 are actual cases that Pyne agrees to work on while the last 6 involve him solving cases while on vacation.
Pros: Some of the cases, especially the ones involving a murder, were pretty good. Christie knows how to write a mystery, even if i
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Sinta Nisfuanna
"... saya bukan detektif. Pencurian dan kejahatan sama sekali bukan bidang saya. Hati manusialah keahlian saya." Parker Pyne h. 148

Dengan latar belakang keahliannya di bidang statistik yang digunakannya untuk menganalisa psikologi manusia, Mr. Pyne membuka jasa membalik kesedihan menjadi kebahagiaan. Dua kasus pertama membosankan karena ekspektasi awal saya akan menemukan kasusnya yang njelimet seperti seri Poirot atau Sherlock Holmes, tapi murni tentang kemampuan Mr. Pyne dalam mengenal psikolo
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Whistlers Mom
Sep 11, 2016 Whistlers Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you're the "Queen of Mystery," readers expect your books to be about crime. Mr. Parker Pyne is identified as a detective or "investigator," but he's really a retired civil servant who's now a private consultant in the all-important business of happiness. He's not a detective, but he knows a lot about human nature. In her autobiography (speaking of her failed first marriage) Christie says, "Now that I am older and know more about men and women...." Like Mr. Parker Pyne, she was a close obser ...more
Bookworm
Feb 20, 2017 Bookworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A interesting collection of short stories about one, Parker Pyne, and the rather unorthodox methods he sometimes employs,(he rather encourages in lying to fix something unfortunately) in fixing people who are unhappy. Rather humorous and droll at times, with of course, a few murders thrown in-because even a ordinary British clerk runs into a dead body now and then. :)
The Advertisment reads thus: "Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond St."
Lida
Apr 16, 2013 Lida rated it liked it
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
Amarante
Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of short stories and amazingly enough, every single short story read like a clever detective novel à la Agatha Christie with all manipulative aspects present which I so adore. Of course they are shorter and therefore as a reader it may be hard to immerse yourself completely in every single case, but that is unavoidable in such a format. Through the use of reappearing characters, Agatha Christie also clevery binds these short stories together. And although ...more
Damaskcat
Nov 24, 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
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Lis
Jan 24, 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
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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
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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
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Susan
Dec 03, 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 ;)
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
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Someone
Jan 06, 2011 Someone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Huda
Oct 12, 2008 Huda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huda by: Afnan
Shelves: arabic-books
باركر باين تقاعد بعد عمله في جمع الإحصائيات في مكتب حكومي لمدة 35 عامآ. وجد أن القليلون فقط هم السعداء فقرر أن يستخدام خبرته بطريقة مبتكرة، فوضع إعلانآ في صحيفة الصباح يقول
هل أنت سعيد؟ إن لم تكن سعيدآ فاستشر السيد باركر باين ، 17 شارع ريتشموند
:) الكتاب عبارة عن قصص قصيرة لأناس قرؤا هذا الإعلان الصباحي المتميز
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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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