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The Listerdale Mystery

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,538 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Twelve tantalising cases...the curious disappearance of Lord Listerdale; a newlywed's fear of her ex-fiance; a strange encounter on atrain; a domestic murder investigation; a mild man's sudden personality change; a retired inspector's hunt for a murderess; a young woman's impersonation of a duchess; a necklace hidden in a basket of cherries; a mystery writer's arrest for m ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1994 (first published January 1st 1929)
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Without spoiling anything, there is a trend in how several of these stories end...
This is a great collection of short mysteries. It is filled with misunderstandings, secrets, intrigue and even some espionage. It seems to focus on extraordinary things happened to ordinary people, which I really loved. I think the Listerdale mystery was my favorite story in this bunch and had the best and quite surprising ending. I also loved the story with the "Marquess". Even though Miss Marple and Poirot were absent, these were great stories by AC. She has a wonderful talent for short story ...more
I know my rating of this book suffered because of two things. One, I had previously read all but three of these stories and two, as a collection so many of the stories were similar as to ruin their appeal.

Still, it is the master of the mystery genre writing them and most of them were really good. I was very partial to several of the stories, including Accident and Mr. Eastwood’s Adventure.
Apr 29, 2009 Carolyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brit mystery fans
Shelves: audio
I do like that the stories were unpredictable - you don't know what kind of crime or mystery will be committed (unlike most of Christie's novels about murder), and you don't know whose perspective you're getting - the criminal, the sleuth, the hero - without Poirot or Miss Marple to set the stage. It's like a collection of short puzzles - not all super strong, but all fun.
It was interesting to see different mysteries that are not always revolving around a murder. I did not like them all but most of them were well rounded up and some even funny. It is always difficult to judge a collection of short stories because they are short thus they need to be straight to the point. Indeed in that novel there is not the same psychological pictures of characters yet in those short excerpt they were well defined.
I particularly liked 'The manhood of Edward Robinson' because fi
Wow. This took me so long and I did not like it at all. Probably more of a 2.75 but I can't see myself giving it a three.

Here is the plot for 80% of these Stories

- Handsome man meets beautiful girl, they are married or will get married in the end after like 20 hours of being together.
- There is an identity mistake
- Identity Swap
- Half of the time it wasn't even a real mystery
- There is no suspense whatsoever
- You clearly know who is the murderer (or not) from page 3 of 13.

I cannot say I complet
Nice collection of mystery short stories, some with romantic elements, mostly with predictable endings. My favorites: Philomel Cottage, Jane in Search of a Job and the last one, Swan Song.
تعجبني اغاثا في كتاباتها ..
حقا اتسائل من اين لها هذه القدرة في الكتابة .. لغويا وعقليا من جميع النواحي ..
تباغتك بأفكارها بشتى الطرق .. احببتها جدا :)
This collection of short stories is a little different to Agatha Christie's usual offerings.

Each story is different, in that they aren't the usual murders, but instead involve mysteries such as hidden necklaces and a strange encounter on a train. Some of the stories haven't "aged" as well as others, giving a very old-fashioned rather than quaint/charming/endearing feel, and there is an overwhelming "feel-good" factor to the stories, sometimes to the detriment of a proper ending/conclusion. Whils
حلو الى حد ما قصص جميلة أفضلهم الضحية العاشرة لكنى أعتقد أن روايات أجاثا الكبيرة أكثر تشويقا ..
Que no engañe las tres estrellas que le doy a este libro (en realidad merece más), la forma en que lo califico no corresponde a la diversión que me proporciono, la cual es mucha y de todos sabores y colores. Es una lastima que yo prefiera el sabor a sangre y locura en dosis insanas y mortíferas.

Esta obra de Agatha reúne varios cuentos cortos de corte policiaco, misterio, aventura y más misterio, todo ello aderezado de misterio con chispas de misterio y cubierta de misterio liquido. Es así como d
Aaaaah yeees my first Spanish book, I'm so proud :D

And what makes me the happiest is that I highly enjoyed this book! I've always wanted to read an Agatha Christie book, and this was the perfect choice!

