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A Caribbean Mystery: A Miss Marple Mystery (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection) Hardcover – September 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (September 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157912738X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579127381
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Throws off the false clues and misleading events as only a master of the art can do.' New York Times 'Liveliness... infectious zest... as good as anything Miss Christie has done.' Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

As Jane Marple sat basking in the tropical sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Then a question was put to her by a stranger: 'Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?' Before she has a chance to answer, the man vanishes, only to be found dead the next day. The mysteries abound: Where is the picture? Why is the hotelier prone to nightmares? Why doesn't the most talked-about guest, a reclusive millionaire, ever leave his room? And why is Miss Marple herself fearful for her life?
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More About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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I like Helen Hayes in the movie adaptations of Miss Marple.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the best known mystery novelist of the 20th Century--and with good reason, for when it came to plots, truly fiendish plots, she could easily out-construct all competitors. Even so, as Christie entered her sunset years, the nature of her novels changed, often becoming less interesting for the complex plots that made her reputation than for a their chatty charm.

Such is the case with 1964 A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY, which finds Christie revisiting her favorite character Jane Marple--but in a unlikely setting. Suffering from arthritis, Miss Marple has been sent on vacation to a south seas resort by her nephew Raymond. The weather is lovely, the sea is lovely, and Miss Marple finds her incredibly bored... until the unexpected death of retired Major Palgrave forces her to wonder if there is, as the Major seemed to suspect, a killer in this island paradise.

The plot is entertaining but, for Christie, surprisingly transparent; most readers will spot the killer approximately two thirds of the way into the book. The great charm of the book is in its characters and the deftly amusing way in which Christie presents them. A visit with Miss Marple is always enjoyable, and she remains every one's favorite English spinster--and Christie presents several other characters, including the very wealthy and very gruff Mr. Raifiel and his ever-calm secretary Esther, both of whom will figure in the 1971 NEMESIS.

Hardcore mystery readers in search of one of Christie's truly mind-bender tales may be disappointed with A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY, but most Christie readers will find it unexpectedly light but none the less enjoyable for that. Recommended for fans.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story is set in the Caribbean - quite an unusual setting for Miss Marple who usually prefers to stay close to home. A garrulous major talks about various crimes he has observed over the years and says he may have recognized a killer...the next day he is found dead and Miss Marple finds herself called upon to solve the crime. Notable for its beautiful locales as well as the interesting dialogue among the various characters, the most interesting of which is the interplay between Miss Marple and Jason Rafiel, an old, ill millionaire who despite this failing powers, still comes to her assistance at a crucial moment. This also sets the stage for the sequel to this book, "Nemesis" where Mr. Rafiel asks for Miss Marple's help in solving another, much older crime. You should definitely read that as a followup to this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "lynkfri13" on October 3, 2002
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Caution!This Book Could Make You A Mystery Addict, too!
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I first read "A Caribbean Mystery" at age 12, when we were away from our home in Boston, MA, and staying in Israel for a year's sabbatical. I was desperate for anything in English to read and resorted to my mother's paperback mystery collection. I was so excited and intrigued by this story, that it started me on a Mystery book addiction, now going on 32 years worth of mystery reading.
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I remember the chill down my spine at the intricacy and "rightness" of the solution to the mystery. The story is very simple. Agatha Christie's sleuth Miss Marple has been sent on a vacation to the Caribbean, supposedly to relax, by her wealthy nephew. She meets an interesting group of fellow travelers at her hotel, and watches them carefully. A retired Military gentleman is ruffling the other guests feathers in his blunt way, and is with a group that includes most all of them when he is suddenly very upset by something he has seen or heard. When he becomes the victim of murder, Miss Marple must deduce what it was that had affected him so, in order to find the killer.
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This is a wonderfully entertaining example of the "Classic" mystery, with a fixed group of suspects, a circumscribed location, and a wonderful sleuth to follow. I like Helen Hayes in the movie adaptations of Miss Marple. She seems as endearing, and as seemingly muddle headed, shy, and retiring as the Miss Marple of the story.
This book follows the unwritten rules that the clues were there all along, but you just don't see them, until the case solution is revealed.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "ltrent@amgen.com" on December 23, 2000
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..Agatha Christie to read.
This is not a good example of her writing. The pace was slow, the characters were a bit too "cookie cutter" and it didn't contain any of the wonderful puzzles that AC is well known for.
Miss Marple is on a Carribbean vacation, where, suprise, a murder occurs. Or is it murder? Only Miss Marple can solve the mystery.
Is anyone really suprised that the happy couple really aren't? Is anyone really suprised that characters aren't what they appear? This book was too stereotypical for me. AC is not an author strong on character development, however she usually does a better job than this. Similarly, she sends Miss Marple to an exotic locale, then barely describes it or utilizes the locale for differences in her writing. It could just as easily have taken place in St. Mary Mead.
If you're an AC fan, you may like this book. I found it readable, but not great. If you're looking for a "classic" AC, try something else: And then there were none, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, or The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Don't get this book unless/until you're a bonafide fan.
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