Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Thirteen Problems - Agatha Christie

Light reading continues.....and this time it is Miss Marple.
This is a collection of short stories. The first six stories occur at Miss Marple's residence, in the village of St. Mary Mead.There is a group of people forming a club called Tuesday Night Club where they try to solve unsolved mysteries. Miss Marple is also invited to join,only for sake of politeness. But, alas! it is this old lady who successfully solve all the mysteries. The next six stories happens at the house of Mr. Bantry where Sir Henry Clithering,who was a part of Tuesday Night Club, is staying. Miss Marple is invited , again intriguing mysteries are discussed and Miss Marple outwits others. The last story happens a little after this where Miss Marple solves another mystery in St. Mary Mead.
Unbelievable...was my feeling after reading each story. But this time it was neither the intricacy of the plot nor the intellect of the detective that was hard to believe, but the fact that Agatha Christie can come up with unexciting stories like this! Now, solving what was considered to be "unsolvable" mysteries ,sitting near the fire place, within a matter of minutes was bad enough to comprehend ; finding village parallels to each and every thing was too much.
Slightly disappointing , 2.5 out of 5.

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