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A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple #10)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  11,416 ratings  ·  428 reviews
As Jane Marple sat basking in the tropical sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Then a question was put to her by a stranger: 'Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?' Before she has a chance to answer, the man vanishes, only to be found dead the next day. The mysteries ab ...more
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Published January 6th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1964)
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Henry Avila
Jane Marple , is very grateful to her loving nephew Raymond West, a popular novelist, and rich man, who paid for his aunt's vacation (she recently recovered from an illness ) . The tropics , on an island in the Caribbean Sea, doesn't sound like a place Miss Marple, would feel comfortable in, she is from rainy, cold, with just a little bit of snow, the quiet St. Mary Mead , England. An out of the way village , where nothing ever happens, that is what everyone believes ... Warm weather , a beautif ...more
Luana
A Sassari abbiamo una parola forte e molto espressiva che riassume la capacità di un individuo di influenzare negativamente le sorti delle persone e delle cose che stanno lui attorno, e questa parola è 'pindaccio'. Ora, se dovessi accompagnare a Miss Marple un aggettivo, questo sarebbe 'pindaccia'.
E' leit motiv del 'le muoiono tutti attorno', insomma, attraverso i gialli, ce l'ha insegnato anche Arthur Conan Doyle, ci è stato insegnato che, la prima qualità di un buon detective, è quella di sape
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Eustacia Tan
A Carribean Mystery is one of the Miss Marple mysteries. Although Agatha Christie herself preferred Miss Marple to Poirot, I, like many of her readers, prefer Monsieur Poirot. Why? I have no idea. I certainly started reading his mysteries first, and I think it's also because he amuses me more than Miss Marple. But then again, I've only read, what, two books involving her.

Basically, the plot involves Miss Marple coming across as suspicious death, which starts to escalate. After reading this book
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Althea Ann
Vacation reading!

Indeed, I read the whole thing on a plane en route from the Caribbean.

Here, Christie's well-beloved elderly sleuth, Miss Marple, is visiting a resort on Trinidad. When one of her fellow vacationers passes away, everyone, including the doctor, assumes that it was the man's high blood pressure and unhealthy lifestyle finally catching up with him.

Miss Marple, however, is suspicious. Something about this affair doesn't sit quite well with her, and she starts poking her nose into t
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An Odd1
Knowing whodunit, rereading is still pleasure. Christie cleverly complicates and confounds. Christie, at her best, makes stereotypical eccentrics believable, plucks essential clues, weaves questionable motivations and messy realisms to confound the reader before extricating the solution.

Hotel guest death among rumors of heart trouble, blood pressure pill bottle found in room, is incident "soon forgotten. Life here was sunshine, sea, and social pleasures" p 27. Until hotel maid Victoris returns
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Rahel
Anybody reading this review should know I absolutely love Agatha Christie, therefore my opinion of the book might be slightly in her favour.

The story takes place on a Caribbean island where Miss Marple spends some time to improve her health. In the hotel she stays there are several other interessting characters including Major Palgrave. In Miss Marple he found a patient listener to his various stories telling of hunting tigers, time in India and so on. During one of those one sided conversations
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Nancy Oakes
"Like to see the picture of a murderer?"

Major Palgrave was the man with a million stories, and everyone vacationing at the lovely Golden Palm Hotel on the Caribbean island of St. Honoré tried to avoid him like the plague. Once he got started, he never stopped. His latest victim, so to speak, was Jane Marple, who had come to the Golden Palm to recuperate after a serious bout of pneumonia. Knitting bag in hand, Miss Marple was sitting, half listening and making polite replies once in a while, unti
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rabbitprincess
Miss Marple has a pretty generous nephew; he's sent her to the West Indies for a nice relaxing vacation. Of course, there's only so much time one can spend sitting on the beach and knitting, chatting with the other guests of one's seaside hotel. Unfortunately, one of these guests, Major Palgrave, passes away. Everyone else believes that it was natural causes, but Marple is not convinced and decides to investigate.

This was a pleasant enough mystery. I particularly enjoyed Marple's conversations w
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Ines
Miss Marple's nephew is afraid for her health and offers her a holiday in the Caribbean (West Indies). In one of the islands, Miss Marple does what she does best: gossiping and knitting. One day, Major Palgrave tells her that he has the photo of a murderer but sees something that frightens him before showing it to her. The next day the Major is found dead, and Jane Marple believes it is murder.

I was able to figure out half the puzzle, but I got the other half totally wrong. That is to say, I was
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Dagny
This Miss Marple novel has been the basis of at least one movie. While vacationing at The Golden Palm Hotel Miss Marple meets Major Palgrave, an older gentleman who has been boring everyone with tales of his past. He asks Miss Marple if she would like to see a picture of a murderer. He has told her an interesting story of two separate murders he believes to have been committed by the same man. As he is withdrawing the photo from his wallet, he looks over Miss Marple's shoulder and becomes very f ...more
Durdles
Read as a "palate cleanser" following the recently read account of a true life serial killer which still haunts me. This story can be read in a single day and involves Miss Marple not only thinking but actually creeping about and spying through windows. The Caribbean setting is superfluous, this is Miss Marple unravelling which of the hotel guests is a previous killer in an attempt to prevent further murders. As usual there is a high body count but nobody who dies would be missed particularly an ...more
Jules Goud
One of my favourite Miss Marple novels, for sure.

