The collection is notable for the first book appearance of the story Philomel Cottage , which was turned into a highly successful play and two feature films, and was also televised twice in the UK. Mrs St. Vincent is a genteel lady living in reduced circumstances with her son and daughter, Rupert and Barbara. After her husband's financial speculations went wrong, he died, and they were forced to vacate the house, which had been in their family for generations. They now live in rooms in a boarding house which has seen better times and, due to these surroundings, are unable to entertain people of similar class and upbringing.

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Michael J Ritchie Crime , Short Stories s , agatha christie , class , crime , murder , police , short stories , theft Leave a comment. My journey through Christie is almost at an end, and I find myself back at an earlier book, The Listerdale Mystery. Published in the thirties, there is little in the way of murder here, and none of her recurring detectives put in an appearance.

The stories instead focus primarily on theft usually of jewels , deception, liars, mistaken identities, almost all with issues of class buried within. But back to it, here are twelve tiny little stories that have been packed into a single collection. About time too! Aided only by the perfect butler Quentin, the family set about making a home for themselves and have to wonder if Mr Listerdale is even still alive, or is he boarded up in the walls? Is she about to become the next victim?

The story is fine, but my favourite part has to be the gardener who has such a wonderfully funny written accent that you just have to read his lines out loud. In the first case, Edward Robinson longs to be like the heroes in the romantic adventure novels that he reads, which happens to him when he accidentally gets in the wrong car and ends up part of a diamond theft.

In the latter, Mr Eastwood is an author struggling with his new plot, when the universe provides him one all thanks to a simple word — cucumber. Although he gets more than he bargains for.

It might be my favourite story in the collection. The woman, however, knows that someone is on her trail, so Evans must try and stop her before she strikes again. He meets a girl who picks him up in her car and immediately asks him to marry her. While making use of a private beach hut, he accidentally puts on the wrong trousers and finds a stolen jewel in the pocket. Should he use it to impress the higher class lady that he loves, or should he try and return it? On we go.

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The Listerdale Mystery

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The Listerdale Mystery And Eleven Other Stories

The other ten crimes are a selection of affairs that are satirical, unprecedented and somehow ironical. And yet, some of them do not require bodies. Furthermore, her having created of the twelve different characters are an intriguing choice. A penniless aristocrat young man disowned by his rich uncle and tries to find his way about the world,. An ordinary man jumps into a wrong car that is very similar like his and finds a diamond necklace in it. In the plots disguises, gestures, countenance, the shadows of the past and good humour are interwoven into an unexpected ending. Not only do the stories discuss about the economy and more freedom for women but also the class attitude.


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