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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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"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full-length thriller." (Daily Mirror)
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By Elisa on 02-08-12

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.

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By Stevo on 08-14-14

Classic Miss Marple

Where does The Thirteen Problems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

'The Thirteen Problems' is one of my favourite audio-books so far. The thirteen stories in this collection are Miss Marple at her best.

What did you like best about this story?

Agatha Christie really excelled at writing these type of stories, so all of the stories in this collection are very entertaining bite-sized mysteries.

I like short story collections as they are perfect for easy listening in short bursts.

Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favorite?

Miss Marple of course!

Joan Hickson was Jane Marple in the 1980's BBC TV series, so having this great actress narrate these Miss Marple stories brings an authentic voice to the thirteen stories. She does a brilliant job voicing all of the characters in this audio-book, but Joan Hickson is Miss Marple as far as I am concerned.

Who was the most memorable character of The Thirteen Problems and why?

These are Miss Marple stories where her shrewd intelligence and experience of human nature shine through, so nobody is supposed to surpass Jane Marple's clever way of solving problems... and nobody does.

Any additional comments?

A nice collection of mystery stories, that are very well written and very well performed.

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By Miss on 03-28-13

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.

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By Joan on 01-16-12

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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