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A Deadly Affair

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This is a collection of Agatha Christie short stories with the common theme of love. I will say the stories themselves were enjoyable, but I have a hard time LOVING short stories as I dont have enough time to get attached. I still prefer full-length novels to short stories but this is a great introduction to her writing and her characters. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I don't know what it is about mysteries, but they are so hit or miss with me. Unfortunately, all of the Agatha Christie books I have read since high school have been huge misses. I don't know what it is, maybe it's because the ones I have read are from the viewpoint of men and I just don't care what they think or have to say. I need to probably stick to original Christie novels and not pick up anymore of the new ones. Very sad I don't enjoy her novels more!
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A Deadly Affair is a collection of 14 short stories and an essay that all explore love gone wrong in one way or another. In classic Agatha Christie fashion, the stories will keep readers guessing. This is an excellent collection to get in the hands of any Christie fan. Highly recommended! Be sure to check out A Deadly Affair today.
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A Deadly Affair is a wonderful collection of short fiction by Agatha Christie with a common theme: relationships. Released 20th April 2021 by Harper Collins on their William Morrow imprint, it's 272 pages and is available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

These 14 stories + one short essay are chosen from her oeuvre and first published between 1923 and 1950. The essay at the end is excerpted from her autobiography (1970). The stories are a mixed lot, as always, and include some familiar and some less so. Poirot makes an appearance in several stories, as do Tommy & Tuppence, Mr. Parker Pyne, and Miss Marple. 

This is a solid collection. Several of the stories were previously unfamiliar to me, many of them will be familiar to most fans. All of the included stories are in the 4-5 star range and the collection overall is a solid 5. 

The editor/publishers have included a bibliography with abbreviated publishing histories of the content in the back of the book. 

Five stars. A good selection for public or school library acquisition, as well as for fans of classic crime fiction. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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This book was so good! I want to see more from this author in the future!! I couldn't put this book down. What a page turner!!!
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5 star Agatha Christie shorts right here! Grateful to have been gifted this treasure from Netgalley. I will read anythign that Christie has written and I highly enjoyed reading these shorter stories of hers.
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A Deadly Affair is a short story collection including tales of twisted love from famed mystery author Agatha Christa. 

I am new to Christie's novels, so a short story collection was a perfect opportunity for me to discover which of her famed detectives I would potentially enjoy reading next! Hercule Peroit, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence (perhaps my favorite) and more all make appearances in at least one story each through this compilation.

The stories were not gory, over-exaggerated or crude like one may expect from "love gone wrong" stories of today. True to the time, they are appropriate yet filled with intrigue. 

The stories are about a 10-20 minute read each. Despite the short length, we still enjoy the same level of curiosity, surprise and mystery that I have experienced in the few full-length novels from Christie I have read.

I would recommend this to any fan of Christie's, or someone who is looking to start reading her books. This is a great place to start! 

Thank you to NetGalley and to William Morrow and Custom House for a digital copy of this book for review.
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Can’t go wrong with an Agatha Christie book! I didn’t realize it was short mystery stories in one book but I loved it!! Mrs Agatha is one of my all time favorites and this book is going in with my collection!
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There’s an inherent danger of disappointment in revisiting things you once loved – by the same logic that tells us we can never stand int eh same river again, certain experiences can’t be expected to remain the same. We change, our ideas, standards and preferences change. Is it fair to expect books/an author who delighted us once to continue to do so throughout time?
Well, I’m delighted to say that in case of Agatha Christie the answer is a resounding yes. Sometimes classics are classics for a reason – it means they can withstand the test of time with grace and still maintain a certain appeal to a variety of audiences.
I’ve not read Christie is ages, only watched various movie adaptations, and this collection was an absolute pleasure to spend time with. I’ve read a bunch of golden age mysteries and few and far in-between have the same effortless appeal, charm and timeless quality to them as Christie’s work. 
Sure, some of the language is dated – words like ejaculation have long been relegated to an entirely different level of meaning. Sure, some of the gender attitudes have changed since. But overall, these stories are remarkably free of the sort of patina that normally mars older works. These stories are still interesting and fun and the puzzles within them are still puzzling.
This collection comprises stories of crimes of passion (or its opposite for that matter), but it’s all about love. There’s even a lovely excerpt from Christie’s biography at the end, where she wryly discusses the two misfire (albeit not lethally so) affairs of her youth.
All in all, a very enjoyable read that only serves to prove Christie’s legendary status as the Master of Suspense. Recommended. Thanks Netgalley.
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Can't go wrong with Agatha Christie, although i didn't quite realize what I was getting into with this book I wound up enjoying that this wasn't one big novel!
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This collection of short stories written by Agatha Christie is unique as the stories all have a love theme. Now granted it's more of the darker side of love such as crimes of passion that is featured in each story. The collection consists of 12 mysteries, one regular old fiction short story, and an excerpt from the author's autobiography in which she discusses her relationships with men she might have married had she not listened to her instincts. While everything has been previously published in various books throughout the years, it's my understanding, it's the first time these particular stories have all been grouped together in one book. By the way, some of her beloved characters like Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence make appearances in some of the stories.

