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Miss Marple #10

A Caribbean Mystery

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Stricken with arthritis, Miss Jane Marple has packed herself off, at the insistence of her nephew, for some rest and relaxation at a resort in the Caribbean. The sea is sublime and the weather is fine in this quiet paradise so far away from bustling St. Mary Mead. But suddenly the calm is interrupted by the death of Major Palgrave, one of her fellow guests at the hotel.

Miss Marple finds herself quite disturbed by this turn of events. She'd just spent the previous evening speaking with the major, who'd seemed to her to be in perfectly good health. He'd been telling her about a photograph that he had - "a snapshot of a murderer..," he'd claimed. Convinced that the major's death was not at all natural, she begins to ask difficult questions. It soon becomes clear that a murderer is lurking among her companions at the hotel, and it is up to Miss Marple to root out this person before he or she can strike again.

- from the inside flap.

7 pages, Audiobook

First published November 16, 1964

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Agatha Christie

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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.

More than seventy detective novels of British writer Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie include The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), and And Then There Were None (1939); she also wrote plays, including The Mousetrap (1952).

This best-selling author of all time wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in romance. Her books sold more than a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. According to Index Translationum, people translated her works into 103 languages at least, the most for an individual author. Of the most enduring figures in crime literature, she created Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. She atuhored The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theater.

The youngest of three children of the Miller family. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.

Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.

Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.

In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house, Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.

In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976.

Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.

Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and the novel After the Funeral. Abney Hall became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.

To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empir

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December 17, 2021
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), Agatha Christie

Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Mr. Rafiel

Abstract: Miss Jane Marple, at the insistence of her nephew, relaxes at a resort in the Caribbean. The sea is sublime and the weather is fine in this quiet paradise so far away from quiet St. Mary Mead, until the apparently natural death of fellow guest Major Palgrave.

Miss Marple is disturbed because the previous evening he was in good health, and almost showed her "a snapshot of a murderer". Convinced that the major's death was not at all natural, she begins to ask difficult questions, and another victim dies. Original publication year 1964

عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «معمای کارائیب»، «قتل در کارائیب»؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش فارسی: روز دوازدهم ماه دسامبر سال1997میلادی

عنوان: معمای کارائیب، نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: نگین ازدجینی، نشر تهران، نشر روایت؛ سال1373، تعداد صفحات298، شابک9789643637071؛ عنوان دیگر قتل در کارائیب؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، ثالث، سال1393؛ شابک9789643809201؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 20م

عنوان: معمای کارائیب، ترجمه: مجتبی عبدالله‌ نژاد، نشر تهران، هرمس، سال1389، تعداد صفحات252، شابک9789643637071؛ چاپ دیگر سال1393، در238ص؛ شابک9789643637071؛

از سری داستان‌های بانو «آگاتا کریستی»، و از سری «خانم مارپل»، کتاب دهم است؛ که نخستین بار در روز شانزدهم ماه نوامبر سال1964میلادی، در «بریتانیای کبیر»، توسط انتشارات «کولینز کرایم کلوب» و در سال1965میلادی توسط انتشارات «داد، مید اند کمپانی»، در «آمریکا» به چاپ رسیده است؛ داستان «معمای کارائیب»، هنگامی رخ می‌دهد که «خانم مارپل»، پس از پشت سر گذاشتن یک بیماری، در حال گذراندن تعطیلات خود، در هتلی، در کنار دریای «کارائیب» است؛ در این بین، یکی از مهمانان همان هتل، مدرکی را فاش می‌کند، و ادعا می‌کند، که یک قاتل سریالی، در همان هتل ساکن است و ...؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 07/11/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 25/09/1400ه��ری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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902 reviews4 followers
July 21, 2017
Since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, I have read mysteries in between other books as a palette cleanser. Rather than go into a reading slump, I read a fast paced crime or detective story to clear my head. There is no detective writer I enjoy more than the Queen of Crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. I joined the Goodreads group reading the detectives when I found out that they would be reading one Miss Marple case a month for a year. Although I had been a fan of Hercule Poirot first, I jumped at the opportunity to read more books by Christie. A Caribbean Mystery, Miss Marple's tenth case, is the upcoming group selection.

An older Miss Marple has been gifted a Caribbean vacation to the island of St Honore by her wealthy nephew Raymond West. With her getting on in years, he desires that she spend at least part of the winter away from the dreary climate of St Mary Mead. One who is more than willing to try new things even as she ages, Miss Marple agrees to spend time at a beach front hotel. Appearing as a feeble old lady with a knack for knitting, Miss Marple is the delight of the hotel guests. Yet, her mind is anything but flighty, and, just as it seems to do in St Mary Mead, murder cases fall into Miss Marple's lap.

