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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (Miss Marple anth 20)

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Presented for the first time in one volume are all twenty of the short stories featuring Miss Jane Marple, that delightful spinster whose innocent blue eyes belie her shrewd insights. Here, in her pretty Victorian home, her knitting needles clicking softly in the background, Agatha Christie's famous amateur sleuth solves twenty crimes in her mild, quiet manner, basing her ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by GP Putnam And Sons (first published 1985)
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Bri
Mar 14, 2012 Bri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was stuck at my grandparents house for a summer while my mother and brother went to Bermuda on a boyscout trip that I couldn't accompany them on. Needless to say, I was bitter. My grandmother had a number of books in a bookcase in the guest bedroom, mostly historical fiction, religious biographies, and birdwatching guides. But this little gem was wedged between a tell-all on St. Francis of Assisi and 'Season at the Point: The Birds and Birders of Cape May.' And thus I discovered Agatha Christi ...more
Shaun
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages.


I don't know about you, but I think that's a pretty impressive back cover blurb.

This complete collection of Miss Marple stories is my first experience with the famous spinster/amateur sleuth, and it was enjoyable, even if the long time St. Mary Mead's resident didn't stack up to
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An Odd1
Mar 12, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fan
Rated high on Fan shelf only for the admirable clever old Miss Jane Marple, beloved of page and screen, here in 20 from The Tuesday Club, Regatta, Three Blind Mice aka Mousetrap, Double Sin and other stories. Black lace cap on "piled up masses of snowy hair, matching "mittens" gloves, erect alert posture, keen "faded blue eyes", spots of pink blushing her cheeks at some of the secrets hidden behind quiet village facade. Jane knits quietly, observes carefully, remembers long, applies human behavi ...more
Madhulika Liddle
Sep 01, 2014 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Agatha Christie’s most endearing and popular characters, the white-haired, sweet but canny, sometimes-given-to-rambling Miss Jane Marple first appeared in a book in 1930 – and continued to appear, in various novels as well as short stories, over the next nearly 50 years. This book is a compilation of all the Miss Marple stories, culled from three books: The Thirteen Problems (known in America as The Tuesday Club Murders); Miss Marple’s Final Cases; and The Adventure of the Christmas Puddi ...more
Krista
Sep 22, 2012 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a really big fan of Agatha Christie. I have been reading her stories since I was quite young, probably beginning in grade school. Miss Marple has always been my particular favorite, though there will always be in my heart a soft spot for the astute Belgian and his Captain Hastings. That said, there are some rather unpleasant things scattered throughout her work that bear mentioning in light of modern common standards of decency. One could be reading along, fully immersed in the village life ...more
Tony
Nov 29, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christie, Agatha. THE COMPLETE MISS MARPLE SHORT STORIES. (2003). ****. It’s been years and years since I read most of these stories, and now, through this collection put together by The Folio Society, they are all in one place. The stories span Christie’s publishing career from the early 1930s to the late 1970s, and you can watch Miss Marple evolve over the years. We all have out image of Miss Marple. Mine is that of Margaret Rutherford, bustling her way through St. Mary Mead, the small village ...more
Kathryn
Aug 23, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I do like a book with either short stories or short chapters (or both) for my nightly reading before I retire; and this book of all of the Miss Marple short stories fit my requirements quite well, as I was reading two or three of the twenty stories each night. In my misspent youth I read a lot of Agatha Christie, and my favorite character of hers was always Miss Marple, so I loved this book.

Miss Jane Marple is, without putting too fine a point on it, an old lady; never married, she has lived in
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Stuart Aken
Iconic, much adapted for film and TV, these tales have been around a while and many people have taken pleasure from them in this form. But, until now, I’d not read a single one. This collection both introduces and develops the character (I met one of the original actors, Joan Hickson, whilst working on an article with her son, Nick, when she lived in Wivenhoe. Very private and reserved lady.)

What I hadn’t appreciated was that the written stories actually distance Miss Marple from most of the ev
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Nicole Alycia
Aug 19, 2015 Nicole Alycia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
I loved these short stories, which is saying something because I don't usually read short stories! I thought Miss Marple was a fascinating character. She's so intelligent yet so unsuspecting. It's amazing how observant she is and how well she seems to know people. These stories were definitely worth the read!
booklady
I have an almost complete collection of Agatha Christie and I love her!!! Back in the early 90s I made a concerted effort to read every one of her books. I didn't succeed! But I sure enjoyed the attempt! I don't like most modern murder mysteries, but I like the puzzle-solving aspect of A. C. too!

