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- Publication date : October 11, 2020
- File size : 1199 KB
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- ASIN : B08L42823G
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- Language: : English
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- Print length : 288 pages
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Lucy Eyelesbarrow is a great female character, she is intelligent and keeps calm when trouble is happening. She is chosen to find the body that no one can find.
It all started when Mrs. McGillcuddy witnessed a murder. While traveling on a train she looks in the window of the train passing and sees a woman being strangled.
After Lucy discovers the body it is time for the police to discover the killer. Inspector Craddock is back, the first appearance in the wonderful book A Murder is Announced.
Along with Lucy and of course Miss Marple, he will find who the strangled woman was and how she fits in with the Crackenthorpe family.
The suspects are a diverse group. There is the painter Cedric the pompous ass Harold and the small-time criminal Alfred. Another suspect is Bryan the husband of the deceased daughter.
Emma Crackenthorpe is the surviving daughter who puts up with her cranky father. Dr. Quimper is a would-be suitor.
I loved all these characters and how they interacted with the story.
The revealing of the killer is always fun and I loved the circumstances that Miss Marple set up to pronounce the outcome.
I have read this Agatha Christie book before but it proves that even after knowing the solution you can still love the journey through the book.
I enjoyed this book. I tried to figure it out but was wrong on the culprit. I liked how different people were purposed as the culprit, each with a motive. The story moves rapidly. I liked Alexander and the women in the book. The men left much to be desired. The plot was believable.
I will be reading more by Agatha Christie.
Old Mr Cracenthorpe a sour man who hates his sons and doesn t want them to reap the material benefits which would accrue to them in his will.
Harold-The son who is a prosperous businessman in London
Alfred-The black sheep of the family who has been involved in petty crime.
Cedrick-An artist who lives abroad but has come home to visit.
Miss Marple puts her amateur sleuthing niece Lucy Eyelesbarrow to work doing domestic chores for the family. Lucy discovers the corpse of the murdered woman in an old barn on the estate.
Dr. Quimper is the local physician who hankers for Emma ';s hand. She is the only sister of the three living Crackenthorpe sons.
Bryan Eastley is the widower of the other Crackenthorpe daughter who has died. His young son is Alexander.
The plot is clear and Christie keeps the number of characters small enough to stay clear in the mind of the reader. This novel features a great
ending as Miss Marple solves the crime. A good read for a stormy night or to peruse during a vacation. Christie wrote the novel in 1957.
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Lucy is successful that's when the danger begins, enjoy. Highly recommend.
This book gets a little criticism for not really having many clues or much actual detection element in it. It's never quite clear how Miss Marple arrives at the solution, other than her extensive knowledge of human nature. That's not to say that the solution is unclear; it isn't – it makes perfect sense. But the route to it isn't as well defined as Christie's usual.
But regardless, this is still one of my favourite Christie books. I love Miss Marple as a character, even more than M Poirot and his little grey cells, and she's on top form in this one. She gives us some nice village parallels to shed light on the characters of the suspects; she twinkles affectionately at both young Inspector Craddock and Lucy; she does a bit of gentle match-making; and she gives us some classic Delphic pronouncements that leave the reader as beautifully baffled as the other characters.
For me, one of the major joys of Christie's books is that they manage the difficult feat of being full of corpses and yet free of angst – a trick the Golden Age authors excelled in and modern authors seem to have forgotten. She ensures that the soon-to-be victims deserve all they get, being either wicked, nasty or occasionally just tiresome. The dearly-departed's relatives always take a stoic attitude to the death of their parents/spouses/siblings/children which, while it might not be altogether realistic, is certainly considerably more enjoyable than two hundred pages of descriptions of grieving, sobbing, wailing and general tooth-gnashing. In Christie novels, the emphasis is on entertainment – a mystery and a puzzle to solve, rather than an attempt to harrow the soul.
Apart from Miss Marple herself, there are two things that make this one particularly entertaining. Lucy Eyelesbarrow is a great character – a strong, independent young woman, making a success of her life in this post-war world. With the difficulties of getting domestic servants, she has seen an opportunity for herself in being the ultimate housekeeper, and is hugely in demand by ladies everywhere who need help in running their homes. She can and does demand exorbitant wages and never stays anywhere for more than a few weeks, but during those weeks she makes life wonderfully carefree for her employers. So Emma Crackenthorpe of Rutherford Hall jumps at the chance to have her at a reduced rate for a while, to help out with her elderly old curmudgeon of a father and her assortment of brothers and brothers-in-law when they descend on the house en masse for a visit. And it's not long before several of these men have recognised Lucy's unique attractions...
Then there are the two boys, Alexander, the son of a deceased Crackenthorpe sister, and his friend Stodders, both visiting during the school holidays. These two remind me a little of Jennings and Derbyshire, or perhaps like terribly polite and well brought up versions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. No counselling for these children! No, indeed! When a corpse is discovered, they don't get traumatised, they get out there looking for clues! In which pursuit they are aided and abetted by a bunch of adults who seem to think it's quite normal, healthy even, for boys their age to be fascinated by all things murderous.
Wonderfully entertaining, full of humour, great plot even if the clues aren't quite fairplay, and a little bit of possible romance to spice things up. Great stuff!
Two trains travel parallel for a short while and Mrs McGillicuddy (what a wonderful name), a passenger on one train, sees a man strangling a woman on the other. She reports the crime but no body is found either on the train or the track. However, Mrs M. is very fortunate to have a friend in Miss Jane Marple - and soon Miss Marple's inquiring mind and ingenuity are hot on the trail of first the body and then the killer.
It is perhaps a step down from Christie's classics such as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd or And Then There Were None, but is still a very engaging and enjoyable read.
I first read this about 30 years ago and loved revisiting it. I'd forgotten about who Martine was and about the curry! ❤️