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Miss Marple's Final Cases

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This book of short stories showcases both how clever an author Agatha Christie was and also how enjoyable Miss Marple stories are (ok I know that was badly constructed sentence , to end with "are" ). As always, Miss Marple is her indomitable self – a great believer in justice and in her ability to draw parallels between those suspected of crimes and local ne’er do wells that she has come across in village life. This one deals with a woman whose husband is the main suspect in her murder, mainly because he isn't showing the appropriate amount of emotion. Christened by her optimistic parents Diana, Mrs Harmon had become Bunch at an early age for somewhat obvious reasons and the name had stuck to her ever since. The Daily Mirror of 6 April 1934 stated that In a Glass Darkly was being read out by Christie on BBC Radio that night as part of the Short Story series.

I was caught off guard at first by The Dressmaker’s Doll because I expected a mystery to be behind all of this, but then imagine my surprise when no mystery happened and there really was some kind of supernatural phenomenon happening here. Also two supernatural stories, which Christie did not have the stylistic resources to bring off successfully. There were two other more eerie shorts - one about a doll that seemed to move on its own, and another about a man who saw a reflection in a mirror. So her good friend and physician, Doctor Haydock, brings her a file with a case he recently had so she can solve the whodunnit. Clearly Conan Doyle was writing some decades earlier than Christie about a very different kind of main protagonist, set in a very different world and creating a very different kind of mystery – so from that perspective, it is perhaps a little erroneous to compare the two.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Robert Barnard: "Posthumous collection, containing several good Marple cases previously only available in the States.

Miss Marple is involved, and is likely the one who solves the mystery, but Bunch is really the driving force.When compared to the Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels (the only other classic literary sleuth I am familiar with) – the likeable Miss Marple is almost the antithesis of the wonderful but equally dislikeable Sherlock Holmes. Final Cases’ is a collection of six short Miss Marple stories along with two additional and somewhat eerie stories of the supernatural.

Slight browning to the endpapers and the book has a musty smell but the pages are otherwise unmarked. A sweet but flighty domestic named Gladys is fired after being suspected of stealing jewelry from the two sisters that employed her. Definitely a great filler book when you’re in a bit of a reading slump or when you just want something a bit light-hearted but engaging and enjoyable.Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. These made me keen to try out Christie’s non-mystery novels which I have been meaning to read for years and years and still haven’t picked up. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The edition I have has only the original six but I dug out two others from other Christie short story collections that I have so it’s sort of a “cheat” marking this one as “read” since I have missed “Dressmaker’s Doll”.

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