On a Caribbean holiday, Miss Jane Marple encounters the wealthy invalid Mr. Jason Rafiel. Classic Agatha Christie!
I really love Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple" books, and this is another good one. Interesting setting, sympathetic (and unsympathetic) characters and a well-crafted puzzle.
If you are alert to clues, you will ID the killer about half-way through the book. But then Agatha throws more red-herrings out and you are led astray.
The sun-drenched island of St. Honore was just what Miss Marple's doctor had ordered--and its Golden Palm Hotel, just the genteel resort for an elderly lady of comfortable habits.
But wickedness is the same the world around, and when old Maj. Palgrove died suddenly, Miss Marple knew the garrulous ex-soldier had told one tale too many. It was murder--and not the last, unless Miss Marple could ask the right questions--in time!
There is something about Agatha Christie that I truly enjoy. I intersperse these mysteries among my other reading so I don't become jaded. I liked the interplay between Miss Marple and a wealthy, old gentleman who helps her solve the murders. A man who plans to murder his wife kills the wrong woman and the plot begins to tangle from there. It's typical Miss Marple who observes so carefully and finally with a little help uncovers the murderer. I liked it.
This is one of my favorites of Agatha Christie. I like the play between Miss Marple and Mr Rafiel. This book is the precursor to Nemesis.