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What Poirot novels do you think would be better suited to Miss Marple?



  • GKCfanGKCfan Wisconsin, United States mod
    Yes, it's interesting that Christie considered using Miss Marple in a book after only one previous Marple novel (plus some short stories) had been published.  Instead, Christie cast her (at the time) far more famous detective in Death on the Nile.  It took twelve years for Miss Marple to make another appearance after Vicarage.  After WWII, she'd start appearing far more regularly– a few times a decade in the 1950's and 1960's.  

    There's no evidence that I know of, but I wonder if Christie incorporated bits of her initial plan for Death on the Nile into A Caribbean Mystery
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Perhaps Agatha Christie was still unsure how to write Miss Marple and so she stuck with Tried and Tested Poirot, If Miss Marple had been in Death On The Nile would one of the other Older ladies had to bow out, I must say that seems a shame, I would have liked to see Poirot replaced by Eileen and Bill or Frankie and Tommyor Anne and John perhaps each on Honeymoon
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think Evil Under The Sun must be a Candidate, I think the Hotel Setting suits her and I think she would love the Area.

  • HerculeAndAchilleHerculeAndAchille Harrogate, England ✭✭✭
    Certainly Tommy_A_Jones. I think she would get along well with the athletic spinster quite well - or strike up a friendship with Mrs Redfern or Miss Marshall.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't think she would like Mrs Mrs Marshall but I do think she would get on with Mr Marshall, The Owner of The Establishment and of course The Vicar
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    She would also enjoy thinking about Village Paralell's amongst the People at The Hotel and in Death On The Nile amongst The Passengers
  • HerculeAndAchilleHerculeAndAchille Harrogate, England ✭✭✭
    @Tommy_A_Jones, by Miss Marshall, I meant Linda, not Arlena. And I certainly agree that she would get on well the vicar. She could also have been introduced in Sad Cypress as an acquaintance of Laura Welman's, or of Mrs Bishop.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Oh yes, Sorry I thought you had her title wrong, I agree, The Vicar could perhaps have heard of her from Dr Lioyd or Rev Harmon or Rev Clement and asked about Vilage Parralels, I think if she had been in Sad Cypress it would have made for a much more enjoyable book for me.
  • tudestudes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ✭✭✭✭
    @Tommy_A_Jones, although "Evil under the sun" would suited to Miss Marple. She would come along with Miss Brewster, the Gardeners and Miss Darnley, Poirot is perfect in this book. I think the plot suited Poirot's skills better than Miss Marple. I think the way the murder was committed fits much better the way Poirot's solves the crime. I can't picture Miss Marple doing all that things that Poirot did to solve the crime.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Perhaps not so the Book would have been totally different, I really enjoy the Book the way it is but I can also see how by changing Characters theu would have been just as good or occasionally better.
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