🕵️‍♂️ The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie⁠

This is an anthology of short stories featuring Mr Harley Quin and Mr Satterthwaite. Mr Satterthwaite is an observant socialite who solves mysteries with the help of Mr Quin, who appears almost magically at opportune moments. ⁠

💙 My favourite stories were:⁠
🔖 The Man from the Sea. Here a terminally ill young man tries to leap to his death. Mr Satterthwaite and Mr Quin are on hand to try and restore some joy to his life.⁠
🔖 The Face of Helen. Here Satterthwaite and Mr Quin witness a brutal altercation outside an opera house: two men are fighting over a woman. She picks one, and the other decides to get his revenge. ⁠

❤️ I liked:⁠
👨👴 The weird relationship between Mr Quin and Mr Satterthwaite. It may look like Mr Quin is manipulating Mr Satterthwaite but I think he is just there to help the other focus, think and use his knowledge of human behaviour. It’s the first time where the main sleuth is actually helping the sidekick to solve mysteries. And I really appreciated it.⁠
🏆 Logic still wins. Mr Quin may seem mysterious, and the atmosphere of some of the stories is a bit gothic but the solution of the mysteries is (almost) always very plausible and perfectly logical. ⁠

🤔 I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
The connection between Mr Quin and Harlequin. I can’t understand why Mr Quin is compared to Arlecchino. This character is usually a funny, light-hearted and astute servant. His only interest is to sabotage the plans of his master, to pursue his own love interest. There is no mystery in the figure of Arlecchino at all. ⁠

⭐⭐⭐ 3.5/5 This was @murderatthebookclub pick for July, and I’m really glad I read it because it’s very different from the Agatha Christie’s mysteries I’m used to. Nest up is Evil Under the Sun, one of my favourites… Can’t wait to re-read it!⁠

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