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Miss Marple and Mystery: Over 50 Stories (Miss Marple mix 55)

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All 20 elderly Miss Jane Marple short stories plus 35 other mysteries, supernatural, and horror.
1 The Actress
2 Girl in the Train
3 While the Light Lasts
4 Red Signal
4 Blue Jar
6 Jane in Search of a Job
7 Mr Farnsworth's Adventure
8 Philomel College
9 Manhood of Edward Robinson
10 Witness for the Prosecution
11 Wireless
12 Within a Wall
13 Listerdale
14 Fourth Man
15 House of Dreams
Paperback, 694 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Harper
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This was a nice compendium of stories from the queen of mystery stories. The selection was varied, if a bit repetitive - by the end I could actually describe the pattern most stories would take.
There was also an unfortunate smattering of ghost/paranormal stories throughout. I found myself trudging through those - not enough substance and/or really crackpot plot.
It's difficult to highlight one particular story as a favourite, especially as the selection is quite large and the details in my mind t...more
D.S. Nelson
Christie perfection in tiny bite size chunks!
Tombom P
Consistently entertaining. I'd have rated it 4 but there are some in here which are absolutely piss poor, although I didn't mind much because her style makes them easy reading at least. Christie has a great style and they're very easy to read and just keep reading. The attempted horror stories are worse but still not awful - I enjoyed them at least - although the stars of the show are the Miss Marple ones. Other ones are much more forgettable. The short format has the advantage of the mystery an...more
I haven't read all of this: Dame A wrote a helluva lot of short stories and some of them are egregious hackwork. Not to mention, doing rather poorly by contract when thrown into the mix with a few handfuls of stories featuring Miss Marple. Plus, quite a few of them employ supernatural phenomena, which is almost jarring when ghosts, gypsy curses, creeping sense of eeevil etc are always given a rational explanation in the Marple stories.

I guess I may possibly dip in again, but these are not, on th...more
I was quite a bit surprised at the range of topics tackled by these short stories. If you think Agatha Christie is only about Poirot and Marple, you'll be pleasantly surprised by some very nice supernatural-themed stories with a twist at the end (think "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"). But also the lack of supernatural element (which is quite abundant, though -- was that just Christie's keen interest in it or was it perhaps a "fashion" of Christie's time? I'm not sure, maybe both) leaves you...more
Naomi Barton
The frustrating thing about Christie is that when she's good, she's very, very good, and when she's bad, she's horrid. The Marples are consistently entertaining and there are a couple of gems in here, but I got heartily sick of half the stories ending, "and then two good-looking rich people who'd barely met realised they were madly in love for no real reason and got married." Ugh!
Lovely collection of short stories by Agatha Christies. Even though I already knew most of them, I could still appreciate the ingenuity of them. I especially love the set of stories from 'the tuesday night club', so much fun!

The only part I didn't like was the small collection (about 5 or 6 stories) concerning the supernatural. I prefer the classic mystery stories.
Oct 20, 2013 Tanya marked it as partially-read
Shelves: owned-to-read
I will be chipping away at this in small doses as I come to Agatha's short story collections whilst reading through her works chronologically.

Short Story Collections Read:

- The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple). 13 Stories. Read 22/04/13-25/04/13
- The Hound of Death. 12 Stories. Read 10/07/13-16/07/13
- The Listerdale Mystery. 13 Stories. Read 12/10/13-20/10/13)
Emily Davies
Overall, a very good collection! A few of the stories fell flat--maybe 5 out of the 55. Still, I'm glad I bought this and I will probably go back and re-read it from time to time, especially the excellent Miss Marple stories.
Jennifer Rogers
Really enjoyed these short stories
a good collection of short stories and a bunch of them involving Miss Marple. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, definitely would enjoy many of the stories.
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Aug 26, 2011 N.u.m.b S.S marked it as to-read
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Just read the Miss Marple stories (20) which were great
Agatha Christie remains the queen of crime !!!
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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 Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880...more
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