A Murder Is Announced
The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity when the Gazette advertises “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”
A childish practical joke? Or a spiteful hoax? ...more
An idyllic village in the English countryside is waking up, its quirky residents about to start their day with their favourite newspaper, where an invitation to murder is waiting for them. Can you think of anything more interesting? Leticia, the ‘’queen’’ of the village, is completely unaware of the play supposedly staged in her house, but what the heck, let’s go with the flow. And a murder does take place but not in the way every ...more
Characters: Miss Jane Marple, the Inspector and vicar's wife Bunch, Swiss hotel clerk Rudi, Miss Letitia Blackstone houses scatty Dora, Cousins Julia and Patrick, gardener widow Phillipa, and paranoid cook Mitzi.
Abstract: Villagers expect a fun game after a Gazette announcement of murder, but when lights flash off, shots ring out, and a masked burglar falls dead, the Inspector and vicar's wife ...more
This time I actually put myself the question "why".
It is NOT because of the investigation or the solution of the crime, even though it is very well done in the classic Agatha Christie style: red herrings are there to lead you astray; real clues are hidden in plain sight and yet elude you completely.
The answer is characterization, which is perfect: concise and revealing. Dame ...more
Taken from my blog post: https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2014/...
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 ...more
Right I now have access to a proper keyboard, so I can write my review. Now this book to me was heading for 5 stars, until one particular incident (view spoiler)[ when Miss Marple hides in the cupboard (that bit is ok) but then mimics the dead Dora to unnerve Ms Blacklock. This to me sounded very unlikely, and indeed completely unnecessary as they had just caught Ms Blacklock trying to murder Mitzi (hide spoiler)].
That apart it was an excellent myst ...more
Such is the ad that runs in the local gazette in the village of Chipping Cleghorn. Little Paddocks is the property owned by Miss Letitia Blacklock, a house she lives in with one of her dearest friends, two young cousins, her gardener and her cook. Everyone is shocked by the ad and denies having anything to with it. Still, Miss Blacklock feels compe ...more
I seem to be out of synch with most of Christie's other fans, as, in spite of the very original scene setting beginning, I don't consider this one of The Divine Christie's better works.
Other than the beginning, the other pluses were some great dialogue, learning more about life in wartime Britain. and the unintentionally hilarious mentions of old pussies!
"Ye Gods and Little Fishes," said Sir Henry, "can it be? George, it's my own particular, one and only four starred Pussy. The super Pussy...more
This began in the most intrig ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
تخيل أن تستيقظ يوما ما .. و تبينما تطالع جريدتك الصباحية و بالتحديد في ركن الإعلانات تصادف إعلانا يقول أن جريمة ستقع في بيت أحدهم ، كيف ستتصرف يا ترى ؟
تبدأ القصة بإعلان يقرأه جميع سكان القرية فى الجريدة المحلية عن موعد تنفيذ جريمة يوم الجمعة الموافق 29 أكتوبر فى "لبتل بادوكس" الساعة السادس والنصف مساء .. ..
أهى مزحة طفولية؟ أم خدعة الهدف منها تخويف المسكينة "ليتيتا بلاكلوك؟ .. إنه فضول يملأ نفوس جميع سكان القرية بما فيهم الآنسة "ماربل" ، ويتجمع حشد من السكان الذين لم يستطيعوا م
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Naturally everyone presumes that the advertisement was someone’s idea of fun, but when the body of Swiss rece ...more
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 ...more
The book begins when residents of Chipping Cleghorn read about an announcement ...more
أراهن على أن تحريات الجريمة في " مكان ما غير بريطانيا " كان سينتهي بغضون 24 ساعة وذلك بالقبض على جميع المدعوين وسكان المنزل وحتى ضابط الشرطة و"كفين تلاتة " ويعترف كل شخص بأنه القاتل
ولكن عموماً هذه أول مرة أرى فيها أن ثرثرة النساء والعجائز يمكن أن تجدي وتفك ملابسات جريمة
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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 ...more