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Mr. Parker Pyne must recover a priceless diamond stolen as a dinner party trick, while Hercule Poirot proves that a crowd is the best cloak for a murder, and Miss Marple solves a baffling crime by the fireside, in an anthology of mystery tales. Reissue.


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Mr. Parker Pyne must recover a priceless diamond stolen as a dinner party trick, while Hercule Poirot proves that a crowd is the best cloak for a murder, and Miss Marple solves a baffling crime by the fireside, in an anthology of mystery tales. Reissue.

30 review for The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    The anthology consists of several short stories featuring different sleuths of Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Mr. Parker Pine. The Regatta Mystery. A very expensive jewel disappeared practically in the thin air. The only person who could have possibly done it is under suspicion. He was unhappy and came for a consultation to Mr. Parker Pine who was supposed to bring happiness to people. Mr. Parker Pine delivered by solving the mystery. I am not a big fan of Mr. Parker Pine. Comp The anthology consists of several short stories featuring different sleuths of Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Mr. Parker Pine. The Regatta Mystery. A very expensive jewel disappeared practically in the thin air. The only person who could have possibly done it is under suspicion. He was unhappy and came for a consultation to Mr. Parker Pine who was supposed to bring happiness to people. Mr. Parker Pine delivered by solving the mystery. I am not a big fan of Mr. Parker Pine. Compared to Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple the guy is bland. So are his problems - mostly. The Mystery of the Bagdad Chest. A dead body was found in a chest after a party. Obviously the suspicion lies with the host. Hercule Poirot was asked to prove his innocence. Hercule Poirot obviously did. I would have liked this story more if I had not had read it and its extended version (The Mystery of Spanish Chest) about a bazillion times. Practically every anthology of short mystery stories by any mix of authors includes it. How Does Your Garden Grow? It you read Dumb Witness this is its much shorter version. Poirot received a letter from an old lady living deep in the province asking him to investigate unspecified something. By the time Poirot made it to her small town the lady died from seemingly natural causes. Poirot did not believe in such coincidents. Investigation was in order. The story is decent enough, but not too surprising after the novel I mentioned. It it notable for featuring an eccentric and very efficient secretary of Poirot, Miss Lemon for the firs time. Problem at Pollensa Bay. Mr. Parker Pine had to untangle a tight situation between a mother and her son. The son was in love with a local girl. The mother was dead against her. Mr. Parker Pine delivered happiness to all parties involved as usual. This was not even a mystery. Fairly predictable too. Yellow Iris. A mysterious phone call made Poirot drop everything and run to a restaurant where a murder was about to take place. Exactly the same murder took place in the same restaurant several years ago. Good enough story on its own, but quite forgettable for a Poirot mystery. I finished the book two days ago and upon writing this review had to refresh my memory about the plot - the tale is this forgettable. Miss Marple Tells a Story. The title said it all. Miss Marple tells a story about one time she helped clear an innocent man's name. The murder happened in a closed room with the guy being the only one who was able to access it. Finally! The world only female sleuth who is not obsessed with finding a romance made her appearance. As far as sleuthing goes she happened to be one of the best. As to mystery it is based on one fact that I noticed as well in real life (now that I am aware of this). The Dream. A millionaire told Poirot about his recurring dream - every night he was dreaming about committing a suicide under very peculiar circumstances. Poirot admitted he could not do anything about the dream. Some time later the guy really committed the suicide exactly how he described it to Poirot. Most probably the best story of the anthology. This was my second time reading it and now that I knew what to watch for I was able to see the clues everywhere. My first time I was completely puzzled. In a Glass Darkly. A story which does not involved any of Agatha Christie regulars. It is told by an unnamed narrator. It is a story of love, jealousy, and redemption - with some supernatural elements. I just want to know two things: 1. Who decided to include it here? 2. Why was it included? Problem at Sea. A short story that reminded some other Poirot mysteries. A wealthy woman was murdered during a sea cruise. For me the mystery was easy to solve. For Poirot it did not take any time at all - the moment he knew what happened he uncovered the villain. The biggest positive aspect of this one is its length: it is short. Overall the rating is 4 stars, on the weaker side.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Kalanadi)

