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“I always wanted to be Agatha Christie when I grow up. I still do.” (J. A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author)

“A rare treat for discriminating readers.” (New York Times)

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It had been a typical New Year's Eve party. But as midnight approaches, Mr. Satterthwaite—a keen observer of human nature—senses that the real drama of the evening is yet to unfold. And so it proves when a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Who is this Mr. Quin?

Mr. Satterthwaite's new friend is an enigma. He seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light. In fact, the only consistent thing about him is that his presence is always an omen—sometimes good, but sometimes deadly. . . .

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Product Details

  • Series: Harley Quin Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062074431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062074430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,618 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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That would be the mysterious Mr. Harley Quin.
C. Ebeling
Using Mr. Quin's little hints, Mr. Satterthewaite uses his brain to piece together the puzzles, and he always arrives just in the nick of time to save the victims.
"rubybug"
All in all this is good stuff with most of these stories being above average fair.
Truth

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on March 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book contains most, but not all, of the adventures of Mr. Satterthwaite and Mr. Quin. (See my listmania list for a complete list). Mr. Satterthwaite is an elderly bachelor whom life has passed by - a spectator in other people's lives - but like Miss Marple, he's grown very perceptive.
Mr. Quin - Mr. Harley Quin - is a vaguely supernatural figure, associated with the immortal Harlequin, whose appearance in Satterthwaite's life presages adventure. Generally he appears as an advocate for the dead, and always as a catalyst: Satterthwaite does most of the reasoning, prompted by Quin. His theory is that one is more likely to solve a mystery after enough time has elapsed to put events in perspective. His gift for inspiring Satterthwaite lies in guiding him to ask the right questions.
"The Coming of Mr. Quin" - Mr. Quin appears after midnight on New Year's Eve, speaking of a breakdown that his chauffeur will shortly put right; Satterthwaite is among the guests of the house party who have stayed up. Quin guides the conversation to the mysterious suicide of Derek Capel, which happened 10 years ago in the same house. He contradicts the theory that nobody will ever know why Capel did it.
"The Shadow on the Glass" - If Satterthwaite consents to stay in a new-money household (he's a snob), it's a sign that the cooking is very good, or that something interesting will happen. He's currently staying with the Unkertons, who have bought a house with a romantic ghost story - a haunted window - and who have a genius for inviting trouble. In this case, they've invited a group of empire-builder-type hunters: Iris Staverton, Richard Scott and his new bride, and Scott's best-friend, who's been second fiddle all his life. Tactless, since Iris and Richard once had a very public relationship.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would recommend this book to both Christie fans as well as those readers picking up her work for the first time. The stories are all unique but have one common theme - a supernatural element running through them that is somehow connected with the mysterious appearances and disappearances of that enigmatic creature, Mr. Harley Quin. Unlike the character of Mr. Satterthwaite whose thoughts and reactions are transparent to the reader, Mr. Quin remains shrouded in darkness (a little like Holmes and Watson). We are always excited by his appearance because that is the indication that a mystery is about to appear on the horizon. Unlike Sherlock Holmes however, Mr. Quin does not play any active role in solving the puzzles; rather he throws out hints and suggestions to Mr. Satterthwaite who is usually quick-witted enough to pick up the thread of thought and so stumble upon the truth. Yet Mr. Quin is not a selfish being; in fact his appearance is frequently just in time to prevent a tragedy or a miscarriage of justice that may result in the wrong person being accused. Rather, he is content to stay out of the spotlight and maintain his anonymity; we observe in the stories that while he seems to know a lot of people, none of the characters have ever actually met him. Yet everyone accepts his presence and word unquestioningly. The stories are tinged with a romantic streak yet remain absorbing mysteries and studies of human nature. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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While reading this book, I kept forgetting that the same mind that created lovably conceited Poirot and lovably fussy Jane Marple also created the mysterious Quin. These stories are fun and deep all at the same time. However, the last story, "Harlequin's Lane" is really disturbing and I found myself,like Mr. Satterthwaite, scared of Mr. Quin, and wondering about his motives in all his other stories, because his behavior in this one was so out of character for him. I was very upset that this is how his relationship with Mr. Satterthwaite was going to end. But then I found out about the publication of the final Quin story, "The Harlequin Tea Set" in the book of the same name. In that story, everything seems back to normal, with the two men even talking lightly of the incidents in "Harleqin's Lane". So, if you can get past the utter weirdness and uneasy feeling that story gives, the other Quin stories are very good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "rubybug" on August 2, 2000
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There's something different in this book from all the other A. Christie murder novels I've read, and I think it's the quality of mystery around the characters, not the murders (or would-be murders in this book's case). I'm writing about the strangely uncanny, rather incomprehensible Mr. Quin. In all the stories, Mr. Quin seems to knows the ways of human nature so well, that he can pinpoint the people who are maybe on the verge of death. But strangely enough, it's not he who tries to save the would-be victims; it's his solid, predictable "friend", Mr. Satterthwaite who always happens to be in the right place at the right time. Using Mr. Quin's little hints, Mr. Satterthewaite uses his brain to piece together the puzzles, and he always arrives just in the nick of time to save the victims. I strongly recommend The Mysterious Mr. Quin.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1998
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This book was wonderful and quite different from anything else by Agatha Christie. It is an extremely surreal collection of stories about a very mysterious stranger who happens to dramatically change the lives of the people that he and his friend, Mr. Satterthwaite, come in contact with. These stories are exquisitely haunting tales, and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Agatha Christie, the surreal side of life, or just a good read!
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