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The Mystery of Miss Jane Marple
on 17 January 2005
This is only a short book, but Anne Hart has carefully combed all the Miss Marple novels and short stories to put together as clear a picture as possible of Agatha Christie's elderly Lady detective. Although the stories Miss Marple appears in are discussed, Hart doesn't give away the identity of the murderer or culprit, which is good to know if you've not read all the Miss Marple stories. All in all this is an excellent Miss Marple companion, which puts stories in a chronological order, provides a map of St Mary Mead and helps out with the characters who have appeared in some of the stories. My only tiny criticism is the few Americanisms in the book, which are a bit jarring. The book also provides a filmography of all the dramatisations based on Miss Marple that have appeared on screen and radio.