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Miss Marple Mysteries: Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories: A Miss Marple Collection (Paperback)

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorAgatha Christie
Publication DateApril, 2011
ISBN-139780062073716
GenreFiction/Mystery & Detective - Collections & Anthologies

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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories gathers together in one magnificent volume all of Agatha Christie's short stories featuring her beloved intrepid investigator, Miss Marple. It's an unparalleled compendium of murder, mayhem, mystery, and detection that represents some of the finest short form fiction in the crime fiction field, and is an essential omnibus for Christie fans.

Described by her friend Dolly Bantry as "the typical old maid of fiction," Miss Marple has lived almost her entire life in the sleepy hamlet of St. Mary Mead. Yet, by observing village life she has gained an unparalleled insight into human nature--and used it to devastating effect. As her friend Sir Henry Clithering, the ex-Commissioner of Scotland Yard, has been heard to say: "She's just the finest detective God ever made"--and many Agatha Christie fans would agree.

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Abridged
Y
Series Title
Miss Marple Mysteries
Publisher
HarperCollins
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
384
Author
Agatha Christie
Title
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories: A Miss Marple Collection
ISBN-13
9780062073716
Publication Date
April, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0062073710

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This is a fine compend...
This is a fine compendium, comprising all the Miss Marple stories Agatha Christie wrote. I prefer Christie's novels to her stories, since I find so much charm in her settings and characterizations, which as needs must be are given less prominence in short stories, But the plots here are nearly always ingenious, and Miss Marple's inimitable twinkly, fluffy brilliance is in full display. Recommended.
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This volume collects a...
This volume collects all the Miss Marple short stories. This isn't the best format for reading them, because she keeps getting re-introduced and there is a certain sameness to most of them. "Fluffy little lady, great skepticism, vouched for by surprising experts, solves the case by analogy with village life." There are also several that depend on things that have changed so much, and words that don't mean what they used to, and common objects that no longer exist, which gets confusing. One of them involved a bowl of cornstarch, and despite googling, I'm not at all sure what that was. However, they are well-written, and read one at a time, can be fun.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This is a fine compend...
This is a fine compendium, comprising all the Miss Marple stories Agatha Christie wrote. I prefer Christie's novels to her stories, since I find so much charm in her settings and characterizations, which as needs must be are given less prominence in short stories, But the plots here are nearly always ingenious, and Miss Marple's inimitable twinkly, fluffy brilliance is in full display. Recommended.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
This volume collects a...
This volume collects all the Miss Marple short stories. This isn't the best format for reading them, because she keeps getting re-introduced and there is a certain sameness to most of them. "Fluffy little lady, great skepticism, vouched for by surprising experts, solves the case by analogy with village life." There are also several that depend on things that have changed so much, and words that don't mean what they used to, and common objects that no longer exist, which gets confusing. One of them involved a bowl of cornstarch, and despite googling, I'm not at all sure what that was. However, they are well-written, and read one at a time, can be fun.
This is a fine compendium, comprising all the Miss Marple stories Agatha Christie wrote. I prefer Christie's novels to her stories, since I find so much charm in her settings and characterizations, which as needs must be are given less prominence in short stories, But the plots here are nearly always ingenious, and Miss Marple's inimitable twinkly, fluffy brilliance is in full display. Recommended.
This volume collects all the Miss Marple short stories. This isn't the best format for reading them, because she keeps getting re-introduced and there is a certain sameness to most of them. "Fluffy little lady, great skepticism, vouched for by surprising experts, solves the case by analogy with village life." There are also several that depend on things that have changed so much, and words that don't mean what they used to, and common objects that no longer exist, which gets confusing. One of them involved a bowl of cornstarch, and despite googling, I'm not at all sure what that was. However, they are well-written, and read one at a time, can be fun.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This is a fine compend...

This is a fine compendium, comprising all the Miss Marple stories Agatha Christie wrote. I prefer Christie's novels to her stories, since I find so much charm in her settings and characterizations, which as needs must be are given less prominence in short stories, But the plots here are nearly always ingenious, and Miss Marple's inimitable twinkly, fluffy brilliance is in full display. Recommended.

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This includes the comp...

This includes the complete text of the Tuesday Club Murders, which introduced Miss Marple as the seemingly innocent old maid aunt of the sophisticated writer Raymond West. West and some friends (including a retired commissioner from Scotland Yard) agree to meet on Tuesdays and tell the stories of murders (whose results they actually know) to see if the others can solve them. To their astonishment, MIss Marple regularly solves them. The other stories are strays included originally in mixed collections of Christie stores, including The Regatta Mystery (not including the title story), Three Blind Mice (ditto) and Double Sin (ditto). Personally I generally prefer mystery short stories to noels, and particularly that is true for most of Christie, whose novels tend to be depressing (except for a few lighter hearted ones like Tommy and Tuppence and the Scandal at Chimneys series.

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I had read novels feat...

I had read novels featuring Miss Marple & never really enjoyed her character that much. Compared with Hercule Poirot, she just didn't seem that colorful or fun. In the short story format, however, she is a very fun character. A bit unpredictable, very smart, very Victorian. I really enjoyed this book, & now have a better understanding of why readers really enjoy Miss Marple. I highly recommend these mysteries.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Does what it says on t...

Does what it says on the tin - every short story about Miss Marple, collected into a single volume. We have here the collection "The Thirteen Problems", the six Marple stories from "Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two other Stories", and "Greenshaw's Folly". Twenty short stories in total, and in my edition there is also an introductory essay by Stella Duffy, which is well worth reading. I think that reading all of these in one or two sittings would be a bit much; they would seem too formulaic. And in fact I listened to some of them in audiobook format read by Joan Hickson, and then read the others on and off over a period of a couple of weeks. But taken 2 or 3 at a time, the formula can become an asset to the story-telling, particularly in the Thirteen Problems collection. You have the same set-up in each story (a group of friends telling each other stories in the evening, and trying to guess the solution), and then the fun of watching the different approach each character takes to telling his or her story for the others to try to solve. Christie has created distinctive personalities for each of her recurring characters in these stories, and uses various quirks in their personalities to present and hide clues. They're short stories, so by their nature they can't have the depth of the novels. But each story is an engaging puzzle, with the sharp observation of human nature, wittily told, that is Christie's trademark. The quality varies from story to story, but as a whole this is a collection well worth reading.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

20 short stories actua...

20 short stories actually come from only 3 collections * The Thirteen Problems * Miss Marple's Final Cases * The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding a bit patchy, and a couple of them were downright improbable. All the stories tended to suffer a bit from the need to write sparingly, to keep the plot to short story length. Sometimes the story was finished off, and tidied up, a little too quickly for my liking.


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