A unique offering from the Queen of Crime. This Agatha Christie Signature Edition features the hero the world-famous author was most fond of – Mr Harley Quin, the enigmatic friend and counterpart of the rational Mr Satterthwaite.
So far, it had been a typical New Year’s Eve house party. But Mr Satterthwaite – a keen observer of human nature – sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold.
So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?
About the author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the bestselling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
A Hidden Gem...
...at least it was for me. Having read Christie for decades, the Mysterious Mr Quin was a recent discovery and a profoundly satisfying one. Utterly engaging, at times deeply unsettling, it’s the Mistress of Mystery at her most experimental, fantastical and (in the best possible way) self-indulgent. For those familiar with a rather different genre: it feels like Neil Gaiman in spats and starched collars. The reading by Hugh Fraser is, as ever, pitch perfect (he must be one of the top three audiobook narrators and no one can touch him when it comes to Christie). Heartily recommended!