- Publisher: Penguin Putnam~trade; First Edition edition (1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399150129
- ISBN-13: 978-0399150128
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 321 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,246,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miss Marple the Complete Short Stories First Edition Edition
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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.
'The plots are so good that one marvels ... most of them would have made a full length thriller.' Daily Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With the short stories, whether Marple or Poirot, she proves herself a master of the short story when it comes to people, the red herrings, and the moments that should have been clear to all. The stories bring you into them, doing your best before the deductive verdict is delivered. One other thing, you may learn to distrust everyone around you after the book is done. Not everyone lives under the banner of Love.
For those who criticized character development--Well, they ARE short stories. Only so much depth can be put into so few pages. The author's decision to repeat the setting (A group of friends sitting around recounting and solving mysteries.) gives more opportunity to get to know characters than most short stories allow.
For those who like to solve the mysteries they read, remember--these were written in a different century and with an English setting. Some facts that would have been known to readers back then, may not be known to you now. When you get to the reveal, you may feel a bit cheated if you forget that fact. Those who were contemporary to the writing, would have had all they needed to solve the whodunit.
If you keep the time and setting in mind, they are nice little brain teasers, especially for long-tome Christie fans.