The Case of the Discontented Husband

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  • Parker Pyne
  • Short Story
  • 1934

A young husband fears his wife is bored of him and enlists Parker Pyne’s assistance in recovering her affections.

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Reginald Wade goes to Parker Pyne when he learns his wife has decided to leave him for another man. Reggie’s only hope is that his wife has declared a six-month grace period. If she still feels the same at the end, she wants a divorce. Pyne decides that dark, glamorous Madeline de Sara is just what Reggie needs to console him – but will Mrs Wade think this is such a good idea?

This story was first published in 1932. In the USA it was published in Cosmopolitan as The Husband Who Wanted to Keep His Wife and in the UK it appeared in Woman’s Pictorial under the title His Lady’s Affair. It appeared in book form in the 1934 collection of short stories, Parker Pyne Investigates.

It has never been adapted.

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