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Nemesis (Miss Marple #12)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  12,371 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Miss Jane Marple gets a bequest from the late Mr Rafiel if she again acts 'Nemesis', justice as in A Caribbean Mystery shared ~15 months ago. On a Famous Houses and Gardens Tour, a stone rolls over Miss Temple, whose student Verity died before marrying Michael Rafiel, over "Love". Fear overlays detour with sisters Clotilde, widow Lavinia and scatty Anthea.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 4th 1996 by HarperCollins (first published 1971)
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Henry Avila
Miss Jane Marple the lovable old amateur crime fighter , murders only please, is back in action again.Reading the obituaries in the newspapers. Something the ancient can't stop from doing.All their friends and the people they know, are dropping like flies. Miss Jane discovers that Mr. Rafiel, who worked with her in a previous case has passed away.He was a rich retired army major and a wizard at finances.She had met him on a Caribbean vacation in a hotel, the West Indies, about a year and a half ...more
Kaion
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,
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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

لكن
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 ,
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Laurel Young
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Peter
"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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Esdaile
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
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
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Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
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
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Sarah
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
Arya Nasoetion
Sep 21, 2007 Arya Nasoetion rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...
Jenny
This is a solid Agatha Christie mystery. It kept my interest and was a quick, easy read. I like the characters and the idea behind the plot. I like Miss Marple's (and Christie's) elderly lady's musings on contemporary life, such as not understanding men with long hair, thinking that all students must be anarchists, etc. The action does lag sometimes, but I consider it more a story than a mystery. A story that happens to involve a mystery. I do think, like other Goodreaders, that Christie's writi ...more
Huniya
2.5 stars

Whenever I pick up an Agatha Christie novel, I know I'm in for a comfy, cozy and delicious read. Some of her books have really stood out for me, staying in my mind to this day and some, unfortunately, just missed the mark.

While Miss Marple is an interesting old 'pussy', witty and clever, this book couldn't pull me in from the beginning. It was dry, pretty boring, lacked the usual complexity, cleverness and ziiing. I made a clumsy guess at the start about who the villain could be and sur
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Cheryl
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) penned her goodbye to Miss Jane Marple in 1971. And what a legacy she was to leave her most popular elderly detective. Miss Marple would be the agent of righteous punishment upon her last adversary whose hypocracy warranted a downfall.

It was Miss Marple's friend, Mr. Jason Rafiel, whose sense of justice had aligned with Jane's detective skills to solve a murder while they were on a holiday in the Caribbean just last year. Sadly, a post card announces Jason's death and
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Alberto
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
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Roz Ito
This is the sequel to A Carribean Mystery. It takes a while for the action of this book to get going, because the premise is that Jane Marple must first discover the details of the crime she is supposed to investigate, before she actually gets down to investigating it. During the first half of the novel, the mystery itself is the biggest mystery; once the mystery is known, the plot unfolds fairly swiftly.

It's an interesting device--having Miss Marple stumble about for more than 100 pages in sear
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Beth666ann
I love Miss Marple. I like the character of Rafiel (from A Carribbean Mystery) and it was interesting to see him come back posthumously. However, this book claims outright that (1) lesbian love is "immature" in comparison with heterosexual relationships; (2) women/girls often falsely claim they are raped when they have been licentious instead;; (3) I can't even remember. Do I need to say more than the first two? Pretty revolting stuff. That said, the image of Miss Marple personifying Nemesis whi ...more
Travis
Mrs. Marple's last case has her following a bread crumb trail of clues, trying to discover if a convicted murderer actually did it or if he is an innocent man being punished for a crime he didn't commit.
A diverse group of people on a tour of English gardens, a creepy old house and several deaths all make for a good, solid mystery novel.
We also get to see past the harmless, fluffy old lady and realize, Mrs. Marple is in fact one of the biggest badasses in detective fiction.
Stephen Brooke
Another of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries, ‘Nemesis’ is a decent bit of a diversion but little more.

The story starts off rather slowly but, after all, Miss Marple is in her eighties and we can’t expect her to move too quickly. I have no doubt that this was quite intentional on Christie’s part. Indeed, the entire narrative is somewhat leisurely, allowing tension to build slowly. There are no television-style crises in each chapter, watering down the main plot.

Stylistically, Christie’s wr
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
A dead acquaintance sends the spinster sleuth on the ultimate mystery tour.

Robert
Ah, I so desperately want to rate this higher but I just can't.

There is a sense of familiarity and nostalgia that I have when I enter a Christie novel; I know I'm in good hands when I succumb to one of her novels. Whilst I did feel this sense of comfort that I've come to know from her writing, especially when it comes to a Miss Marple book, I just did not like or understand the plot at all.

