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As seen on PBS’s Mystery!
Tales of romance and danger in the glittering 1920s and ’30s
How can “happiness expert” Parker Pyne return a wayward husband’s affections to his wife? Will a chance encounter on a train transform the life of a jobless investment broker forever? And why does a vision in a mirror mean misery for a beautiful bride-to-be?
In these stories, lesser-known Christie heroes and heroines solve crimes of the heart as well as puzzling cases of larceny and murder. With just the right mix of danger and deception, romance and revenge, innocence and intrigue, these classic adaptations are Christie at her best, now on DVD for the first time.
The top-notch ensemble cast includes John Nettles (Midsomer Murders), James Grout (Inspector Morse), and William Gaunt (No Place Like Home) and features Maurice Denham (All Passion SpentTHE STORIES
The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife: A housewife enlists Parker Pyne to save her marriage.
In a Glass Darkly: A WWI officer has a vision of a young woman’s doom.
The Girl in the Train: An unemployed young man takes a fateful train journey.
The Fourth Man: Three learned men debate a strange case of self-inflicted death.
The Case of the Discontented Soldier: A bored army major seeks excitement with Parker Pyne’s help.
The other three stories are one-off tales, all unusual in the Christie canon: In a Glass Darkly has an outright supernatural element, as a young man has a vision in a mirror of a strangling--but only after surviving World War I and marrying the woman in his vision is the truth revealed. The Girl in the Train is a sprightly comic pastiche, a spin on spy stories like The 39 Steps, in which a hapless young gentleman gets a small parcel from a mysterious young woman and ends up foiling smugglers. But the most intriguing episode of all is The Fourth Man; a troubled reporter (John Nettles of Midsomer Murders) tells a psychiatrist, a priest, and a lawyer the story of two girls whose personalities are intertwined in a strange, metaphysically sadomasochistic relationship. Christie fans in particular will find these fascinating side trips, but you don't have to be a mystery reader to enjoy these stories. --Bret Fetzer
Nice to watch it when weather with snow and with hot chocolate drinksPublished 1 month ago by DR.MARYA
You mailed me two set "ones" instead of one and two and are freezing me out online from returning! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peter Kanyuk
I have seen all these when first released in the fall of 11. rented them from netflix & had the pleasure to buy them a month later always loved Agatha Christie hoping acorn will... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frank konidari
I chose the 5 star because of the product and price, everyone must have this very good mystery,i love poirotPublished 11 months ago by chip fortune
i can not believe these are agatha christie stories, they are a waist of time to watch. great actors bad stories.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this as a Mother's Day gift for my mom since she & I both are avid Agatha Christie fans. My mother has been telling me for years about a show featuring Parker Pyne, one of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by SummerRose