2008: 28. Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective

“Four grunts, an indignant voice asking why nobody could leave a hat alone, a slammed door, and Mr. Packington had departed to catch the eight-forty-five to the City.”

Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective, Agatha Christie

The alternate title for this novel is Parker Pyne Investigates  (as you can see from the image above), and it is a much better title.  Because Parker Pyne isn’t really a detective.  Instead, he finds happiness for people.  Or, as his famous ad in the Times reads “ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT, CONSULT MR. PARKER PYNE.”  And mostly he does in a number of interrelated short stories.  Once in a great while his clever schemes backfire (like when the woman who was using a gigolo to make her husband jealous falls in love with him by mistake), but most of the time he uses his clever schemes to make people happier.  Pretty fun stuff.

Date/Place Completed: 2/27/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-read; Agatha Christie Project

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