The Thirteen Problems

The Thirteen ProblemsThe Thirteen ProblemsThe Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie 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.

Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: The Thirteen ProblemsThe Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
Author: Agatha Christie
Category: Fiction / Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. I enjoyed these stories too ( I have been reading all of Christie’s books in order, and have found the short stories to be quite weak compared to her novels. These short stories were much better I though.

    • I was surprised – normally I like short stories so much less than full novels (finding them shallower and, like you said, weaker.) These didn’t come across that way to me – they were quite satisfying and their level of depth felt appropriate for the overall framework of the book.

      But now you’ve got me nervous for her other short story collections…

      • I’ll be honest, her other collections, or at least the ones I have read to date (everyone up to Dumb Witness) have not been great, but others really like them! I’d love to know what you think if you read them.

        • I should get to them eventually. I’m trying to read Poirot & Miss Marple in order, but I haven’t decided about her other titles.

  2. I liked these a great deal, but I read them one after another, like a novel, because I couldn’t stop!

    • I forced myself to, because I wanted to make them last, and because I was afraid if I gorged on them I’d end up not enjoying them as much (burning myself out on her writing) – I’ve done that with other series before!


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