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3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,631 Ratings  ·  609 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 legac
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Signet (first published November 1971)
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Henry Avila
Jan 03, 2013 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
BrokenTune
Oct 22, 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
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Kaion
Aug 11, 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,
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Miriam
May 22, 2016 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Conservative old people with judgmental attitudes + half-assed amateur psychology = offensive and unconvincing mystery
Nahed.E
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 (:
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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Sophie Hannah
Nov 08, 2015 Sophie Hannah rated it really liked it
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
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Sarah
Jul 23, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
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
Alberto
Mar 16, 2015 Alberto rated it it was ok
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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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
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Beth666ann
Oct 07, 2008 Beth666ann rated it it was ok
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
Esdaile
Aug 27, 2014 Esdaile rated it liked it
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
Lindley Walter-smith
Nov 18, 2012 Lindley Walter-smith rated it really liked it
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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Arya Nasoetion
Sep 21, 2007 Arya Nasoetion rated it it was ok
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...
Peter
Oct 09, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
"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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Greg Z
Jun 21, 2016 Greg Z rated it liked it
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
Barbara
Jul 13, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sapete già cosa sto per dire. Agatha Christie è un genio. Sa sempre come tenere con il fiato sospeso, creare indizi che sul momento non cogli e alla fine, quando ti spiega tutto ci rimani male perchè in fondo era tutto davanti ai tuoi occhi, solo che non sei stato in grado di cogliere i segnali.
Miss Marple è anziana ormai e fa fatica a camminare per lungo tempo e a volte la sua mente non si ricorda esattamente tutte le cose. E' molto anziana e dovrebbe solo riposarsi, ma quando un suo vecchio co
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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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Stephen Brooke
Sep 13, 2014 Stephen Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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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Roz Ito
Jun 12, 2009 Roz Ito rated it really liked it
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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Jenny
Dec 03, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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راجية
Sep 04, 2015 راجية rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الأسلوب الشيق في العرض يجعلك تلتهم السطور لتصل إلي النهاية المشوقة الغير متوقعة !!!
Sarah Loh
Jul 29, 2015 Sarah Loh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For once my theory on the murder was more or less correct!!
Travis
Apr 09, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, mystery
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.
Jonathan
Jun 28, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This late Miss Marple (1970) gets off to a great start, then wanders around a bit, with most of the characters rehashing the same information, and guessing what might have happened, until the final confrontation which I had half-guessed, but still there were a few bits of information that needed revealing. Generally satisfying mystery with a few false-leads but not too taxing for the crime-solvers among us.
writer...
Intriguing message sent to Miss Marple through the unusual source and resources of a character met in the earlier Caribbean Mystery. The mysterious House and Gardens journey and consequential purpose of the trip kept me in suspense.
I did find this a darker story and more graphic than the usual Christie fare though definitely well planned and written.
Meriana
Dec 21, 2015 Meriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini membuat saya makin cinta dan gemessss sama Oma Jane Marple >//v//<
Gayanya dalam mengungkap misteri itu, lhoo,, khas Oma2 yg suka merajut dan berlagak penggosip (padahal sebenernya nggak) namun tajam. Memang, Ms. Jane Marple adalah Nemesis. Dewi keadilan yg kadang terlambat muncul, namun pada akhirnya pasti datang mendapatkan kebenaran :D

Buku yg cukup seru dan karena penyelidikan Oma Marple kali ini berkisar pada kejahatan yg telah terjadi bertahun-tahun lalu dan dia harus memulai
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
A dead acquaintance sends the spinster sleuth on the ultimate mystery tour.

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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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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
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  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
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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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