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Publisher's Summary

In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr. Rafiel...an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

Soon she is faced with a new crime...the ultimate crime...murder. It seems someone is adamant that past evils remained buried....

©1971 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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I prefer Poirot mysteries but occasionally toss in a Miss Marple for a change.

For the most part, it typically feels like Miss Marple sits and observes and then pronounces but in this particular story she is up front and center and actively involved - and she has no idea even what she is supposed to be investigating, let alone who! This sort of gives the reader a sense of "we are in this together" as the story unfolds. Highly recommend.

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Not Prime Time Miss Marple

What could Agatha Christie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This was so drawn out, with endless repetition of the slim facts and clues of this almost non-existent mystery. Almost no story, but the characters, as always in Agatha Christie, are fun. Great narration by Emilia Fox !

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Very disappointing. The first Agatha Christie that I didn't enjoy.

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Good story, good narration.

Consistently good author, one of my favorites. I guessed wrong "whodunit" but thankfully Miss Marple did not. Nicely narrated too.

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Excellent performance of a great Christie.

Excellent performance by Emilia Fox. Classic Christie murder mystery. I very much enjoyed listening. One of her better stories, I think.

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Well-read, relaxing Miss Marple Mystery

Emilia Fox did a brilliant job performing/reading this book. I love Agatha Christie novels, and Miss Marple ones are usually great for a "cozy mystery." The usual twists and surprises are there. Loved it!

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Did not age well

There's a part of this book where a man talks about how women claim rape far too often these days and he implies that women shouldn't be believed. This book also criticizes working women and has several gross anti-women comments. Another Christie ruined with bigotry. :(

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Emilia Fox is Miss Marple Personified

The story is more contrived and convoluted than usual — but kept my interest throughout. Reading the mystery written before it — A Caribbean Mystery — will help you enjoy and understand this once. Many allusions to that mystery and those involved are made in this one. This late novel has an elegiac tone in places — quite different from the usual gossip in the village tone we know and love. I have often read criticisms of Emilia Fox’s reading and I have found fault with her American accent. But she captures Miss Marple’s gentle voice and the hard Intelligence and perception below it just perfectly.

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Excellent!

Pure excellence. Remarkable cleverness. Clear descriptions. Fully fleshed-out characters. Agatha Christie is a true Queen of Mystery. The performance itself was very good. I’m sorry it’s ended.

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The Master

A joy to listen to Christie and this is one of my favorite Miss Marple books. The characters and village life are very real and delightful.

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the best

a great story with quirky twists and a fun cast if characters. i hated to pause it!