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Book Review: The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Book Name: The Thirteen Problems / The Tuesday Club Murders
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 315
Publication Year: 1932

I thought I had read it all – all forms of Agatha Christie books – novels, playwrights etc, but there is one I recently discovered – short stories too. Agatha Christie is really the queen of mystery in the way she is able to hold off the mystery and solution in such delicate way in even a few pages. Hats off to her!

And who better to solve these short mysteries other than Miss Marple who is champion in analyzing human behavior through just a simple description of the characters. However, I believe that it is too much since the narrator may be prejudiced in favoring a given character basis his/ her own valuation. But but but, we are here talking about a short story collection where the narrator is none other than Agatha Christie herself in the garb of other people, and so we as a reader get a foray into the minds of Miss Marple  and deriving solutions in a marvelous way. In fact, it reminded me of the recent board game I had played – Sherlock Holmes series where the reader along with a team has to solve the case with minimum number of steps, oh that was so exhaustive – a sleuthing game that took us 5 hours.

Keep watching my blog for more of Agatha Christie books.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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 mysteries, the Tuesday Night Club is formed.

About the author:
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature – Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple – and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande.

Twitter: @agathachristie

Rating: 9/10
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