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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007120915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120918
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘Throws off the false clues and misleading events as only a master of the art can do.’ New York Times

'Liveliness… infectious zest… as good as anything Miss Christie has done.' Observer

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A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY

As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever 'happened'.

Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier’s yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major’s attention wandered. He never did finished the story…

'Agatha Christie' was born in Torquay 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 79 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is attribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

“Throws off the false clues and misleading events as only a master of the art can do”
NEW YORK TIMES

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2012
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Jane Marple is on holiday in the Caribbean paid for by her nephew Raymond West. She loves the weather and it is working wonders with her rheumatism but she is just a little bored. Nothing much happens in paradise but her curiosity is piqued when Major Palgrave, who is telling her a story about a murderer, suddenly puts the photograph away that he was going to show her and looks as though he's seen a ghost. The next day he is dead and Miss Marple is in her element as she recognises the types of people among her fellow guests who remind her of people in her home village of St Mary Mead.

I particularly liked some of the characters in this well written mystery especially the irascible Mr Rafiel and his attendants as well the Hillingdons and Dysons who seem to be friends who do not always get on well together. There are plenty of clues and plenty of red herrings before the murderer is finally revealed by means of some clever deductions by Miss Marple and Mr Rafiel.

This is not St Mary Mead but it is entertaining reading with an interesting background and Miss Marple proves herself to be as resourceful as ever even if her age is catching up with her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2005
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I highly recommend this lively version of one of AC's most atmospheric novels, read by the incomparable Joan Hickson. Her Carribbean accent may not convince all listeners (!) but JH gives the story a lovely period feel, which will remind many of her TV performances. Tropical sunshine, pearly beaches and chilling murder - what more could you ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2013
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Miss Marple has stepped away St Mary Mead and has branched out with her sleuthing skills abroad. Of course she is meant to be there for a rest at the insistence and expense of her nephew Raymond West. But where Miss Marple goes there is bound to be the odd body or two. But all she meets are a rather interesting collection of people. A rather highly strung wife and worrying husband who run the hotel, couples who seem to have an interest in tropical birds and walking, a vicar and his rather gossipy sister, a crotchety old man who is confined to a wheelchair with an assistant and a male nurse to attend to his every need and an old Major, still living his early army days with the stories he likes telling to anyone that will listen.

One of those people happens to be Miss Marple and when, Major Palgrave confides in her that he has a photograph of a murderer and that perhaps that person is on the same island as them - her interest is piqued. But then Major Palgrave can say no more to help her as the following day he is found dead, natural causes and no-one seems very perturbed at his death. Apart from two people, Miss Marple and the crotchety old man; Mr Rafiel. Although not always is Mr Rafiel as right as he may think "In this assumption, as Miss Marple could have told him, he was wrong. But she forbore to contest his statement. Gentlemen, she knew, did not like to be put right in their facts." Between the two of them they dissect and put back together what they think is the right version of events. But will they be able to get to the bottom of it before anyone else seemingly dies of natural causes?

I think this is not one of Christie's stronger Miss Marple stories, it has the red herrings and the twists of plot but actually somehow if you take Miss Marple out of her normal setting - traditional English villages or seaside towns it rendered it slightly less believable for me.
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By Peter Kenney on 29 Nov. 2003
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Miss Marple is sent to the West Indies by her nephew Raymond West who hopes the sunshine will help her rheumatism and speed her recovery from a touch of pneumonia. While there she stays at the Golden Palm Hotel. In a conversation with retired Major Palgrave she hears a story about a murderer who may be nearby. The discussion is interrupted and before Miss Marple can learn more the Major is murdered. She sets out to solve the mystery utilizing her best weapon which is conversation. Away from St. Mary Meade or similar environments, however, Miss Marple is out of her element and without her usual friends and contacts to discuss the case.
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I first read this book about ten years ago and thought it was mediocre. I didn't pick up another Agatha Christie book (based on that experience of boredom) until very recently, and only because I really like the Poirot mystery series on TV. The Poirot character is far more interesting and entertaining than Miss Marple in this slow-paced mystery. I'd only read this if I were desperate (which I was when I read it again after all these years.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By daisyrock on 16 Jan. 2010
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Reading AC is like watching American sitcoms or eating fast food. You know it's not good for you, and it's really a bit of a waste of time, but oh-my-goodness, it is fun. I read this in two evenings and found that it stands the test of time quite well in terms of its plotting. Like all Christies, the characterisation by modern standards is scant, but that's made up for with some lovely period dialogue - although some of the attitudes and phrases are a little less than modern (the term 'working like blacks' is used - ouch.) Overall, good fun as usual and a speedy and enjoyable read.
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By A Customer on 29 Mar. 1999
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This is a good Agatha Christie, but it has a terribly slow pace. If this is your first time reading her work, don't read this book. Read one with excitement in it, so you can see Agatha's best side of her writing. There is a lot of imagery and description, but not a lot of suspense or dead bodies.
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