The Mysterious Mr. Quin

The Mysterious Mr. Quin

Agatha Christie / Jan 23, 2020

The Mysterious Mr Quin A conjurer of skill with an instinct for detection Mr Harley Quin has an almost magical flair for appearing at the scene of the most remarkable crimes But is it just a trick of light that haunts his

  • Title: The Mysterious Mr. Quin
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780312981600
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • A conjurer of skill with an instinct for detection, Mr Harley Quin has an almost magical flair for appearing at the scene of the most remarkable crimes But is it just a trick of light that haunts his shadow with a ghostly apparition Is it fate that invites him to a New Year s murder And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royalston Hall, an isolateA conjurer of skill with an instinct for detection, Mr Harley Quin has an almost magical flair for appearing at the scene of the most remarkable crimes But is it just a trick of light that haunts his shadow with a ghostly apparition Is it fate that invites him to a New Year s murder And what forces are at work when his car breaks down outside Royalston Hall, an isolated estate with a deadly history

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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 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 Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels 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


    1. According to me, this is one of the underrated gems of Agatha Christie, where she flirts with fantasy. Even though none of the stories except the last one (Harlequin's Lane) cross over into fantasy territory, they are always on the borderline. That Christie does this without straining our credibility speaks volumes for her mastery of the medium.Mr. Harley Quin is a thinly disguised Harlequin, transported into modern England. His specialty: he allows one to solve mysteries by stripping away the u [...]

    2. 4.5 "Sentiment beloonged to his age. It had no part to play in the modern world."This is a Christie that is totally different from the one you and I know, or knew, or thought we knew. Even in her most-known and appreciated works, she always flirts with the supernatural and the mysterious, but, this time around, flirting isn't enough for her anymore: this time, she abandons herself to it; and yet without giving the impression of fully doing it. It's a mystery in itself, how she did it, the main a [...]

    3. This is the only book of Harley Quin written by Agatha Christie and it is unlike any other Christie novel.A collection of 12 short stories where the recurring characters are Mr. Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite. Mr Satterthwaite is different from Christie's other side-kick (Mr.Hastings of Poirot series). He is from British Upper class, is 60+ years old and loves his comfort.Coming to Mr.Harley Quin, again very different from the famous Poirot or Miss Marple."This was Mr.Quin's doing. It was he [...]

    4. I am going to give this collection of short stories 5 stars because I truly cannot find fault with it. I just reviewed The Labours of Hercules and remarked that sometimes Christie had to force the stories to fit the theme, to their detriment. With Mr. Quin, there is no such strain--the overarching motif (stories with a touch of the supernatural and the whimsical) is elastic enough to accommodate a fine variety of excellent stories. I think this collection is unique in that Dame Agatha had the ch [...]

    5. مع تانى تجرية ليا مع اجاثا كريستى و اول تجربة مع مجموعة قصصية لها استطيع ان اقول انها كانت مغامرة ممتعة و مملة فى بعضها مجموعة من الجرائم تحدث او حدثت يتم تناولها بشكل مثير بين السيد ساترثوايت و السيد كوين الغامض الذى ظهوره يبشر بالحب او نذيرا للموت بعض القصص كانت رتيبة و البع [...]

    6. Choose Your Own Adventure!You are the Mysterious Mr. Quinn. You are ever so mysterious. And yet you do not really hold a candle to Poirot or Marple or even the Tuppences. Your adventures are boring; your mysteries are trite. You are an Unfinished Book.If you decide you want some hot Belgian action, choose /review/show/If you decide some risky cougar-type activities are in order, choose /review/show/

    7. One of my favorite collection of short stories, all tied together around the realm of the harlequinade as experienced by the dapper, if wizened, Mr. Satterthwaite.As others have mentioned, there's no sense of strain in these stories, no sense that the beloved by many, Agatha Christie, had problems matching Mr. Quin to his supernatural side, by bringing in the ever curious Mr. Satterthwaite to help bring walking spirits to rest, perhaps bring the guilty to justice, and even to help the lonely dis [...]

    8. If I weren't trying to read everything by Agatha Christie, I would have missed Mr. Harley Quin. So different than Christie Poirot and Marple books. Christie mixes mystery and near fantasy with the mysterious Mr. Quin and the elderly Mr. Satterthwaite. Quin shows up suddenly at key moments intervening on behalf of lovers and the dead utilizing the observant Mr. Satterthwaite in this process. Quin grew on me as I read through this book. The stories become progressively more fanciful and supernatur [...]

    9. A charming collection of Agatha Christie stories, all revolving around a man with the unlikely name of Harley Quin.Mr. Quin appears and disappears suddenly. But if the protagonist, Mr. Satterthwaite, sees him, he knows that something exciting is about to happen.This book focused more on suicide than other Agatha Christie books I've read. Some stories didn't deal with murder or suicide, but the majority did.1.) The Coming of Mr. Quin. Harley Quin shows up unexpectedly at a New Year's Eve dinner p [...]

    10. این کتاب اگاتا کریستی مجموعه داستانی است با دو شخصیت محوری:اقای ساترزویت و آقای کوئین.اولی مرد ریز اندام و دقیقی ست که به گفته برخی از دیگر شخصیت های داستان خصوصیات زنانه بارزی دارد و این یعنی بسیار دقیق ، نکته سنج و ریز بین است.اقای ساترزویت هیچ وقت اشتباه نمی کند.اما با دومین [...]

    11. Dame Agatha Christie pens a collection of short stories very different than her works featuring the precise, foppish Hercule Poirot or the intuitive but circumlocutious Miss Marple. The stories deal with the interaction between a mysterious dark, saturnine stranger using the pseudonym of Harley Quin and a 69-year-old meek, wizened bachelor named Mr. Satterthwaite, a man sometimes sentimental and a bit of a fop but perceptive and a shrewd judge of character. In the story titled “The Soul of the [...]

