As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine, she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened.
Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier's yarn about a murderer he had known. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her a snapshot of this acquaintance, the Major was suddenly interrupted. A diversion that was to prove fatal.
©1964 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
As a Christie fan I quite enjoyed this Miss Marple story. It's a fairly standard enjoyable Miss Marple tale, with a new locale.
If the book suffers, it suffers from two issues. First, the dated labels used in reference to a few of the island inhabitants aren't exactly PC today and may put off some people, but this book wasn't written today and, as Miss Marple says in the book, one must make allowances. Second, the narrator has a tendency to contrive voices for characters that can be shrill (Lucky), accents foreign to her can be hit or miss and sometimes downright comical (Victoria), and male voices are often a difficulty for her. In one case there was a fairly shrill male voice and I found myself glad he died. However, as usual, the narrator does brilliantly with the character of Miss Marple and does very well when not reading in a character's voice.
Interesting tropical mystery
I'm not much of an edge-of-the-seat reader, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested, and I'll listen again to find nuances I missed.
I thought all of the women characters were pretty well performed, with the exception of Lucky. My favorite is Molly, simply because she was striving so hard against a variety of odds.
It was the perfect beach read.
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