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The Mysterious Mr. Quin

(Harley Quin #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  10,503 ratings  ·  697 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,
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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
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
Simona Bartolotta

"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
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 was
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

The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin, #1) by Agatha Christie The Mysterious Mr. Quin (Harley Quin, #1) by Agatha Christie The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie The Mysterious Mr. Quin Twelve Complete Mysteries by Agatha Christie
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 all good
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

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
Laurel Young
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Wafae | 와파
Ratings: SOLID 05 STARS!!
Shelved as: Favs!! Fav Mystery Novels!!
Status: wow, in love with Mr Harley Quin.. 3

Well, well, well,
How do I even begin..
First, I have to say that I didn't really feel this book at the very beginning.. Idek why, it felt so heavy & I thought oh god, I really wanted it to be a lovely read which made me kinda disappointed. So, I've decided to put the book down for a while, which eventually worked out cuz I came back to it awhile after..

And when I decided it was time
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
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
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 Christies 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 Worlds end and Harlequins lane. Mr. Quinn was one of Christies favorite creations and there is a good deal of suspense around him. He appears suddenly ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2020
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.
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 ...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).
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
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 ...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
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.
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, ...more
Guy Adams
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fantasy
The Mysterious Mr. Quin is not one of Christie's most well know books. A collection of bizarre, bittersweet tales starring Mr. Satterthwaite, an elderly observer of life. He is a refined old gent who knows all about the complexities of life and love but has never experienced them for his own. Mr. Satterthwaite is haunted, not only by his barely-realised sense of regret but also by a mysterious man known as Mr. Quin, a man who "speaks for the dead" and "comes and goes" as they need him. Mr. Quin ...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 ...more
3.5 stars maybe? I'll have to think about that last story for a little longer...
Cynthia Egbert
Harley Quin is a far more wonderful character than today's Harley Quinn! I adored this collection of stories and did everything I could to savor it and draw it out as long as possible but, alas, I am finished. Dame Christie, in her autobiography, speaks of Mr. Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite as two of her favourite characters and I can see why and I dearly wish that she had written more stories with them. The subtle underlying of something supernatural and powerful makes these just my cup of tea. ...more
Emilia Barnes
I listened to this on audiobook, read by Hugh Fraser.

If you are a Christie enthusiast and completist, this will be a fine, entertaining read. However, not all the stories stand up to scrutiny and some are a little bizarre.

Still, good fun and all, if you're in the right mood.
This is a little different than some of her other books. It's got a bit of a magical feel to it. That said, I enjoyed the "outside looking in," style of the main character. The stories are fairly quick reads, this would make a nice book for waiting in line or commutes.
1930, sentimental, slightly spooky short stories tied together very loosely via protagonists (Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite) and themes (how meeting someone can change a life, at any moment, for almost any reason, sometimes just in the nick of time). Not really a true novel, but an interesting grouping of stories that reflect popular philosophy/attitudes at the time; many of these now seem very innocent in tone, at least superficially - don't be fooled... Some stories are three stars, a ...more
Sepideh Dehghani
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie does it again! She cannot write a mystery and not make it mind blowing. It's so easy to read an Agatha Christie book from time to time to dive into a world of mystery and intrigue.
The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a collection of twelve stories featuring a very interesting character, Mr Satterthwaite who observes everyone and everything. He is a person "who knows everything", as described by most of the characters in these stories.

"But I see things. I may have been only a looker on at
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