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Nemesis: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple #12)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  17,358 Ratings  ·  732 Reviews
Even the unflappable Miss Marple is astounded as she reads the letter addressed to her on instructions from the recently deceased tycoon Mr. Jason Rafiel, whom she had met on holiday in the West Indies (A Caribbean Mystery). Recognizing in her a natural flair for justice and a genius for crime-solving, Mr. Rafiel has bequeathed to Miss Marple a £20,000 legacy -- and a lega ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published November 1971)
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Henry Avila
Jul 20, 2011 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Jane Marple, the lovable, old, amateur crime fighter , (murders only please, how much time does she have left? ) is back in action again, reading the obituaries in the newspapers, something the ancients, can't stop from doing, all their friends and the people they know, are dropping like flies. Miss Jane , discovers that Mr. Jason Rafiel, who worked with her in a previous case , ( A Caribbean Mystery) has passed away, he was a rich, retired army major, a wizard at finances. She had met him ...more
Alfred! Don't read this!

Everybody else:

Nemesis. For such an ominous title, Christie presents a rather philosophically reserved and sedentary work. Miss Marple, of the pink fluffy wool and knitting needles, has been left a bequest by Mr. Rafiel, the debilitated rich man she met during A Caribbean Mystery. The bequest is conditional; she must investigate and elucidate a certain happening within a year. No more information is provided. The premise intrigues her and she accepts the challenge. She ta
May 18, 2017 Lata rated it liked it
Despite Miss Marple's twittering, kindly, old biddy persona that she presents to many, she's an analytical, stern, rather ruthless and calculating person, carefully evaluating people's behaviour and words to very effectively determine who is a murderer.
Nemesis is a fairly slow moving story, as Miss Marple is tasked with uncovering a mystery by a rich financier she had met while vacationing in the Caribbean some time before. There is much time spent while Miss Marple gets to know a number of peo
Aug 10, 2012 Kaion rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seen, series
In which I mostly skirt around my incredibly long and ever-expanding views on societal victim-shaming because who has days to type that up and people just want to know about the wacky British people, for godssake

Nemesis starts very intriguingly, with Mr. Rafiel, introduced in A Caribbean Mystery leaving Miss Marple in his will twenty-thousand pounds, given she solve a mystery for him. Old hat for Miss Marple, right? Except she won't be told the who, the what, the where, or the when of the crime,
~ شهد جزاء
ولأول مرة أخمن القاتل بشكل صحيح :D
كاد قلبي يسقط من الفرحة :))

أحببت الآن الآنسة ماربل- تغلبت عليها هذه المرة :P - ولكن ليس مثل بوارو طبعا :)

٢٧ صفر ١٤٣٨ هـ
Sep 25, 2015 BrokenTune rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
‘She’s going to take it on, is she? Sporting old bean,’ he said. Then he added, ‘I suppose she knows something of what it’s all about, does she?’ ‘Apparently not,’ said Mr Broadribb.

I would have reviewed this one a while ago, right after I read the book, in fact, but I really didn't want to be reminded about much of the book.

I have really grown to dislike Miss Marple and this book is a fine example of everything that bugs me about her character.

From her innate xenophobia:

"The fourth chair was
Mar 01, 2017 Mayra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very slow start. Good plot, though.
2.5/5. Turns out I'm just not a fan of Christie's 1970s novels (except for the ones she wrote years before, but which were published in the 1970s). The mystery itself was actually quite good, but what really annoyed me were some of the remarks made by Miss Marple and other characters in this story. A lot of it was highly problematic - there was some victim blaming mixed with a few xenophobic and rascist comments and totally outdated views on women's position in society. No idea if these were Chr ...more
May 17, 2016 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Conservative old people with judgmental attitudes + half-assed amateur psychology = offensive and unconvincing mystery
Alfred Haplo
Feb 08, 2017 Alfred Haplo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
[* Edit Feb 9, 2017: Added a link] At the heart of it, Nemesis is a story about love. A powerful emotion that brings out the best and worst, and propels people to act in ways that surprise them. The story begins with Miss Marple, resigned to passivity from a rheumatoid back. Her mind, though diminished in memory, retained its sharp curiosity on human motivations, a gift employed often in the past to solve mysteries. When a call came from the grave of an old acquaintance for help, but with no clu ...more
Amira Mahmoud
إذا كُنت مفتش ذو خبرة في مجال الجريمة
وحصلت على معلومات لجريمة ما للتحقيق فيها واكتشاف الجاني
إنها عملية شاقة
تحتاج من الحنكة والمجهود الكثير
عين ثاقبة , وتفكير مُنظم , وأدلة تُرشدك إلى وجهتك الصحيحة

