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Nemesis (Miss Marple Mysteries) [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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29 Jun 2000 Miss Marple Mysteries (Book 12)

A facsimile first edition hardback of the Miss Marple books, published to mark the 75th anniversary of her first appearance and to celebrate her new-found success on television.

When The Murder at the Vicarage was published in October 1930, little did the literary world realise that Agatha Christie, already famous for her early Poirot titles, was introducing a character who would become the best-loved female sleuth of all time. The 14 Marple books would appear at intervals over the next 49 years, with Miss Marple's Final Cases published in 1979, three years after Agatha's death.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Miss Marple's first appearance, and to celebrate her renewed fortunes as a primetime television star, this collection of facsimile first editions will be the perfect way to enjoy these books in their original form – 12 novels and two short story collections. Reproducing the original typesetting and formats from the first editions from the Christie family's own archive copies, these books sport the original covers which have been painstakingly restored from the best available copies, reflecting five decades of iconic cover design.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Reprint edition (29 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451200187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451200181
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10.6 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,026,081 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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"Miss Marple was an old lady now, knowing that a scent for evil was still, in the evening of her days, her peculiar gift."--Times Literary Supplement (London) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Miss Marple was more than a little surprised when she received a letter from a friend who had died only a week earlier. His letter urged her to investigate a crime – but he gave no details as to who was involved…

'Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everlasting stream' he quoted.

They were fine words, but Miss Marple could hardly see how they applied to herself. And yet her late friend had christened her 'Nemesis'.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have read every single Agatha Christie book published and must say that, though I tend to prefer Poirot over Miss Marple as a whole, 'Nemesis' is tied with 'Endless Night' as one of my two favourite books of hers.

Don't just take the word of those who say Ms Christie declined irredeemably in her final years - read the books and discover for yourself. Yes, her style changed toward greater characterisation and less fast-paced cryptic plotting, and quality-control wise she may have faltered once or twice, but times change and the world of the 20's and 30's moved on - so did her writing.

Expect a greater lead in to this story, as Ms Christie first reveals the crime itself, the characters relating to it then its positively chilling (and devastating) denouement. I challenge you, like Miss Marple herself, not to feel as much sorry for the murderer as you do for the victim.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ruthless Miss Marple 19 July 2012
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Miss Marple is notified that Mr Rafiel - with whom she came into contact in A Caribbean Mystery - has left her a task to complete and a legacy. She does not know exactly what the task is but knows it must be something to do with a crime as he leaves her a cryptic letter which talks about justice. A few months later she receives notification that she has been booked on a coach tour of houses and gardens with all expenses paid. Gradually Miss Marple's quest is revealed through letters and meetings making this a fascinating mystery not just for Miss Marple but for the reader as well.

I really enjoyed this well crafted mystery with its fascinating and ambiguous characters - who is friend and who is foe? Miss Marple could find herself in danger and needs all her wits about her to succeed. I thought the characters were very well drawn and the motivations - when finally revealed - believable.

I liked the deeper undercurrents in this story and the emphasis on justice. An enjoyable and fascinating read in my opinion and if you have not tried Agatha Christie and think she only wrote shallow crime stories with no psychology behind them then this would be a good book to read to dispel that opinion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first one I've solved 12 July 2009
In some ways, not the greatest of Christie's Marple novels, but in other ways it is. The plot idea is novel, unlike the early Marples which are quite formally structured. In Nemesis Miss Marple is lead through a series of clues before she even finds out what murder she is investigating.

This certainly has the feel of a final novel, and it was the last Marple book Christie wrote (although Sleeping Murder was deliberately published later). It is set out as Marple's greatest ever challenge, and mentions things from a number of the previous books in the series. It also leaves Miss Marple to a happy retirement at the end.