    Parker Pines and Miss Marple were new to me in this collection. Good short and sweet mystery stories, and dapper, polite Hercule Poirot is always great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    OonaReads

    2.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    An interesting collection of short stories by Christie. Even though it's listed as a Poirot book, the famous Belgian detective only features in 5 of the 9 stories. I've not read any Parker Payne mysteries before, so the two that featured him were interesting. I do think he's one of Christie's weaker characters though. It's nice to have a Miss Marple too, the other story is told by an anonymous narrator. But it's the Poriot stories that stand out, my favorite being 'The Dream' where a millionaire ke An interesting collection of short stories by Christie. Even though it's listed as a Poirot book, the famous Belgian detective only features in 5 of the 9 stories. I've not read any Parker Payne mysteries before, so the two that featured him were interesting. I do think he's one of Christie's weaker characters though. It's nice to have a Miss Marple too, the other story is told by an anonymous narrator. But it's the Poriot stories that stand out, my favorite being 'The Dream' where a millionaire keeps having troubling dreams where he kills himself.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories featuring Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and Mr. Parker Pyne. I'd never heard a story with Parker Pyne so that was a fun read. I had heard the Miss Marple stories before in another collection of short stories. The Hercule Poirot stories were also great fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Having read Sophie Hannah’s inadequate Hercule Poirot continuation, Closed Casket, I knew just the thing to read to get the nasty taste out of my mouth: a nice of taste of authentic Agatha Christie. So I turned to the 1939 anthology The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, which contains nine clever short stories featuring Parker Pyne, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Jane Marple. So delicious, and just what I needed. Having read Sophie Hannah’s inadequate Hercule Poirot continuation, Closed Casket, I knew just the thing to read to get the nasty taste out of my mouth: a nice of taste of authentic Agatha Christie. So I turned to the 1939 anthology The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, which contains nine clever short stories featuring Parker Pyne, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Jane Marple. So delicious, and just what I needed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    While I prefer Agatha Christie's longer works, it's sometimes nice just have a sampling. My favorite of the short stories are the ones with Parker Pyne who in one story reluctantly admits that his first name is Christopher. Pyne is the opposite of fastidious and sometimes pompous M. Poirot or the ever congenial Miss Marple. No, he's in his line of work for the money and makes no apologies for it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna Bright

    short story collections don’t usually leave much of an impression on me. But I really loved this one, especially The Problem at Pollensa Bay.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Another classic that only Agatha Christie could create, this book is a complex story filled with unexpected turns.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Thrasher

    Just fine, really. A few memorable stories here. "Through A Glass Darkly" for the wrong reasons - this story seen through 21st century eyes is really, really disturbing (and definitely would NOT fly today without some sort of coda or irony). "Problem at Sea" was probably the best of the bunch; Hercule Poirot is in perfect here, and the solution to the murder mysterious is delightfully and zanily unbelievable (as only a 1030s golden age murder mystery can be).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I definitely want to read Christie's longer works. These short stories were interesting, but didn't have as much charm as And Then There Were None. I also may have liked this more if I had read her other stories and got to know the characters more. I'm excited to read more by her.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tom Mc Kenna

    The Regatta Mystery - (Mr. Parker Pyne Short Story) 3 Stars The Mystery of the Bagdad Chest - 5 Stars How Does Your Garden Grow - 4 Stars Problem at Pollensa Bay - (Mr. Parker Pyne Short Story) 3 Stars Yellow Iris - 5 Stars Miss Marple Tells a Story - 4 Stars The Dream - 4 Stars In a Glass Darkly - (Christi Short Story with supernatural twist) 3 Stars Problem at Sea - 4 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    D.G.

