Ariadne Oliver

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090 ratings

Parker Pyne Investigates 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
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  • Book 1

    • Parker Pyne Investigates

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Parker Pyne

    • By Jaye what if on 10-06-15

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  • Book 2

    • Cards on the Table

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to Poirot that he considered murder an art form, the detective had some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's private collection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another cracking story

    • By Dr. R. Brompton on 08-01-15

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  • Book 3

    • Mrs. McGinty's Dead

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Mrs McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion fell immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes revealed traces of the victim's blood and hair. Yet something was amiss: Bentley just didn't look like a murderer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it

    • By LORNA on 22-06-15

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  • Book 4

    • Dead Man's Folly

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: David Suchet
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterful Suchet

    • By Diana on 23-06-09

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  • Book 5

    • The Pale Horse

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    To understand the strange goings on at The Pale Horse Inn, Mark Easterbrook knew he had to begin at the beginning. But where exactly was the beginning? Was it the savage blow to the back of Father Gorman's head? Or was it when the priest's assailant searched him so roughly, he tore the clergyman's cassock? Or could it have been the priest's visit, just minutes before, to a woman on her deathbed? Or was there a deeper significance to the violent squabble that Mark Easterbrook had himself witnessed earlier?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Denise on 23-07-15

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  • Book 6

    • Third Girl

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    Three single girls shared the same London flat. The first worked as a secretary; the second was an artist; the third, who came to Poirot for help, disappeared, convinced she was a murderer. Now there were rumours of revolvers, flick-knives, and blood stains. But, without hard evidence, it would take all Poirot's tenacity to establish whether the third girl was guilty, innocent - or insane.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Bimjob on 02-03-16

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  • Book 7

    • Hallowe’en Party

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    A classic Christie mystery. Read by Hugh Fraser who plays Hugh Fraser in the popular TV series. At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another good who-done-it

    • By Selene on 08-04-13

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  • Book 8

    • Elephants Can Remember

    • By: Agatha Christie
    • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Hercule Poirot stood on the cliff-top. For here, many years earlier, there had been a tragic accident: the broken body of a woman was discovered on the rocks at the foot of the cliff. This was followed by the grisly discovery of two more bodies, a husband and wife, shot dead. But who had killed whom? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion? Or cold-blooded murder?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Capitol!

    • By Catwat on 02-01-16

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