Well, okay, of course I understood the plot, I just fail to see why this was such an idea that crossed her
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Esraa
رواياتها بتيجي في وقتها !
رغم بعض الوقت اللِّي اخدتُه عشان أندمج في الرواية ..
رواية مختلفة فعلاً ..

ـ تُواصل أجاثا إبداعها و تألُقها بأسلوبها الخاص .. دائماً ما تأتي رواياتها بالجو الذي يمنحني الخيال للإنتقال لعالم مليء بالتشويق .. فتكون فترة للإسترخاء و معاودة القراءة من جديد ..
فستبقي أجاثا كريستي .. معشوقتي ، و صاحبة القلم المُميز عن غيرها من المؤلفين الآخرين .
فكرة الرواية غير مكّرة و إنتقالِها بين المشاهد والأحداث مُمتع ..
الحبكة ممتازة .
و لأول مرة تقريباً أقرأ رواية لأجاثا يكون إسمها مرتبط بالم
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Badarudheen Kunnathodi
Jun 05, 2011 Badarudheen Kunnathodi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie Fans, Detective Fiction Fans
Agatha Christie's Nemesis in which Miss Marple is the protagonist, also happened to be one of my first Miss Marple book that I completely read. It's not that exciting and enjoyable as Hercule Poirot books. But, nevertheless, it has its own style and I should say I didn't feel bored while reading this book. Since, it's an Agatha Christie book I didn't expect any bloodcurdling action, only a good suspense and a case that solved using just the 'grey-cells'.

It's quite expected in any Agatha Christie
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Sammy
At the behest of a recently-deceased millionaire acquaintance, Jane Marple joins a tour of Great Britain’s stately homes to track down a murderer – without knowing the identity of either killer or killed.

Christie’s other novels of the 1970s – Elephants Can Remember (the 'last' Poirot) and Postern of Fate (the last Tommy & Tuppence) – are insults to the detective form. "Nemesis" – the last Marple novel written - is, at least, a notch above those two wastes of ink, but it doesn’t fare much bet
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Geert Daelemans
The final Miss Marple case

It has been years since Miss Marple heard anything from the very rich Jason Rafiel, who had pooled his wits with hers in that murder business some years back (see A Caribbean Mystery). Now that he has died, Miss Marple receives an unexpected letter from Mr. Rafiel's solicitors, asking her to call at their offices. The late Mr. Rafiel wants Miss Marple to solve a crime, but he doesn't give any clues as to when it happened, where, or to whom. Miss Marple takes on the chal
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Kate
My five stars come with reservations. This is a bang-up mystery where Miss Marple takes on Capital-E Evil at the behest of a recently deceased acquaintance - the Mr. Rafiel who was her partner in A Caribbean Mystery. Twisty and turny and psychological and creepy, for sure. My reservations are about Christie's stance on social issues in this book: the repeated stress on the idea that because there's "now" less stigma for reporting rape, girls' mothers pressure them to claim rape after having sex ...more
Pringadi Abdi
Buku pertama yang kubaca di tahun 2015. Plotnya menarik banget. Miss Marple dikirimi surat oleh almarhum untuk memecahkan kasus. Tentu, ini salah satu novel agatha yang baik dari segi permainan pikiran. Membacanya pun, harus memperhatikan setiap detil yang ada.

Cuma agak kurang puas dari segi motif. Dari awal sudah curiga, bahwa yang dikira mayat A adalah mayat B, dan mayat B ada di suatu tempat. Alasan cinta yang menjadi dasar pembunuhan, menurutku sih, kurang diulik dan dieksplore lebih jauh...
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Revathy Nair
It is a definite page turner from the beginning where Miss Marple (Oh how I love her) reads the obituaries to find people they know and the way she gets the letter from the lawyers on behalf of Mr. Rafiel. And 'Nemesis' - PERFECT!!!

However sometimes Marple's (or is it Christie's?) regressive ideas regarding 'virginity' and how girls should behave was a bit of a put-off. But I attributed it to the time during which this was written and that Miss Marple was 'an old biddy' ;)

The best part of the bo
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Leaving nothing to imagination.. This book was so predictable and that robbed the joy of reading.. The answer was clear when the word 'love' came in. This is definitely the worst one by Ms.Christie I've read. 1.5 stars.
Islam Hedeiwy
the nemesis book is wonderful book and the most thing wonderful in it is the excitement of how to solve a crime by an old lady and how she thinks and deal with people to get what she want without people knowing
and also how to achieve justice
i like it so much so i will give this book five stars
Jeannie
A delightful mystery set in the English countryside. I love the idea of this tiny, unassuming, aged woman seeing the truth where others cannot. I like Miss Marple :)
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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.”
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