    This is a set of short stories by Dame Christie, mostly by Poirot but also including Miss Marple, Parker Pyne and others. The most interesting thing about this is that you see how sometimes she has a kernel of an idea that she develops into full novels or just reuses in other books. Regatta Mystery: 2.5 stars. Obvious who were the thieves. The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest: 4 stars. The way this ended, I don't think the murderer would have gotten caught. Very ingenious! How Does Your Garden: 3 sta This is a set of short stories by Dame Christie, mostly by Poirot but also including Miss Marple, Parker Pyne and others. The most interesting thing about this is that you see how sometimes she has a kernel of an idea that she develops into full novels or just reuses in other books. Regatta Mystery: 2.5 stars. Obvious who were the thieves. The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest: 4 stars. The way this ended, I don't think the murderer would have gotten caught. Very ingenious! How Does Your Garden: 3 stars. Here we see a plot device Dame Christie also used in Dumb Witness. The short story was decent but the full book was even better! Problem at Pollensa: 2 stars. Don't care for Parker Pyne and this "problem" was just meh. Yellow Iris: 3.5 stars. Basis for Sparkling Cyanide. Liked it better as a short story. Miss Marple: 3.5 stars. Terrible narration by Joan Hickson but the mystery was really good. The Dream: 3.5 stars. Really good although I figured out what was happening from the beginning. Interesting note: Dame Christie recycled a way to trick the victim from Murder in Mesopotamia. In a Glass Darkly: 2.5 stars. If I were that woman, I wouldn't trust that dude. Problem at Sea: 3.5 stars. Figured this out as well, but felt terrible for the murderer! He almost felt like the victim.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anissa

    The Regatta Mystery is my first instance of reading about Parker Pyne. He may be more memorable a character in other stories but here he feels rather generic. It can't be easy to be compared to Poirot or Marple (or even Tommy and Tuppence Bereseford). Still, I liked Pyne and it was a solid mystery with a good solution. I also quite enjoyed his handling of a bit of a domestic issue in Problem at Pollensa Bay. I got to learn a bit more about Pyne as a person and he showed himself to be compassiona The Regatta Mystery is my first instance of reading about Parker Pyne. He may be more memorable a character in other stories but here he feels rather generic. It can't be easy to be compared to Poirot or Marple (or even Tommy and Tuppence Bereseford). Still, I liked Pyne and it was a solid mystery with a good solution. I also quite enjoyed his handling of a bit of a domestic issue in Problem at Pollensa Bay. I got to learn a bit more about Pyne as a person and he showed himself to be compassionate but not indulgent and I liked that. I don't know how many other works I'll come across Pyne but I look forward to it. I'm not sure why The Regatta Mystery was chosen to be the lead story (perhaps to have the neat cover here) but not everything needs to have Poirot as the pull. I enjoyed reading the rest of the stories and got in quite a few chuckles at Captain Hastings descriptions of Hercule's preening and redoubtable ego and powers of deduction. It's got to be part of Hercule's charm and why he's so very loved. This is a good collection of shorts by Christie and I can cross off more of her work as "Read" in my quest to get all of her works under my skull eventually. Recommended for fans of Christie and also for those who are looking to get in on Christie and want to wade in with short stories first.

  15. 5 out of 5

    R

    There's nothing particularly wrong with this one, but it's rare to find mystery-based short stories that are as engrossing as mystery novels are. They're simply too short to make the tale fun unless the story is a true gem. Not a single tale in this collection gets that distinction. Nothing here wowed me or gripped me in the same way other Christie novels have. Add in that the dated nature of her writing showed through in a disturbing nature for one of the tales (Ladies, jealously to the point o There's nothing particularly wrong with this one, but it's rare to find mystery-based short stories that are as engrossing as mystery novels are. They're simply too short to make the tale fun unless the story is a true gem. Not a single tale in this collection gets that distinction. Nothing here wowed me or gripped me in the same way other Christie novels have. Add in that the dated nature of her writing showed through in a disturbing nature for one of the tales (Ladies, jealously to the point of violence is not an attractive trait.) and this is a firm pass for me. Especially given the quality of many of her other stories. Normally this is the point where I'd go through and do a mini review of each story, but there's not much point to that here. The stories all have a similar feel to them as Christie's writing style doesn't vary much and they mostly fit the same basic premise of set-up, murder, solution. If you adore Christie and like the idea of her stories being told in 20 pages or less, then you'll like this. If you're anyone else, give this one a pass and focus your energy on one of her many other novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rubal