Every story was enticing and there were some parts where I actually gasped! Agatha's way of writing is beautiful and it makes you feel like you're inside the mystery! I've never read anything like it, I enjoyed it sooo much.

This book is basically a compilation of 10 short stories, all written b
1934, sweet, slightly mysterious stories from Christie, most originally published in magazines in 1920s; very old-fashioned style, but still gently entertaining. Three-and-one-half-stars.

[date= when first published]

1924 02 The Girl in the Train
— sweet spy tale mixed with large dollops of Wodehousian attitude

1924 08 Mr. Eastwood's Adventure apa Mystery of the Second Cucumber,
apa Mystery of the Spanish Shawl
— the author as detective - fun look at the writin
I often forget that Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple did not populate all of Dame Christie's books. This should not be difficult for me - I owned a small book called A Star Over Christmas. This book's author was Agatha Christie Mallowen. It took me years to make the connection between my favorite Christmas book and the Grande Dame of mysteries, but those stories were nothing like her mysteries.

Nevertheless, I picked up these twelve stories expecting Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) to be reading abo
A collection of light, fluffy crime stories by Dame Agatha. Most of them end with a marriage proposal from one practical stranger to another. The one story ("Philomel Cottage") that has been adapted into a play and subsequent movie is a bit darker. (view spoiler) ...more
Izzatur Rahmaniyah
I didn't really enjoy the stories actually. The ending was easy to be guessed. Some cases were also similar with the others. However, some short stories are so sweet and surprising. I like the story about the princess from oh sorry I forgot the place. Yeah... overall this book is worthy enough to be read in leisure time. It's not really tense to read with a cup of tea :3
Review first posted on BookLikes:

1.5 stars - rounded up.

Well, it's Christie, but unfortunately not at her best. I was looking forward to intricate plots and an abundance of red herrings but this collection of short stories just didn't come up with any memorable stories or twists.
Kidnapping, betrayal, murder, and general insouciance - what makes this collection intriguing is that it's more like a sketchbook of unfinished ideas than a final product. Also, even though Christie never uses the expressions "con man" or "confidence trickster," you can hear echoes of her work in in David Mamet's doublecrosses decades later.
I didn't realise upon first picking up this book that it was actually a short story collection rather than a full-length novel, but seeing as I'd enjoyed several of Christie's other short stories I wasn't too upset. Unfortunately these short stories weren't particularly memorable or exciting. In many of the stories the plot seemed curtailed by the length allocated to it and there was a distinct lack of warmth in any of the characters too that meant that I struggled to engage with any of their si ...more
Shivangi Tiwari
Short stories seldom impress me, and this collection is not too great either. It's an attempt at the compression of all the wit Christie gently offers in full novels, and only some of the stories were really interesting. I liked the first two, but the rest were only okay.
When I read so many short stories at once, I always get the feeling that I wish they last longer. Which is absurd, because one of the elements I enjoy very much was the inmediacy of each one of them. I just wanted to read more about those fictional characters. More and more.
Some rather meaningless little nuggets of mystery in this collection; I’m sure the current Marple TV series will eventually get around to adapting them – since their aim is just to keep going until Miss Marple investigates every case ever written by Agatha Christie. Maybe she’ll go up against the Hound of the Baskervilles when they’re done.

You’ll notice I haven’t really written anything about this book; I guess I just didn’t find it interesting. Some of these stories were adapted as part of "The
Arzu Bokhari
Some of the short stories were phenomenal, others a bit of a letdown. I would single out Philomel College as the best short story in the collection.
I don't even know why this exists. The best of them read like the worst from Tales of the Unexpected.
Sujet S Shukla
a nice collection of twelve short stories which are without exception , the work of an experienced hand.
A weak offering of 12 minor assorted tales. For Christie completeists only.
Faizah Aulia Rahmah
minim kasus pembunuhan, but still worth buat dibaca , kocak sih wqw
Vesna Todorović
A collection of short stories written in a similar style, yet despite some common motifs enjoyable.
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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.

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