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Strange Jest: A Miss Marple Short Story

Strange Jest: A Miss Marple Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time as an ebook.

Miss Marple is accosted at a party by a pair of lovebirds who think that their lately deceased uncle has buried their inheritance. The naïve pair expects to impart the details of the tale to Miss Marple and for her to summon forth where the buried treasure must be instantaneously. But, the careful observer of human nature, the consequence of living in a small English village, knows that a little examination is needed. Invited to Ansteys, the ransacked family seat, Miss Marple ensconces herself amongst house that has perhaps been too thoroughly investigated. Uncle Mathew reminds Miss Marple of her old Uncle Henry and she regales the two with what appear to be meaningless, infuriating anecdotes, little do they know their importance and worth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5564 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; ePub ed edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH0MH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Jest 19 Sep 2011
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"Strange Jest" was first published in the USA in This Week, 1941, and in the UK in Strand Magazine, 1944, as "A Case of Buried Treasure". This is a fairly short, short story, but nevertheless an extremely enjoyable one. Miss Marple is at a party when she is introduced to a couple, Charmian Stroud and Edward Rossiter. Their friend claims she will be able to help them, but, looking at the sweet little old lady in front of them, they are doubtful. Their problem is that their great-great-uncle had promised to leave them 'everything' and had hinted he would bury his wealth somewhere. Fearing they will have to sell the family home due to lack of funds, Charmian and Edward have virtually dug up the entire lawn, gardens and woods and ransacked the house. Miss Marple, of course, says their Uncle Mathew reminds her of her Uncle Henry and, when her distractions have driven them to near despair she, obviously, saves the day. This story is a good introduction to the way Miss Marple works - how she uses her knowledge of people to divine what they will do and how they think. As I say, not the longest story by Agatha Christie, but if you have never read a Miss Marple novel/story before, this will give a good sample of what you might expect if you were to read on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 22 Feb 2014
By Jen
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A good read - as always

Am a favourite of Agatha and like these short books, very useful!

Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars short but sweet 3 Feb 2014
By Bobbi.B
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I bought all these Agatha Christie short stories. Very good length to read when you are tucked up warm in bed, one a night.
Always a joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss marple - Strange Jest 2 Jan 2014
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Good short story in typical Agatha Christie style.Good bed-time reading if you don't want a long story. Also very good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best female authors of all time 3 Aug 2013
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Another Christie classic and I think I have now read most of her work. Perhaps some Poirot next time to download to my Kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie 26 Jun 2013
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I love Agatha Christie as her short stories are really gripping and can be read quickly. The are fab to read in bed. As I am only 13, and find them facinating. What a great writer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange jest 18 May 2013
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Short stories always appeal to me as they can be read in bed and not keep you up to late this story as usual was very good miss marple once again coming across as slightly dotty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always good to read 15 May 2013
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I have read Agatha most of my adult life these short stories were great for reading whilst travelling recently love short stories .
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