Colonel Palgrave is also vacationing on St Honore. Regaling the other guests with his tales of safari and the spoils of war, he is the life of the island, even if his stories are on the boring side. While telling Miss Marple the story about meeting a murderer in the eye, Colonel Palgrave literally believes he has seen a criminal from a previous experience. Sure enough, the next day he turns up murdered, followed closely by a local hotel worker named Victoria. Guests start to panic and some flee, leaving Miss Marple to sharpen her detecting skills.

As in the cases in St Mary Mead, the police appear less than competent. It is up to Miss Marple to unravel the clues to this case, along with the help of fellow guest Mr Rafiel. Together, the two octogenarians come up with motives and alibis for all the hotel guests and workers before another murder occurs on hotel grounds. All this takes place while Miss Marple is supposed to be on vacation, yet, as she has confided in at least one person in each case that I have read, murder seems to find her. As in the case at St Mary Mead, Miss Marple lets the case take place in front of her only to come up with a simple solution at the end.

While Hercule Poirot is still my favorite of Agatha Christie's detectives, Miss Marple is starting to grow on me. Whereas Poirot entreaties people to employ their little grey cells and usually knows whodunit it at the beginning, Miss Marple uses deductive reasoning to systematically come up with the criminal and motive by the case's close. Miss Marple's cases take less brain power and are perfect for my palette cleansers. I always enjoy reading Agatha Christie's mysteries, and A Caribbean Mystery was no exception. I look forward to the next time that I sit down with one of her cases, and rate this easy reading mystery 3.5 stars.
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458 reviews3,240 followers
February 16, 2021
Jane Marple is very grateful to her loving nephew Raymond West, a popular novelist and rich man, who paid for his aunt's vacation (she recently recovered from an illness ) . The tropics on an island in the Caribbean Sea, doesn't sound like a place Miss Marple would feel comfortable in, she is from rainy, cold, with just a little bit of snow, the quiet St. Mary Mead England. An out of the way village , where nothing ever happens, that is what everyone believes ... Warm weather a beautiful golden beach , blue skies and still even more prettier sea, clear, as if nobody ever swam in it. Just the perfect locale to regain one's health. Nevertheless how can an elderly spinster , enjoy the atmosphere? Young, happy , wealthy couples running around the Golden Palm Hotel that name alone says it all , but after a week in the sun the old woman , begins to start thinking not a bad place the West Indies, glad she came if only something exciting would occur. Miss Marple gets her wish maybe too much so. The cast of characters: Two well to do couples amateur botanists, scurry about the islands to find exotic flowers and plants, taking pictures writing articles for the National Geographic magazine , they need something to do! Col. Edward Hillingdon retired, a rather reserved gentleman, wife the charming Evelyn and Gregory Dyson, fun loving guy , his gorgeous naughty mate Lucky a strange name for a woman, rumors of shenanigans between the foursome, but gossip can't be believed. Now Major Palgrave another old retired British army officer likes to tell stories, ancient boring tales to the hotel guests, such as hunting tigers in India or was it elephants in Africa? That nobody wants to hear, one in particular involving a murder. The polite Miss Marple pretends to listen, almost falling asleep, it will be his last one for the major. Next day he is found dead in bed, by Victoria the native maid, poor Miss Marple, everywhere she goes someone dies, not a surprise to Dr. Graham an island physician, he had high blood pressure medicine, in his room but the ever suspicious Jane is not so sure. The doctor then receives information that troubles him. The worried young newlyweds who bought the hotel , Tim and Molly Kendal know deaths in paradise is bad for business. After a quick funeral everything is back to normal, nobody can resist the deep blue sea besides, the deceased wasn't too liked ... Mr Rafiel pushing eternity, but richer than anyone Miss Marple has met helps her when another murder happens. Mrs.Kendal starts to act weirdly, mental illness? The police request gently of the hotel guests, not to leave the island of St.Honore they insist. The question this novel asks is , can paradise exist ever on Earth while people are still walking on its surface?
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1,535 reviews7,870 followers
February 7, 2017
One's time period can be such a bother, don't you think? Or, in some cases, very inspiring.

I, for instance, never thought I'd see the time when a Cheeto could become president. I mean, president of the Frito-Lay Corporation, sure. But an elected position? A victory for processed foods! Out with the vegetable gardens, in with the snack machines!

