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A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple #5)

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When an evening of fun and games turns to murder, Miss Marple plays by her own rules to solve the whodunit.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Signet (first published June 1950)
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Jul 09, 2010 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By this point, I have given up trying to play Guess The Culprit with Agatha Christie mysteries. It's just not possible. She's like a magician who tells an audience that she's going to make a coin disappear and reappear. The coin disappears, and she tells you to watch her right hand. You, who have seen magic shows before, think "Aha! Misdirection! I'll watch her left hand, and then I'll see how the trick is done." So you're watching her left hand, and everyone else is watching her right hand, and ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Christie, period mystery, cozys

Taken from my blog post:

I grew up on Christie. At the time, I was limited to whatever my local library branch physically had on the shelves, so it took awhile to work my way through her bibliography, and even now, I’m not sure I’ve read all of her books. There was that pesky problem of British and American editions with separate titles, leaving me hopelessly confused about what I’ve read. Thankfully, A Murder is Announced had the same title in both editio
Ali AlShewail
هو ينفع أزود على الخمس نجوم نجمتين كمان من عندى ! ,, لا بجد هو ينفع يكون فى كاتب عبقرى للدرجادى !! ,, اية يا أجاثا اية يا شيخة :D

طبعا الرواية عبقرية بصورة تذهل العقل , و أجاثا كريستى من نوعية المؤلفين اللى يقولك شايف التفاحة دى ؟ فتقوله آه , فيقولك فى خلال 150 صفحة هثبتلك انها بطيخة مش تفاحة :D
و بالفعل بعد 150 صفحة تكدب عينك -أو بالأحرى بقى عقلك الساذج- و تقتنع ان التفاحة كانت بطيخة أو البطيخة كانت تفاحة أيهما أقرب :D

دا مثال توضيحي عن اللى انتا هتشوفه فى الرواية دى و لكن أنصحك قبل ما تقرأها ا
Oct 07, 2015 Lotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one! Agatha Christie at her best.
Sep 07, 2015 Heba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اول مرة اقرأ لأجاثا وبأذن الله لن تكون الأخيرة
المشكلة انها تثير تساؤلاتك طوال قراءتها ...
ماما...انى اشك فى عاملة المطبخ
كملى قراءة يا بنتي :))
ماما. .لابد وانها الفتاة التى تقف بجوار المدفأة ...
يا بنتى اصبري :D
طيب اشير بأصابع الأتهام ضد...
ماما قالت ...اصبري يبقى واحد لم تشكين فيه..هو انا :D:D
لو كل رواية سأقوم بدور المحقق...ستعانون كثيرا :))))
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
There is nothing like settling down with an Agatha Christie, pots of tea and hot scones in the midst of winter storms....(Had pots of tea, but no scones unfortunately).

“A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at Little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.” reads the advert in the local paper. The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are expecting a game of murder, but get a little more than they bargained for.

I have quite given up trying to fathom who is guilty when readi
Moira Russell
This totally has the best back jacket copy ever:

Then, as the clock chimed 6:30, the room went dark.

A gun exploded!

A body fell!

A woman screamed!

When the lights went on, a man was found lying on the floor. He was wrapped in a black cloak. He wore a black mask and he lay in a pool of blood -- dead.

(Just in case you weren't quite sure. -- DEAD.)

There had been thirteen people in the room -- thirteen witnesses who might have identified the killer.

OH BOY. These are like little deadlies.
Once again guessed the murderer by complete accident. I'm the mystery reader equivalent of those characters you often see in farces who are complete idiots (usually lovable) and bumble about doing everything so wrong they come back around and get everything right.

I really enjoyed this book, which was apparently Christie's 50th (although publishers had to count a book of short stories to make this true, and they really wanted to, because publicists never change). It starts out kind of like a gam
Jun 11, 2016 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends accept this, the only intimation."

Little Paddocks is set in a typical village in the English countryside, where people enjoy the quiet life, away from the hustle and bustle of bigger towns, and where everyone knows everything that is going on in the lives of their neighbours. Or do they?

“In an English village, you turn over a stone and have no idea what will crawl out.”

I have read A Murde
A reread for work. Happy new year, everyone.

I love Miss Marple for several reasons: most notably because she is a rural English lady with a strong sense of morality, who knits things and notices things, and she has been a role model of mine for at least a decade.

I love this book in particular, partly because it's an extremely well-written example of its genre, but mostly because as far as I can recall, it's the first book I ever read that made me think, "Huh. Those characters are clearly lesbian
Apr 13, 2015 Nahed.E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يا إلهي .. ماهذه الرواية ؟
ما هذا اللغز الغريب ؟
حقا رواية في منتهي الغرابة .. إلا أن الذي يسعدني حقا إنني شككت في أمرين وقد صدق ظني (:
لا أصدق أنني توصلت للحل في منتصف القصة تقريباً ^_^
يبدو أنني بعد عشرات الروايات مع أجاثا بدأت افهم عقليتها .. أو علي الأقل بدأت تصدق توقعاتي بشأن بعض الأحداث (:
إلا أنني لن أعتاد علي هذا .. فالطبيعي هو ألا تحل شيئاً
والاستثناء أن تصدق توقعاتك في بعض الأحيان
فلقد شككت في شخصية معينة .. شخصية لا يمكن الشك فيها أبدااا وقد صدق ظني .. لكني لم أتوصل لتفاصيل الحل
وهذا ما
Jennifer Girardin
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie is a classic cozy mystery with diversely interesting characters, a quick and gripping plot, and a unique story line set in the perfectly quiet English village of Chipping Cleghorn---until a murder announcement is placed into the local newspaper, casually inviting the entire village to Letty Blacklock’s home for an evening of dry sherry and murder.
Naturally everyone presumes that the advertisement was someone’s idea of fun, but when the body of Swiss rece
Sarah D
Jan 31, 2012 Sarah D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember that rushing feeling in the good old days when you'd pick up the receiver of your kitchen phone and dangle it so that all the knots in the cord would come undone?

