Appearance[ edit ] Christie presents Parker Pyne as having a solid if bland physical presence, one which is characteristically English and somehow vaguely comforting to those around him, though they themselves could not articulate exactly how or why. The character is first described in "The Case of the Middle-aged Wife" as follows: Somehow or other, the mere sight of Mr. Parker Pyne brought a feeling of reassurance. He was large, not to say fat; he had a bald head of noble proportions, strong glasses, and little twinkling eyes.

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Plot introduction[ edit ] James Parker Pyne is a retired government employee who considers himself to be a "detective of the heart". Advertising his services in the "Personal" column of The Times , he works alongside his secretary Miss Lemon, novelist Ariadne Oliver, handsome " lounge lizard " Claude Luttrell and disguise artist Madeleine de Sara.

Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. November Learn how and when to remove this template message The Case of the Middle-aged Wife[ edit ] The marriage of George and Maria Packington is in difficulties.

Packington has started to see a young typist named Nancy. If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne. He tells Maria that his fee is two hundred guineas, the sum to be paid up front. At first reluctant, Maria returns to the office with the money, as Pyne predicted. He has already lined up one of his associates, a good-looking young man called Claude Lutterell, and he tells her that she will receive instructions tomorrow.

The next day, Maria is sent for a beauty treatment and a dress-fitting followed by lunch at the Ritz Hotel with Pyne where she is introduced to Claude. Something of a whirlwind romance of ten days follows which culminates in a dance one night when Maria and Claude cross paths with George and his girl at a dance.

At the same time, Maria has grown closer to Claude who breaks off his relationship with her and confesses the shame of his past to her as a gigolo who uses women.

He promises to reform and keep Maria updated with his progress with an annual advert in the personal column. It turns out that this confession was also planned and the advert arranged by Pyne to give a lasting romance to Maria. Pyne is satisfied that he has successfully saved a marriage at a profit to himself. He has recently returned after many years in the service of the Empire in East Africa and is retired. As Pyne instantly concludes, he is bored stiff living in an English village after a lifetime of excitement and adventure.

Pyne charges him fifty pounds and instructs him to take Madeleine de Sara to lunch. She returns a few hours later unsuccessful: she has frightened the Major off, as he thinks her something of a vamp; his tastes run to fair-haired, blue-eyed women. Pyne consults a list and decides that Freda Clegg will be suitable He fights them off and takes the young lady for a coffee to help her get over her attack.

She tells her story: her name is Freda Clegg and she is an orphan. The previous week she received a visit from an Australian lawyer who told her she might come into a legacy from business transacted by her late father but that it was dependent upon her having some papers of his.

Freda remembers that she thought her room had been searched when she was out and that this attack was possibly to take such papers by force from Freda if she had them on her person, or to force her to tell where they are. The Major can understand the writing and realises that it refers to a hidden cache of expensive ivory.

The Major asks if he can keep the document for the moment and will call on her tomorrow at half-past-six when he has thought of a plan of action. As promised, he returns the next night but finds a note from Freda asking him to join her at "Whitefriars. Entering the empty house, he is soon knocked on the head and regains consciousness in the cellar. Freda is also there and the two of them are bound. She tells him that she too received a letter, purportedly from the Major, asking her to go to "Whitefriars".

Suddenly the voice of the lawyer booms in the darkness. The two of them have interfered in his plans and he must dispose of them. A trickle of water starts to pour from a hole in the wall into the room and Freda realises that they are meant to drown. She remains somewhat calm while the Major strains successfully at his bonds. He frees himself, then her and they flee the house. Freda is full of admiration for Wilbraham and he impulsively proposes.

The Wilbrahams, happily married, are in Africa. Her name is Mrs. Daphne St. John and she says she is in a great deal of trouble and needs help. She produces a diamond ring that Pyne examines and declares to be worth at least two thousand pounds. Daphne tells him that she stole it from a friend of hers because she was in desperate straits. Daphne went with friends to Le Touquet and lost a great deal of money in the casino.

