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Here are four stories by the most popular mystery writer of all time; stories told by Miss Marple and her friends and solved by that elderly white-haired lady with the faded blue eyes and quiet nature. They are read by Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple in the television series based on the works of Agatha Christie.

In The Thumbmark of St Peter Miss Marple tells how she was able to help her niece when the poor girl was accused of poisoning her husband. In The Herb of Death foxglove leaves are picked with sage for the dinner with disastrous results, and a burglary at a riverside bungalow sets off an unusual chain of events in The Affair at the Bungalow. In the final story, Sir Henry Clithering, ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, is staying with his friends Colonel and Mrs Bantry, when news arrives that the village innkeeper's daughter has met her 'death by drowning.'

The Herb of Death
The Thumb Mark of St Peter
The Affair at the Bungalow
Death by Drowning

©2000 Agatha Christie; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers

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Hickson ! Hickson !

Hickson is Mrs. Marple. Anything I can find with Hickson as Marple is a must have for me! I wish the series still came on . I miss hickson, the one and only Marple! Oh, the stories are great too.

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Always enjoyable

A nice set of stories, repeating some themes in other books but still worth the listen.

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Good, cozy stories

Quiet Miss Marple has strength in her knowledge of human nature. Comforting to listen to how she solves the problems of village life in England. Crimes but no overt violence or disturbing methods. Enjoyed Joan Hickson's narration very much.

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Agatha Christie did it again.

the order of the stores is lamentable, as the first one obviously refers to happenings before, and there isn't any order to find out all the stores, but the plot thickens and the narrative is quite nice.

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Odd Chapter Divisions

This is a solid performance by Joan Hickson of five short stories, but the chapter divisions are very inconvenient. The Audiobook is divided into two chapters of approximately one hour each ...

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classic!

an exceptional performance and great stories. Joan Hickson will always be my #1 miss Marple!

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Obviously an excerpt; poorly organized

There are 4 stories here - though only 2 tracks, with 2 stories squished together on each. It also rather obviously starts in the middle of the frame story that connects these shorts, without even a summary to introduce it. However... I love Miss Marple, and I love Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. Just be aware of what you're getting.

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  • 03-29-15

Duplicates in Thirteen Problems

If you buy Thirteen Problems, don't buy this one - they are all in that audio book! Very frustrating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • denise reid
  • 08-20-17

disappointed don't buy get 13 problems

if you are planning or have purchased 13 problems don't buy this one as it just the later half of 13 problems

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • 09-18-09

A good listen

Joan Hickson is the ultimate Miss Marple and her reading of these short stories is excellent.

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  • myview45
  • 10-29-16

love joan hickson narrating

love hearing Joan Hickson reading these stories....she was always The Miss Marple to me

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  • Intheamazone
  • 09-17-16

THE Joan Hickson...

...the most wonderful Miss Marple! A set of short stories read by the incredible Joan Hickson. I loved this! Will listen to over and over again. Perfect.

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  • alan
  • 05-14-16

good Short stories for bed time

relaxing Short stories read in a very British way. by a classic very British narrator

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 05-01-16

Death by Drowning

This is a lovely group of short stories by Agatha Christie
It was easy to listen to and it had all the hallmarks of Agatha Christie

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  • JB
  • 04-15-16

Classic Christie

Each story is a delightful web of characters, well worth the money, don't miss out.

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  • Rogayah
  • 04-19-09

Times past

This collection of short mysteries are written around a group of characters, who include Miss Marple in the group, listening to stories and unravelling the mystery.

Well told and an enjoyable glimpse of a past age, of comfortably off people with servants and village goings-on. A relaxing and entertaining listen.

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  • Rebecca
  • 02-17-09

Not Hugh Fraser!

This is not read by Hugh Fraser but Joan Hickson, as the picture indicates!! She is an excellent reader and I thoroughly recommend this selection of some of Agatha Christie's best short stories. Her later works (of which these are some) are usually a little more thoughtful than earlier ones and if, like me, you feel this is a good thing, you will hopefully enjoy these too!