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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Pub; Lrg Rep edition (Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611735424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611735420
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Christie's heart is in her books, speaking to us through her characters just as clearly and forthrightly as she would speak, could she walk into her drawing room and greet a friend."--Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award-winning author of the Death on Demand mysteries --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This collection gathers together every short storyfeaturing one of Agatha Christie s most famouscreations: Miss Marple. Described by her friendDolly Bantry as the typical old maid of fiction, Miss Marple has lived almost her entire life in thesleepy hamlet of St. Mary Mead. Yet, by observingvillage life she has gained an unparalleled insight intohuman nature and used it to devastating effect.As her friend Sir Henry Clithering, the ex-Commissioner of Scotland Yard, has been heardto say: She s just the finest detective God evermade and many Agatha Christie fans would agree." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mysterious drownings, wallpaper changing colour, and mysterious bodies found in churches, who else could pull together such a varied mix of oddities other than the great Agatha Christie; who else could solve them other than the great Miss Marple. In this collection one of the most unlikely of detectives reflects on past crimes and puzzles, unravelling them as if she was unravelling a ball of wool (which is hard not to imagine in her lap). For all those people who, like myself, like puzzles there is an added bonus. The reader can solve all of the stories, all stories make sense and it is this that will stop you putting this book down.
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.
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The words quoted above appeared in a short story by Agatha Christie called "The Four Suspects." They were not spoken by Miss Marple but by "that well-groomed man of the world, Sir Henry Clithering," retired now and residing in St Mary Mead or nearby, but "until lately Commissioner of Scotland Yard." The words were addressed to Sir Henry's new neighbour, a certain Miss Jane Marple. There is EVERY reason to assume that Miss Marple agreed.

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.
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A great book,every story very good and worth re-reading over time this woman may never have existed,but I wish she had.Poirot is good but there is something more about Miss Marple that Poirot lacks and I think its empathy as well as common sense and of course the Village Parallels too,that always helped her to solve the crimes.....
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To start with, the book is just great.
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.
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I am a fan of Agatha Christie and have read all of her Miss Marple novels. I'd not previously managed to catch up with her short stories and wanted to take this opportunity to enjoy that quaint spinster aunt with a grasp on human nature that surpasses even the Scotland Yard's.

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.
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Owing to family illness I have had no opportunity to read any of this book; however, it arrived in excellent condition and very well packed, so would recommend this seller to others. When he/she reads this review, please note that I'm in the market for a similar Poirot set
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