Includes: The Mirror Crack'd, A Carribbean Mystery, Nemesis, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! and The Body in the Library.
Five complete Miss Marple novels. The clever octogenarian is addicted to solving undercover crimes.
This was my first exposure to Agatha Christie and Miss Marple and I was very pleased! Great stories with a multiplicity of characters to suspect and not so much foreshadowing that you know who "did it" before you're supposed to. Old-fashioned and fun! My only advice is to read the fifth story in the book before the first one for a sense of continuity.
This is a great body of work to sit down and enjoy all at once.
1. The Mirror Crack'd: "...is a strangely touching and thoroughly engrossing story of an ill-fated glamorous actress. The clues are particularly closely knit as a pleasant charity party is marred by a murder, with several others to follow."
2. A Caribbean Mystery: "...Major Pelgrave interrupts his boring stories to tell Miss Marple about a murderer he has known; then he pulls out a snapshot of that murderer. A killing follows and the mystery is airborne."
3. Nemesis: "is a fascinating tale that takes Jane Marple traveling a route given her by a dead man. A handsome sum will be hers if she can solve a murder she knows absolutely nothing about."
4. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!: "On a train going to visit Miss Marple, she sees a man in a passing train, 'His hands were round the throat of a woman who faced him, and he was slowly, remorselessly strangling her.'"
5. The Body In The Library: "A dance hall girl becomes (the title) - in the exclusive home of Mrs. Bantry, one of Jane Marple's friends. A house full of likely suspects includes the angry in-laws of a rich crippled man who wanted to adopt the girl."
Miss Marple is never dated to me.
Excellent! I couldn't put it down! It wasn't easy to figure out "whodunnit" because of all the twists!
Dust cover is missing from this copy.