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The Thirteen Problems | [Agatha Christie]
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The Thirteen Problems

When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple's house, the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes. Trying to solve these 13 mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer; the artist Joyce Lemprière; Dr Pender, the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character; Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach; and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself.
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When her friends from the Tuesday Night Club visit Miss Marple's house, the conversation often turns to unsolved crimes. Trying to solve these 13 mysteries are Raymond West, a young writer; the artist Joyce Lemprière; Dr Pender, the clergyman, who claims to know the hidden side of human character; Mr Petherick, a lawyer who is only interested in the logical approach; and Sir Henry Clithering, whose experience as commissioner of Scotland Yard speaks for itself. Then, of course, there is Miss Marple, who has observed enough about human nature to be more than a match for the most perspicacious investigator.

©1932 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 28/03/2013
    Miss Saffron Walden, United Kingdom 28/03/2013
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    "Very good"

    Loved listening to the late Joan Hickson's melodious tones again. I enjoy Agatha Christie's shorter stories perhaps more than the longer ones, no need for character development, which I don't think was her forte, just a well crafted yarn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Dean South Wales 31/07/2011
    A. Dean South Wales 31/07/2011 Member Since 2007

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    "Love it!!!"

    Joan Hickson reads these short stories with the same accomplishment with which she acted the role of Miss Marple. A really charming first look at Miss Marple in her early incarnation (laced and starched before Christie made her 'tweedy'.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Bishopbriggs, United Kingdom 02/01/2014
    Karen Bishopbriggs, United Kingdom 02/01/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Joan Hickson"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is a synergy at work here, one of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite characters who is played by the greatest actress ever to play the role - I expected it to be well done and it was well done with a dash of brilliance


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories themselves weren't familiar to me but the narration by Joan Hickson made me feel at home right away


    What about Joan Hickson’s performance did you like?

    You know what to expect and you get exactly that plus the thrill of knowing that nobody will ever do it better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Salford, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Dave Salford, United Kingdom 13/04/2013

    I am a musician from Salford, England, and I cannot get enough fiction in my life.

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    "Classic Christie all the way."

    If you've read Christie before - and if you haven't, shame on you - you know what to expect. A complex riddle surrounded by red-herrings, archetypal characterisation, and loads of posh people. Joan Hickson, as expected, reads this as if she had written it herself. Simply brilliant.

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    Ms United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "The Thirteen Problems"

    Highly entertaining Miss Marple book with a whole range of diverse problems being presented for Miss Marple (and the listener) to attempt to solve...although however diverse the problems might be they obviously have their solution in village life!

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    Joan Wallington, United Kingdom 16/01/2012
    Joan Wallington, United Kingdom 16/01/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "What a Treat"

    A treat indeed to have the great Joan Hickson (surely the definitive Miss Marple) read some of Christie's greatest stories. Her quietly authoritative voice lends itself beautifully to the prose text and the clarity of her tones makes listening a pure joy. What a pity she passed on before the whole gamut of Miss Marple mysteries could have been recorded. That would be an archive worth having.

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    "Awesome Miss Marple Short Stories"
    What did you love best about The Thirteen Problems?

    Its a series of 13 short stories, expertly read by Joan Hickson (my favourite Miss Marple). Each story is the perfect length to listen to before bed, on the train, etc. Each keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who-dunnit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, by having a series of short stories, so the suspense never lowers.


    What does Joan Hickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joan Hickson's voice just epitomizes Miss Marple. But she's also a great actress who brings life to every character, and adds suspense and excitement through her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    A good selection for time poor people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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