Wait, not that kind of orange finger food?


Oh, well... nevermind. Back to what I was saying about inspiration. I mean, hey--I'm in my forties. I actually had a grandmother who referred to black Americans as 'coloreds.' Think about the sea of societal change iin this time period, from the court case upholding desegregating schools in 1954 (way to go, independent Justice Branch!) to an actual African-American President of the U.S. in 2008. That's pretty amazing. Sometimes I think I'm in the right epoch, and other times I don't. I mean, processed snack foods--gross.

Take Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery, for instance. If only we could have left a bunch of her era's prejudices and populist ideas out of the book, it'd be much more tolerable. Did we need to have the social commentary on the marriage and procreative habits of the islanders? Not necessary to the plot in the least, and yet it gets mentioned a number of times, at least four or five, I should think. Along with the weird psychoanalysis of women in general. Thank goodness we're modern enough at this point to have a discussion about sex versus love, as well as treat adultery as not that shocking. Skip those retro bits and you have a delightful mystery in a beautiful setting, although one can't help wish--just a little bit, says Miss Marple--for some actual English weather (not me, though. I can totally not wish for English weather).

Dear Raymond has sent Miss Marble on an island vacation, to rest her rheumatism and test her skills. Not long after Major is telling her a story about a murderer, he himself it found dead. Mon dieu! Wait, wrong character. But Miss Marple is too genteel to use exclamatory phrases. It's a gentle kind of narrative at first, where Miss Marple looks back on life, human nature, the challenges of aging, and picks apart the relationships of the other guests at the resort. Surprising to me were the short bits that included a third-person perspective of another couple of characters. It was obvious Christie was using it to build suspense and as a red herring, but I was a bit surprised to note such a cheap trick. Ah well.

It really was a fun little story, with some interesting twists and a multiple body count to keep the reader in a state of fear. The resort proved to be a typical Christie setting of the isolated manor house/guests, leading to a limited pool of suspects. This one, I remembered reading before, so I can't say whether it surprised. But I enjoyed it and polished it off quickly.
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453 reviews660 followers
May 1, 2021
I've always been a fan of Agatha Christie. A few years ago shopping a library book sale I came across this one. I thought....ooohhhh a murder mystery in caribbean, sounds exotic. I purchased it and thought a perfect read for my upcoming trip to the islands. And I continued to drag it with me on a number of trips, never to be read. Finally, while sitting at home in the frosty weather I thought it's the perfect time to pick it up.

Miss Marple is sent away to vacation in the sun of the islands by her nephew. Oh it's so glamorous that all the patrons of the small charming hotel get together on the veranda for drinks of gin before dinner nightly, dressed in their best evening wares. Of course there is none other than Major Palgrave, who is quite the bore with his tediously, long, and boring stories he continues to tell everyone. Even the one where he tells of the murderer he's met. He even has a picture. But soon Major Plagrave tells that story one too many times and finds himself dead, from an unknown medical condition. Naturally Miss Marple is on the case, knowing it was murder and not a medical condition. As she begins to question the guests, it appears another murder takes place, and then........

Well, I'll not give anything away. I will say I really enjoyed this one. While I'm more of a Pirot girl, I still enjoy a Marple story. She doesn't appear as a nosy, busy body, but a sharp cookie who knows how to blend. And what I enjoyed most in this story is Miss Marple and old man Mr. Rafiel who thoroughly discussed the murder...eh murders and all the guests trying to determine whodunnit. Mr. Rafiel was quite the curmudgeon but the two made a fun, interesting, and quirky pair. Why a 4 only, well, even I was able to figure out the murder in the case after some time. But it was a fun read till the end. I'm so glad I picked this one up finally and looking forward to my next Christie adventure.
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3,918 reviews69.3k followers
April 12, 2023
3.5 stars

The magical Miss Marple does it again!
Only this time she does it on a tropical vacation.


Unlike quite a few of the Marple mysteries, this one heavily features everyone's favorite little old spinster. As in, she's not just a side character in her own story. I personally just love the way her inner mind works. So proper and sweet...but not really.


The cast of characters was great, too.
You have a whole slew of people on the island who range from (supposedly) lovely to (supposedly) despicable and you can't wait to see who's going to end up getting killed off next!
Or maybe that's just me?


This one was another solid story, and even though it won't go down as one of my tippy-top Christie favorites, I quite enjoyed it.

