The Pine Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

The Pine Trees of Louvciennes

The Pine Trees of Louvciennes (1870) Camille Pissaro
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The next choice in my Deal Me In Challenge is The Pine Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, drawn from the queen of clubs under short stories.  It was a perfect choice to fit in with my goal to read as many fairy tales as I can this year, albeit at a moderate pace.  I was looking forward to an Andersen story, as I expected it would be a little lighter than a story from The Brothers Grimm.  I was wrong.

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The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Mr. QuinThe Mysterious Mr. Quin: “It was New Year’s Eve.”


Detective: Mr. Satterthwaite (aided by Mr. Quin)

Published: 1930 (Christie’s 13th published book)

Length: 288 pages

Setting: various: London, Monte Carlo, Corsica, etc.


Oh, what an odd little Christie novel.  Yet I suppose I shouldn’t call it a novel.  The Mysterious Mr. Quin is a compilation of a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, published in various magazines over the course of approximately 5 years. One expects customary mysteries from Christie, complete with complex plots but this book is definitely different.  There are murders to solve but there are also problems of human choices and consequences.  Christie once again attempts something unique.

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