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Parker Pyne Investigates (aka Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective)
Parker Pyne Investigates - aka Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective Author:Agatha Christie The personal ad posed a simple question: Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne. The answer is a resounding no for a jealous wife who suspects her husband of infidelity... for a lonely widow driven to assume a new identity... for a distraught mother whose son has been kidnapped... and for the fiance of a strangely reclusive bride-to-be.
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But what sort of detective would solicit in the personals? The sort who has a knack for investigating affairs of the heart. For therein lie the darkest motives for murder. And they are proving most lucrative for the hopelessly romantic -- and highly suspicious -- inspector Parker Pyne.« less
This is a collection of short stories introducing Parker Pyne. Pyne is a former statistician turned advisor to those with troubled spirits (his personal ad reads "Are you happy? If not, consult Parker Pyne"). The first half of the book uses Pyne's knowledge of statistics to cure everything from broken hearts to boredom. The second half of the book follows Parker Pyne on a "vacation" through the middle east where he uses his skills to solve crimes.
There comes a time when a master detective needs to get away from it alll. But for Mr. Parker Pyne, it was not to be. Crime followed him like a shadow from the moment he took his seat on the Orient Express.