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The Thirteen Problems

(Miss Marple #1.5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  23,990 ratings  ·  1,569 reviews
The Tuesday Night Club is the name for a varied group of guests who challenge each other to solve recent crimes. It begins one evening when the group gathers at Miss Marple’s house and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes. Over the weeks, we learn about the case of the disappearing bloodstains, the thief who committed his crime twice over, the message from the death-b ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2002 by Harper (first published June 1932)
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Group read 2021
So, recently when reading a book with a collection of short stories, I commented briefly, story by story, so here we go:-
The Tuesday Night Club
The initial meeting of the club, at which Miss Marple is almost an afterthought, discusses the poisoning of a housewife, but who could have done it as everyone eat the same meal. Sir Henry puts forward the case, but it is our heroine who solves it, 1-0 Miss Marple.
The Idol House of Astarte
Proposed as a mystery by the Rev Dr Pender, this s
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple #2), Original Publication Year 1932, Agatha Christie

Abstract: While genial gentle soft white-haired Jane, in black lace cap and mittens of the time, knits, her Tuesday week visitors present early experiences, recently solved usually by confession of participants, for consideration by their club: Sir Henry Clithering last Commissioner of Scotland Yard, nephew writer Raymond West, artist Joyce Lemprière, elderly clergyman Dr Pender, dried-up little bespectacled s
The Thirteen Problems is my second buddy read this month, celebrating Agatha Christie's birthday with my pal, Medhat. We live halfway across the world but chat about books all the time via messenger. This time, we chose one of her short story collections... and originally, we planned to read one per day leading up to her birthday. But... I have no self-control and said I couldn't do it. Instead, I read half one day and half the next day. They're just too easily devourable, to coin a new word for ...more
Dannii Elle
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Miss Marple,' said Sir Henry, "you frighten me. I hope you will never wish to remove me. Your plans would be too good.”

This book of short stories is a little different. Instead of just having one tale after the other with no connection, Christie links them with a narrative. Well, three to be precise. The first six stories are part of the Tuesday Night Club, a gathering of several people who decide to tell each other mystery/crime stories in order to allow the others to solve them and exercise
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PopSugar - 2019: #30. A book featuring an amateur detective
An author's work - 2019: Agatha Christie

The thirteen problems or The Tuesdays Club murders, as this book is also known, is the second book that Agatha Christie wrote with Jane Marple as the protagonist.
The book is made up of thirteen stories that each of the members of the Tuesdays Club tell, and which consists of a mysterious case that they have to resolve among themselves, of course, the only one capable of solving them all is Miss Ma
Lauren Stoolfire
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, mystery
I've seen so many Miss Marple adaptations I'm glad I've finally made the decision to read the books. I've only read two of the books in the series now, but I can already say that you can never go wrong with the character. The Thirteen Problems (aka The Tuesday Club Murders) is a great sequel and I loved seeing more of our titular character. Plus, I couldn't resist all of the twists and turns and red herrings. My only issue: I wasn't all that interested in the rest of the cast of characters. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-5-stars
What a great entertainment!
Simply brilliant!
This is a re-read, but my first time reading it in English.
Miss Jane Marple is simply adorable, knitting while listening to the stories and then surprising everyone with the solution.
Some of the “problems” were a bit unbelievable for me, but they are so well told and developed that I ended accepting.
This was a perfect “cozy” read.
I tried the audiobook (available on YouTube) narrated by Joan Hickson, the actress who portrayed as Miss Marple on the BBC
Simona B
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favourite Miss Marple to date.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book in paperback a while ago and though I had started some of the stories, I never got around to finishing it in one good. Not because I didn't love it or anything, I just got busy with other books. I thought this was an overall great short story collection featuring Miss Marple and some familiar characters like her nephew Raymond West and her close friend Mrs. Dolly Bantry.

