Listening to a Miss Marple mystery is always like reuniting with old friends, especially this one which is set back in St. Mary Mead like Murder at the Vicarage and The Body in the Library. Miss Marple is getting older and more fragile, and her skirmishes with an over-helpful companion and the happy resolution to help around the house is a fun sub-plot. We get to visit Dolly Bantry; now a widow, she has moved into the lodge house and the Hall is now occupied by movie stars!
The plot is quite complicated and every time you think you know what is going on, the storyline gives itself a good shake and we have to begin your calculations anew. The solution and ending were extremely satisfying, both as a completed puzzle and an emotionally satisfying solution.
Joan Hickson played the quintessential Miss Marple in the BBC dramatizations. Her voice is old and it may take you a few minutes to adjust, but it is well worth it. She has acted these stories for television so she comes in with a depth of understanding of the character that other Miss Marple narrators do not match. I have the DVD collections of these Miss Marples and I love them dearly.
This is one of my favorite Miss Marples, and for a short series, I would recommend listening to Murder at the Vicarage, followed by The Body in the Library, then this title. Lovely listening!
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