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A Caribbean Mystery: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) Paperback – Print, April 12, 2011
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“Jane Marple has an uncanny combination of elderly gentility and bedrock cynicism about human foibles learned by observing the mundane in everyday village life.” (Mary Daheim, USA Today bestselling author of the Bed-and-Breakfast mysteries)
“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.” (The Observer)
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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Miss Marple is in the Caribbean for a rest paid for by her nephew, Raymond West. She is interested in the people at the hotel. One of them, Colonel Palgrave, often tells long stories from his life in Africa and she is one who will listen. One day he tells her about a murderer he heard about who killed his wife in a certain way then two doctors compared notes and found out the man had done it one other time. Then all of a sudden he shuts up and changes the subject. The next day he is dead. Miss Marple doesn't know who to confide in about her suspicions that someone else will be murdered. She teams up with an old man there and they work to figure out the mystery.
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Great story. This is one of my favorites (although you'll hear that about probably two thirds of the Agatha Christie novels that I review).
The puzzle is decent, the red herrings abound, and the characters are fun and interesting. If you are new to Agatha Christie the Miss Marple mysteries can have her as a main character or as a side note, basically working in the background. This one is actually as much about her, putting her in a new setting, making new friends, experiencing the world... basically taking her out of her comfort zone.
If you have not previously read any of her works I would recommend that you read one where the detective is the main character - whether it's Miss Marple or Poirot. The ones where they are incidental characters are not as satisfying if you are not familiar with their quirks and their methods.