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The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  15,294 Ratings  ·  897 Reviews
What's better than Agatha Christie? thirteen Agatha Christies.
A baker's dozen of fiendishly told tales in which indomitable sleuth Miss Jane Marple plays host to some of the most clever crimes- and criminals.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published January 21st 2008 by Signet Book (first published June 1932)
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Dannii Elle
If you need thirteen little reasons to convince yourself that Christie is the actual queen of crime fiction, then look no further. These thirteen tales are bound with a loose narrative that links them all, and each one had me sleuthing and deducing to solve the crime before the beloved Miss Marple did.

As with much of Christie's work, I found this a very autobiographical piece. All the characters, at one point, display interests that match Christie's own, and speak of anecdotes that parallel h
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Miss Marple appeared in her first, full length novel, she featured in short stories; the first in 1927. This collection was first published in 1932 (The Murder at the Vicarage, the first Miss Marple novel appeared in 1930). Although these are short stories, there are links which make these more enjoyable than some collections of random stories.

We begin with stories told at a group called, “The Tuesday Night Club,” in which Miss Marple, her nephew, Raymond West, artist, Joyce Lempriere, so
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Marple is the queen of whimsy, just as Dame Agatha Christie is the queen of crime. Back ramrod straight, twinkling eyes, sometimes hands busy with knitting, there seems always something more to what meets the eye, with Jane Marple.

There are some people who, when young, have an air of old people who have been airbrushed into false youth. But there are other people, who, when old, you can imagine them how they must've looked when they were into their thirties.

Miss Marple is a throwback to an
Nandakishore Varma
When one utters the word "detective" or "sleuth", what is the image that comes to mind? A studious gentleman with monocle wandering about with a magnifying glass? A trench-coated, lantern-jawed, hard-boiled individual prowling the back alleys of dark America? Or... a little, pink old lady sitting in the corner, trying to catch up on her knitting?

For fans of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, the third image is as valid as the first two.

This unlikely detective relies on her intimate knowledge of huma
This book (also published under the title Thirteen Problems) is out of print and that's a shame. Miss Marple's nephew Raymond West, who shows up at the end of Murder at the Vicarage, holds parties on Tuesday nights at this aunt's house. Miss Marple is not so much an invited guest, but rather hangs in the background working on her knitting. The group gets to talking about unsolved crimes. Each member tell one story of something they witnessed that had baffled them, and the other members of the pa ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book with a number in the title.

Que libro tan ingenioso, primero que leo de Agatha Christie. Aunque el desarrollo de cada misterio es denso y prolongado, cada uno es igual de interesante.

Son historias cortas de misterios, en las cuales Miss Marple se encuentra reunida con grupos de personajes que quedan fascinados por su habilidad de ver y entender la naturaleza del ser humano y así poder descifrar cada uno de los problemas que cada uno de ellos iba exp
Laurel Young
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably a bit more than halfway through (re)reading Dame Agatha's canon. I admit that I've been disagreeably surprised by the number of adventure novels mixed in with the mysteries; she actually wrote a great many of the former, but there is a reason her reputation rests exclusively on the latter! After plodding through one too many of her "random adventurer in exotic locale with vague political intrigue" novels, I found myself starting to feel a bit soured on my Year of Agatha and decided ...more
Another wonderful Marple book, this time 13 short stories (not that you'd guess from the title lol). As per usual Joan Hickson, sorry I mean Miss Marple, was at her absolute best. As with the majority of Agatha Christie books, I know I read this eons ago, but thankfully I only remembered a couple of the stories, so was able to play "guess the perpetrator" along with the collected ensemble at St Mary Mead. Very enjoyable again, now onto the next ha ha. What a fantastic challenge this is.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Miss Marple, I really do.

She has sparkling blue eyes, a demure smile, a friendly disposition, an inquisitive mind. She has a simple country charm and a prolific knowledge of poisons. She makes us yearn for tea, good company, good conversation, cozy quilted chairs and warm fires.

