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The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m." A childish practical joke? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.
©1950 Agatha Christie Mallowan; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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"Joan Hickson: you can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius." (Time Out)

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  • Elisa
  • Cronulla, Australia
  • 09-18-12

Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon

I just love Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories. And Joan Hickson is my favourite Miss Marple. Her voice has that very proper English lady sound while also sounding very inquisitive and intelligent.

This is the perfect audio book to sit back in the evening and just envelope yourself in the fascinating world that Agatha Christie creates.

As a book, this is my favourite Miss Marple story. It has such interesting characters and such devious twists and turns in the plot.

If you like little old lady murder mysteries you'll love this audiobook.

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  • James
  • 12-09-17

Wonderful.

One of Agatha’s best read by my favourite Marple; Joan Hickson. I love this story and the characters, the ingenuity of the plot and the setting. Murder in a cosy house surrounded by friends and one of them is the killer. Delicious Death........

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  • Gordon Davis-Day
  • 03-25-17

Brilliant

As always Agatha Christie present a world to get lost in and wonderfully read by Joan Hickson, one of my favourite's of Miss Marple.

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  • Jenna Williams
  • 03-07-17

Great Book but...

I liked the book but unlike watching on the tv it's hard to keep track of character's and who is who. Though after the reveal I'll be re-reading until I pick up the clues myself.

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  • louise w
  • 03-05-16

fantastic listen

A great audable story. The effects made it that if you closed your eyes you ,could see it in you're mind very relaxing voice to listen to.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 04-09-15

Murder is announced

Advertising in paper saying going to be a murder at 630pm today
All are invited to attend is it a party or something more sinister??????

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  • Mrs
  • 04-07-13

Classic

This audio book offers everything you'd expect from Agatha Christie. Being read by the definitive Miss Marple Joan Hickson, makes this a joy to listen to!

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  • JANE PRIOR
  • 08-07-17

Terrible narration

You will, of course, recognise the voice of Joan Hickson as Miss Marple's voice from television. However, the other voices in this version of the audiobook are so similar to Miss Marple's voice that it made it impossible at times to work out who was saying what. I actually returned this item half way through because rather than being light entertainment while doing housework it was tiresome and not worth the price paid.

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