Hey Morning Star, you must be a fan of G. K. Chesterton and the Father Brown mysteries too, I'll bet?!

And have you read my review on "Gardens of the Dead"? The sleuth is a modern British monk! Excellen
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Joy
Oct 20, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do like Agatha Christie stories. Miss Marple is so unassuming and modest, lives in a small town, and enjoys her neighbors. She's my kind of person. I particularly like the way she finds solutions to mysteries based on her past experiences. I like for experiences to pay off in the future. Christie has black and white characters, another thing I really like. Example: "Miss helier paused, slightly out of breath, and it was borne in upon her audience that the outside of Jane's charming head was di ...more
Andrea Hickman Walker
Dec 01, 2011 Andrea Hickman Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I love this collection. I could read it every week! I'm particularly fond of the first set, generally known as the Tuesday Club Murders or Thirteen Problems. These short stories are a great introduction to Miss Marple and the way in which she goes about solving crimes (the well-known village parallel). The writing is particularly evocative and you can clearly picture a white-haired woman carefully counting stitches in the corner, listening to everything being said and quietly solving the mystery ...more
Julie Davis
Aug 12, 2010 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#76 - 2010.

I read all these in different editions, many when they first came out long ago. They prove just as entertaining now as they did then, and in many cases I don't remember the stories well, which is a bonus. There is no one for sniffing out wickedness in basic human behavior like a spinster lady who has lived in a little village, as gentle Miss Marple continually must remind those around her.
Christian
Jul 07, 2012 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like an Encyclopedia Brown for adults, this collection of short mysteries revisits the (now) classic tropes of detective fiction. Readers who want something quick and tasty between novels can turn to this and feel eminently entertained. I suspect this was as much about character study for Mme. Christie as it was an intellectual exercise.
Rebecca
Mar 26, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I loved these in high school, and still enjoy them now. Classic short mystery stories with an unassuming detective who uses her observation and common sense to see what no one else does. I guess I just enjoy the underdog showing everyone else up--and showing that even unmarried women have value in the world.
Belinda
Not surprisingly this book was perfection. Somehow with my love of Agatha I had never stumbled across this particular book--I have read some Miss Marple and adore the Masterpiece Mystery series etc but this was actually a bit of a revelation. The stories are laid out in such a manner as to give a feeling of being part of Miss Marple's little "mystery club" (in which ironically she is at first ignored, the assumption being that as she is a little old village spinster, she has not seen enough of t ...more
Blakely
Sep 26, 2015 Blakely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the introduction to this book Christie states that she needs to write a whole novel to show M. Poirot at his best but Miss Marple can shine in just a short story.

I'm not sure about the Poirot half of the equation but Miss Marple certainly does very well in a short story! Most of these stories are quite engaging and will keep you guessing - the main exception to that rule is, unfortunately, the last story which I, equally unfortunately, held off on reading for several months because I didn't
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Debbie
Jan 08, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
"Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories" is a collection of twenty short mysteries featuring Miss Marple. Though written as contemporary mysteries, they are now historical mysteries. A few of the stories mentioned a historical (or British) thing where I couldn't figure out what meant. Perhaps this was because they were short stories or because some of them were early in her career. I've never had this problem with Agatha Christie's novels.

The mysteries were clever, and they could be solved. I w
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Jean
Sep 13, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Spoilery questions:

