This two disc DVD set, The Agatha Christie Hour, Set 1 is five beloved stories from the Queen of Crime, based on the short fiction of dame Agatha Christie. We have 5 episodes on this 2 disc set with a running time of approximately 257 minutes.  Each of the short stories has been turned into one hour mysteries but oddly enough none of them are murders except for maybe one of them.

Most people think of Agatha Christie as being the master of the full length novel. The true fan though also understands her mastery of the short story. This is a rare opportunity to dip into that often forgotten part of this very unique authors repertoire.

These five classic adaptations feature Christie’s customary crime solving along with romance and the supernatural in the glittering 1920’s and 30’s. Questions that may be asked would be how can “happiness expert” Parker Pyne return a wayward husband’s affections to his wife. Will a chance encounter on a transform the life of a jobless investment broker forever? And why does a vision in a mirror mean misery for a beautiful bride-to-be?

The heroes and heroines in these stories solve crimes of the heart as well as puzzling cases of larceny and murder. With the right mixture of danger and deception, romance and revenge, innocence and intrigue, they are Christie at her very best.

In The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife we have a housewife goes to Parker Pyne (played by Maurice Denham) to help her save her marriage.

In a Glass Darkly there is a WWI officer that gets a vision of a young woman’s doom. After receiving the vision he suggested to the fiancé that she shouldn’t go through the wedding.

The Girl in the Train is a story about a young man that is unemployed that takes a fateful train journey from London to Portsmouth, U.K. Once he meets a young woman he finds himself mixed up with spies and international affairs.

The Fourth Man we have three learned men that debate on a strange case of self-inflicted death. One man is a doctor, another is a lawyer, and the third is a clergyman.

The Case of the Discontented Soldier
is about an Army Major that is bored so he looks for excitement and gets Parker Pyne to help him.

The Agatha Christie Hour, Set 1 will be released on July 27, 2010. Set 1 will be released in early 2011. I think you will find this set very entertaining so if you want your own copy, just click on the Amazon icon above. I don’t think you would be sorry if you did.

Jan Barrett

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