Miss Marple Omnibus: Volume One (Miss Marple): "Body in the Library", "Moving Finger", "Murder Is Announced", "4.50 from Paddington" Vol 1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2003
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‘Suspense is engerndered from the very start, and maintained very skilfully until the final revelation’
Times Literary Supplement
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'four of agatha christie's twelve miss marple novels in a single volume'
'the body in the library'
Dolly Bantry's sweet peas have just one a first at the village flower show…the vicar, dressed in cassock and surplice is presenting the prizes…but why is his wife wearing a bathing costume…? It's all a dream, of course – which ends sharply with the very real screaming of the Bantry's parlour maid. The body of a dead girl has been discovered in the library – now Miss Marple must discover who put it there, and why…
'the moving finger'
Lymstock is a village full of secrets – most of which appear to be known to the author of the poison pen letters currently terrorising its inhabitants. When one of the recipients commits suicide, Miss Marple is the only person to question the coroner's verdict – she alone knows that the work of a poisoner is infinitely more deadly than that of any poison pen…
'a murder is announced'
An advertisement in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette announces the time and place of a forthcoming murder – which is news in itself to the owner of Little Paddocks, the house named as the proposed crime scene. Yet, when the curious villagers descend upon Miss Blacklock's house at the appointed time, she greets them all graciously and explains that she is as much in the dark as they are – then the lights go out and several shots are fired…
'4.50 from Paddington'
As two trains run side by side, Mrs McGillicuddy witnesses a murder – a man mercilessly tightening his grip around a woman's throat – and then the train draws away. Stunned, she reports what she's seen, but with no suspects, no other witnesses and no corpse no-one is willing to believe her – except her friend Jane Marple…
''Suspense is engendered from the very start, and maintained very skilfully until the final revelation'' 'Times Literary Supplement'See all Product Description
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I've chosen the third volume of the Omnibus series for my review partially because I haven't found any synopsis next to it so I decided it could be more helpful, and also because all the four stories in it are very different one from another and equally brilliant.
As the good vicar says in "The Murder at the Vicarage", no detective in England can equal an elderly spinster with plenty of time on her hands. But in these four novels Miss Marple appears not only as a great sleith, but as a compassionate and very sensible person in constant search of Justice, however dangerous it might become. Other people are drawn by love, hate, money, - she isn't.
The third volume consists of the novels "Nemesis", "Sleeping Murder", "At Bertram's Hotel" and "The Murder at the Vicarage", and apart from the excellent mystery and some very funny remarks on human nature, contain the splendid soothing discovery: justice is not blind, she is a shrewd old spinster witha remarkably good eyesight and a particular taste for "bird-watching". Read the stories, and at the end you will most inevitably ask youself "Who would I remind Miss Marple of?"...
And then maybe you will buy a pair of binoculars, take up some knitting (not necessary, but has a certain charm) and become an excellent amateur detective!
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Description said 'Condition - used - very good' but it was not very good at all. Acceptable at best.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent idea, an omnibus of Miss Marple books in three volumes. Bought one of each volume for my elderly mother so she can read right through without stopping - she is a huge... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
good price for quality - fully intend to read it by the pool and then leave for someone else at hotel to enjoyPublished on 22 July 2013 by donna heatley