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Problem at Pollensa Bay: A Parker Pyne Story (Hercule Poirot series) Kindle Edition
An Agatha Christie short story from the collection The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories.
Parker Pyne is on holiday at the Hotel Pino D’Oro on the island of Mallorca. Unfortunately also staying at the hotel are two fellow British guests, Mrs. Adela Chester and her dutiful young son, Basil. When Mrs. Chester discovers that Pyne is a “wizard” at solving human problems, she calls on him to save Basil from a most unsuitable marriage.
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00CGZXSF6
- Publisher : Witness Impulse (October 29, 2013)
- Publication date : October 29, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 956 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 34 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #610,927 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This prompted me to check if I had a volume of stories which contained this short story "Problem at Pollensa Bay" only to discover a rich collection of ebooks of individual stories available and i was delight to by this one and read it for myself.
I found the holiday setting facinating; pre-war, worries about the exchange rate, girls wearing trousers and wondering why English wasn't more widely spoken.
The concept of the problem is a problem in itself; a mother worried about her son getting in with the wrong crowd, drinking and beiong out with girls. The trouble is although this is like 1935 he is 25 and as a modern reader I found this problems were addressed by cheap flights to Ibiza and generally 18-30 holidays where if you were really over 21 you were perhaps too old for these.
That said Parker Pyne's analysis of life is true still in parts and never so much as saying over 45 is the time to find yourself and reflect on life.
In a world of crime and bad news daily, here is a simple tell about life. love and the potential for happiness. Ms Christie is a cute observer of the mundane and relationships; I have always enjoyed her writing since a teenager and whenever I return to it. I am delighted my daughter is excited by this author and I know she'll love this story as much as her holiday this year.
I hope you will to and likewise turn to other books by the queen of crime.
It has held the test of time this story as young love is always there as a subject and there is an amusing
solution at the end. A good short read.