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The Listerdale Mystery

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,957 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1934)
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مريم عادل
كنت أرى دائماً أن أجاثا كريستي مميزة أكثر في القصص القصيرة عن الرواية
المجموعة تضم خمس قصص قصيرة مكتوبة ببراعة تامة، ربما أفضلها من وجهة نظري هي قصة الزائر الغريب
القصص بالطبع تمتاز بالنهايات الغريبة المفاجئة، لكن أهم ما يميزها حقاً هو اهتمام أجاثا كريستي بالتفاصيل الصغيرة الهامة فلا تكاد تجد في القصة أي ثغرات كما هو الحال مع كثير من القصص البوليسية
Vikas Singh
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1934 it is a delightful collection of Twelve short stories. The very first one- The Listerdale mystery will leave you happy and on a positive note. Great beginning to the collection. There is also James Bond featuring in one of the stories, even though he has not to do anything with the other flamboyant Bond
Ken
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Highly enjoyable short stories collection which features 12 of Christie’s less known tales, though some were adapted for TV in the early 1980’s.

They’re all quite humorous, I found The Girl in the Train and A Fruitful Sunday to be my favourites.

Interestingly the main character in The Rajah's Emerald was called James Bond, I was half expecting him to be a secret agent!
Nandakishore Varma
A fine collection of Christie shorts, not featuring any of her famous sleuths. I absolutely loved this collection.

The best story in the collection according to me is Philomel Cottage - a real gem of suspense. I always wonder why Hitchcock did not see it. The way Alix Martin's world slowly unravels as discovers an unpalatable truth and the subsequent race to save herself had me biting my nails when I first read it.

The next best for me is The Golden Ball - how a young man grabs "the golden ball of
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Rebecca
Had read this before maybe ages back. Some stories did ring a bell.But some had very novel endings especially the last one.
Nadin Adel
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من أجمل النوفيلات التي كتبتها أجاثا كريستي. تحتوي المجموعة على القصص الآتية:

الضحية العاشرة
قرأت هذة القصة في مجموعة قصص قصيرة سابقة لأجاثا كريستي ولكنها لا سيما ممتعة وشيقة وتثير الرعب والخوف ومليئة بالإثارة والتشويق

جريمة على الشاطئ
انه المثلث الأبدي كما يصفه هيركيول بوارو، المثلث الذي لا ينتج عن خيرا أبدا. انه الزوجان والعشيق، والذي دوما ما ينتهي الأمر بحدوث جريمة قتل. ترى من سيكون القاتل والقتيل في هذا المثلث المعتاد لدى أجاثا كريستي. هذة ستدهشكم حقا!

الزائر الغريب
هذة بالنسبة لي كانت أجملهم على ا
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Aneesha
This book is the collection of 12 short stories. I liked some of the stories. They had a good deal of mystery. Some were very funny and some were predictable. Overall I liked this book. I love mystery novels of Agatha Christie. She is one of the best mystery writers in the 1900's. I enjoy reading her books because most of the time its really hard to predict the ending.

Below is the list of short stories in the book and my rating for each story:
1. The Listerdale Mystery- 2/5
2. Philomel Cottage- 3
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Rebecca
This is a great collection of short mysteries. It is filled with misunderstandings, secrets, intrigue and even some espionage. It seems to focus on extraordinary things happened to ordinary people, which I really loved. I think the Listerdale mystery was my favorite story in this bunch and had the best and quite surprising ending. I also loved the story with the "Marquess". Even though Miss Marple and Poirot were absent, these were great stories by AC. She has a wonderful talent for short story ...more
Lorelei
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this collection of some of Agatha Christie's earlier short fiction.
SpookySoto
Valoración: Bueno 😊
Emociones: Satisfacción, nostalgia.
Recomendado: Si te gustan los cuentos cortos, si ya has leído (y amado) a Agatha Christie.
¿Volverías a leer a esta autora?: Es mi autora favorita y forma parte de mi re lectura, en orden cronológico, de sus obras.
2018's Around the year in 52 books: #51, Short story collection

Esta es una colección de cuentos que no son de asesinato, son mas de temas cotidianos que involucran algún tipo de misterio. Esta es una colección que a mi entender ha en
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Nina
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
#misterilisterdale terdiri dr 12 kisah. Kumpulan cerpen. Temanya masih pembunuhan, misteri dan cerita #romance kental. Bbrp romensnya sweet, lucu tp ada juga yg terasa maksa.
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Cerita kedua, #philomelcottage mencekam. Bayangkan saja, seorang wanita berusaha mengulur waktu dg bercerita. Sambil menunggu bala bantuan, dia harus terlihat tenang spy si pembunuh tdk curiga. Mana tetangga terdekat rumahnya bbrp mil.
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Cerpen keenam, Kecelakaan, twisted dan bikin syok. Inspektur Evans masih sangat penasaran
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Carolyn
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brit mystery fans
Shelves: audio
I do like that the stories were unpredictable - you don't know what kind of crime or mystery will be committed (unlike most of Christie's novels about murder), and you don't know whose perspective you're getting - the criminal, the sleuth, the hero - without Poirot or Miss Marple to set the stage. It's like a collection of short puzzles - not all super strong, but all fun.
Dua'
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha, favorites
تعجبني اغاثا في كتاباتها ..
حقا اتسائل من اين لها هذه القدرة في الكتابة .. لغويا وعقليا من جميع النواحي ..
تباغتك بأفكارها بشتى الطرق .. احببتها جدا :)
Noella  Van Looy
Korte verhalen. 'Het geheim van de spaanse kist' heb ik als aflevering van de tv serie gezien.
Mandy
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: agatha christie fans
Shelves: on-my-shelf, mystery
This is more of a collection of random Agatha Christie short mystery/suspense stories. They were entertaining enough, but I found that most of them tended to revolve around the same few plot lines. For example, "The Girl In The Train" and "Mr Eastwood's Adventure" revolved around a genteel young man who is cast out by a rich older relation and gets into a scrape of sorts, and finds himself making his fortune through the exact same 'unexpected' way (won't spoil it for people). Then "The Rajah's E ...more
Jennie Rigg
Collection of short stories from reasonably early in Christie's career. Variable in quality. Illustrative of the mores of the time. Of necessity, given length, the characters are not as well drawn as is usual for Christie, nor are the plots as intricate - and several of the plots are quite samey.