Bonus points to me, because this was the first time that I've managed to solve the mystery before Miss Marple, even though I was put off at one point when the character made a mistake. I would hope that's down to an improvement in my skills rather than a loss in Christie's writing.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and that's what mattered. I'm glad I'm nearly finished with the series though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story and gripping mystery 7 Oct 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is probably the most original and complex of all the Miss Marple stories. The notion of going back in time to try and solve an old crime and right past wrongs is something that Christie was fascinated by - you see it in many of her other novels such as "Five Little Pigs", "Sleeping Murder", "Elephants Can Remember", etc. When you start reopening old cases however, that can rouse strong feelings, and even cause a murderer who had escaped detection to kill again. This is what happens in this story when Miss Marple is trying to solve an old crime with nothing to go on except the vague instructions of a dead man and her own instincts. My only criticism was that she appeared to hit on all the right clues with a consistency and swiftness that was a little implausible, considering how much in the dark she was. However, the resolution of the story was truly amazing and yet completely believeable. I also really liked the idea of nemesis - that you are unable to escape the consequences of your own actions, both good and bad. "Nemesis is long delayed sometimes, but it comes in the end" is a line I have never forgotten. It's a reminder to you that your actions may sometimes result in unforeseen consequences - a pretty sobering thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, Suspenseful 15 July 1997
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This is a very well written Christie novel, possibly one of her best novels. The suspense keeps you reading until the very end, which is quite horrifying, though there are several clues throughout the book, which may help you figure out who the murderer is. I really enjoyed it very much, as would any Christie fan. Mrs. Marple is quite charming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis 5 Dec 2011
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This Miss Marple novel is not a sequel to "A Caribbean Mystery", but it does concern some characters from that novel - most notably Mr Jason Rafiel, a very wealthy man who Miss Marple reads in The Times has recently died. When she is contacted by a solicitor she has no idea what the reason could be, but it turns out that Mr Rafiel has left a puzzle for her to solve. Miss Marple is required to solve a crime - for which no details are given - and has a year in which to manage this. If she is successful, she is to be given 20,000.

Gradually, information comes Miss Marple's way. She is to go on a coach tour of historic homes and gardens. On the trip she meets people who slowly make clear the crime she is meant to solve. Finding the trip tiring, she is offered a rest at the home of three sisters, who also knew Mr Rafiel, and begins to piece together the mystery. This is a wonderful story - Miss Marple is quite elderly in the book, but her mind is as sharp as ever as she deceptively, and gently, teases information out. Interrogation hidden under clouds of fluffy knitting and benign questions. The ending is wonderful - you will cheer Miss Marple as she, of course, succeeds in her mission.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing final Miss Marple story
Miss Marple, now very elderly, receives a post card from Jason Rafiel, a millionaire acquaintance who has recently died. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Aletheuon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This ones a bit creepy but a great read regardless.....
Published 27 days ago by louise78
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read really absorbing.
Really good read from beginning to end it was very hard to put down and when I did just couldn't wait to go back to it.
Published 1 month ago by debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis
One I hadn't read before . Enjoyed it.
Saw two versions on TV and wanted to know which is closer to the book.
Published 2 months ago by Gran
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Another Christie gem. A superb mystery which only Agatha could have thought of.Recommended to all readers of mystery and a five stars, I cannot award it less.
Published 3 months ago by gary c atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars above all, a really good read.
Christie knew her readership and in this novel she exploits that knowledge to the full, even tho' she was an old lady when the book was written, it lends itself to being read in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by drg40
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
I did quite enjoy this, but it felt rather padded. There was a lot of repetition and also long passages of speech which seemed to be trying to make a point which was unconnected... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patsy Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but stil a good read
Why is it that even when not at her best, Agatha Christie is still, after all this time, the 'go-to' crime fiction writer? This book is a good example. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. D. R. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars good holiday read
Always a fan of Agatha Christie, have enjoyed this.Have already seen the film ,would order more of her books.Hope you have as much enjoyment as I did
Published 11 months ago by A. M. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Another intriguing mystery from Mrs Christie
Miss Marple is given a task but not much information - a free coach tour but what does the late Mr Rafiel think his 'Nemesis' will find out. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Susan Russell-Gough
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