1. What exactly is "corn-flour," that one would drink from a bowl as a remedy for an upset stomach?

2. How does herbaceous wallpaper work? You apply (presumably artificial) flowers to it, and the flowers come in "clumps," but the clumps must be flat cut-outs of flowers, because otherwise how could you paste litmus paper over them? And how is it that no one just took down the lethal color-changing flower and said, "huh, this flower didn't actually turn blue at all, it's just tha
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Christine
Nov 11, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is what I call a great short story collection. Short stories are normally not my favorite genre. But I will sure make an exception for Agatha Christie. Everyone one of her 20 short stories in this collection were totally engaging and expertly crafted. I cannot get enough of Miss Marple!
Amy
Hey! Remember that time everyone thought Miss Marple was some fluffy old biddy who only cared about knitting but instead she was awesome and solved multiple cold blooded murders without even dropping a stitch? Those people really have egg on their face now.
Shane
Aug 17, 2012 Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I hadn't read Miss Marple forevs, but was delighted and surprised to find that I like the Miss Marple stories more than ever. Though I've heard that Christie actually despised Miss Marple *and Poirot* I thought she was uber. The mysteries of whodunnit themselves were tricky in some respects and easy in other respects - once one gets to know what to look for; however, there the ultimate solution of howdunnit or whydunnit wasn't ever clear to me 'till Miss Marple saved the day.

Also of interest
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Beth Peninger
Jun 06, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie is BRILLIANT. I don't know how she does it but she is the mastermind of murder. Without fail she stumps me every time. I grew up reading Agatha Christie but have found recently that there are several mysteries of hers that I have yet to read, I was so excited to discover that! :) This book was one that I had not read before. It was a book of short stories and every single one was a mystery that Miss Marple solved in her own unique way and with her perspective on human nature. I g ...more
Icewineanne
At a gathering everyone is encouraged to tell a story of a previously unsolvable mystery to see if anyone could solve the puzzle. Predictably, in each story, no one else has a clue as to who or how the crime was committed other than Jane Marple. People who like to figure out puzzles would enjoy these shorts.
I had a library copy copy that I couldn't renew, so I had to send it back unfinished. Well, it's been 2 years & I still haven't gone back to take it out again, to finish it. Time to remo
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Akemi G
Mar 01, 2016 Akemi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
The way I read the short stories that feature Miss Marple was through several books. I love the unpretentious, dainty old lady.
SaraJaneW
Feb 08, 2016 SaraJaneW rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Miss Marple! Well... older people in general, really. They're so much fun to listen to, and when they shock you with some little morsel, it truly IS a gem of knowledge and entertainment. That's exactly how Jane Marple has always struck me. I simply can't tire of her quiet slyness or hinted at knowledge of "human nature."
Dana
Jun 21, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Marple is an unmarried elderly lady living in the small English town of St. Mary Mead. Miss Marple is able to solve mysteries like no other. She has lived in her small town all her life and recalls seemingly unconnected events that lead her to solve the mystery. St. Mary Mead is a microcosm of the world in general and Miss Marple has a large number of friends, relatives and tradespeople she knows.

I can not select one story as my favourite as they are all excellent. Agatha Christie is a fant
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Elisha Condie
Dec 28, 2010 Elisha Condie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect book for the holidays. It's a collection of short stories all featuring that regular looking old lady, Miss Marple who is actually quite a genius at solving mysteries. I love Miss Marple and how she sits quietly knitting but listening all the while. And short stories that you can read a few at a time when you're tired after a long, fun day are the best. I wish there were more of these short stories to read.
I really think that Jane Marple could beat Sherlock Holmes at a ga
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Preston
This collection of short stories seemed to be the perfect choice to read right now. I had a medical procedure and initially the meds left me with the attention span of a housefly, and I was sure that I would not be able to follow the many plot interactions in her full novels. The short stories were like Goldilocks's porridge; just right. Each story followed a similar pattern but were still unique, with Agatha Christie's fun plot twists at the end.
I liked being reminded that although we in Ameri
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Shelby Lee
Dec 27, 2014 Shelby Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I have no real idea on how to review this book, as it is a collection of multiple stories. This whole Agatha Christieathon has become waaaaay harder than I ever anticipated.

In these short stories Miss Marple is an extremely old lady who everyone views with a sort of kind benevolence. Everyone just thinks she's such a sweetheart, but they also wouldn't be surprised if she accidentally used salt instead of sugar in her coffee on the reg.

The thing is, she's actually a total hoss. A
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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 Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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Other Books in the Series

Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
  • The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
  • They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6)
  • A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7)
  • 4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple, #8)
  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9)
  • A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10)

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“Edward turned to Miss Marple. “It’s like this, you see. As Uncle Mathew grew older, he got more and more suspicious. He didn’t trust anybody.” “Very wise of him,” said Miss Marple. “The depravity of human nature is unbelievable.” 1 likes
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