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The Thirteen Problems

(Miss Marple #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  17,419 ratings  ·  1,088 reviews
The unifying premise for this short story collection is the Tuesday Club: six people who meet socially one evening at Jane Marple's home and then decide to meet regularly each Tuesday night to solve a mystery which a group member must relate.

Unsolved mysteries... When author Raymond West proposes a regular gathering of friends with unique and disparate outlooks to solve my
Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2002 by Harper (first published June 1932)
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple #2), Original Publication Year 1932
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 solicitor Mr Pethe
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
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
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
zahra haji
وحدها مس ماربل قادرة على حل أصعب الألغاز من مقعدها وهي تمسك
بين يديها المغزل وتحيك
في هذه المجموعة القصصية تجتمع ماربل وابن اختها الكاتب ريموند والسير
هنري الضابط المتقاعد من سكوتلانديارد مع مجموعة أخرى من الاصدقاء
ويروي كل واحد منهم لغزا سمع به أو عاشه ويحاول البقية كشف ملابسات القصة
ليأتي الحل الصحيح دوما على يدي العزيزة ماربل

"من الألغاز 13 استطعت أن أعرف القاتل في " بيت عشتروت الوثني " و" المرافقة
وفي " الدافع مقابل الفرصة " استطعت أن أخمن بعض التفاصيل المتعلقة بالوصية
قصة " الرصيف الملطخ بالد
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
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2019
“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
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1900, crime, collections
My favourite Miss Marple to date.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Me encanta Mrs. Marple, me da la impresión de que la misma Agatha se ha reflejado en este personaje en muchos sentidos.

Me encanta la personalidad de Mrs. Marple, es fácil entender porque todo mundo la subestima, en este libro realmente vemos hasta dónde puede llegar la sagacidad de esta señora pueblerina, que mientras teje se dedica a sorprender a todos resolviendo los misterios que se le plantean.

Es una delicia encontrarme con Mrs. Marple, siempre he creído que Agatha Christie tenía una mente
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
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
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

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 :)
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
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
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a fan of short stories but I enjoyed it.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, audio
I enjoyed these short stories, but I had an even harder time figuring out the murderer in each case as there are not as many clues or time in which to figure it out. I liked how the stories are all tied together in a narrative where Miss Marple and her friends and acquaintances are sitting around each telling a story while the others have to figure out who the murderer was.
Vikas Singh
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Įprastai man nepatinka istorijos su mis Marpl, bet šį kartą susiskaitė smagiai. Ne viskas buvo paremta vien paralelėmis iš atsitikimų Sent Meri Mido gyventojams, bet buvo ir žmogiškosios prigimties išmanymu paremtų sprendimų.

Kai skaitau apie mis Marple, visada įsivaizduoju Geraldine McEwan iš "Agatha Christie's Marple" serialo. O štai ši knyga iš karto perpiešė šį įvaizdį: "Mis Marpl vilkėjo juoda brokato suknele, stipriai suveržta ties liemeniu. Korsažas iš priekio buvo apkraštuotas kaskadomis
Chas Smash
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
ثلاث عشر لغزًا في نادي الثلاثاء الليلي عن جرائم لَم يستطيعوا كشف حلها إلا بعد فترة .. مجموعة قصصية بطلتها القصة بجوار مس ماربل .
مس باربل شخصية جيدة و وجودها يعطي للقصة أبعاد إجتماعية أكثر من البُعد البوليسي لكن القصص كالعادة كانت ذكية و ممتعة .
حبكتها بسيطة لكنها محكمة و جيدة جدًا .
أعتقد أنني أحب أن أصبح من أعضاء نادي الثلاثاء الليلي فقط لأري مس جين ماربل تحل الألغاز و تكشف الجرائم بينما تمسك بين أناملها المغزل و تحيك .

* هناك ترجمة أخري للمجموعة باسم " معبد الحب " و يضم أحدي عشر قصة فقط .
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t

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  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
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“Sitting here with one's knitting, one just sees the facts.

-"The Blood-Stained Pavement”
“Human nature is always interesting... And it's curious to see how certain types always tend to act in exactly the same way." - Miss Marple, The Herb of Death, Pg. 167” 6 likes
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