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Because Miss Marple is not young enough to physically search for the body in unknown territory, she engages Lucy Eyelesbarrow, one of Christie's most interesting female creations. Lucy quickly gains employment at Rutherford Hall as a domestic and busily does all the legwork for Miss Marple. Meanwhile, Jane Marple has taken up residence at a nearby home and advises and assists Lucy.
In 1961, this became the basis for "Murder, She Said," the first of four films starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. Although it deviates from the book, most notably in the omission of Lucy, it is enjoyable and worth viewing.
Surprises, further murders, gossip, marriage proposals, and poisonings follow in rapid succession, so that before you know it, the hours have sped by, the murderer is revealed, and you admit that once again you were quite unable to guess whodunit.
Agatha Christie adds to the usual cozy elements of her murder mysteries a heavy involvement with passenger trains, timetables and railway matters so beloved of the British. Otherwise you'll find the book fits into the pattern of the dysfunctional family's struggles being worked out with a particularly stubborn, callous and crusty old man as the family's head.
Feature film and TV adaptations of this novel have been made, the most faithful to the text featuring Joan Hickson who also can be heard in an unabridged reading on audiotapes.
Miss Marple believed her friend was not imagining whole thing. When the police found no evidence of the crime Miss Marple began to investigate for herself. She located the most likely place a body could be disposed of, a large estate owned by the Crackenthorpe family and arranged for a confederate, Lucy Eyelesbarrow to work for the family.
The Crackenthorpe family is another of Christie's large dysfunctional families dominated by a disagreeable father (Luther), downtrodden daughter (Emma), ambitious son (Harold) and a pair of blacksheep - the artistic Cedric and the slightly crooked Alfred. Two other siblings have died, Edmund and Edith. Edith's husband, Bryan and son, Alexander are also part of the household.
The body is found, more murders commited, the culprit unmasked and the true motive revealed in dramitic fashion by Miss Marple.
Along the way romance flourishes and leaves the reader with an unanswered question.
The family is very much like characters from similiar families in other books, (HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS, A POCKET FULL OF RYE, CROOKED HOUSE and others). This, coupled with the various titles this story has had over the years - WHAT MRS. McGILLICUDDY SAW, EYEWITNESS TO MURDER and MURDER SHE SAID, could lead a reader to think they had read this one before. Do not pass this one by, it is worth reading for the delightful Lucy Eyelesbarrow alone!
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I'm a long-time Agatha Christie fan and it's been a while since I've read one of hers. I enjoy the British pace, which allows a reader to saunter along as opposed to all the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by NL Quatrano
Of course I still have the same question as I had when I read it the first time - who gets the girl at the end. Mrs. Marple seems to know, but she doesn't say. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Angela Brown
I always enjoy Miss Marple mysteries. Especially when I'm wrong, guessing who committed the murder and why. I love her way of thinking and solving the murders. JV and upPublished 8 days ago by Sky Porter
Always enjoy Agatha Christie. Her characters are interesting and make enjoyable reading. This mystery keeps you guessing.Published 11 days ago by gail m
Always reading every story to the end can leave you holding your breathe. Until that dear lady, Miss Maple, tells the tale of the cover-up of who dunit and how they did the murder. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Diane T.
Intricate plot, engaging characters, believable story line.Published 22 days ago by David C. Pheanis
I should know by know that any Agatha Christie character is up for whodunit. However,when I start to make my mind up as to who did it,she never fails to twist it up and the person... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosemarie Mayhan
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Although Agatha Christie kind of left it to the readers, I think she was leading us to believe that Lucy picked Bryan. He was one of her choices but the only thing that was holding her back was his lack of practical planning in terms of the "schemes" he kept dreaming up. She thought all... Read More
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