However, when Miss Marple is taken in concentrated doses ..rapidly told ..back to back? Lets say, the tea becomes a bit sweet, the fire too warm and the conversation condescending. Yes, Miss Marple, the old biddy
Ms. Smartarse
Several people get together during various occasions, and they decide to tell stories... of the mysterious murder kind. To a fan of historical romances, I suppose this would count as the equivalent of parlor games? Only so much more fun. And to make things even more interesting, the storyteller won't (at first) reveal the murderer's identity.

A book with 13 distinct puzzles penned by Agatha Christie? Christmas has indeed come early. Specifically by 2 days, according to the date I started reading

أكاد أجزم إن القصص التي جمعت هنا كانت الكاتبة أجاثا دونت فكرتها كروؤس أقلام على أن تفرد لها رواية مستقلة كون فكرتها تستحق ذلك إلا إنها أعني أجاثا ولسبب ما قررت جمعها بهذا الشكل إما إنها كانت مجهدة ذهنيا أو لم تتوفر لها الحبكة المناسبة
كان إيقاع الأحداث سريع كونها 13 قصة في رواية واحدة.. وكانت فارسة الأمسية الأنسة ماربل خارقة بشكل مبالغ فيه :)
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a book club and you specialize in mystery and murder. It is a grand old time. There is also a quasi-member of the club, an Angela Lansbury type, a dotty biddy from the old school. You try to include her but you also find yourself talking around her. It is hard not to be condescending: there is so little she knows of the modern world. Still, her archaic point of view is at times quaintly charming. At times you are shocked by her preposterous conclusions, but you
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
التجربة الأولى مع مس ماربل
وحقاً أعجبت بها كثيراً وساهمت فى تغير رأى بشأن أجاثا كريستى
بعد أن كنت أضعها فى مكانة أدنى من موريس لبلان وآرثر دويل
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I love Miss Marple but I definitely prefer the novels to short stories. They were all enjoyable but a bit forgettable. Except The Blue Geranium - that one I most definitely will not forget! Loved the ghost story vibe.
Chas Smash
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adoro a la Señora Marple. Me gustó mucho en Un Cadáver en la Biblioteca aunque su participación allí fue relativamente excasa. Aquí desarrolla todo su arsenal desenmascarando en su estilo a los culpables en las trece pequeñas historias que se presentan aquí. Bastante rebuscados (sólo acerté una y me considero a mi manera una experta) pero narrados con destreza.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miss-marple
This is a collection of thirteen short stories told by the members of the Tuesday Club which includes Miss Marple. The group of friends each tell the story of various mysteries they have come across during their lives - professional and private - and invite the others to work out the solutions. Naturally Miss Marple is the person who provides the correct solutions.

My particular favourite is the Blue Geranium which I always find particularly sinister though the solution is simple in the end. The
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2017
The second Miss Marple book, and whilst not my favourite thus far, it is packed with fascinating mysteries and clever conclusions. The stories are collected under the guise of a 'Tuesday Night Club', in which six characters - including, of course, Miss Marple - get together to see if their minds are sharp enough to get to the bottom of assorted mysteries. The overarching structure works so well, and the individual stories are so clever that they could easily have been turned into longer novels. ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I prefer novels to short stories, but these 13 short mysteries were fun to read on my break. Some were like riddles, that you can try to solve, some were a bit too farfetched for me. The best parts were Miss Marple's nuggets of wisdom, she's a really fantastic character.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Marple ghicește tot, chiar dacă nu are absolut nicio logică și îi lipsesc informațiile (vezi ultimele două povestiri).

13 probleme e o culegere de 13 povestiri. Nu m-a convins de la prima poveste, dar ideea acelui club de rezolvat crime mi se pare foarte simpatică, și a crescut cu mine în timp. Devine mai convingătoare pe măsură ce înaintează în poveste.