    12. I adore Agatha Christie. She is a wonderful mystery writer in that she revolutionized the concept of what a non-violent, cozy mystery could be with her psychological approach of what motivates a criminal. Rather than focus on over-intellectual concepts that excuse criminal behavior she allowed her criminals to be regular people that killed for human reasons: love, hate, revenge. The crimes, the criminals and the victims are relatable. Both Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple rely on their knowledge o [...]

    13. İnanılmaz. Gizemli Mr. Harley Quin gerçekten beni mest etti. Buradaki gönderme gerçekten ilginç; çünkü adamın bir "arlöken" olduğu, arlöken lokantalarında yediği, arlöken hanlarında kaldığı anlatılıyor. Arlöken bizim dilimizde soytarı demekmiş, sanırım orijinal hali bariz bir şekilde Harlequin. Bu kısma geri döneceğim. Bu gizemli Bay Quin ne zaman ortaya çıksa Bay Satterthwaite kesinlikle bir şeylerin döneceğini anlıyor. Senelerdir çözülemeyen gizemler, ci [...]

    14. Who are you crazy people who like this book, think it memorable, or - gasp! - among one of Christie's best works??!! This book sucked ostrich eggs. The only reason I kept reading it to the end was to unlock the "mystery" of Mr. Quin, and to revel in Christie's spiral into the dark and supernatural. Little did I know that this was Christie at her laziest. The 12 interlocking, and often repetitive, stories featuring both Mr. Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite, are rough sketches of (potentially intriguing [...]

    15. The Mysterious Mr. Quin is not one of Christie's most well know books. A collection of bizarre, bittersweet tales starring Mr. Satterthwaite, an elderly observer of life. He is a refined old gent who knows all about the complexities of life and love but has never experienced them for his own. Mr. Satterthwaite is haunted, not only by his barely-realised sense of regret but also by a mysterious man known as Mr. Quin, a man who "speaks for the dead" and "comes and goes" as they need him. Mr. Quin [...]

    16. What did I think?! Answer: Eww -_-I'll say just two points:-1- Christie wrote this book when she was a beginner. 2- If not so, then my copy is not the original text :p w a5tem klamy b 7asbya Allah w Ne3ma Alwakeel!

    17. This is a little different than some of her other books. It's got a bit of a magical feel to it. That said, I enjoyed the "outside looking in," style of the main character. The stories are fairly quick reads, this would make a nice book for waiting in line or commutes.

    18. 1930, sentimental, slightly spooky short stories tied together very loosely via protagonists (Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite) and themes (how meeting someone can change a life, at any moment, for almost any reason, sometimes just in the nick of time). Not really a true novel, but an interesting grouping of stories that reflect popular philosophy/attitudes at the time; many of these now seem very innocent in tone, at least superficially - don't be fooled Some stories are three stars, a couple [...]

    19. Agatha Christie does it again! She cannot write a mystery and not make it mind blowing. It's so easy to read an Agatha Christie book from time to time to dive into a world of mystery and intrigue. The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a collection of twelve stories featuring a very interesting character, Mr Satterthwaite who observes everyone and everything. He is a person "who knows everything", as described by most of the characters in these stories."But I see things. I may have been only a looker on at [...]

    20. The best thing that Christie ever wrote.Mr. Satterthwaite is our guide into an upper class world of murder, deceit and property. An old man, he is Poirot without the little grey cells, or Miss Marple without the ability to apply his strong observational skills to problems, and is mostly content to be an observer of life rather than to take part in it.All this changes when the highly mysterious Mr. Harley Quin arrives on the scene. Odd and unusual, where he goes drama follows, leaving Mr. Sattert [...]

    21. You should read this if you're quite familiar with Christie - I say this as otherwise I think you'd find this slightly underwhelming. These are all short stories which all follow the similar pattern of Mr. Satterthwaite, who with a lack of confidence solves mysteries with help from Mr. Harley Quinn who only ever appears intermittently. I found the first two stories VERY POOR but the rest seemed to pick up after. My favourites were "At The Bells & Motley", "The Soul of the Croupier", and "The [...]

    22. I enjoyed this collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, featuring fussy little Mr. Satterthwaite and the dark and mysterious Mr. Harley Quin, who is always "just passing by," and helps Mr. Satterthwaite solve crimes and human dramas that unravel before him.Mr. Satterthwaite is an older man, a bachelor, and a connoisseur. He has always watched life pass by, and was content to do so. But as old age approaches, he decides to participate in the little things that have passed him by. He is hap [...]

    23. Harley Quin is one of my favorite Agatha Christie characters and her least known. Along with his friend, Mr. Sattherhwaite, they solve little mysteries.or do they? Mr. Quin suddenly appears on the scene no matter where it may be whenever Mr. Sattherwhaite is faced with a problem such as murder or theft. Is he real or is he a figment of his friend's imagination. He suggests solutions and leads Mr. Sattherhwaite to the solving of the crime(s). Christie implies that he may be almost a supernatural [...]

    24. Recently re-read it while sick with the flu. This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie book - a very different and unique take on story telling, fate, and the now out-of-fashion British Harlequinade. Always a fun, if slightly melachcolic read.

    25. عبارة عن مجموعة قصص وأحداث يظهر خلالها كوين الغامض حقيقة كل قصة تستحق أن يفرد لها مجلد أجاثا مبدعة

    26. my FAVORITE of the christie mysteries. so originali've never been as intrigued and made slightly uncomfortable by a mystery both at once.

    27. الحياة غريبة حقّا. أنا لا يمكنني أن أتخيّل كيف يكون الأمر عندما يعيش المرء كمتفرّجٍ فقط

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