With each story averaging 20 pages, they were perfect to read during moments of the day when I didn't have a lot of free time to spare. My personal favorite of the collection is The Face of Helen. I didn't care for a few of the Hercule Poirot stories which is surprising given I've enjoyed the 3 or 4 full length novels featuring the detective. However, like usual, she managed to stump me with each mystery as I wasn't quite sure what to think until she revealed it all. There's a reason she is called the Queen of Mystery. Overall, it was a fun read.
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Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in return for an honest review! 
I always love me some Agatha Christie and this didn't disappoint!  This is a variety of short stories.  They were great to spread out and read when I had a short amount of time here and there.  However, sometimes I couldn't put it down and would read a few in one sitting! So fun!
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Thanks to Netgalley and William Morrow and Custom House for the chance to read and review this title.  This is a collection of stories from the Queen of Mystery with the theme of love and murder. 
The 14 tales cover the range of Christie characters -- Poirot, Marple, Tommy & Tuppence, and Parker Phyne.  I found something to like in each of them.  My favorites were Death on the Nile (Parker Phyne) and The King of Clubs (Tommy & Tuppence).  Each of the stories was an enjoyable ride.  I love Christie's reveals!  Check this one out!

This review is freely given, and the opinions are entirely mine.
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Unfortunately this one was a dnf. Something felt off about how the stories played out. Nothing seemed memorable or exciting. Loved the idea of this though and loved the cover!
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A fabulously dark selection of mysteries surrounding the matters of the heart.

There is a reason why Agatha Christie is called the Queen of Mystery. She consistently delivers beautifully plotted tales showcasing delightfully sinister actions and murderous deeds all the while developing brilliantly intelligent and intuitive detectives set to solve the cases. In A DEADLY AFFAIR, she has gifted her reader short, quick, and entertaining vignettes of crimes. 

This book is filled with stories that push romance, love, and acts of passion to point of lies, treachery, and murder. The author is so gifted at giving her readers a glimpse into the life of those she writes about while still managing to deliver a solidly constructed investigation. There is always a duality within her books of the best and worst of human behavior. And how wonderful it is to see my favorites—Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin, and Tommy and Tuppence—show up to solve the case. What a spectacular collection for long-time fans of Christie or those who are just looking for a mystery quickie.
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Agatha Christie in quick short story form? Who wouldn't love it.
Not only is each one more intriguing than the one before but each one will also leave you wanting more. Agatha Christie is truly the queen of the genre proving she can weave intriguing mysteries as well with a limited number of pages as she could with entire novels.
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I love the concept of grouping Dame Christie’s stories together by genre or theme. I have read a couple where the author herself had put a collection together with an overarching narrative (The Labors of Hercules (Poirot) and The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple)). This anthology however does not just focus on one of her detectives, but instead features her many detectives throughout the years. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are here, but so too are Tommy and Tuppence, Parker Pine, and Harley Quin (not to be confused with the DC character). 

The theme is love, but as the title indicates, the focus is mainly on the darker side of love. Luckily, for the more romantically inclined, there are a few happy endings to be found here as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection and felt the diversity of the stories, both in terms of plot as well as the multiple detectives featured, made this feel a bit more fresh than many of her other short story groupings. And as an extra treat for readers, there is an excerpt from Ms. Christie’s autobiography featuring tales of her own early loves gone wrong.
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This short stories are a great read. I really enjoyed them all. Will be looking our for more. This is a really good start to my Agatha Christie collection!
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An excellent collection of short stories from the queen of suspense.  I loved that many of her most popular characters made appearances in many of the stories. I’m not a fan of romance so was a little worried that there would be too much focus on the love stories and not the suspense and drama that you expect from Agatha Christie but thankfully that was not the case. I also love that her stories while written almost 100 years ago are timeless.
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Strongly reminds me of the Harlequin Tea Set and other Stories collection. Not Ms. Christie's best work, but a good purchase for any diehard Christie fan nonetheless.
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