Majoritatea povestirilor sunt discutate în acest club din care face parte și Miss Marple. Și de fiecare dată Miss Marple ghicește, folosind
Agatha Christie's compilation of Miss Marple stories, The Thirteen Problems, was published in 1932. It marks the second appearance in book form of Christie's beloved spinster sleuth, Miss Jane Marple, whose debut in The Murder at the Vicarage had occurred only two years earlier.

Miss Marple is my favorite Christie character. I love the contradiction of the wooly-headed old dear, who despite living in a quaint English village, has an uncanny, some might say ruthless, awareness of the absolute wor
Rating: 3.0/5.0

I love Miss Marple books because they are deep and the main characters are usually more developed and have a significant existence. I cannot say the same about this though for several reasons. I liked it too but not as much as the other books in the series. The book consists of short stories with Miss Marple being in all of them. I would say that it is a bit of over dosage from having Miss Marple solving each and every mystery herself in all of them without being a part in them! Y
Myada Abu Mady
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اسم آخر للكتاب: ثلاثة عشر لغزًا، ولكنّ هذه النسخة من الكتاب تحتوي على أحد عشر لغزًا.

في كل مرة أقرأ فيها لاجاثا كريستي تبهرني من جديد، حتّى إن القصص في هذا الكتاب لا تتشابه فيما بينها أبدًا، إنها مدهشة !
في كل لغز تفاصيل مختلفة، وفي كل مرة القاتل أو المجرم لا يكون في الحسبان ولا يخطر على بال !
لقد عرفتُ القاتل في لغز واحد من الأحد عشر لغزًا وهو "سحر عشتروت" وهذا انجاز بالنسبة لي :D
كنت أتسائل كيف تتمكن أجاثا كريستي من خلق هذا الكم من التفاصيل الصغيرة، الشخصيات، الأحداث، وبهذه العظمة.

وأذكر إني ق
Felicity Disco
This is a story collection, so it's Miss Marple calmly outsmarting the mansplainers 13 times in a row, and therefore THE BEST.
John Frankham
Very rarely do I really like short stories, but this coherent and character-establishing book of thirteen Miss Marple stories was an exception. Well-written, lots of sly humour at the characters involved. A set of six murder cases narrated at a meeting at Miss Marples', then six more at her friend Dolly Bantry's. Only Miss Marple could solve these problems, although I did solve one! Then the last story is of an actual murder in St Mary Mead, and Miss Marple is able to tell the retired commission ...more
Lou Robinson
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, a Miss Marple book that I'm convinced I've never read (and I really did devour Agatha Christie novels as a kid). Thirteen whimsical problems, discussed over dinner. And of course, Miss Marple hones in on the right answer every time, with her vast knowledge of village life and human nature. Nothing like a good old murder mystery or two. Or thirteen.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Αγαπημενη μις Μαρπλ!!!!!!!!!!!13 ιστοριες εγκληματος και μυστηριου, στις οποιες η τρομερη γιαγια διαπρεπει!!!!!!!!
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte interesantă, stimulează imaginația și e un mod de relaxare facil.
Maybe because they were short stories, some were not as complicated as Agatha Christie's usual tales. In other words, I could guess correctly what and how it happens in some of the cases given :-P
Cleo Bannister
So after finally allowing Miss Marple into my life just last year with Murder at the Vicarage, I decided to try another book which featured this sharp, yet elderly spinster of St Mary Mead. What I didn’t quite appreciate was that The Thirteen Problems wasn’t really the second book in the series as denoted by Goodreads but a collection of linked, but essentially short stories, featuring the accidental detective.

The collection starts with The Tuesday Night club held at Miss Marple’s house where ea
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“Sitting here with one's knitting, one just sees the facts.

-"The Blood-Stained Pavement”
“Well, of course, it was not any of my business but you get very queer glimpses of life sometimes, and you can't help speculating about them.” 5 likes
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