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Summary

Mrs Packington felt alone, helpless, and utterly forlorn. But her life changed when she stumbled upon an advertisement in The Times which read: "ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT, CONSULT MR PARKER PYNE".

Equally adept at putting together the pieces of a marriage or the fragments of a murder mystery, Mr Parker Pyne was possibly the world's most unconventional private eye, and certainly its most charming, as this collection of short stories reveals.

©1934 Agatha Christie Limited. A Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic reviews

"Crimes of the heart were his forte." ( Observer)
"These extend beyond the classic murders to oddities such as the exploits of Mr Parker Pyne, roly-poly 'specialist in every kind of human trouble' who will, for a fee, cure his clients of unhappiness."( The Sunday Times)

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Parker Pyne

Well read by Hugh Fraser
it was really interesting having stories inside a bigger story.
Easy to listen to

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Love Hugh Fraser!

He has a wonderful interesting voice and kept my attention constantly. For me he is amongst the best story tellers and these stories were VERY Agatha Christie.
Absolutely delighted

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Parker Pyne Investigates

Very good interesting and varied plots in the different stories linked together with Parker Pyne ? Detective Agency

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Possibly my favourite Agatha Christie!

I love Agatha Christie, however hadn’t heard of Parker Pyne. I was interested by the summary of the first plot. Each case was so different, there are crossovers of mystery, detective and adventure genres. I so wish that there had been many more written as I actually prefer these to Poirot.

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Another hit from the master of crine


Agatha Christie has a genius mind to come up with these original short stories
well worth listening to

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great

I facinating story well read, it was a lovely story with twists and turns , well done

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  • 20-03-18

Typical Christie

What made the experience of listening to Parker Pyne Investigates the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the short stories which I don't usually go for. However, I listen to these in the car and they proved easy to listen to, in the amazing Christie style, still left you guessing until the end in

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parker Pyne Investigates?

The last few stories contained more mysteries, poisoning and stolen jewels which I thoroughly enjoyed.

What does Hugh Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As a fast reader, it was pleasant to have the calming, well spoken voice reading the story to me. It allowed me to ponder over who was responsible.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nostalgic feelings.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a listen.

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Something completely different

I enjoyed these strange tales, out of the usual Christie mould. Needless to say they are unlikely stories, but ingenious and a nice change from middle class murders.

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Excellent

Loved it, Agatha Christie cannot be beaten, intriguing stories from beginning to end read brilliantly by Hastings , well Hugh Fraser.

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Hugh Fraser er en rigtig god oplæser

Hyggelig lytning. Jeg har altid elsket Parker Pyne-historier og de bliver læst af en mester

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  • 22-11-11

Great stories and well read

I do love a good murder mystery (or a few in this case) to listen to and Hugh Fraser reads the Parker Pyne stories brilliantly. Agatha Christie keeps you guessing as always. Entertaining and good value for money.

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  • Lucy Mcb
  • 29-07-21

Superb narration as always

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the wonderful Hugh Fraser narrate this series of short stories. It would be lovely to see Parker Pyne on the television screen but I would miss the wonderful character voices of Mr Fraser. I could happily listen to him reciting the telephone book! Even if it was in different voices!

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  • Sara Markgren
  • 13-11-19

Bite size Christie

Cute stories, excellently narrated by Hugh Fraser as usual. While they're cute, they're not nearly close to Christie's regular levels.

If you, like me, have consumed basically everything done by her, this will be a nice addition to that pool of works. If you're new to Agatha Christie you should pick some of her classics to get a better and more fair feel of her writing and storytelling.

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  • Diana
  • 10-04-17

Brilliant collection, excellent narrator

Parker Pyne is one statistician you must get acquainted with! Love this collection of short stories. Will become a much listened to audiobook.

Hugh Fraser is perfect pitch as usual.