Parker Pyne Investigates
The personal ad posed a simple question: Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne. The answer is a resounding no for a jealous wife who suspects her husband of infidelity . . . for a lonely widow driven to assume a new identity . . . for a distraught mother whose son has been kidnapped . . . and for the fiance of a strangely reclusive bride-to-be.
But what sort of detective would solicit in the personals? The sort who has a knack for investigating affairs of the heart, f or therein lie the darkest motives for murder. And the cases are proving most lucrative for the hopelessly romantic -- and suspicious -- Inspector Parker Pyne, a retired government employee who considers himself a "detective of the heart."
Parker Pyne Investigates features the first appearance of the characters of Ariadne Oliver and Miss Felicity Lemon, both of whom would go on to have working relationships with Hercule Poirot in later books.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Hanneri - LibraryThing
In this collection of short stories, Mr. Parker Pyne is a middle-aged retiree from a job in statistics, and he applies the knowledge he gained through his work towards the goal of helping make people ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - smik - LibraryThing
First published in 1934, the edition I read was published by Fontana/Collins in 1974. 158 pages. The cover image to the right was the original one used on the dust jacket in 1934, and seems to me to ... Read full review