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Favorite Miss Marple Stories?



  • Helen LemonHelen Lemon Investigator

    I quite liked The Thirteen Problems, they are 13 short stories where a group of people tell a whodunit, at the end of the story the other guests have to work out who did it and how. The reason why I liked the short story collections is because I quite liked how Miss Marple trounced the all!!!

  • I find Sleeping Murder incredibly scary. The recurring quote about those hairy hands she saw as a child through the bannister, and the thread of additional imprints left from her childhood that slowly reveal themselves, really frighten me. It just shows that you never know at what point a deja vu will suddenly take a horrible twist. So I disagree with @youngmrquin; I found it quite up to par with Christie's usual.
    Having just re-read 4:50 from Paddington, I loved what I always hope to find with A.C. - not just a marvellous whodunnit, but also a very British book - this one is full of all the tips Mary Berry uses on The Great British Bake Off - how to keep sandwiches fresh (damp cloth), tasty meals to serve the family, and many nuances and cultural references. Truly, there's much to learn from her!
    My absolute favorite Miss Marple might just be At Bertram's Hotel. There are so many rich characters there and interesting angles: mother-daughter, the love triangle, Bertram's facade, daughter- close friend, doorman-mother. And the moral of the story - is it truly possible to preserve the past, and is it worthwhile? I loved the ending, though it's always more fun when the policeman is either completely antogonistic to Miss Marple, or turns out that he's her godson and already knows all about her. 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your Post explains just what Agatha Christie's Books and this site is about, I don't find Sleeping Murder Scary at all but I find your description fascinating, I love 4.50 From Paddington in fact for me they tie in 1st place with A Murder Is Announced, Paddington Is just a Cracking Good read, It has this cozy Atmosphere, wonderful Characters and a very Comfortable feeling which sucks you in and takes you off your Guard.

    I agree I have learnt a lot from Agatha Christie, on subjects like Geography, History, Mythology, Shakespeare, Literature and not to take things at face value.

    I think I must like the more rural books more than others because At Bertram's Hotel Isn't in my top 3 but nor is it in my bottom 2 because it has Rich Characters and the Plot is like most of Christies work Wonderful. 

  • @HelenLemon, I liked The Thirteen Problems not just because Miss Marple constantly outshone them, but because we gradually see Raymond's and Joan's relationship develop - and of course, Miss Marple was quite aware all the time! While NOT everyone in the books like Raymond West, some considering him pompous..., he's very kind to his aunt throughout the books, so it's nice to see this "behind the scenes" as it were.
  • silvanasilvana Investigator
    My favourites are: A murder is announced- Nemesis-The moving finger
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I think Raymond comes over as Patronizing, Yes he does give his Aunt a Holiday but I am sure he thinks he is being nice to the dear old duck which is sickening also giving her a Holiday npow and again means he doesn't pay that money in Tax.
  • I can really picture him: he comes into a room, knowing full well that he's a well-known author, and makes some remark about the wonderful atmopsphere of the room. Or makes some short, provacative statement and waits for someone to pick up on it and ask him to explain it. So yes, probably rather patronizing, a bit pompous maybe, but not intentionally mean. And he does treat his aunt, and pay for her care when she's ill (tax purposes or not, Miss Marple always considered it very nice of him, and if she thought he was only doing it to dodge the tax, she'd have said...). Joan seems to have quite enough spunk to deal with him, and to get her way when she wants, so I think it's a good match. 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes perhaps the Tax Dodge bit was a bit too Twenty-First Century although I don't think she would have said if she thought it a tax dodge, people don't bad-mouth their Relatives to people outside the family, He isa the sort of person to go up to a person and say I am Raymond West even though the person probably knows or else they wouldn't be wherever they are when Raymond says it, Celebrities do that, Go up shake your Hand and say "Hello I am ... even though the person is there because the Celebrity is, I fel Joan was unfairly Treated in the BBC version of Sleeping Murder, I felt that was how Jane in The Thirteen Problems should be portrayed. 
  • FrankFrank Queensland, Australia ✭✭✭
    My Favourites are A Murder Is Announced and 4.50 From Paddington. 
  • CheleChele Investigator

    Sleeping Murder and A Murder is Announced have always been my favourite Agatha Christie Miss Marple novels.

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