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The Mysterious Mr. Quin

(Harley Quin #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  11,516 ratings  ·  802 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 9780007154845

Harley Quin is an enigma. Even his friend Mr Satterthwaite is unable to understand how the man seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light - and when he does appear it's usually in the sparkle of sunshine, or surrounded by a spectrum of coloured light pouring through a stained glass window...

In fact,
Paperback, 396 pages
Published 2003 by Harper Collins UK (first published April 14th 1930)
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Nandakishore Varma
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
This is an anthology of 12 short stories featuring Mr. Harley Quin and his sidekick Mr. Satterthwaite. I would call it a full anthology except that for some mysterious (bad pun totally intended) reason it does not include two last stories of Mr. Quin.

This time I would not talk about each story separately as it seems rather pointless - they have same-y feels, but in a good sense. In any way Mr. Satterthwaite has great knowledge of human nature and psychology. He can always be found in company of
An Agatha Christie novel starring Harley Quinn?!


No. Calm down, nerd.
But it does feature a character named Harley Quin, who helps our main character, Mr. Satterthwaite, solve a series of old mysteries that somehow relate to whatever situation our elderly hero finds himself in at the moment. <--at a house party, trip abroad, etc.


But in case you're thinking whothefuckcares if the name isn't Poirot or Marple, there's a paranormal TWIST to this one that I've never seen before in any of Christie's wri
Simona B

"Sentiment beloonged to his age. It had no part to play in the modern world."

This is a Christie that is totally different from the one you and I know, or knew, or thought we knew. Even in her most-known and appreciated works, she always flirts with the supernatural and the mysterious, but, this time around, flirting isn't enough for her anymore: this time, she abandons herself to it; and yet without giving the impression of fully doing it.

It's a mystery in itself, how she did it, the main a
This is the only book of Harley Quin written by Agatha Christie and it is unlike any other Christie novel.

A collection of 12 short stories where the recurring characters are Mr. Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite.

Mr Satterthwaite is different from Christie's other side-kick (Mr.Hastings of Poirot series). He is from British Upper class, is 60+ years old and loves his comfort.

Coming to Mr.Harley Quin, again very different from the famous Poirot or Miss Marple....
"This was Mr.Quin's doing. It w
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
I very much like the retro feel of my edition's cover

The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin, #1) by Agatha Christie

But some other editions have some quite brilliant cover art that capture the who feel of this book

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and above all

The Mysterious Mr Quin The World's End and other stories by Agatha Christie

(I've had fun collecting these covers, all from Goodreads)

I didn't care for this title when I read it in my younger years, but the hint of the fantastic doesn't bother me now and with the exception of The Shadow of the Glass and The Bird With a Broken Wing (this one was too silly for me!) these were
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020reads
Each chapter involves a separate mystery that is solved through the interaction between observant man Mr Satterthwaite and Mr Quin, who appears and disappears almost magically at the most opportune moments.
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.

If you decide you want some hot Belgian action, choose

If you decide an older woman would be more your cuppa, choose
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Shelved as: Favs!! Fav Mystery Novels!!
Status: wow, in love with Mr Harley Quin..❤️

Well, well, well,

I didn't really enjoy it at first but then I started slowly drowning in every word, every sentence and every page. Harley Quin, this character is just beautiful, he's really one of a kind!

I quote:
"Folks that come & go..." a very apt description of Mr Quin." I'm in love with his character, I wanna befriend him, just like Mr Satterthwaite did.

I quote:
«Perhaps, as a result of the pric
Dr. Laurel Young
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

Short stories always feel a little ‘less’ than novels to me and yet, here, Christie gives us much to ponder... What seems at first entertaining mysteries can also be seen as sharp glimpses into the human psyche!

Twelve mysteries are served to the reader, featuring the likeable Mr Satterthwaite, who prefers to witness what happens around him rather than participate. However, with the appearance of the enigmatic Mr. Quin, our deal old gentleman is forced into the role of mystery solver.

