Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are old friends of mine. This short story by Ms. Christie, features Parker Pyne as her new main character. I found this story delightful and light, but definitely veering away from the normal Christie mystery. I didn’t find the mystery or the murder in this book.
Parker Pyne has a strange business; to make others who are unhappy, happy. The unfulfilled wife, Mrs. Packington, answers an ad that Parker put in the newspaper; “Are you happy? If not, contact Mr. Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street." Our Mrs. Packington nervously goes to see Mr. Pyne and is immediately swept away on a fantasy affair set up just for her.
This story was an extra fast read and written in Agatha Christie’s style, though not in the same genre. I give this story 4 stars and would suggest it to anyone over thirteen years old, as it is very “clean” and entertaining.