كيف سيكون الحال
إذا لم تكن يوماً ما مفتش أو ما شابه ذلك
أنت فقط عجوز مسن ترهقه آلام الروماتيزم والظهر
يمتلك من ضعف النظر والسمع قدراً لا بأس به
كلّ هذا يمكن التغلب عليه
يمكن ؟
يمكن ..
لكن الذي لا تستطيع التغلب عليه هو أن تُفتش عن جاني وتحاول اكتشاف جريمة أنت لا تعلم عنها أي شيء على الإطلاق
تبحث في اللامكان ,
May 05, 2017 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Was she, Jane Marple—could she ever be—ruthless? “D’you know,” said Miss Marple to herself, “it’s extraordinary, I never thought about it before. I believe, you know, I could be ruthless….”

Ms Marple might look innocuous, but this old lady has secret depths. Who said being old meant stupid or indeed harmless? No, this old lady can be ruthless in her search for justice, and this is the mission assigned to her from the grave by an old acquaintance, the millionaire Mr Rafiel. Off goes Jane trying
Sep 10, 2015 Nahed.E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لغز جديد مع أجاثا
ومتعة أخري تقرأها وتشعر بها تتغلغل بداخلك ..
فلا صوت ولا ضوضاء ولا شئ حولك يأخذك منها ..
فهي تأسرك تماما ..
ليس الحبكة فقط في حل اللغز ،
لا .. ولكن الرواية في حد ذاتها تستغرقك ..
وتري نفسك مُهتماً .. تقلب الصفحات وتحاول تذكر الأحداث .. وتأخذ أنفاسك وتصبر وتقرأ ..
ثم تراها تسبقك .. تسبقك في أفكارك ووساوسك ..
ثم تُدهشك بحل لا فرار من الإعجاب به (:
Sophie Hannah
Nov 08, 2015 Sophie Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. One of the best Agatha plot hooks ever. Miss Marple gets a letter from a man she met once before. He is now dead, and his solicitor forwards a letter he left for Miss Marple. In it, he asks her to solve a crime for him. If she succeeds, she will get twenty thousand pounds. But the letter contains no actual information or firm instructions about how to proceed.... A very satisfying book!
Laurel Young
Jun 14, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I find it ironic and amusing how clearly Agatha Christie loved writing about her proper, Matronly sleuth Miss Marple, while making her slightly prejudiced against foreigners, while her other main, Poirot, was such a foreigner he basically embodied everything it means to be one.

p 65: "Miss Marple had never succeeded in abandoning her Victorian view of foreigners. One never KNEW with foreigners.""

I've read a handful of Miss Marple stories, but generally find most of them to be lackluster compare
Kim Kaso
Re-reading & reading all of Agatha Christie. This one is a pleasure. Miss Marple becomes Nemesis in a pink fluffy scarf for the second time. Innumerable cups of tea, much knitting & thinking & twittering in an "old pussy" manner to throw sand in the eyes of almost all & sundry. Many red herrings & interesting types, but she hones in on evil like it is true north. I almost always love my time in Christie's various world's, & as I grow older I appreciate how invisible and s ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Hoda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ابداع وتشويق بكل ما للكلمة من معنى
May 17, 2017 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Caribbean mystery Miss Marple meets an old man who is so impressed with her skill as an amateur detective. In his will he bequeaths some money to her if she will solve a mystery. Sounds easy enough for the Devine Miss M, but he doesn't give her any clues. Of course she does. She's Miss Marple!
غزل أدم
طوال فترة القراءة وأنا أتخيل مس ماربل سميحة أيوب
Jul 23, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I didn't finish this book. The mystery portion is confused and pretty slow to build - most likely because we are following a much older, slower Marple, but this keeps the story from being more entertaining. The real reason I didn't finish, and the reason for the one star review, is that for much of the book Miss Marple and various other "good" characters blame young women for getting raped. No joke, they actually spell it out several times that "these young girls" seduce men and then say they've ...more
Jan 28, 2017 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remembered this too well from a previous read. This follows on from Caribbean Mystery, where Marple is hired to investigate a cold case.
Lindley Walter-smith
This is definitely later Christie - rambling, slow-moving, somewhat dreamlike (or nightmarelike), with lots of discursive conversations and relying on psychology and possibilities rather than clues. YMMV on whether you prefer this to the exquisitely constructed puzzles of her early books.

