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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories: A Miss Marple Collection (Miss Marple Mysteries) Paperback – April 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0062073716 ISBN-10: 0062073710

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  • Series: Miss Marple Mysteries
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073716
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of the amiable, omniscient Miss Marple will be delighted by the first publication in one volume of all 20 short stories that Christie centered on the elderly sleuth. Wearing her black lace mittens, Miss Marple sits in her chair, knitting and digesting details of murders of all descriptions (from poisonings to a drowning to a shooting by bow and arrow). She manages, of course, to see through all false identities and bogus alibis, and neatly solves each puzzle, no matter how obscure or far-fetched. The bulk of the stories are gathered from The Tuesday Club murders, chronicling the meetings of a group formed by Miss Marple and a handful of her friends. The members take turns recounting mysteries to which they know the answers, while the others take a stab at cracking the cases. Readers will have fun playing along, but beware: Miss Marple is fierce competition. Foreign rights: Hughes Massie. December 2
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Christie’s heart is in her books, speaking to us through her characters just as clearly and forthrightly as she would speak, could she walk into her drawing room and greet a friend.” (Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award-winning author of the Death on Demand mysteries)

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.

Customer Reviews

I love Agatha Christie and mostly Miss Marple.
mary
Always an Agatha Christie fan, this is a great book, would recommend to anyone. mystery, whodunnit,detective story, or just Agatha Christie fans, this book is for you!
Bonnie Carroll
I enjoyed the stories and will look for more of her books to read.
Nancy Sue

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2012
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"Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories" is a collection of twenty short mysteries featuring Miss Marple. Though written as contemporary mysteries, they are now historical mysteries. A few of the stories mentioned a historical (or British) thing where I couldn't figure out what meant. Perhaps this was because they were short stories or because some of them were early in her career. I've never had this problem with Agatha Christie's novels.

The mysteries were clever, and they could be solved. I was a little disappointed that the title of one of the short stories gave away the whodunit. Overall, I'd recommend this book to "puzzle mystery" lovers, especially to Miss Marple fans.

Table of Contents:

From The Tuesday Club Murders:
The Tuesday Night Club
The Idol House of Astarte
Ingots of Gold
The Bloodstained Pavement
Motive v. Opportunity
The Thumbmark of St. Peter
The Blue Geranium
The Companion
The Four Suspects
A Christmas Tragedy
The Herb of Death
The Affair at the Bungalow
Death by Drowning

From The Regatta Mystery:
Miss Marple Tells a Story

From Three Blind Mice:
Strange Jest
The Case of the Perfect Maid
The Case of the Caretaker
Tape-Measure Murder

From Double Sin:
Greenshaw's Folly
Sanctuary
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K. Hill VINE VOICE on July 2, 2001
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I love the character of Miss Marple. The way she is constantly underestimated never ceases to amuse. Agatha Christie was up to her best when she wrote these stories. Nothing's predictable except that Miss Marple will solve the crime. My favorites in this collection are from The Tuesday Club Murders. None of the stories in this book are very long but with each one I couldn't wait to get to the end and find out who the murderer was. I've read the book twice yet I still couldn't recall or predict who the murder would be in the majority of the stories. Great book!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kim on August 20, 2011
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The only criticism I have of this book, as it is otherwise completely entertaining, is that there are pages missing. Not that it skips from page 156 to 164 but that there are probably two pages of story line missing from 156 to 157. I'm just issuing this as a warning to anyone who purchases this edition. I will contact Harper and Collins and let them know about this as well.
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The brilliant mind of Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) created two of murder mystery fiction's greatest characters: the debonair and eccentric Belgian Hercule Poirot and old maid Jane Marple. While Poirot wears seven league boots solving murders all over the globe,Miss Marple has lived her entire life in the English village of St. Mary Mead. Nevertheless, Marple sports an incredible ability to ferret our murderers and solve crimes.!
This book is a collection of all twenty short stories in which Miss Marple appears. Most of the stories were published in
"Thirteen Problems" in 1932. The additional seven stories are culled from ther short stories colletions written over the long career of Christie.
The nettlesome cases are discussed in antimated conversation during the meeting of THE TUESDAY NIGHT CLUB. The club meets at the home of Jane Marple. Members of the exclusive club of friends consists of Miss Marple and five other persons. Each club member must present a "problem" which the five others seek to solve. Miss Marple always discovers who the murderer is in the case. The members of the club are Miss Marple the hostess; her novelist nephew Raymond West; Joan Lempiere an artist; Mr. Petherick a lawyer;
Dr. Pender the local vicar and Sir Henry Clithering the well known Scotland Yard Commissioner who has retired. Clithering stands in respectful awe of Miss Marple's uncanning ability to solve crimes. All of the club members are bright as they seek answers to the foul deed of murder.
In later tales in the collection the Tuesday Night Club gathers at the home of Colonel and Dolly Bantry. All of the short tales are well written with most having been produced for television. The stories are great light reading for a comfortable night at home on a rainy night or a trip to the beach for sunny days. Enjoy! Nothing profound but just good entertainment from the mistress of murder!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Stephens on May 5, 2008
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Excellent as with all of the Miss Marple stories by Christie. I was disappointed a little because I thought I was getting a collection of Marple stories I did'nt already own. In fact, the book begins with the Tuesday Club Murders (which is already on my bookshelf). This was an error on my part because I should have checked the book out in more detail before purchasing. Still, a good collection to buy if you don't already have the stories in separate books. Besides, we Christie fans never tire of rereading about the exploits of her most famous detectives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justice on May 20, 2012
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Being a collection of short stories, this is an enjoyable & easy read. Get to know Miss Marple, wander through a typical English country village, become familiar with Miss Marple's simple but effective powers of deduction, & appreciate Miss Christie's amazing talent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texas Cat on September 23, 2012
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As always, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple is a pleasure to read. Wish there were more! There's just the right amount of suspense, we know Miss Marple is going to solve the mystery. It's good for a re-read, too!
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