Soon afterwards she went to stay in the country at the house of Sir Reuben Dortheimer whose wife, Naomi, was at school with Daphne. During the visit the setting of the diamond ring became loose and Naomi asked Daphne to take it to Bond Street for her to be fixed. Instead, Daphne had a paste copy made and pawned the real ring for money to pay off her debts, the paste being sent to Lady Dortheimer.

Soon after, she came into some money when a cousin died and has now reclaimed the real ring. However she cannot return it as the husbands have quarrelled and the two couples are no longer on speaking terms. The jeweller she will send it to is bound to notice that it is a paste copy. Asked for ideas, Daphne admits that she has heard that the Dortheimers are going to be having a party on the coming Wednesday and she needs some exhibition dancers.

After she has left the office, Pyne calls in Claude Luttrell and Madeleine de Sara and tells them they are going to be famous dancers The party and the exhibition dance goes well. Lady Naomi Dortheimer is very taken with Jules, the dancer in reality, Claude and they are on the dancefloor when the lights suddenly go out, as arranged by Madeleine out in the hall. He passes her his bill for expenses which she pays in cash and he gives her the ring.

He has had it examined and it is definitely a paste copy. Daphne seems a little put out at this and Pyne tells her that he knows that she is in reality Ernestine Richards who is the secretary of Lady Dortheimer.

The ring she brought in the previous visit was the paste copy which Richards wanted Pyne and his people to substitute for the real thing, absolving her of any real crime. He does not charge her a fee as he has not made her happy as his advert had promised. The angry young lady storms out of the office. Reginald Wade is a slightly inarticulate young man whose marriage is in a mess.

He leads a blameless life, playing golf and tennis whereas Mrs Wade likes the arts — galleries, operas and concerts. She is bored with her husband and she has become friends with a long-haired art lover called Sinclair Jordan. Although he admits that there is a possibility that Iris is so completely in love with Jordan that the plan will fail, Pyne thinks the scheme has a ninety-seven percent chance of success and he charges Wade two hundred guineas , payable in advance. She is pleased that her divorce will be simpler in that Reggie will not be so upset, but she is less pleased to see the attraction between the pair and the compliments that Miss de Sara bestows upon Reggie.

Madeleine makes small comments about his ability as a golf teacher and how not playing a sport makes one feel left out. Later that day Reggie and Madeleine take a walk in the rose garden and, seeing that Iris is watching them from the terrace, Madeleine makes Reggie kiss her.

Iris is livid and in a private row with Reggie threatens a separation. A war of nerves breaks out between the couple, but Madeleine tells him to keep calm — at this rate, all will be well in less than a fortnight. Matters reached a head when Sinclair Jordan joined the house party. He fell for Madeleine, but she made outrageous fun of him and his appearance. Iris demanded that Reggie throw her out, but he told his wife he wanted to marry Madeleine as per her instructions to him.

Iris has staged a collapse, but Reggie has nevertheless gone to town and Madeleine is sure that Iris is following him to effect a reconciliation on his terms. Suddenly the office door bursts open and Reggie runs in, proclaiming his genuine love for Madeleine. Iris quickly follows and a scene ensues, ended by Madeleine when she screams hysterically for them to get out. They leave and Pyne accepts responsibility for this turn of events.

Roberts is a city clerk of forty-eight years of age. He is happily married with two healthy children and a steady job. However his life has been one of steady work and survival with no moments of adventure and he feels in a rut.

His wish is to "live gloriously" if only for a few minutes. He can only afford to pay five pounds for this privilege but Pyne accepts this offer, although warning Mr. Roberts that danger could be involved Pyne goes to the Bon Voyageur restaurant and meets a Mr Bonnington there. The previous evening, an absent-minded professor called Petersfield was murdered in an attempt to steal some secret plans from him.

Fortunately, the plans were not taken but they have got to be sent safely to the League of Nations in Geneva. Their usual agents to carry out this task are either indisposed or, in the case of one by the name of Hooper, are not trusted as he is suspected of being a double agent.

