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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories

(Miss Marple #13)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  9,552 ratings  ·  590 reviews
Elderly Miss Jane Marple from the village of St Mary Mead applies skills of observation and deduction to a wide variety of mysteries. Several of the supporting characters appear in many of them, including her nephew Raymond West, Dolly and Arthur Bantry of Gossington Hall, and Sir Henry Clithering formerly of Scotland Yard.

The twenty stories are: 1. The Tuesday Night Club
Paperback, 359 pages
Published 1997 by HarperCollins (first published 1985)
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
I'm reading this with the Reading the Detectives as part of their Miss Marple Challenge. As the Miss Marple Short stories originally appeared in two books The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2) by Agatha Christie and Miss Marple's Final Cases by Agatha Christie this book will be going on my "in hibernation" shelf for a while. If I don't jot down my thoughts on the stories I've read. My aging memory just won't retain the information until December.

I'll start with the general comment that the Tuesday Night Club mysteries that begin the book are very early works and are overall weaker tha
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was stuck at my grandparents house for a summer while my mother and brother went to Bermuda on a boyscout trip that I couldn't accompany them on. Needless to say, I was bitter. My grandmother had a number of books in a bookcase in the guest bedroom, mostly historical fiction, religious biographies, and birdwatching guides. But this little gem was wedged between a tell-all on St. Francis of Assisi and 'Season at the Point: The Birds and Birders of Cape May.' And thus I discovered Agatha Christi ...more
People always ask, “Poirot or Marple?” I wonder why I have to choose. I like them both very much, but I may have just a teensy bit more love for Miss Jane Marple. She may be a bit fusty & musty in her very proper habits, but she's sharp as a tack (as some forget just before she administers a corrective). In fact, she very carefully camouflages herself through talking in somewhat circular patterns and declaring that she's “not clever.” Perhaps not, but she is certainly shrewd. And as she observes ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2019-02: Thirteen Problems: Each story illustrates, with Christie's typical economy of words, how good a judge of character Miss Marple is. The idea for each story is interesting: each person at a gathering would describe a mystery that the others should guess the resolution to (I guessed the perpetrator in most cases). I found myself laughing repeatedly at Miss Marple busily knitting away, then quietly explaining her rationale and correct assessment of who had committed whatever act described b ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Christie, mystery fans & new to Marple readers
I enjoy all things Hercule Poirot and have recently realized that I've not read any of Christie's Marple books. How can this be a thing? So I've begun to rectify this trangression with a collection of the Marple short stories. This was excellent and a good way to get a look in on how Jane's brain works all while she knitting along (I knit as well, so I love how she sometimes has to check her count when she's mulling over some of the conundrums that come up during this meeting of the minds where ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages.

I don't know about you, but I think that's a pretty impressive back cover blurb.

This complete collection of Miss Marple stories is my first experience with the famous spinster/amateur sleuth, and it was enjoyable, even if the long time St. Mary Mead's resident didn't stack up t
Jack Heath
4 Stars. I have checked the other compendiums and believe the title here is correct; these are all the short stories Miss M. appears in. All twenty, the ultimate collection! The concept works for me - with Christie or others like Doyle, Hammett, and Chesterton. Note that I have reviewed the individual stories elsewhere. In some of the novels our elderly village busy-body seems to only make a guest appearance. In "The Moving Finger," Miss M visits only fleetingly. In these stories she is present ...more
An Odd1
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fan, mystery
Rated high on Fan shelf only for the admirable clever old Miss Jane Marple, beloved of page and screen, here in 20 from The Tuesday Club, Regatta, Three Blind Mice aka Mousetrap, Double Sin and other stories. Black lace cap on "piled up masses of snowy hair, matching "mittens" gloves, erect alert posture, keen "faded blue eyes", spots of pink blushing her cheeks at some of the secrets hidden behind quiet village facade. Jane knits quietly, observes carefully, remembers long, applies human behavi ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection was pretty much a hit with me. There are only a few stories that I felt okay to meh about and so I gave the entire book 4 stars.

