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A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 5) by [Christie, Agatha]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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‘The most ingenious story she has written.’ Daily Express

‘Establishes firmly her claim to the throne of detection. The plot is as ingenious as ever… the dialogue both wise and witty; while the suspense is maintained very skilfully until the final revelation.’ A.A. Milne

‘As good as Agatha Christie ever wrote.’ Robert Barnard

‘In her own sphere there is no one to touch her, and her millions of readers are going to buy A Murder is Announced and like it.’
Margery Allingham

‘A super-smooth Christie – three neat murders in an English village, [and] an assortment of her famous red herrings, all beautifully marinaded.’ New York Times Book Review

‘Agatha Christie is a master of the art of the cosy murder strory told briskly, vivaciously, and with ever fertile imagination.’ Manchester Evening News

‘In straight detective fiction there is still no one to touch her.’ Irish Times

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'Establishes firmly her claim to the throne of detection. The plot is as ingenious as ever! the dialogue both wise and witty; while the suspense is maintained very skilfully until the final revelation.' A.A. Milne 'As good as Agatha Christie ever wrote.' Robert Barnard 'In her own sphere there is no one to touch her, and her millions of readers are going to buy A Murder is Announced and like it.' Margery Allingham 'A super-smooth Christie -- three neat murders in an English village, [and] an assortment of her famous red herrings, all beautifully marinaded.' New York Times Book Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451201191
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004APA52O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Audio CD
It's very tempting to rate this as the quintessential "cosy English murder mystery" but such pigeonholing would be lazy and far from accurate. This, arguably the best of the novel-length Miss Marple stories, has a surprisingly dark and at times brutal quality. The narrative is complex enough to draw you in without losing you in a blizzard of barely glimpsed supporting characters/necessary red herrings (an occasional Christie failing). The recording itself is faultless; it's not just that Joan Hickson was and will be for all time the perfect embodiment of the central character, it's her ability to convey so many different shades of mood and emotion in a single passage. Incidents deftly sketched on the page take on a full and entrancing range of colour and tone here. A great Christie given the five star treatment by a great theatrical talent. What more could you ask for?
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2012
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Locals are inclined to think it is a joke when they see a murder announced at the personal column of their local paper. Naturally they all decide to turn up at the address shown at the right time to see what happens. When a murder - or possibly suicide - does actually take place they are all horrified. Miss Marple is fortunately staying at the hotel where the victim worked and has soon accepted an invitation to stay with the vicar and his wife for the duration of the police investigation.

This is a fascinating mystery with many secrets and many people not being exactly what they seem to be. Trying to piece together all the strands of information will keep most readers guessing. I didn't work out who was the murderer until they were actually revealed. I thought all the characters were very well drawn and convincing and the clues and red herrings were well scattered around. Miss Marple played much more of a part in this story than she does in some. I liked the police characters in this story especially Inspector Craddock who seemed very calm but also very intelligent and observant.

I read most of Agatha Christie's novels back in the 1960s and 1970s and reading them again decades later I am finding they have stood the test of time extremely well. If you want crime novels with excellent characters and brilliant plotting then you cannot beat Agatha Christie.
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Excellent Agatha Christie Old fashioned murder mystery. Used to read these many years ago. Nice to have a bit of well written story even though it is somewhat dated. Nevertheless, a jolly good read and I hope you guess who the culprit is. If you want an easy read I recommend Agatha Christie.
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Miss Marple does it again. This time an advertisement is placed in the local paper informing the villagers of a murder at Little Paddocks, Miss Black lock's house. Many villagers attend, more out of curiosity than anything else. At 6.30pm the lights go out and a masked man bursts in and shouts "stick 'em up". Shots are fired. Nobody can switch the lights on. Eventually lights go back on and a man lay dead with a gun beside him and Mrs Black lock bleeding. Just what happened when those lights went out, and who was the intended victim? All the people there form their own opinion of what happened, but it was dark, so how accurate are they.

Miss Marple comes along just in time to save the day. Good story. Would recommend
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This book is classic Christie. It is also hysterical fun. When a presumed party themed dinner is set up and mysteriously announced in the local press, a fun time is expected to be had by those who are brave enough to attend. ’A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED’ the advertisement bravely cries out for all who care enough to read it. True enough, a stranger appears at the scene, with torch in hand. The household lights are cut and two shots are fired off in the darkness. Manic screaming comes from one of the people present, and when the lights are returned, we have a dead body. But whose is it? And whodunit?

I certainly shan’t be spoiling the surprise by revealing any information here. I will say, however, that the book’s characters are all beautifully drawn, and perfectly cast in the story’s era. Some of the quotes taken from the book are literary gems, and some are showing their age, too. Of course the heroine of the story enters from stage left at chapter eight, and the baddies are doomed from that point on.

It is no surprise that these delightful time capsules known as Agatha Christie novels are all still in world wide print decades after they were first published. For anyone who loves a good mystery (and who doesn’t?), or for anyone who has an interest in the history of English culture, these books are a must. Even for anyone who likes a but of fun in their reading, and aren’t known as whodunit buffs, these books can’t come highly recommended enough.

Full marks for this truly fantastic read.

I am off to the bookshop to order some more! A purchase is announced!

BFN Greggorio!
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By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2005
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You'll never meet a murderer prepared to devise a killing as elaborate and risky as occurs here. Indeed, Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, who admitted that she had never knowingly met a murderer, creates a dazzlingly daring one in this brilliant little book. Bear in mind that Mrs Christie's aim is to create an old-fashioned murder mystery, intent in baffling and misdirecting the reader who is trying to guess the solution. Don't look for any but a game-playing analysis of a murderer's mind. In addition she adds plenty of charm, she depicts a cozy village community, she displays a shrewd understanding of elderly folk, and she gives Miss Marple free rein to collect gossip in tea shops, kitchens and vicarage drawing rooms and to discern before anyone else that the murderer is .....
Dating from 1950, this is one of Agatha Christie's very best books from her later years. Of all her books, I rank it amongst the top ten. Those who like a good reader to present it should acquire the reading by Rosemary Leach, whose timing, articulation and slightly nasal voice adds additional charm to the story telling.
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