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The Solving Six. The Solving Six were created by Agatha Christie (Superintendent Battle, Tommy & Tuppence Beresford, Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin, Colonel Race) and appeared in six stories in Detective Story Magazine in 1928, beginning with “The Solving Six” (Detective Story Magazine, June 2, 1928).

The Solving Six are Raymond West, a young writer; Mr. Petherick, a lawyer; Dr. Pender, a minister; Sir Henry Clithering, the former Commissioner for Scotland Yard; Joyce Lempriere, an up-and-coming artist; and Jane Marple, a retiring spinster. The Solving Six stories follow the same pattern: each member of the six contributes a story about a crime (often murder) that they know about, and the other five members solve the crime.

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