If you don't know Miss Marple by now, I don't suggest you start with this collection. What I do like though is that Miss Marple is a lot more endearing in these short stories than she was in her first appearance (Murder at the Vicarage). We get to see Miss Marple solve the solution to all of the below mysteries time and time again and everyone around he
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Twenty short stories all featuring my favorite Christie character, Miss Jane Marple. This book is perfect to pick up any time and reminds me of an expensive box of assorted chocolates--each story is different from the others and each is totally delicious.
Madhulika Liddle
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of Agatha Christie’s most endearing and popular characters, the white-haired, sweet but canny, sometimes-given-to-rambling Miss Jane Marple first appeared in a book in 1930 – and continued to appear, in various novels as well as short stories, over the next nearly 50 years. This book is a compilation of all the Miss Marple stories, culled from three books: The Thirteen Problems (known in America as The Tuesday Club Murders); Miss Marple’s Final Cases; and The Adventure of the Christmas Puddi ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First: a note. This anthology has all of the Ms. Marple stories in it, so it already has the entire content of The Thirteen Problems (or The Tuesday Club Murders). So yes, if you have a copy of this, you no longer need to acquire the latter.

Regarding the book - whew! It was a highly compulsive read. I was thinking of just tasting a story or two before going to bed but ended up devouring the entire thing in two nights. That's how addictive these bonbons are.

The first two-thirds of the book has th
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a really big fan of Agatha Christie. I have been reading her stories since I was quite young, probably beginning in grade school. Miss Marple has always been my particular favorite, though there will always be in my heart a soft spot for the astute Belgian and his Captain Hastings. That said, there are some rather unpleasant things scattered throughout her work that bear mentioning in light of modern common standards of decency. One could be reading along, fully immersed in the village life ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Not only brilliant cozy mysteries, but also very funny and not always in a very obvious way; Christie constantly undermines her own heroine's main axiom that human nature is always the same, since in every story there are people that are not what they look like, and stereotypes are early inserted only to be destroyed later on by the cunning Miss Marple. ...more
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (1985) by Agatha Christie (all stories originally published 1960 or earlier). This collection includes all the Miss Marple stories from The Thirteen Problems, The Regatta Mystery, Three Blind Mice, and Double Sin. The first of a set of stories centered around Miss Marple, her nephew, and some friends who comprise the "Tuesday Night Club"--a gathering where each member submits the story of mystery to which only they know the answer. The others are supposed ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do believe this book is the perfect “one chapter before bed” read! The stories are engaging, without being stressful. Miss Marple will set all to rights before you turn off the light. This volume can settle you into 20 sleeps via ALL the Marple short stories Christie published. The stories are drawn from The Tuesday Club Murders, The Regatta Mystery, The Three Blind Mice and Double Sin, giving you the equivalent of many books previously published separately (these short stories are only the Mi ...more
Jan C
Just great.

It has one of my favorites - it sends me to Google every time. As an American I have no knowledge of "all my eye and Betty Martin". Even after looking it up, it makes no sense to me.

Although it may have been the first time for "Sanctuary". That one didn't seem to ring any bells.

I did notice on this read a number of elements of later novels of hers. Maybe like Eugene O'Neill she never wasted a scene or a plot-line.

This is at least the second time I have read these stories, or at least
Jammin Jenny
I loved this collection of short stories featuring Miss Jane Marple. As one of the characters asked"do you think there are many Miss Marples in the world?" No, I do not. I love her insight into human nature given her from living her entire life in St. Mary Mead a small village in England. ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I do like a book with either short stories or short chapters (or both) for my nightly reading before I retire; and this book of all of the Miss Marple short stories fit my requirements quite well, as I was reading two or three of the twenty stories each night. In my misspent youth I read a lot of Agatha Christie, and my favorite character of hers was always Miss Marple, so I loved this book.

