The Gate of Baghdad: A Short Story

September 28, 2016 - Comment

Just as boredom is setting in on his long trip by motor coach across the desert to Baghdad, Mr. Parker Pyne reads about the case of the missing Mr. Long, the famous defaulting financier who, as the papers would have it, is in South America. Another member of his party, Captain Smethurst, tells Pyne that

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Just as boredom is setting in on his long trip by motor coach across the desert to Baghdad, Mr. Parker Pyne reads about the case of the missing Mr. Long, the famous defaulting financier who, as the papers would have it, is in South America. Another member of his party, Captain Smethurst, tells Pyne that he is worried about something. But before he can tell Pyne what it is, he is found dead, with no visible wound. Pyne must piece together what happened from various clues, including scraps of conversation overheard back in Damascus.

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Cozy Reader says:

A Murder for Parker Pyne! Parker Pyne is travelling to Baghdad when he discovers the dead body of a Mr Smethurst. Having had a conversation with the gentleman the previous day, and finding that conversation a little odd, Pyne tries his hand at solving a murder in the middle of the desert. 

Eugeanie says:

It’s Agatha Christie, it’s a classic I love Agatha Christie. I wish she had written more. She was the most prolific writer in the last century. I have not read any Christie mystery that I did not love, and this is no exception. Haven’t heard of Parker Pyne? He is one of the characters in several of her stories, but is not as well known as Poirot or Jane Marple. You’ll enjoy this mystery.

jeanne zabst says:

Interesting. This book was a little harder to read. The story line was good but the setting and language were a bit old fashioned.Jeanne Zabst

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