Introduced by Stella Duffy
Illustrated by Andrew Davidson
Poisoning, bloodstains, cups of tea and knitting – a superb collection of detective stories featuring the unassuming Miss Marple.
When a group of friends in a small village – artists, writers and clergymen – decide to tell unsolved mysteries to each other at Miss Jane Marple’s house, they expect little in the way of a contribution from their elderly host. So when she lifts her eyes from her knitting to deduce the truth about a case of domestic poisoning, they are flabbergasted. As the stories in this collection are told – disappearing bloodstains, the cryptic last message of a poisoned man, a spiritualist who predicts death – Miss Marple’s reputation grows, and before long she is being asked for help by the police. This complete collection features all 20 short stories, including ‘The Tuesday Night Club’, ‘A Christmas Tragedy’ and ‘The Case of the Perfect Maid’. They are neatly encapsulated by Henry Clithering’s cry at the solution of ‘Ingots of Gold’: ‘Miss Marple, you are wonderful!’
In her introduction, detective novelist Stella Duffy praises Christie’s fine use of language and dry social commentary, which may take some readers as much by surprise as the ingenious solutions Miss Marple points out.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born 15 September 1890 in Torquay, a seaside town on the English Riviera. Whilst Christie’s two older siblings (Monty and Madge) received a formal education, their mother decided Christie should not – preferring to educate her at home. She intended that Christie be taught to read when she was eight; however, by the age of five the young girl had already taught herself to read. As well as her academic studies, Christie also trained as a singer and pianist a career she would have pursued if it were not for her shyness of strangers.
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Review by thegr8jordini on 5th May 2015
"It's so nice to have a complete Miss Marple short stories collection. These illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the text."