I found that Miss Marple was very active in this mystery. In fact, I'd say that this is probably the most active she has been through out this entire series. It was really nice to finally see Miss Marple up and about and doing what she is great at. Reading people and talking to them to get them to give up their greatest secrets.

It was very interesting to see the social divide between the young and the old. All of the older folks disapproving with
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D.G.
I remember really liking this book the first time I read it, but listening to it this time around, the murderer seemed so obvious! I was amazed that Miss Marple took so long to figure it out. Definitely not among the best in Mrs. Christie's arsenal even if the hook Want to see a picture of a murderer?' definitely catches the eye.

Narration was well done even if the American accents are over the top.

Still looking forward to the next book in the series.
Beth666ann
Interesting tale: funny to see Miss Marple at the beach (bored silly), and there's a cool gaslighting plot of sorts. Not lovely at all - the portrayal of the West Indies people. THis one is sad in that the person everyone ignores and expects to ignore--a boring old man who talks so much--is killed and people hardly care at first. Very poignant on how the elderly can be invisible.
ڝafa♤
بعد ان قراءت كتاب اجاثا كريستي عن لغز بحر الكاريبي ورواية الغموض والقتل والشخصيات التي لم استطع ان اتركهااا ليوم اخر واكملها اخذتني الساعات والدقائق واللحضات الا ان نعست عيناي وغفوت وكنت قد وصلت الى مايوشك على انهائها ،استيقظت اليوم التالي وكأن ماكان في عقلي حين غفوت لازال منتظرا مني ان أفوق ويعدو برجليه ويكمل لم استطع تذكر شي اخر اول ما فتحت عيني سوا بحر الكاريبي والشخصيات وان الانسة مربل كانت تحت النافذة تراقب جاكسون لما استطع العودة للنوم كعادتي وأفقت وعقلي كله هناك وكأني انا هناك في كوخ ما ب ...more
Sercan Çelik
Polisiye kısmını konuşmaya gerek bile duymuyorum. Ama teyzemiz o kadar güzel tasvirler yapmışki kendimi deniz kenarında kitap okuyor gibi hissettim gerçekten çok başarılı takdire değer.
Ioana
I'm not sure if there's an Agatha Christie book that I would give less than a five star rating to, so I am quite biased (she is my favorite mystery writer of all time). Ms. Marple, however, is not my favorite character (personal preference, and nothing to do with Christie's writing).

Still, A Caribbean Mystery is great (my favorite Marple book): the setting is an idyllic seaside resort run by a seemingly happily married youngish couple where Ms. Marple is vacationing. One day she has an interest
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Philip
Latter-day Agatha Christie can be hit-or-miss - A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY was published in 1964 and was one of her better 1960s efforts. It re-reads well (I first read it in 1973, during my Mega-Christie Phase of the early 1970s), and like some of her classic puzzlers of the 1930s and 1940s such as APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH, DEATH ON THE NILE and EVIL UNDER THE SUN it has an exotic locale (the fictional Caribbean island of St. Honore) into which she sets a mixed group of travelers, some of whom have some ...more
Santh memories
Miss Marple was in her vacation day, staying in a hotel in West Indies. Many different people came there to enjoy the sun, the beach, birds, foods, dance, etc.
Kendals spouse run the hotel, the wife was a little bit unwell, feeling uncertain and afraid of being followed. A Latin lady with her gigolos. Two English spouses who like to observe and research birds and plants – love affair. An old millionaire – Mr. Rafiel – with his secretary and his odd massager. And old Major Palgrave – who always b
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Ahmad Sharabiani
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), original publication year 1964
Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Mr. Rafiel
Abstract: Miss Jane Marple, at the insistence of her nephew, relaxes at a resort in the Caribbean. The sea is sublime and the weather is fine in this quiet paradise so far away from quiet St. Mary Mead, until the apparently natural death of fellow guest Major Palgrave. Miss Marple is disturbed because the previous evening he was in good health, and almost showed her "a snapshot of a murd
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fatma alzhraa
من زمان وانا اسمع عن الكاتبه اجاثا كريستى ... اقرأ فى سيرتها الذاتيه ممكن .. .. اشوف صوره ليها
اول مره اقرأ ليها
وبجد تستحق لقب ملكه الغموض
ايه الجمال والروعه والحبكه دى
اسلوب مشوق ومنمق جدا .. ترابط احداث وشد للذهن رهيب
افضل انواع الروايات بحب اقرأها هى الروايات البوليسيه والجريمه والحاجات دى . بحب فيها التشويق والاثاره
وبصراحه الكاتبه اشبعت الرغبه فيهم جدا
مش اخر مره هقرأ لها
بالعكس انا وراها باسلوبها الرائع دا
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Sarah
Grabbed this as an audio book for a long drive, was classic Christie mystery - but also felt somewhat dumbed down. It felt to me that in each chapter each character was listed with the latest facts to go with them. Perhaps it just stood out more in the audio version than in a print version, where I'd of just skimmed over the re-cap. I was also able to pick the murderer fairly early on (though I wavered a bit), which I am not often able to do with Christie. The book served its purpose; it enteret ...more
Lillian Carl
Miss Marple is visiting a resort in the Caribbean when another guest, an older man fond of endless, boring tales of his youth, is found dead. She suspects it's murder, and is soon proved right when other murders occur. The novel has Christie's usual varied cast of characters, lots of dialog, and a clever, puzzle plot which may hinge on coincidence, but which still works well. It's typical Christie, perhaps better than many. If you like Miss Marple and her curiosity and wisdom, you'll like this. ...more
Валентин Попов
Поредната книга на Кралицата на кримито Агата Кристи, която прочетох тези дни е "Карибска мистерия". Разследваща в случая е Мис Марпъл, която е на почивка на Карибите. Приятен климат, интересна компания, усмихнати туземци и ... убийство. Докато се наслаждава на слънцето с плетка в ръка, госпожица Марпъл слуша историята на майор Палгрейв - бивш военен пълен с различни истории, който досажда на всички. Тъкмо когато майорът бърка в портфейла си, за да извади снимка и да ѝ покаже лицето на убиец, ко ...more
Lobstergirl
Mar 19, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Zaharie Ahmad Shah