Fun, though. Amusing to find a story about James Bond in there.
Flora
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Without spoiling anything, there is a trend in how several of these stories end...
Kata
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-lista
Nice collection of short stories. Good choice if you don't have time to read a whole book.
Lyndon
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
These stories are quintessential Christie - pithy, witty, wry, and gay. They take you back to the England of the 20s and 30s...even though I was never in England during the 20s and 30s. ;) Listening to these short stories back to back, however, alert you to some recurring tropes and plot devices that take a bit of the shine off. The performance by the voice artist is top notch, but the "mistaken identity" shtick and "criminal switcheroo" reveal isn't quite as clever after the third or fourth ite ...more
Yazlina Saduri
This is a collection of short stories. I like Philomel Cottage and Accident... the crime had some interesting though not very complicated twists. Jane in search of a job is rather funny and has elements to be read faster. One curious thing; people advertise to buy teeth ?
Guguk
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kumpulan kisah "misteri" yang kental romance-nya (^..^)
Juga banyak yang kocak-kocak, yang bikin keinget sama cara bercerita P. G. Wodehouse (yang kalo ga salah, temennya Ms. Christie ^ ^)
Damaskcat
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining collection of short stories - none of which feature Christie's famous detectives. They are just as well written and intriguing as the novels. I particularly liked the title story which has an unexpected ending and is charming rather than frightening. Philomel Cottage, however, will send shivers down your spine.

In this book Christie shows what a versatile writer she was. There is humour and believable psychological motivations. The characters come to life on the page even
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Isabella
Aaaaah yeees my first Spanish book, I'm so proud :D

And what makes me the happiest is that I highly enjoyed this book! I've always wanted to read an Agatha Christie book, and this was the perfect choice!

Every story was enticing and there were some parts where I actually gasped! Agatha's way of writing is beautiful and it makes you feel like you're inside the mystery! I've never read anything like it, I enjoyed it sooo much.

This book is basically a compilation of 10 short stories, all written b
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Oscar Despard
I came to the end of this collection with a sense of profound disappointment with the stories in this collection. By and large, they had no real excitement in them and, in some especially unenjoyable examples, including 'The Listerdale Mystery' itself, the solution to the mystery was either eminently guessable or utterly underwhelming. In a few cases, I am happy to say that Christie's usual art and flair shone through: 'Philomel Cottage' inspired a sense of terror in me comparable to 'And Then T ...more
Andy Madajski
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was not one mystery. It was a collection of eleven short stories. In fact, there really weren't any mysteries in the collection. Instead each story was a cute little piece with a twist ending. I have to admit that I enjoyed every single one of them. They weren't deep, they weren't tricky, but they were all fun and entertaining. There were stolen jewels and poisonings and romance and mistaken identities. There were all the things that make Agatha Christie fun sprinkled throughout the collect ...more
Adrian Royce
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of 12 short stories, each with its own charm and a twist. "The Listerdale Mystery" is the first of the short stories. I have read other GR reviews where people felt disappointed with the collection but they are enjoyable and you can read one quickly and move on.
One criticism has been that each follows a formulaic plot, however this is definitely not the case for all the stories. My favourites were "Jane in search of a job" and "Swan Song", both very clever stories.
I'm sure
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Dawn
I know my rating of this book suffered because of two things. One, I had previously read all but three of these stories and two, as a collection so many of the stories were similar as to ruin their appeal.

Still, it is the master of the mystery genre writing them and most of them were really good. I was very partial to several of the stories, including Accident and Mr. Eastwood’s Adventure.
Helle
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I am actually starting to develop a fondness for short story collections. Or maybe Agatha Christie is just that good. Either way, I found The Listerdale Mystery highly entertaining, with twelve really amusing short stories, none of which were disappointing. All twelve were well written, with different grades of mystery. Most stories had a nice touch of humor or irony as well.
Elizabeth
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not, this is the first time I've read Agatha Christie, and I was not disappointed. This book of short stories is old-fashioned in the best sense of the word: classic, simple, almost entirely devoid of overt violence and sexuality, yet thrilling all the same. Some of the stories are more compelling than others, and the amount of danger and intrigue ranges greatly. All are worth a read, if only for the perfect pacing that Christie employs.
Marina
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good! All 12 stories were very interesting, but my favorite ones were certainly Philomel Cottage, Accident (such an awesome twist) and the Swan Song (which actually reduced me to tears in the end). I shall certainly reread it and I advice it to anyone who likes short and, in some cases, silly stories. Quite romantic as well, in some cases! A must read.
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