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Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie
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May 07, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery
Read in January, 1999

One of Christie’s more unusual detectives, there is certainly nothing wrong with Parker Pyne – indeed, I think he would make an interesting lead for an adaptation of this novel. Beginning as a retiree who wishes to help lovers investigate their dilemmas, Pyne evolves into a middle-era Poirot, trying to avoid cases but finding them piling up wherever he goes.

Christie’s short story skills were never as great as her novel construction, and neither the clients nor detective manage to jump off the page to make much of an impression. It’s not a bad book – it’s definitely a step up from "The Big Four", that’s for sure! but I’m not that surprised that Dame Agatha never returned to Mr. Pyne.

Incidentally, two of the stories were adapted for television as part of "The Agatha Christie Hour", while this collection also features the first appearances of Poirot’s sidekicks Miss Lemon and Ariadne Oliver.

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