A plot so insubstantial the book reads like a whisper.

Let's look at Christie's ideas about the races. This book was published in 1964, but her ideas about race seem to be stuck in the 1920s. I'm going to guess she didn't get out much.

"Don't say that," said Tim angrily. "Persecution mania! People always say that about people. Just because she - well - maybe she's a bit nervy. Coming out here to the West Indies. All the dark faces. You know, people are rather queer, sometimes, about the West Indie
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Wendy
Miss Marple's takes a short holiday in Barbados at the advice of her nephew, because he felt that she needed a break since she had not been feeling well. When she first arrives, Miss Marple finds the holiday a bit dull until an elderly resort guest, Major Palgrave, is found dead. His death is at first thought to be from natural causes until one of the maids finds medication belonging to another guest in the late major's room. When the maid is later found stabbed to death, it is clear that the Ma ...more
Wardahtuljannah
Sederhana. Sanggat. Tetapi berbeda dengan novel Miss Marple yang biasanya. Novel ini lebih, hmm, gimana ya... kesannya beda. Mungkin karena tempatnya bukan di desa Miss Marple? Jadi ada rasa berbedanya.

Kasusnya cukup sederhana dan begitu banyak simpang-siur dalam novel ini. Petunjuk-petunjuk bertebaran selayaknya novel misteri, tapi sangat samaaar. Khas novel Agatha Christie.

Saya suka novel ini karena saya benar-benar terkecoh! Sungguh saya terkecoh sama intrik antara tokoh yang ada di novel ini
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Taksya
Per una volta una avventura di Miss Marple che mi ha soddisfatta... forse perché il ricordo cinematografico non comprendeva Margaret Rutherford, quindi c'era un Miss Marple più missmarpleggiante come avrebbe inteso la Christie. Vuoi perché, per una volta, l'indizio nascosto non era necessario - a me almeno - per capire chi era il colpevole. Vuoi perché sembrava di leggere un libro di Ellis Peters e del suo Fratello Cadfael, seguendo la regole del "una volta che hai fatto le coppie, chi rimane è ...more
Jonathan
Nice to see Miss Marple get away from jolly old England for a spot of sun. When she gets bored, and her mind turns to murder, luckily the other inhabitants of her holiday resort provide more than just a few thoughts for her to sink her teeth into. One or two tuts at Christie's language from unenlightened times, but overall a good mystery, lots of suspects and a satisfactory conclusion.
Nana
و أخيراً أنهيت هذه الرواية التي استغرقت مني قرابة 4 أشهر لإنهائها
لا أعلم لماذا لكنني شعرت بالملل أثناء قراءتها وكثيراً ما كنت أرغم نفسي على مواصلة الأحداث التي كانت أغلبها مملة بعض الشيء
عندما اقتربت من الفصول الأخيرة تحمست كثيراً لمعرفة حل اللغز واكتشاف القاتل فقرأت آخر 100 صفحة دفعة واحدة ^^
لا بأس بها بشكل عام وهناك الكثير من روايات أجاثا كريستي أفضل منها
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880
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