I am an avid reader of Agatha Christie. I mean, you'd think after reading over half of her works, I'd be able to tell who the culprit is and I did (by the third guess, but still)
However, the best thing about Agatha Christie, it's not just about finding out who the culprit is! It's about unraveling her wonderful plot of twists
Laura Verret
Aug 02, 2016 Laura Verret rated it really liked it
It seems ridiculous, but that’s what the newspaper says. “A murder is announced and will take place of Friday, October 29th at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 P.M.” The townspeople quickly accept that this must be a type of game – a novel entertainment. What they don’t know is that it’s as big a surprise to the inhabitants of Little Paddock - Letitia Blacklock and her guests.

Neighbours begin to stream in for the party. At exactly 6:30, the lights go dim, an intruder enters through the patio door, and t
Dec 01, 2015 Hugo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ao quinto livro lido, a sensação com que fico é que talvez já tenha lido o melhor de Agatha Christie. Mas duvido que tão cedo me vá cansar destas narrativas intrincadas, dos depoimentos dúbios dos personagens, das pistas e das revelações finais.
May 17, 2016 María rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3 de 5 estrellas (me ha gustado)

La primera novela que leo de esta autora y tengo que decir que su pluma era impecable.
Me ha encantado la ambientación, los personajes, especialmente los femeninos.
No puedo darle más de tres estrellas porque el final no me ha gustado nada.... Enrevesado, rocambolesco y decepcionante para mi gusto.
Aún así, lo he pasado bastante bien y repetiré con las novelas de la reina del misterio.
Richard Derus
Jun 28, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Also note that Amazon US offers the Kindle version of this story for $1.99 today, 28 June 2014!

Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which read: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m.' Unable to resist the mysterious invitatio
Oct 09, 2015 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Miss Marple series and my second read from Agatha Christie. I totally enjoyed And Then There Were None (ATTWN) so I've decided to read more of Christie's novels and luckily, three of my favorite bookstagramers are hosting #QueenofCrimeReadalong, an Agatha Christie-themed readalong,

"A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends accept this, the only intimation."

Just like the residents of Chipping Cleghorn,
Duffy Pratt
May 06, 2014 Duffy Pratt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is my first Miss Marple book. I don't know why, but I'm always expecting more from Christie than I got. Miss Marple solves crimes because she has such a keen understanding of human nature. And that would be fine, except the actions of the killer in this story are so unnatural, at first contrived and then against character, that I find it hard to believe that insight into human nature is what finally gave the killer away.

The other thing that surprised me in this book is that I actually suspe
Feb 02, 2012 Sarita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free book, and I've never read Agatha Christie before (actually, I take that back; I think I read one in middle school or something). This was a good book to read on vacation and I appreciated the characterization. The most memorable part of this book for me was Christie's use of the word "pussies" to describe older women. Allow me to quote:
Quote #1: "Nice old Pussies and retired Colonels. Yes, if they noticed that advertisement they'd all come sniffing round at 6:30 to see what was
Laurel Young
Mar 03, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent--truly classic Christie. This is one of the ones I've read repeatedly but enjoy returning to, as it's fun to know the solution and go back to see how Christie has seeded clues along the way. Miss Marple is at her best--the "fluffy" elderly lady underestimated by the police. I do think it would have been better not to have part of the solution arrive via coincidence; Miss M sees the bit with the faulty wiring occur rather improbably. However, as it would be out of character for her to k ...more
It's dark and gloomy this weekend and along with reading Agatha Christie, I've pulled out my knitting. Oh no, am I turning into Miss Marple?!
Sep 13, 2015 Oliviatheblue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect. I wish Bunch was a real person so we could be best friends.
I really like the Miss Marple books. The plots are always twisty, the small village settings interesting, and the characters are much better drawn than I expected. This book keeps up the high standards though the audio narration by Rosemary Leach was not the best.
Mar 08, 2015 Ema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Gostei mais da Miss Marple neste livro do que nos anteriores que li. Boa história e boa explicação, como sempre, Agatha Christie é a rainha do crime.
Stephen Kaminski
Classic Agatha suspense, plot twists, and surprise ending. A master at her best.
One of those Christie stories I've seen as a (quality!) TV movie, but as per usual, I'd already forgotten the murderer. What I do remember from the movie is the suspense. I didn't get that much here, except maybe at the end. The story started in a kind of humouristic tone with the prickly but gentle descriptions of the characters, but then that subsided and the atmosphere changed into a more flat and slightly boring middle part, gathering pace when more murders started occurring. Mitzi's presenc ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: this review is completely spoiler free.

After loving ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, I decided to tackle another Agatha Christie book, this time featuring Miss Marple and a theatrical attempted murder set in a little village hamlet.

The great thing about this book was the underlying feeling of rising danger. The crime happens at the beginning, as with many mysteries, but you can’t shake the feeling that the danger wasn’t quite over. The story starts off very slowly, much slower than I would
Clarissa Draper
Jan 01, 2013 Clarissa Draper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Date: June 1950
Detectives: Miss Jane Marple, Inspector Dermot Craddock

Miss Jane Marple
Inspector Dermot Craddock
Letitia Blacklock, lady of the house, in her early/mid 60s
Dora Bunner, her elderly fluttery childhood friend, usually known by her nickname, "Bunny"
Patrick and Julia Simmons, Miss Blacklock's spoiled and foolish young cousins (who call her Aunt)
Mitzi, Miss Blacklock's foreign housekeeper and cook, a young refugee
Phillipa Haymes, a young widowed paying guest/gardener wit
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