Pyne knows of someone who could take on the case Consequently, Mr. Roberts, his wife and children fortuitously staying with her mother, finds himself travelling by first-class sleeper train from London to Geneva and a hotel where he will receive further instructions. He is not told the true nature of what he is carrying but that it is a cryptogram revealing the hiding place of the Romanov crown jewels. He arrives safely in Geneva and meets a tall bearded man who makes himself known to Roberts, gives him instructions to take a sleeper train for Paris and given password phrases to exchange with his next contact and a revolver for safety.

The next day at the station, he soon bumps into a glamorous foreign girl who uses the correct password phrases with him and tells him to meet her in her next-door compartment after they have passed the border. He does so and the girl reveals that she is frightened as someone called Vassilievitch is on the train in the compartment on the other side of hers and he is out to murder the girl and get the jewels.

At his offer, she passes him a rolled-stocking with the jewels secreted inside for him to look after during the night. Embarrassed, he turns down the suggestion that he sleeps in her compartment to key an eye on her but he does agree to sleep in the connecting washroom. In the hours of darkness, he thinks he hears a noise coming from her compartment and enters it.

She has gone and there is a smell of chloroform in the air. At the end of the carriage he spots the sleeping conductor and his discarded jacket and cap and, disguising himself as that official, gets Vassilievitch to open his door, pushes past him, locks the Russian out and unties the bound and gagged girl. They fly from Le Bourget to Croydon where they are met by a man identified as Count Paul Stepanyi who looks similar to the tall bearded man in Geneva who takes them to a country house.

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The Agatha Christie Challenge — Parker Pyne Investigates Posted on by therealchrisparkle In which we meet a new Christie creation, Parker Pyne, placer of advertisements in newspapers seeking clients who are unhappy, in the promise of making them happy again. As always, you can read this blog without discovering any of the whodunits in all the stories! The publication of this collection is a little unusual in that the original magazine editions — or at least those that can be traced — were published in the US before they appeared in the UK. No magazine printing of The Case of the Middle-aged Wife has yet been traced in either country. Parker Pyne, Detective. In this first story, Mr Packington has been spending his time and his money on treating and looking after a sweet young thing from the office and has been ignoring Mrs Packington as a result.


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I am, if you like to put it that way, a heart specialist. A large, balding man, thought to be in his sixties, he always insists that he is quite simply not a detective. Retired from being a civil servant, he decided to embark on a new career: curing unhappiness. Chiefly, he assists the discontented and the guilt-ridden, often taking a constructive back seat to the drama. Many of his cases are resolved without the participants even realising it was he who helped them. Also making the odd appearance in his work are Ariadne Oliver, crime novelist, and the ever-precise secretary Miss Lemon, both of whom would later work with Poirot.


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Shelves: women-s-writings , england Parker Pyne is not a detective, he is, as he describes himself, a heart specialist. He has an advertisement in newspaper: Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne. In this book Agatha Christi changes her story writing a little: first, this is a collection of 12 short stories and second Agatha tries to challenge the psychological aspects of the characters. But after the first seven story, we see that she again comes back to her conventional writing story and makes a detective from Parker Parker Pyne is not a detective, he is, as he describes himself, a heart specialist. But after the first seven story, we see that she again comes back to her conventional writing story and makes a detective from Parker Pyne also.


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Fayoum den Nil von Luxor nach Kairo bereisen. Sir George hatte Lady Grayle geheiratet um seine finanziellen Schwierigkeiten zu beenden. Pamela, die mit ihrer angeheirateten Tante nicht sympathisiert, meint zu Sir George, dass die Krankheit der Lady nur gespielt ist. Nach dem Besuch des Tempels von Dendera findet Parker Pyne in seiner Kabine eine Nachricht von Lady Grayle, in der sie ihn bittet auf den Besuch von Abydos zu verzichten und sich stattdessen mit ihr zu treffen. Als Parker Pyne nach einem Motiv fragt, rauscht sie beleidigt hinaus.

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