And in fact there is quite an interesting answer to this latter question in regards to the person who steals the actual pearl in the story. Many of the clients in these stories are often character types, types which Christie often played around with in her detective novels and even in these short stories Christie has characters we think we know and understand do the unexpected. Mrs Peters, feeling instinctively that Byzantine mosaics would leave her cold in the literal as well as the spiritual sense , excused herself. The public is conservative… it likes the old well-worn gadgets.
Still the same or different? What would we expect in a real life adventure? In the last five stories which mostly take place in the Middle East, there is a sense of West meets East and I think in these stories Christie opens up a dialogue on how each of them perceive the other. There are of course some negative expectations as well, though I think they are an intrinsic part of the dialogue Christie creates, as these expectations are not put in to be upheld, but they are put there to be questioned and challenged and also to reveal something of the person speaking them.
Parker Pyne Investigates is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Collins and Sons in November Agatha Christie once again demonstrates her mastery of the short form mystery with Parker Pyne Investigates—short stories of crime and detection featuring.
It is a nuance, a convention. In different countries it means different things.
An Arab is not ashamed of stealing. He is not ashamed of lying. With him it is from whom he steals or to whom he lies that matters. The inability to speak the local language is an interesting area within which the westerner is looked at, as this inability often places them into a ridiculous or comical position. So all in all a very interesting collection of stories, which certainly raise a lot of questions. They are also quite clever stories with a number of instances of effective misdirection.
This is definitely a story collection I would recommend trying. Well, I have always loved this collection, particularly the first set of stories, for all the reasons you say. I see them as fairy tales, so your casting Mr. PP as a fairy godmother is spot on. And I love how this fairy godmother occasionally gets things all wrong!
Fairy tales are full of character archetypes too, and the roles of men and women are narrowly prescribed and outdated. I do think we get a little balance here in the placement of Mrs. I really like the points you made about how the book treats money. I have never considered myself to be morally averse to those who set out to make Monet, even though it has never preoccupied my own field of interest. But now that we have a financier of the vilest sort running for president — and standing a chance of winning — I can see clearly the point that Christie was making.
Like Liked by 1 person. I was not previously familiar with Parker Pyne until your post, but it was fascinating to read about.
I enjoyed revisiting the Pyne stories as I only had hazy recollections about them, yet on re-reading found that they gave a great deal of food for thought. While I have enjoyed the Parker Pyne stories I read in the past, due to that experimental nature you mentioned and the interesting position into which the reader is often placed, I have not revisited the series in several years.
I am glad now that I waited and will keep your treatise in mind. As part of this celebration I also hosted a challenge involving […]. For an Agatha Christie blogathon last September I reviewed all her Parker Pyne stories, so you can read my thoughts on this story here.
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Before giving my thoughts on the stories and the themes which struck me the most here are some brief synopsises of the stories in the collection: The Case of the Discontented Solider Problem: Mr Roberts pines for adventure. Jane in Search of a Job. The Affair of the Pink Pearl. The Harlequin Tea Set. In A Glass Darkly. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery. The Man in the Mist. The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan. The King of Clubs. The Gate of Baghdad. More from Marple's Casebook.
And Then There Were None. Murder in the Mews. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The Mystery Of Blue Train.
Murder on the Orient Express. A Pocket Full of Rye: The Murder at the Vicarage. Cards on the Table.
Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]. Death in the Clouds. The Man in the Brown Suit. Death on the Nile. Murder on the Orient Express: The Witness for the Prosecution. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories. The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl. A Murder Is Announced. Peril At End House. Murder on the Links. The Coming of Mr. Cat Among the Pigeons: The Body in the Library.
The Golden Ball and Other Stories. The Case of the Discontented Soldier. The Disappearance of Mr. Murder On The Orient Express. The Kidnapped Prime Minister.
She is pleased that her divorce will be simpler in that Reggie will not be so upset, but she is less pleased to see the attraction between the pair and the compliments that Miss de Sara bestows upon Reggie. EngvarB from November Use dmy dates from November Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention from November All Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention. Pyne agrees and leaves another satisfied client behind him. I am glad now that I waited and will keep your treatise in mind. Apr 19, Amy rated it liked it. Peril at End House. Mr Thompson explains how he knew something was wrong — he is Parker Pyne, travelling incognito as he promised himself on the Nile, and when he heard his name mentioned, he knew something was up!
Murder At The Vicarage. They Do It with Mirrors. More of Poirot's Finest Cases.