The overall book is about how a group of people who get together every Tuesday night will tell a true story
Kylie H
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
This is a book compiled of 13 individual cases that are being recounted. Miss Marple always sharp confounds her companions with her ability to see through the red herrings and get to the heart of the matter. She attributes this ability due to her understanding of human nature from a lifetime spent in a small country village.
There are some statements and observations in this book that did make me laugh and that would probably not get past politically correct censorship in this day and age.
A series of short stories, strung together by the concept of the Tuesday Club, a group of people who get together on (you guessed it) Tuesday nights to discuss mysterious crimes that they have encountered. Miss Marple just happens to be one of those people and gets to demonstrate her uncanny knowledge of human nature repeatedly.

I have to think that Charlaine Harris must have read this collection before she wrote her first Aurora Teagarden mystery story Real Murders which features the Real Murder
Dr. Laurel Young
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
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
Vikas Singh
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
Unlike Poirot's first appearance in full length novel, Miss Marple first appeared in short story -Tuesday Night Club published by the Royal Magazine in 1928. Agatha went on to write six more short stories featuring Miss Marple before she wrote Murder at the Vicarage, Miss Marple's first debut in full length novel, published in 1930. Christie later wrote six more short stories which were published in the Story teller Magazine in 1930. In 1932 all the thirteen stories were compiled in one novel ti ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All mystery lovers!
5 Stars
Short stories plus murder mystery it is a combo pack for me!!!

One Tuesday evening a group gathers at Miss Marple’s house and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes. They decided to form a "Tuesday Night Club" where they share a crime and others try to solve it. This is the second book of Miss Marple series and I am already so so much impressed by her.
She is very wise and knowledgeable. She is not a show off and very humble in nature.

"And I was nearly at my wit's end, I can tell you
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
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
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"it is true, of course, that i have lived what is called a very uneventful life, but i have had a lot of experience in solving different little problems that have arisen. some of them have been really quite ingenious, but it would be no good telling them to you, because they are about such unimportant things that you would not be interested—just things like: who cut the meshes of mrs. jones’s string bag? and why mrs. sims only wore her new fur coat once. very interesting things, really, to any s ...more
I absolutely love short story mysteries and this book was a wonderful collection. It cracked me up the way the Tuesday Club thought of Miss Marple as just a sweet old lady who would have no interest in murder and mystery. Boy were they wrong! I had read some of these stories before and even I couldn't remember the solution to any of them. I like this different format of presenting each mystery - instead of reading along with each as they happened, they are related by each member of the "club" in ...more
Deanie Nelder
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Elderly spinster and amateur detective Miss Jane Marple is invited to a gathering of crime and detective story enthusiasts, including her nephew Raymond West and his wife Joyce. One by one, each person in the newly christened "Tuesday Night Club" tells a true, seemingly unsolved (and unsolvable) mystery for their friends and colleagues to guess.

As this is a collection of short stories, the theme, pacing and quality of the work varies. Some, like "The Blue Geranium" are exceptionally clever, wher
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really love Agatha Christie, but the short stories are just not working for me.
Dan Myatt
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I loved about this book was that Miss Marple wasn't even at the scene of many of the crimes and yet solves them all!

A group of friends in a sleepy English village, gather to share stories and guess who dunnit!

As always with Christie short stories some great, some average and some just dull! But well worth a read on a dark Winter's night.
Pamela Mclaren
There is something that is especially rewarding when you read a book and discover that the oldest person in a gathering, Miss Marple, quietly knows all the answers. Despite being a spinster that lives in a little village, she is one astute woman and it shows through every gathering of these six-seven individuals who meet up occasionally, offering up a mystery and despite what they all believe, she is the only one that comes up with a solution that fits all the clues.

Something that I recognize n
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: x-3-star
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
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nifty, quick, compelling short stories starring one of the most famous amateur detectives of all time, and yes I mean that. Miss Marple, who sits and knits and listens as several of her friends and neighbors discuss mysteries, puzzles, or conundrums which they've experienced. Unerringly, her solutions are always the correct one, as she draws comparisons - and conclusions - from her own observations of small village life.

Even though these are short, quick stories, no one can set a scene - and in
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