    2.5 the reveals were still amazing but I prefer the author's novels because with lengthier stuff there's more chance of adding depth to the characters and the set-up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This short collection of stories featuring detectives Parker Pyne, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot was a nice surprise to find on the shelves of my local used bookstore, as I have nearly exhausted the Christie catalog. However, aside from a chance to renew the acquaintance of some of Christie's most beloved detectives, there's not all that much to recommend this collection. Christie's genius has always been the twisty logic of her plots and the psychological insight of her characters. In the sho This short collection of stories featuring detectives Parker Pyne, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot was a nice surprise to find on the shelves of my local used bookstore, as I have nearly exhausted the Christie catalog. However, aside from a chance to renew the acquaintance of some of Christie's most beloved detectives, there's not all that much to recommend this collection. Christie's genius has always been the twisty logic of her plots and the psychological insight of her characters. In the short space of fifteen or so pages, there's simply not enough room for either to be developed, so Christie is reduced to relying on lesser sleights of word, narrative tricks, and stereotypes. Many of the stories are still engaging, but they just don't have that special quality of a good Agatha Christie. Additionally, perhaps because the shorter stories are less engrossing, the defects of being a product of her time are more prominently on display. It is impossible to miss the racial prejudices and classism, and there is one downright disturbing depiction of a romantic relationship where a brutal attack from the husband leads to reconciliation and a rekindling of love. While none of these flaws should be terribly surprising to long-time Christie readers, this collection highlights them more than it does Christie's usual strengths. The worst offender is "In a Glass, Darkly" which simply does not belong, since it features none of the detectives in the other stories and is not really a mystery at all. Hercule Poirot is in fine form, and I enjoyed the Parker Pyne stories, since I have read little of him, but the single Miss Marple story is rather dull and affectedly obnoxious. Overall, a decent, but disappointing collections.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    *****2.5***** The book does and doesn’t deliver what it promises: stories with Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Parker Pyne. The description makes it seem like the three come together, but we really have short stories, most involving Poirot, one involving Miss Marple, two involving Parker Pyne, and one with an unnamed narrator (“In a Glass Darkly,” my favorite). Most of them are just okay, but a few are a little better than that. I don’t think my post about “Problem at Sea” came up, but I gave it *****2.5***** The book does and doesn’t deliver what it promises: stories with Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Parker Pyne. The description makes it seem like the three come together, but we really have short stories, most involving Poirot, one involving Miss Marple, two involving Parker Pyne, and one with an unnamed narrator (“In a Glass Darkly,” my favorite). Most of them are just okay, but a few are a little better than that. I don’t think my post about “Problem at Sea” came up, but I gave it three stars for the writing and plot even though the resolution wasn’t a surprise. My ratings for the other individual stories are posted in my “reading activity” for this book. Overall, it’s a decent collection but not a good one. It’s a light, quick read, something to fill in a gap between other books (I’m waiting for The Island of Dr. Moreau to come in from ThriftBooks). I recommend it to Christie fans—but don’t get your hopes up! The three detectives don’t actually come together in this collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Teri-K

