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PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES
by Agatha Christie
HarperCollins, July 2006
Unabridged audiobook pages
15.99 GBP
ISBN: 0007212593


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In PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES, Mr Parker Pyne provides assistance to those who need help. He has an advertisement in the paper telling those who are unhappy to contact him and he will try to fix their problems. Whether this is to provide excitement in one's life or to make one more appealing to one's spouse, Pyne can make it happen. If one wants a new identity or is worried about a child or an upcoming marriage, Pyne can help.

His clients include those from all walks of life including a thief, a middle class wife, a retired soldier and those of the working class. Using his years of experience working with statistics, Pyne formulates solutions to all situations. These solutions frequently correct his clients' woes and make them happy.

PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES is composed of 14 stories that illustrate Pyne's abilities as a provider of happiness. These stories also show that while everyone believes their problems to be unique, they are in fact universal. Included in this book are the following stories: The Gate of Baghdad, The House of Shiraz, Death on the Nile, The Case of the Middle-aged Wife, The Case of the Discontented Husband and The Case of the Discontented Soldier.

Hugh Fraser narrates the audio version of PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES. Fraser is a good choice to narrate Agatha Christie's works. He has a very smooth, calm and polished voice. Fraser can imitate the successful and smug voice of Pyne Parker and the efficient voice of Pyne's secretary. He can also imitate concerned, worried, frightened and unhappy clients. As all of Christie's works focus on characters and their situations, it is vital that the narrator can reflect all of the stories' and characters' nuances. While Fraser's voice is a little monotone at times, it is overall a good match for Christie's characters and the story itself.

Christie is best known for her protagonists Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, but Mr Parker Pyne embraces the same ideals and has the same characteristics of the two detectives Christie's fame is based upon. For readers who have not yet meet Mr Parker Pyne, they are in for a treat.

Reviewed by Sarah Dudley, October 2006

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