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This review is from: Strange Jest: A Miss Marple Short Story (Kindle Edition)
"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.