The Soul of the Croupier

  • Harley Quin
  • Short Story
  • 1927

Mr Satterthwaite is on his annual trip to Monte Carlo when he finds himself in the company of Mr Quin. The Mysterious man is caught up in a love triangle; together the men do their best to ensure everyone’s happiness. From The Mysterious Mr Quin.

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A love trinangle presents itself to Mr Satterthwaite with the arrival of his mysterious friend and colleague in mystery, Mr Quin. Quin, a friend of lovers, only appears when a crime threatens someone's happiness. Working through his intermediary, Mr Satterthwaite, he poses the questions which led Satterthwaite to the necessary conclusion.

Based on the character of Harlequin from the Italian Commedia dell'arte, Agatha Christie indulges in her fascination with the supernatural as well as her love of theatre and performance.

The story was first published in book form in the collection The Mysterious Mr Quin, published by Collins in 1930. The collection was dedicated to its eponymous hero and is the only book of Agatha Christie's to be dedicated to a fictional character. The story was then abridged and broadcast in 2009 as part of BBC Radio 4's series of Afternoon Readings, performed by Martin Jarvis.

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