One of The Folio Society’s all time bestsellers, The Complete Miss Marple Short Stories is now available in this new edition featuring newly commissioned illustrations by Andrew Davidson.
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 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.
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