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Which Christie Victim is This?



  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    HINT!!! This morning I was humming part of the music from the Film from of this story.
  • MirandaMiranda England Investigator
    Justice Walgrave from And Then There None?  Oh no, hang on, he doesn't have children.  
  • taliavishay-arbeltaliavishay-arbel ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2018
    This has been going slowly. I put together all the clues to try to find a solution and blanked out. So here is all we know so far - maybe someone else will spot something I didn't.

    Tommy said: 

    I didn't Die Because I saw too Much

    I didn't Die because I was Greedy

    I didn't Die for Misdirection

    I died so others could die.


    And his answers to questions (and my conclusions) are:

    A Miss Marple story that was published after 1952, so I think it is in one of the following:

     1.       A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)

    2.       4.50 from Paddington, or What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! (1957)

    3.       The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, or The Mirror Crack'd (1962)

    4.       A Caribbean Mystery (1964)

    5.       At Bertram's Hotel (1965)

    6.       Nemesis (1971)

    7.       Sleeping Murder (written around 1940, published 1976)

     Victim is male and British.

    The victim was not murdered and there was no rehearsal for murder.

    There is a doctor in the book but he wasn’t a suspect.

    Victim had children, he/she/they were not suspects.

    Not Major Halliday from “Sleeping Murder”,  Carrie Louise’s first husband from “They do it with mirrors”,  Jason Rafiel from “Nemesis,  Major Palgrave from “Caribbean”,  or Goedler, Belle’s husband from “A Murder is announced”

    Tommy hinted that he was wistling a tune from the film, so probably it was made into film that has distinctive music.

  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes you are correct in your analytical approach to the Problem.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I hope I am not wrong about the Doctor not being a suspect I don't think the Doctor is a suspect.
  • HerculeAndAchilleHerculeAndAchille Harrogate, England ✭✭✭
    Alright... so was this character's appearance particularly striking?
  • Mrs BlairMrs Blair ✭✭✭
    That’s a great summary, and from a review of it I’m going to guess Mr Mackenzie, of the Blackbird mine story?
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    No the there is nothing striking about the persons appearance and no it is not Mr McKenzie from Pocketful of Rye, it is not anyone from that book.

  • I just thought of a weird possibility - is it Colonel Bantry? He dies sometime between "The body in the library" and "The mirror cracked", and because he dies, his widow sells Gossington hall, which is eventually bought by Jason Rudd the movie director, thus indirectly causing three murders. 
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