Miss Jane Marple is, without putting too fine a point on it, an old lady; never married, she has lived in
Rebekah Giese Witherspoon
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Each mystery is a perfect puzzle with a satisfying solution, and the short story format is ideally suited to the short attention span that I have these days. How I adore Miss Marple! I love the way that Agatha Christie describes “my fluffy old lady” in the author’s foreword:

Miss Marple has some faint affinity with my own grandmother, also a pink and white pretty old lady who, although having led the most sheltered and Victorian of lives, nevertheless always appeared to be intimately acquainted w
John Bohnert
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Miss Marple.
I've owned this book for many years.
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with the short stories with Poirot, I had previously read all of these and it took a bit of time, but "my little grey cells" figured things out.

I enjoyed the Marple stories a bit more because of the relationship between Ms. Marple and her nephew and his wife & the various Scotland Yard detectives was more congenial than Poirot and his interactions with the local police force members in those stories. But, since you have two vastly different lead characters solving crimes, that is to be expect
Stuart Aken
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Iconic, much adapted for film and TV, these tales have been around a while and many people have taken pleasure from them in this form. But, until now, I’d not read a single one. This collection both introduces and develops the character (I met one of the original actors, Joan Hickson, whilst working on an article with her son, Nick, when she lived in Wivenhoe. Very private and reserved lady.)

What I hadn’t appreciated was that the written stories actually distance Miss Marple from most of the ev
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun collection of who-done-its. I just wish it was longer.
It helped lay the foundation for any other Miss Marple story. Just how did a former Scotland Yard inspector gain such confidence in an elderly spinsters opinions? How does everyone know she is so perceptive? This book explains all that so wonderfully.
It was quite a varied collection. Most of them are your typically gory murder but not all. One of them completely took me by surprise. There was even a spooky ghost story.
Some of
Susan in NC
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories, which I’d never read but had seen some dramatized by BBC (I especially remember the one about theBlue Geranium, yikes!)

I enjoyed them all, and am glad I was finally able to fill in the blanks in my knowledge of my favorite little old lady detective and how she got her start! I was first a fan of Poirot in my teens and twenties and read the Miss Marple novels but didn’t really learn to appreciate this sweet, fluffy old lady with “a mind like
DeAnna Knippling
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short mystery stories. Watch for personality traits that don't quite fit.

Some mystery stories are based on a sort of cross-referencing of who could have been where and when. They're like the game Clue: Colonol Mustard in the Study with the rope. Miss Marple mysteries are more about "spot the @$$hole" than about nuances of train schedules. Whose attitude is a bit suspicious? Who benefits? Who might have revenge on their minds? Once you catch that, the mystery is a bit easier to solve. Then you ca
At a gathering everyone is encouraged to tell a story of a previously unsolvable mystery to see if anyone could solve the puzzle. Predictably, in each story, no one else has a clue as to who or how the crime was committed other than Jane Marple. People who like to figure out puzzles would enjoy these shorts.
I had a library copy copy that I couldn't renew, so I had to send it back unfinished. Well, it's been 2 years & I still haven't gone back to take it out again, to finish it. Time to remove i
Dell Taylor
My rating: 3.5. I can't believe I found this volume at Goodwill just as I was starting my Year of Miss Jane Marple rereads! I know I have read all of these short stories before, but having them all in one volume is great! I see the development of Miss Marple's character and acceptance change over the course of these stories....... as her reputation grows, so does her self esteem and so does the respect which others have for her abilities. These are great little snippets into the mind of Miss Mar ...more
Andrea Hickman Walker
I love this collection. I could read it every week! I'm particularly fond of the first set, generally known as the Tuesday Club Murders or Thirteen Problems. These short stories are a great introduction to Miss Marple and the way in which she goes about solving crimes (the well-known village parallel). The writing is particularly evocative and you can clearly picture a white-haired woman carefully counting stitches in the corner, listening to everything being said and quietly solving the mystery ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do like Agatha Christie stories. Miss Marple is so unassuming and modest, lives in a small town, and enjoys her neighbors. She's my kind of person. I particularly like the way she finds solutions to mysteries based on her past experiences. I like for experiences to pay off in the future. Christie has black and white characters, another thing I really like. Example: "Miss helier paused, slightly out of breath, and it was borne in upon her audience that the outside of Jane's charming head was di ...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.

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