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Watch out for the supernatural!
on 21 January 2016
For a start a significant number are not Miss Marple solved stories and I much preferred those that are: in fact I think a couple have been converted and expanded into TV series. In the
Marple stories they arise from a typical supper party of six with stories drawn from life and which Miss Marple proves adept at solving when all the other guests are confounded. In most cases the solutions are suggested because of parallel domestic incidents in St Mary's Mead.
These stories work nicely and are very much in the familiar Christie vein.
The other stories are dominated by supernatural occurrences and I gather Christie was very interested in such matters: the occult, seances, spiritualists etc. but this bores me stiff so I did lots of skipping. And in that sense the collection title is a bit of a misrepresention because I suspect Miss Marple would have thought them poppycock as well.
What is great is the emergence of Miss Marple as an armchair super sleuth: being first perceived as an elderly " tabby" and then accruing respect as she solves mystery after mystery with such consummate ease.