The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
I loved this collection of Miss Marple short stories – each one was very satisfying, and I enjoyed putting my brain to the test to figure out if I could solve the mystery before Miss Marple revealed the answers.
While I generally try and avoid reading fiction too close to bedtime (invariably I find myself reading “just one more chapter” several times, and regretting it the next day), this is an easy choice for reading when you don’t have much time. Each chapter is a self-contained story, and while there is an overarching narrative connecting the stories, it doesn’t matter which order you read them in, and you could easily read once chapter, set the book aside for weeks or months, and then pick up again with no worries over forgetting plot points.
Eminently satisfying to read, and makes me appreciate just how good Christie was.
Over six Tuesday evenings a group gathers at Miss Marple’s house to ponder unsolved crimes. The company is inclined to forget their elderly hostess as they become mesmerized by the sinister tales they tell one another. But it is always Miss Marple’s quiet genius that names the criminal or the means of the misdeed. As indeed is true in subsequent gatherings at the country home of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, where another set of terrible wrongs is related by the assembled guests–and righted, by Miss Marple.
Title: The Thirteen Problems
Author: Agatha Christie
Category: Fiction / Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars
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