5 Miss. Marple Novels
Agatha Christie created two of the greatest fictional detectives, I think. The TV-series “Murder She Wrote” was inspired by the Miss Marple novels written by Agatha Christie. Who is Miss Marple you ask? She can only be described as a sweet elderly spinster who always seem to find herself at the brink of a murder scene.
I’ve read the following 5 novels (except 4:50 from Paddington) from the Complete and Unabridged Agatha Christie Five Complete Miss Marple Novels Compilation published in 1980. I quoted the discriptions of the stories on the jacket.
Please take note: I’ve read four of these mysteries last year and after reading a bunch of other books afterwards I can’t quite remember what happened in the stories. Therefore I haven’t any thoughts on them now. However, “4:50 from Paddington” is still fresh in my memory” and it was the first of the Miss Marple books that I could correctly guess the identity of the murderer.
The Mirror Crack’d: “A strangely touching and thoroughly engrossing story of an ill-fated, glamorous actress. The clues are particularly closely knit as a pleasant charity party is marred by a murder, with several others to follow.”
A Caribbean Mystery: “Major Palgrave interrupts his boring stories to tell Miss Marple about a murderer he has known; then he pulls out a snapshot of that murderer. A killing follows, and the mystery is airborne.”
Nemesis: “A fascinating tale that takes Jane Marple travelling a route given her by a dead man. A handsome sum will be hers if she can solve a murder she knows absolutely nothing about. ”
What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw!/4:50 from Paddington
Nobody would believe What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! On a train going to visit Miss Marple, she sees a man in a passing train. “His hands were round the throat of a woman who faced him, and he was slowly, remorselessly, strangling her.”
Thoughts: The first novel I guessed right about the murderer. I also find it interesting that this story has 3 different titles. At first I didn’t want to read it, because a story with a character with such a ridiculous name is a little off-putting. But when I read 4:50 from Paddington I realised it is the same story!
The Body in the Library: “A dance-hall girl becomes The Body in the Library in the exclusive home of Mrs. Bantry, one of Jane Marple’s friends. A house full of likely suspects includes the angry-in-laws of a rich crippled man who wanted to adopt the girl.”