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The Listerdale Mystery (Agatha Christie Collection) Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2003


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"They are, without exception, the work of an experienced and artful cook." Times Literary Supplement "The acknowledged Queen of Detective fiction" Observer

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Product Details

  • Series: Agatha Christie Collection
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (February 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007154887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007154883
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on April 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
A collection of 12 short stories, none of which feature any of Christie's recurring characters. They are sorted by original publication date (usually magazines). All also appear either in _The Golden Ball and Other Stories_ or _The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories_.
"The Girl on the Train" (February 1924) Like another George in "The Golden Ball", George Rowland has just been fired from his City job by his uncle. In this case, they both celebrated too much the previous night, and when George came to work 2 hours late and hungover, the uncle ordered him out. The butler at home (having had a hard night) reassures George, who takes the next train to a picturesquely named spot - Rowland's Castle - on a whim, but leaving a forwarding address against the time when his uncle cools off. And he meets the kind of girl featured in dime novel adventures: she bolts into his 1st-class compartment, and persuades him to hide her from ominous foreign pursuers. This looks promising...
"Jane in Search of a Job" (August 1924) - Jane Cleveland is out of work, and needs something fast to be able to eat tomorrow, let alone pay the rent. But she hasn't got enough work experience to land anything that'll keep her head above water, and she resorts to the last hope: the Agony column. And one of the ads specifies a good French-speaking mimic who matches Jane's description. Jane should have smelt a rat at that point, but chose not to see it - when a large fee is finally mentioned, she feels it must be crime, but that crime's OK in moderation. :)
"Mr. Eastwood's Adventure", a.k.a.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not to knock Barbara Pym, but if I was in the mood to read her, I'd pick up one of her books. I have to say that this is my least favorite Agatha Christie. This book had a focus on romance, very light on mystery. I didn't care for any of the characters enough to have any feelings about how their stories ended.

I wouldn't buy it again. There are too many other great or good Christie books . . .
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By MamaSylvia on September 30, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Contains Listerdale Mystery, Philomel Cottage, Girl In the Train, Sing a Song of Sixpence, Manhood of Edward Robinson, Accident, Jane In Search of a Job, Fruitful Sunday, Mr. Eastwood's Adventure, Golden Ball, Rajah's Emerald, Swan Song

Very nice collection, many of which are a type of story not written today, mysteries that are not murder mysteries. As always, Christie excels at the unexpected resolution.
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By Shelly on March 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The title does not befit the book. There are 11 other stories inside. Philomel Cottage, The Girl in The Train, Sing Song a Sixpence, The Manhood of Edward Robinson, Accident, Jane in Search of a Job, A Fruitful Sunday, Mr Eastwood's Adventure, The Golden Ball, The Rajah's Emerald, and Swan Song. A good deal for the price.
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By Catheline L. Shin on February 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A collection of twists and turns, Christie again reveals her sense of humor. A worthwhile read to pass idle time.
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