There are a couple of points that make me uncomfortable enough to deduct a star. One is the trivialising of rape - it's hard to cope with a character who is supposed to be sympathetic because he's done nothing r
Sinta Nisfuanna
"Cinta memang sesuatu yang sangat mengerikan. Cinta bisa merupakan suatu hal yang paling jahat yang mungkin ada, dan itu bisa berarti hidup dalam kejahatan." (h.357)

Sejak proyek membaca AC ini, baru kali ini membaca aksi Miss Marple dari sejak lembaran pertama novel. Meski pelakunya tertebak, tapi bagaimana Miss Marple menjalankan penyelidikan dengan gayanya yang terkesan lamban tapi tajam dan jeli, membuat saya ikut mempertajam diri setiap kali mengikuti obrolan-obrolan Miss Marple.

Arya Nasoetion
Sep 21, 2007 Arya Nasoetion rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can stand reading about a granny solving a case
It's okay, I guess. If only Ms. Marple was a young and beautiful sleuth, and not an old woman...
Apr 27, 2017 Sifat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Agatha Christie is a well known mystery queen because of her writing as such. 👌

"I know when a couple are really in love with each other. And by that I do not mean just sexually attracted. There is too much talk about sex, too much attention is paid to it. I do not mean that anything about sex is wrong. That is nonsense. But sex cannot take the place of love, it goes with love, but cannot succeed by itself.” __ NEMESIS
Jan 10, 2014 Alberto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By the 1970s when Christie wrote her last three books (Nemesis, Elephants Can Remember, Postern of Fate) it seems extremely likely that she was suffering from Alzheimer's. At the very least, she was obsessively preoccupied with the subject of memory loss. Let's look at the first chapter of Nemesis.

Mr Rafiel and his masseur-attendant Jackson ... (12 lines later) ... He had with him a valet attendant, a qualified masseur ... (7 lines later) ... Miss Marple wondered whether Jackson? Johnson? had st
Jul 03, 2013 Esdaile rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, whodunnit
Agatha Christie wrote this, I think I read somewhere, at the age of eighty one. Miss Marple in the story is that age too, and to a greater extent than in earlier Miss Marple stories, I felt strongly that this shrewd old lady was Agatha Christie's alter ego. Miss Marple /Mrs Christie are much preoccupied with the aches and pains and the growing weakness of age as well as he forgetfulness which steals up on many persons with the years, the senility which is the lot of many who live well beyond the ...more
Greg Z
Jun 21, 2016 Greg Z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Just for fun, I read this book along with Jo Nesbo's similarly titled work. Christie writes one of her darkest stories, imo, in half the length of Nesbo's work, and actually writes a better crime/mystery book. Dame Agatha is known for her twists and turns: here is an example of a great one that I can write about without giving anything away. Miss Marple receives a letter asking her to investigate something, but neither Marple nor the reader nor anyone else has any idea what she is supposed to in ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is quite high on my list of Christie mysteries. I've always thought it had a highly evocative murder victim and unusual and passionate reason behind the murder.Considering it is late Christie, this is among her best of her final years.

Miss Marple is called from beyond the grave by an acquaintance, Jason Rafiel, to solve a crime. Typical of this period, Jane doesn't know who was murdered, where, how, or any other pertinant details. In accordance with a will (where she will inherit 20,000 po
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“I really cannot understand the point of what you're saying. Really,' said Clotilde, looking at her. 'What a very extraordinary person you are. What sort of a woman are you? Why are you talking like this? Who are you?'

Miss Marple pulled down the mass of pink wool that encircled her head, a pink wool scarf of the same kind that she had once worn in the West Indies.

'One of my names,' she said, 'is Nemesis.'

'Nemesis? And what does that mean?'

'I think you know,' said Miss Marple. 'You are a very well educated woman. Nemesis is long delayed sometimes, but it comes in the end.”
“I know when a couple are really in love with each other. And by that I do not mean just sexually attracted. There is too much talk about sex, too much attention is paid to it. I do not mean that anything about sex is wrong. That is nonsense. But sex cannot take the place of love, it goes with love, but cannot succeed by itself.” 10 likes
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