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A Murder Is Announced

(Miss Marple #5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  61,346 ratings  ·  3,491 reviews
"A Murder is Announced" is a staple of crime fiction and often considered as the best Miss Marple novel. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple who is staying nearby, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.’ Is this a ...more
Hardcover, Agatha Christie Collection, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published June 1950)
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Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple #5), first published in the UK by the Collins Crim Club in June 1950.

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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So... a murder is listed in a newspaper... foretelling it will happen at a certain date and time. Is it possible? Yes. Does it happen? You'll just have to read it. Christie at her best... love her stories. love the concept. Well-written. I'm on a kick to go back and read all the Poirot's and Marple's this year! The best part about this one is the murder takes forever to happen... and you wonder what the real mystery is for so long. I can imagine watching the clock waiting but not knowing what to ...more
I prefer Poirot-novels to Marple ones, but this book has always been in the Top 5 on my Agatha Christie favourites list.

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
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In A Murder Is Announced, a notice appears in the local papers stating the time and location of a murder. The neighbors, thinking it was all great fun, show up en masse. When a murder actually happens and it becomes clear this is no game, fear quickly takes over. In steps old, fussy, adorable Mrs. Marple, with her astute observations and keen awareness of human nature.

This story is so fun and quintessentially Agatha Christie--a locked room mystery, a handful of suspects, and plenty of red herrin
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
Yess. I finally got one right!


Ok, the gist is that there is an advertisement in the local paper to come to Letitia Blacklock's house for a Murder that evening. Of course, they all suppose that it's one of those Murder Parties where they play as victims and detectives.
So when a stranger shows up threatening to rob them and the lights go out? Well, no one is prepared to find the would-be robber dead and Letitia grazed by a bullet!
Now the hunt is one to discover who wants Letiti
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1950, this is one of my favourite Miss Marple mysteries. It is set in the small village of Chipping Cleghorn, which is not unlike St Mary Mead, with its cast of local characters and, of course, a local newspaper – which is delivered every Friday. On Friday, October 29th, the paper is perused by the villagers, who discover an odd message in the Personal column: “A Murder is Announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th at Little Paddocks at 6:30pm. Friends please accept this ...more
Review to follow when I can get to my laptop :)

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).
That apart it was an excellent mys
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

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
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Of course, if you’ve made up your mind about it, you’ll find an answer to everything.”

🌟 Agatha’s book are my escape into the crime world when I want something I am pretty sure I will like! This is my second book in the Miss Marple series and I definitely liked it more than the first but I think I am a bigger fan of Poirot as he is more involved in the crime usually!

🌟 The idea of this book is that a murder is announced in the local newspaper and pe
"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.”

This was exactly what an advertisement read in the local newspaper of Chipping Cleghorn on the morning of October 29th. The residents of Chipping Cleghorn, once having read this announcement, think that this must be a “murder game” played at a party or a sick joke.
The residents begin to arrive and at exactly 6:30, the lights are turned off. A person with
Oct 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-stars
Finally a Marple mystery that worked for me…. somewhat!

I can safely say that this is the best Marple story I have read (which isn’t saying much, considering that I have read exactly two full-length novels and three short stories featuring the iconic character.) By now, I have attuned myself to the format and was hence prepared for the huge infodump in the final 20%. (Not that I liked it; I tolerated it.)

What clicked for me:
😍 Miss Marple doesn’t just make an appearance a lot earlier (around the 3
Sometimes you just need a classic for a palate cleanser, to remind you that things can be well done. Exposition can be done while plot moves along. I can figure out what everyone is like from dialogue and actions. I can get atmosphere and setting from hints and judicious description (no one said a word about this being austerity Britain and no one had to- illegal butter trading said it all). I can feel like I know characters quickly and get into a mystery that I care about solving. Yeah. Sometim ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Here is the book that made me guess the murderer for the first time ever. It's a classic and not a dime novel, and I'm glad for that. Other people too have guessed correctly and in hindsight I must say that the finale, with Miss Marple hiding and using her voice, is slightly artificial, clumsy and forced. Nevertheless most of the book is vintage Christie, and this book pushed me to read more and all of the Marpel stories. P.S Miss Murgatroyd and Hinchcliffe are "the L word". ...more
Katie Lumsden
Jan 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this one - a really engaging read, with great characters and a strong mystery.
Ms. Smartarse
The local gazette of Chipping Cleghorn announces a murder at 6:30 p.m. at Little Paddocks, the home of the very respectable Ms. Leticia Blacklock. While most people take it as a bit of good (if rather rude) bit of fun, no one was expecting the assailant to be the one to actually lose his life... or anyone else, really.

