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Publisher's Summary

As Jane 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 strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finished the story.

©1943 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved; (P)1996, Re-issue 2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"Liveliness...infectious zest...as good as anything Miss Christie has done." (Observer)
"Throws off the false clues and misleading events as only a master of the art can do." (New York Times)

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Joan Hickson

Joan Hickson is my favorite narrator. She should be the one to narrate all of miss marple-books.

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  • S. Todd
  • 09-29-16

Addictive and beautifully narrated.

Joan Hickson does a marvellous job voicing all the characters and her pronunciation is deliciously contemporaneous. Agatha Christie's masterful weaving and subsequent unravelling of the plot leads one by the nose till the end. Marvellous!

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  • ABlair
  • 06-02-16

One of the best

I've listened to this book over and over again. I love the story and love the reading.

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  • daisyrock
  • 01-05-18

Top notch Marple

Miss Marple's only overseas outing - and what a memorable one. Joan Hickson is flawless.

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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 03-16-16

"He said ... She Said

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely, it's a book you just can't put down.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Marple, so ably and naturally narrated by Joan Hickson

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the murderer was revealed.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book several years ago on CD and I really enjoyed the plot. It was an excellent setting for the novel. My mum heard a short snippet and like me, she liked the narration by Joan Hickson. I remember the first time I listened to it - I went through five suspects before the final revelation.

I also liked the snippet Miss Marple was reading out of of Raymond West's book as the man was staring at the girl's stained jersey, bare feet, dirty toe nails and the swell of rancied fat, wondering why he found her so attractive. Christie's comment, "Miss Marple wondered too" made me smile. She shows an excellent sense of humour at times and so easily and naturally adds a light hearted flavour to her books. I also like the way she tells her readers about the events which lead up to the murder before it happens.

With so many rumours going around and time running out, it keeps you wondering in true Christie style right up until the end and Miss Marple and Mr. Rafiel were an excellent duo.

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  • Fred
  • 08-31-15

A Caribbean Mystery

Ok so the stories are dated and what I would class as easy listening but Joan Hickson is still my favourite Marple and she narrates this well. A very pleasant afternoon listen.

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  • Denise
  • 07-08-15

Wonderful

I love Joan Hickson anyway but what a great narrator.

Agatha Christie at her finest too.

I heartily recommend this book.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 04-06-15

A Caribbean Mystery

Well Agatha Christie did it agsin, I couldn't stop listening to it. Full of intrigue and various other things the murderer was not at all who I would of expected brilliant audio book.

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  • Kimberley
  • 12-20-15

Disappointing

Boring narration, she is hard to understand at times and a waste of money if an Agatha Christie fan.