    An uneven collection of short stories. I listened to it this time through and that may affect my rating, as I like Fraser, Suchet and Hickson as narrators, but there was a forth person who narrated some of the stories and I didn't care for him. (I didn't catch his name, either.) The best stories here include one about Miss Marple, which wasn't really a typical mystery but I enjoyed it a lot because Christie did such a good job putting Miss Marple's personality into the story. From the first few s An uneven collection of short stories. I listened to it this time through and that may affect my rating, as I like Fraser, Suchet and Hickson as narrators, but there was a forth person who narrated some of the stories and I didn't care for him. (I didn't catch his name, either.) The best stories here include one about Miss Marple, which wasn't really a typical mystery but I enjoyed it a lot because Christie did such a good job putting Miss Marple's personality into the story. From the first few sentences I was entranced and amused. "Yellow Iris" was clearly the foundation for Christie's novel "Remembered Death", which is also known as "Sparkling Cyanide". I recently read the full-length version so it was interesting to see all the similarities to this story. Don't worry - the solution is different in the book so reading this won't spoil anything for you. "Problem at Sea" was the foundation for one of my favorite (eponymous) BBC episodes with Suchet as Poirot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    In a rare instance of a miss-sent book from my primary book source I received The Regatta Mystery instead of The Man In The Brown Suit. But then, an Agatha Christie mystery by any other name is a damn fine read. This is a collection of nine stories, several of them with the great Hercule Poirot but also introducing a few characters that I was unfamiliar with. This was a fairly quick read and, as I indicated, a good one. Are you a Christie fan? Are you familiar with this book? If not, then find a In a rare instance of a miss-sent book from my primary book source I received The Regatta Mystery instead of The Man In The Brown Suit. But then, an Agatha Christie mystery by any other name is a damn fine read. This is a collection of nine stories, several of them with the great Hercule Poirot but also introducing a few characters that I was unfamiliar with. This was a fairly quick read and, as I indicated, a good one. Are you a Christie fan? Are you familiar with this book? If not, then find a source and catch up. It's a smashing good read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I have mixed feelings about this collection. Some of the stories I like, especially those featuring Hercule Poirot. However, after listening to a couple of the Mr. Parker Pyne mysteries, I've concluded I don't like them (at least not nearly as much as Poirot or Miss Marple), and would have liked this collection better if he wasn't included. Also, there is some racism in a couple of these stories (can't remember which ones), which shows how dated these are.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Shout out to this book for showing me 1) I like listening to short stories and 2) Hercule Poirot takes my number one spot as favorite fictional detective. My Rating Breakdown Characters: 4.5 Atmosphere: 4 Writing Style: 4.5 Plot: 4 Intrigue: 4 Logic: 4 Enjoyment: 4 Overall Rating: 4.14 (for full details on this rating system see: my blog post) Shout out to this book for showing me 1) I like listening to short stories and 2) Hercule Poirot takes my number one spot as favorite fictional detective. My Rating Breakdown Characters: 4.5 Atmosphere: 4 Writing Style: 4.5 Plot: 4 Intrigue: 4 Logic: 4 Enjoyment: 4 Overall Rating: 4.14 (for full details on this rating system see: my blog post)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana Long

    Some of the authors most loved characters appear in this work of short stories and it's highly entertaining and delightful. Included are six shorts done performed by different narrators and was well done.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    2.5 It's entertaining, not her best but I never enjoyed her short stories as much as the novels. Es entretenido, no su mejor trabajo pero nunca disfruté las historias cortas tanto como las novelas.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Interestingly, one of these short stories is very clearly Sparkling Cyanide with Poirot as a detective and an entirely different conclusion. It's fascinating to me the way Christie reworks some of these stories into longer novels. Interestingly, one of these short stories is very clearly Sparkling Cyanide with Poirot as a detective and an entirely different conclusion. It's fascinating to me the way Christie reworks some of these stories into longer novels.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I wasn't a big fan of the stories I read in this book. There are some stories I already read before and ended up skipping, but as for the stories I did read in this book the were pretty much meh!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn Zelke

    I just love Agatha Christie! She was so ahead of her time in the mystery department and this novel is no exception! I especially enjoyed the Regatta Mystery story in this novel!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Renee M

    Of course, there were some that I liked better than others, but all were interesting and fairly light-hearted in spite of all the murder.

  29. 4 out of 5

    The Scrivener's Quill

    Agatha Christie has a lot of fun with her stories. Great reads!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Fortier

    Can't go wrong with a short story collection. Finished it up on my last day in Florida. 🌴😁💕

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