I love
Feb 23, 2014 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
This was a much different sort of style than most Agatha Christie novels (though often her short stories are very bizarre). Unlike her other novels with Poirot and Miss Marple, Mr. Quinn seems always to be exactly in the right place at the right time, sometimes appearing out of seemingly nowhere. I rather liked this set of stories. Firstly, because it was a different style of detective, which led to a stranger story. A lot of the plots have similar beginnings, but you never quite solve the myste ...more
Molly Black
Aug 24, 2012 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
Vikas Singh
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
It is a collection of twelve stories that Agatha wrote for various magazines between 1924-1929. These were then compiled in a single edition in 1930. In 1953 Penguin published ten of Christie’s novels of her liking and this edition was one of them. In special foreword written by Agatha she picks three stories as her favorite- Man from the sea, The World’s end and Harlequin’s lane. Mr. Quinn was one of Christie’s favorite creations and there is a good deal of suspense around him. He appears sudde ...more
I have been learning so much about my favorite author by reading her stories in publication order! I have loved Agatha Christie's characters and classic mysteries since I was 9 years old and read my first Hercule Poirot novel. But up until my current reading project I had never read any of her short stories and several novels are new-to-me as well. And I keep having to backtrack to read some stories that were published first in magazines and then collected into book form later.

I loved the early
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audio
2.5 stars

Perhaps I would enjoy this more on a reread, not sure. But if I'm being honest, my first reading and introduction to the character of Harley Quin was just OK. Mr. Quin may be mysterious, but I found that that's all he was. Unfortunately, I didn't really get any more sense of his character, so in that regard I much prefer Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

I did enjoy how the stories in this collection were held together by the initial introduction of Mr. Quin to Mr. Satterthwaite, and Mr. S
If I weren't trying to read everything by Agatha Christie, I would have missed Mr. Harley Quin. So different than Christie Poirot and Marple books. Christie mixes mystery and near fantasy with the mysterious Mr. Quin and the elderly Mr. Satterthwaite. Quin shows up suddenly at key moments intervening on behalf of lovers and the dead utilizing the observant Mr. Satterthwaite in this process. Quin grew on me as I read through this book. The stories become progressively more fanciful and supernatur ...more
Dec 15, 2008 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
Julie Davis
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to Hugh Fraser's wonderful reading of the audio book. I do love these stories.


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. Sattert
L. McCoy
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla, reviewed, crime, audio
Okay so first of all, to avoid any confusion, this is NOT the same Harley Quinn you’d usually expect me to review.
Nonetheless I enjoy some mysteries, have heard good things about Agatha Christie’s work and wondered if this Harley is as interesting so I decided to read it.
Unfortunately, it’s one of those books that I didn’t necessarily think this was terrible but everything felt so “meh” that it overall led to a dull, boring experience that couldn’t keep my attention. I think be
Ivonne Rovira
Nov 15, 2013 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
Jill Hutchinson
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
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a collection of several short stories involving Mr. Satterthwaite and Mr. Harley Quin (of course). It was a refreshing and entertaining book. I really enjoyed the "friendship" between the mysterious and magical Mr. Quin and Mr Satterthwaite. My favorite of the stories was The Man from the Sea (very well written). ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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

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Kirsten McKenzie
I can categorically say that I adored this book. Every story was a precious gem - short, concise, complete. Mr. Quin is one of the most enigmatic characters in any book I've read. A character so devoid of backstory or definition, yet so complete. Agatha Christie's characterisation of him is masterful. And Mr. Satterthwaite... so clever, co connected, yet so sad. Living his life on the fringes of his friends. I wanted to wrap him up in a cloak of love and compassion, but yet he seems so entirely ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
I really enjoyed the Harleyquin series of short stories and especially Mr Satterthwaite aka Poiret. The stories have an air of mystery and all 12 kept me entertained. The end one also explained a bit of who Mr Quin could be.

The first story The Coming of Mr Quin sets the scene with some great twists at the end. My favorite was The Man from the Sea with a happy ending of sorts.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Long before Magical Realism was "A Thing", there was Agatha Christie and the mysterious Mr. Quin. A genre-bending, completely unexpected series of short stories. Nothing like Christie's Poirot and Marple mysteries but very satisfying in a completely different way.

My thanks to Nandakishore Varma whose wonderful review encouraged me to read this classic.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I was not expecting to like these particularly well. I don't always like Christie's short stories (I also wouldn't go so far as to say I like them - it's more that sometimes they have very little impact altogether). I'd read a couple of Harley Quin's, and never really, 'got' them. But somehow, reading them as a collection with Mr. Satterthwaite (whom I've always liked) as narrator, they really worked for me. This feels like Christie drawing character snapshots at her finest. They all feel really ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that short stories exist, and I love how a skilled writer can give you a whole world with drama and conflict, all within a small page count. That said, I struggle when I read short stories, as I'm a fan of the longer forms of novellas and novels. But never mind that as this is a collection of Dame Christie's short stories, about an enigmatic fellow called Harley Quin, who keeps showing up, no matter where Mr. Satterthwaite goes. Mr. Quin, through conversation with the older gentleman, get ...more
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