As the participants are all busy assuring the police that they knew nothing about nobody, they manage to simultaneously remember the most bizarre details. Though none of them have
Stephanie Anze
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m. Friends please accept this, this only intimation."

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
At a time when my literary relationship with the queen of mystery is strained, A Murder is Announced comes my way to renew my interest and confidence in her yet again. This fourth installment of the Miss Marple series is quite interesting, and even if it is not one of her best, it was nevertheless cleverly written. The motive for the crime was based on one of her favourite recurring themes of monetary benefit. But, the overall story had originality in it.

In this murder-mystery, I see a differen
Vikas Singh
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
A Miss Marple story which has "delicious death" as its central plot. Once again Agatha Christie comes up with a superb plot for her 50th novel. The beginning i quite different from her other stories but intriguing. Though limited to a few characters, the reader is left guessing till the end who the murderer was. Delightful read ...more
Dannii Elle
A murder is announced! The local newspaper for Chipping Cleghorn bears a notice that a murder shall take place at 6.30pm sharp, on Friday 29th October. Curiosity is rife but few take this grave pronouncement very seriously and so all flock to the murder site, in the hopes of witnessing revelry or, at the least, the culprit for this darkly humorous joke. Instead they do, in fact, find themselves all witness to a murder. And one they cannot say they weren't warned for.

This began in the most intrig
Srivalli Rekha
Oct 22, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my fourth read of the book (but after a long, long time). I always marvel at how well her works appear during rereads. If the first time makes it seem like the solution came out of nowhere, the subsequent reads show that's not the case. There isn't a twist for twist's sake or a shocker. The hints are scattered well and good throughout the book. Of course, there's some information we don't know but that doesn't put us at a disadvantage as first appears.

Since I remembered the major portio
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
All hail the queen of murder mystery, Agatha Christie!

I recently finished The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, my first ever Agatha Christie read and a masterful display of writing. As that book is now among my favourites, I was quite eager to sample more of the author’s works and decided on a book in her Miss Marple series. It was not a completely random choice, rather the blurb was extraordinarily compelling and promised a very intriguing plot.

Every Friday the local gazette is delivered to all the re
Really enjoyed this one! Agatha Christie at her best.
Janete on hiatus due health issues
Actually, 3,5 stars, because I expected more from this book. I read this book in my own language in just one sitting.
Oct 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
I read Agatha Christie after many years. As a matter of fact, I am not able to recall the ones I have read earlier now. This was refreshing, charming and smooth.

The start is unusual – a local paper in Chipping Cleghorn carries an advertisement that a murder will take place at 6:30 pm at Little Paddocks. Assuming that this is a game, neighbours decide to drop in to the house of Miss Letitia Blackstone, offering some pretexts. At 6:30 pm, they are stunned when the lights go off and a couple of sho
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
Katie B
3.5 stars

A Murder is Announced is the fourth book in the Miss Marple series. I was happy to see the character featured more in this mystery than she was in the previous book. Once again, she cracked the case for me as I wasn't smart enough to solve it on my own.

I did have a hard time keeping track of the other characters and that's usually not a problem for me. To be fair though, it took me a couple of weeks to read the book due to life stuff and perhaps if I'd read it in my usual 2 to 3 days,
Rachel (not currently receiving notifications) Hall
A Murder is Announced is the fifth story to feature Miss Marple and the fiftieth novel that Agatha Christie published and the post-war era is very much in evidence in the picturesque village of Chipping Cleghorn which is home to many an elderly spinster. The weekly publication of “the Gazette”, the local newspaper of Chipping Cleghorn, and primarily the Personal column is always a guaranteed must read in order to keep up to the minute on the potential for local gossip, services wanted and items ...more
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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.

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language

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