The Thirteen Problems Review
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The Thirteen Problems (also known as The Tuesday Club Murders) was my introduction to Christie’s character, Miss Jane Marple -- a quiet old woman who like to knit and who has an uncanny understanding of human nature. This book is a collection of thirteen short mysteries -- mostly stories told among friends for entertainment while sitting together around the table. And though her fellow guests tend to overlook the little old woman who’s barely ever left her tiny village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple always manages to get to the bottom of each crime. Even Sir Henry Clithering, the retired commissioner of Scotland Yard, is no match for Miss Marple.

The Thirteen Problems is a quick, light read, full of mini-mysteries that you most likely won’t be able to solve no matter how brilliant you may be. When I read mysteries, I like to play along -- to try to solve the mysteries along with the characters. But I often felt that there wasn’t enough information provided to come to a real conclusion. Thus, I was slightly frustrated by the obscurity of most of the solutions -- and the ease with which Miss Marple solved each mystery.

A decent read, yes. It’s a good book to read in snatches on the plane. But if you’re looking for a really good mystery, I recommend checking out Ten Little Indians instead.

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