Joan Hickson was the narrator of the audiobook version that I listened to and she did a very good job. I will say that I thought she was quite good with all the different accents except the ones that were supposed to be Hispanic. For whatever reason, the two characters I remember sounded less Spanish-y and more like they had a lisp. Although, that could just be the way I was hearing it.
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817 reviews3,514 followers
April 10, 2015
'' دائماً ما يجد القتلةُ صعوبةً في ترِك الأشياء تبدو بسيطة ''

لا أخفي عليكم كيف تُهت في هذه الرواية وكنتُ بعيداً كل البعد عن معرفة القاتل،، من الصعوبة جداً أن تخمن مجرد تخمين من هو القاتل وكل السبل التي سلكتها أجاثا كانت مضللة ومغلقة ويصعب إيجاد ثغرة في إكتشاف القاتل،، لكني أسمتعت جداً بالرواية وأدركت أنها من الروايات المتميزة والقوية في مجال الأدب البوليسي..

كُتبت هذه الرواية قبل 50 سنة ولكن يالروعة أجاثا، ما أجمل ما تكتبه هذه الكاتبة العبقرية، الحقيقة أني كنت في السابق أخشى أن أخوض تجربة مع هكذا روايات كُتبت منذ سنوات عديدة وتوقعت أن تكون ساذجة نوعاً ما ولكن تصدمني أجاثا كل مرة أقرء لها وندمت على أني لم أقرء لها منذ زمن بعيد..

هذه هي الرواية الرابعة التي أقرأها ل أجاثا ومن الجيد القول أني تعودت على أسلوبها وأحببت رواياتها بشدة..

التقييم متأرجح مابين 4 و5 نجمات ولكني أفضل ال 5 نجمات بسبب تلك النهاية المشوقة والغير المتوقعة إطلاقاً..
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562 reviews197 followers
January 17, 2020
Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is not the audiobook of the novel, it is an abridged dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple. Whilst I cannot imagine her as Miss Marple in a TV version, she is too, well I don't know but she's too something. That said her voice is excellent and so are these BBC dramatisations.
Well adapted, but obviously quite abridged, this is an enjoyable listen especially when decorating ha ha.

Another excellent Miss Marple book, and although I have seen the Joan Hickson TV adaptation, I cannot remember ever having read the book. I really enjoyed it and liked the introduction of Mr Rafiel, who I know we will see later.
I'm really enjoying this whole challenge and we still have a good few to go.
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374 reviews406 followers
March 27, 2017
الانسة ماربل تقضي اجازة في احد الجزر الهندية مع سائحين اخرين احدهما رجل يتحدث مع الانسة ماربل عن قصصه ومغامراته واحدى هذه القصص عن قاتل وتحدث عن كيفية ارتكابه جريمته وانه يحمل صورة القاتل ولكنه يتراجع عن إظهار الصورة وبعد ٢٤ ساعة يوجد ميتا.
ثم تموت خادمة الفندق لانها تعرف شيئا ما .
تقوم الانسة ماربل بمعرفة القاتل من خلال الاستماع لقصص النزلاء وكذلك مراقبة تصرفاتهم.

لغز جيد ولكن اقل مستوى من رواباتها
والترجمة رائعة.
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Author 19 books3,575 followers
March 31, 2022
A Caribbean Mystery is the 10th book in the Miss Marple series written by Dame Agatha Christie. I've read most of her books or watched television adaptations throughout my life, but this year, I am rereading the Marple and Poirot collections so that I can add more details to my reviews (or write a review now that I remember enough about it). Miss Marple needs to get away to warmer weather, prompting her nephew to gift her a trip to a Caribbean island. Of course, a few days in and there's a strange death, followed by a second one. Both on their own could've been from natural causes, but together, something doesn't seem right. As she investigates the other hotel guests, owners, and workers, she discovers many unexpected connections. Some folks knew each other before this trip. Others were secretly married or having affairs. And the murder story told by the first victim (all in good fun) apparently was a true one. Just what did he know that got him killed? Clever. Kept my focus all afternoon. Might annoy a few readers with some not-so-kind but normal-for-the-time-period language in relation to homosexuals and African-Americans. I don't ignore it, but I also read these books for the plot and understand the time in which it was written. That said, the conclusion was too abrupt and I think it could've done with more details about the past reasonings for some of the relationships.
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1,185 reviews4 followers
July 21, 2020
Agatha Christie's sleuth,Miss Marple suffers from rheumatism and her nephew arranges a trip to the Caribbean islands for her.

As Miss Marple basks in the Caribbean sunshine,she feels mildly discontended that nothing ever happens in paradise.

But soon,her complaint is rectified.An old major wants to show her the photograph of a murderer,and soon,he is himself dead.

