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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007208553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007208555
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The pieces finally drop into place with a satisfying click.’
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By A Customer on 12 July 1998
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This Christie mystery is really more simple and pleasant than some. The motive to the murder was legitimate and you feel almost sympathy with the murderer. The conclusion is summed up in a few words--nothing too complicated like One, Two, Buckle My Shoe or others. And you needn't feel confused or tied up in a tangle of evidence and clues--those are few and far between.
If you are a fan of the sinister or like your mysteries dark and complicated, this simply isn't your cup of tea. I have to admit, although I don't always like the simple, pleasant mysteries, that Christie knew what she was doing. Can you see Miss Marple chasing after a serial killer across continents wielding an assault rifle and going down in hand-to-hand combat? No, never. So Christie was wise and keeps her characters in their natural habitats doing realistic things. That way she knew her mysteries and her detectives would receive respect and credulity--quite important for the success of her books.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2012
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Gossington Hall - where the body was discovered in the library in a previous Miss Marple story - is now the home of film star Marina Gregg. When she opens the newly refurbished house for a local fete the villagers are curious to see how the house looks now.

One of the locals is poisoned at the reception Marina Gregg holds for the local pillars of the community and it seems clear to many that the film star herself could have been the intended target. Miss Marple has to rely on the excellent testimony of her friend Mrs Bantry as she was not present at the time.

The death results in Scotland Yard being called in to investigate and Miss Marple is one of the first people that Desmond Craddock consults. In this story we see Miss Marple in another guise. She is getting older and her nephew has paid for the annoying Miss Knight to keep her company. But Miss Marple does not react very well to having her freedom curtailed however well meaning the intention. It seems at one point that the next murder might be committed by Miss Marple herself.

This is a well constructed plot and the clues are there for the observant reader. I felt there were many tragic elements to the story and the motivations are well drawn as are the characters. If you want crime novels in the classic mould then there is no one better than Agatha Christie in my opinion.
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This is one of the later Miss Marple stories, dedicated to Margaret Rutherford.

An odd little mystery with no less than three (or maybe two?) murders. Plenty of twists and turns and Miss Marple here is almost house bound, using third parties to obtain the information she needs to solve the initial crime for the police, who are very obliging.

Easy reading but enough complexity to keep you interested.
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I've read this book a number of times and enjoyed it. In this story it is obvious that Miss Marple is getting on in years and times have changed by mentions of the Development and the live in help Miss Knight. However, it doesn't stop Miss Marple getting involved when a local woman is murdered at a St John's Ambulance fund raiser hosted by an international celebrity who has recently bought Gossington Hall, Colonel and Dolly Bantry's old mansion.

Everybody thinks the wrong person was killed and it should've been the host. Well have no fear, with Miss Marple's knowledge of St Mary Mead and human nature combined, it isn't long before all becomes apparent. Good book with plenty of secrets in the old cupboard. Would recommend.
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So much different to the film / tv adaptations I have seen. What I like about the Miss Marple books she is only in it now again. When you hear how she worked the mystery out it always seems logical. Love the Agatha Christie novels they always seem to take you to a happy bygone era. Can't wait to read the next one in the Miss Marple series.
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I first read it as a young teenager on holiday in Italy a couple of years after its publication and it was the first Agatha Christie I read where I guessed the ending early in the story because I guessed the motive and understood the rationale, if you can call it that, of the murderer. Dame Agatha has, of course, used the actual plot before, but no spoilers here. She used it at least in two other of her mystery novels, but so cleverly disguised are they that you would have to be a true Christie fan to see the similarities.
An enjoyable read, and vintage Marple, for whom the times in St Mary Mead were a-changing.
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Agatha Christie has really done her best with this juicy murder. As well as the usual hair raising stuff, shehas also added a bit of film glamour to this Miss Marple. Briefly,the story goes like this;at the 'getting to know the neidhbourhood' party, a woman dies through poison in her drink. Anyone can be responsible, but only Miss Marple can solve it. This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie ever.(I'm sure it will be yours)
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This book is extremely readable, and, while the case itself is not one of Agatha Christie's most complex, the denouement is definately a shock and Miss Marple is delightful all the way through. The characters in this novel are not typical of the Miss Marple books: Marina Gregg, a famous film actress, is the most luminous character, hardly a likely addition to St Mary Mead. This novel can also be seen as an interesting social document, for we are informed of all the changes to which the village has been subjected in the 1960s, including "the development". However, the Marple atmosphere is retained almost intact, and the novel does not disappoint. The ending is interesting and unusual, too, though the reader would not be advised to attempt to work it out for himself, as clues are not in abundance. Not quite classic Christie, though as enjoyable as always.
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