Another delightful Miss Marple mystery! It made my head spin all the twists and turns!
The clue to a triple murder appears to be buried in a not-so-innocent children's verse. It's up to sleuth Miss Jane Marple to decipher the rhyme and reason behind the crime in what the New York Times has hailed as "the best of the novels starring Miss Marple."
So well timed was the death of financier Rex that suspects and motives appeared abound within the l;avish walls of Yewtree Lodge. On closer inspection, the murder seemed without rhyme or reason, until the deceptively meek Miss Marple discovered a rhyme....within the killers shocking plot!
A nursery rhyme appears to be the clues to multiple murders. The inspector does a great job digging out facts; unfortunately they keep pointing to different suspects. Finally, enter Miss Marple. She takes on a minor role, but of course solves the murderscomplete conjecture, however. A final note at the last page provides some substantiation of the first murder. It is up to the reader to surmise how the inspector proves the case, to include the two subsequent murders. This is an interesting story up to the final 20 pages or so when Miss Marple submits her theorysans proof and, I thought, poorly explained. To add insult, the inspector in the final pages uncovers two other crimes (by the same character) one of which he covers up and the other he fails to pursue. So, for me this once interesting story turns preposterous and unbelieveable.