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Elderly Miss Jane Marple from St Mary's Mead village applies skills of observation and deduction to mysteries, usually to murder from books Tuesday Club, Regatta, Three Blind Mice.
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1 Tuesday Night Club
2 Idol House of Astarte
3 Ingots of Gold
4 Bloodstained Pavement
5 Motive v Opportunity
6 Thumbmark of St Peter
7 Blue Geranium
8 Companion
9 Four Suspects
10 Christmas Tr...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published 1997 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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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 S...more
Bri
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
An Odd1
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
Krista
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Joy
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
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
#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
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.
Debbie
"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...more
Jean
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...more
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
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...more
Beth Peninger
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
Dana
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...more
Elisha Condie
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...more
Agongt408
If you are looking for mystery stories with slowly growing suspense and clever plot twists, then Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories is the perfect book for you. Written by Agatha Christie, one of the most renowned and best-selling authors of all time, the book is an unique and interesting collection of short-story mysteries expedient for those wanting to read stories that are fairly short but highly complex and captivating. Fortunately, you won't be without any good stories to read. Miss Ma...more
Laura
This was my first introduction to Miss Marple. I must say that I enjoyed these stories - Miss Marple's quick perception was as infallible as Sherlock Holmes' meticulous deductions and her roundabout way of reaching conclusions (by always referring back to a seemingly impertinent village incident) was fun and original. Because they were short stories, the mysteries were not able to be very complicated and the ones which were more interesting reminded me of several Sherlock Holmes stories.
HBalikov
Miss Jane Marple is an awesome creation of Agatha Christie. Almost as sedentary as Nero Wolfe, she sits in her small house, in her small village, in the English hinterlands and solves some extraordinary mysteries.

This collection spans almost the entire existence of Miss Marple as detective. For me, these stories are the best format (better than the novels) to enjoy her brain power. In over thirty years of writing (and I believe over 20 years of aging), Miss Marple evolves. I advise to ignore th...more
Gena
this is great for beach reading or when you need something light and easily broken into sections. I had never read any Agatha Christie--and really very few mysteries of any sort; and wanted to find why she was so famous. We were going away for a long weekend to Great Wolf and I wanted something that was light. The stories are short and intersting and her character "Miss Marple" is entertaining. Very clever and pleasant, and a genre that I was unfamiliar with before.
Danielle
My edition is older and even though it is called the Complete Short Stories, I'm not sure that it is "complete". Some seem to be selections from larger collections.

However, I did enjoy reading these in the short story form. Sometimes I think the Miss Marple mysteries drag on longer than my interest and these kept me reading. It brought back memories of my first experiences with Christie and how I always checked the bookshelves at the local KMart for novels I didn't have.
Autumn Rose Shuler
I picked this up because I haven't read much mystery, and thought short stories by a widely recognized author would be a good place to start. I enjoyed the Miss Marple stories, even though they did frustrate me because I couldn't figure them out.

The language was, of course, a bit out-dated, but I thought it made the whole thing extra fun. I'll probably pick up another Agatha Christie soon.
Rachael
I think I enjoyed this more than the two recent AC novels I read. It's interesting to see the repetition of certain devices in the crimes committed - doubles, and playing on the idea that people don't take much notice of maids, in particular. I think she may have been exploring ideas that later made it into her novels. It was a great fun read.
Anna
Of all Agatha Christie's fictional detectives, Miss Marple is and always has been my favorite. I eventually grew to love Poirot, too, and who can resist the mysterious charms of Harley Quinn, but honestly, Miss Marple is by far the best. I particularly enjoy her "vinegar tongue", the way she insults people and puts them in their place without ever seeming vindictive or cruel. The first thirteen stories in this collection, which appeared together in their own collection when first published, are...more
Rebecca
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.
Linda Appelbaum
Loved this book because I enjoy Agatha Christie's book about the sweet, clever Miss Marple. This book centers around a group of people discussing a mystery they personally know about. Eash character tells their story and of course Miss Marple easily solves each case! It's a fun read!
Molly G
11-18-11 : Three stories in a small volume I picked up in Edinburgh, "Exclusive edition for The Scotsman". Read "Tape-Measure Murder" in the UK, today read "The Case of the Perfect Maid" and "Miss Marple Tells a Story" in the bath - which is just perfect really.
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