Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories [ MISS MARPLE: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES ] by Christie, Agatha (Author) Apr-01-2011 [ Paperback ]
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If one had to pick a single word to describe the book, or at least the stories within, "compelling" would be my choice. This collection of short stories is distilled Agatha Christie at some of her best. The short length of each stories just adds pace and fun of each story/puzzel. What make Agatha Christies stories so captivating for the reader is the sheer challenge of trying to solve the mysteries before your told, and with the stories reduced in size it becomes a greater challenge. The only disappointment comes when you realise you have pegged the wrong person down from the start, and it is this that is the true essence of all great "who-dun nits", although it is something that is often lacking in books of this genre. This book is one of the most well written of any genre I have read, not because it is literally masterpiece or a radically innovative classic, but because it succeeds perfectly at what it intends to achieve; they create an atmosphere of mystery, and the compel you to guess.
An earlier Amazaon US reviewer quoted a short passage from "An Autobiography" by Christie. I shall quote a little more extensively from the same source: "Miss Marple," wrote Dame Agatha, "insinuated herself so quickly into my life that I hardly noticed her arrival. I wrote a series of six short stories for a magazine, and chose six people whom I thought might meet once a week in a small village and describe some unsolved crime. I started with Miss Jane Marple, the sort of old lady who would have been rather like some of my grandmother's Ealing cronies--old ladies whom I met in so many villages where I had gone to stay as a girl. Miss Marple was not in any way a picture of my grandmother; she was far more fussy and spinsterish than my grandmother ever was. But one thing she did have in common with her--though a cheerful person, she always expected the worst of everyone and everything, and was, with almost frightening accuracy, usually proved right...."
Later, she added, "Miss Marple was born a the age of sixty-five to seventy--which, as with Poirot, proved most unfortunate, because she was gong to have to last a long time in my life. If I had had any second sight, I would have provided myself with a precocious schoolboy as my first detective; then he would have grown old with me.Read more ›
I knew it when I ordered it, because I had one copy of it already.
I ordered it once over, along with all the three volumes of the Miss Marple Omnibus containing all the tweltwe novels for one single purpose, to have four books of the same design containing all stories (short stories and novels) about Miss Marple.
The problem is as follows - what I got was a book of the same edition I already had and that does not correspond with the cover photo available on amazon.co.uk
So, to conclude it, I can only recommend this book but if you want a complete collection with the same cover design, beware, you may end up like I did.
While a fan of Miss Marple, I felt that this book was not up to par with the other stories about her. Perhaps the nature of short stories made it difficult to create the same atmosphere as in Christie's novels. The solutions were simply too obvious.
However, Miss Marple was to a certain degree her "good ol' self", and that did make up for the flaws.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good introduction to agatha christie. stories varied and short enought o read in a sitting. recommend it as a starting point.Published on 18 Jun. 2013 by lizzie B
Beware, the book shown in the photograph is in German. Ruhe unsanft means Don't Rest in Peace. Unless the cover doesn't belong to the book and the comments are taken from another... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by Konstanze Allsopp