Later,there is another murder.If that were not enough,Miss Marple,that loveable old hen,finds herself in danger.

Christie's humour,which makes an appearance every now and then,is an added bonus.Very entertaining.
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1,053 reviews407 followers
October 8, 2022
Pues otro más de nuestra querida chismosa, no ha estado mal aunque no conseguí integrarme del todo en la historia, no sé si fue porque estaba en el Caribe y no en Inglaterra que no me ubicaba...
Lo cierto es que al principio se la ve un poco, como yo, desubicada, pero ella es muy lista y se busca a sus aliados para sus pesquisas.
La verdad es que ni por todo el oro del mundo habría acertado quien era el culpable, muy difícil.
Lo mejor como siempre la resolución y las explicaciones posteriores.
Valoración: 6/10
Sinopsis: Durante su estancia en una isla del Caribe, Miss Marple conoce a un comandante retirado del ejército inglés dispuesto a revelarle la identidad de un asesino que había cometido varios crímenes en Inglaterra, pero el militar muere envenenado esa misma noche, antes de develar el misterio, y Miss Marple decide tomar cartas en el asunto para descubrir al criminal.
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2,640 reviews598 followers
July 18, 2017
This mystery sees Miss Marple relocated from her usual setting, of villages and vicarages, and deposited on a Caribbean holiday by nephew Raymond. The preceding winter had seen Miss Marple suffering from pneumonia and, with sunshine advised to aid her recovery, she is treated to a stay at the Golden Palm Hotel in St Honore, Trinidad. The hotel has been taking over by a young couple, Molly and Tim Kendal, who are keen to keep returning guests happy and ‘make a go’ of it.

Among the guests are the wealthy Mr Rafiel, attended by assistant Esther Waters and valet/masseur Arthur Jackson, Canon Prescott and his sister, Dr Graham, Major Palgrave and two married couples – Colonel Edward Hillingdon and wife, Evelyn, and Greg and Lucky Dyson. Major Palgrave is the type of elderly man who loves to tell stories about his past and Miss Marple is listening to him one day when he tells her about a murderer and, shortly afterwards, he is found dead…

Truth be told, Miss Marple has been finding her Caribbean holiday slightly monotonous, even without Major Palgrave’s interminable tales. When there are more odd happenings on the island, Miss Marple teams up with Mr Rafiel to investigate. This is an enjoyable mystery, although it is not one of Christie’s best plots and Miss Marple suffers from a lack of her usual sounding boards and cast of village characters. If you enjoy this, Mr Rafiel is mentioned in a further mystery, “Nemesis.”
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518 reviews412 followers
July 13, 2021
This is one of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries set outside England. She takes us to the Caribbean with Miss Marple coming on holiday there. Whatever Miss Marple does, murder seems to follow her. :) And we get to enjoy another murder mystery.

Here is an instance where the initiation and carrying out the investigation is done by Miss Marple alone. A first death occurs and is believed to have arisen from natural causes. Only, Miss Marple is not so sure. When a second death occurs however, Miss Marple is certain that a murderer is lurking among them. In the absence of a "proper" police procedure, Miss Marple decides to act herself to unravel the wolf in the sheep's skin with the assistance of an eccentric invalid.

While the actions of Miss Marple were entertaining, the story was poorly predictable. From the beginning, it isn't difficult to understand the pattern of the story. And by the middle of it, I knew who it was and why he'd done it. I had only to wait till the official revelation. And there was no longer any suspense. But I still liked the chatty dialogues and the intrigues of the characters. :) Even though it didn't attract fully as a murder mystery, it still held my interest quite in other directions. I only wish that Christie has taken some effort to create the holiday ambiance and the tropical setting of the Caribbean.

On the whole, it is certainly not one of the best in the Marple series, but not a bad one either.
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467 reviews3,393 followers
April 17, 2016

والدرس المستفاد مما حدث
ما قاله سيدنا عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه
" ما ندمتُ على السكوت مَرّة ، لكنني ندمت على الكلام مرارا "

اللقاء الأول مع أجاثا كريستي و عالم الرواية البوليسية

قرأتها في يوم واحد
بل في ساعات معدودة
وهذا لا يحدث معي إلا نادراً مهما بلغ استمتاعي بالعمل
ولكن الوضع هنا مختلف ، والأجواء مختلفة تماماً عن أي رواية مشوقة ومثيرة قرأتها من قبل
هناك سحرٌ ما في ما تكتب أجاثا كريستي تقريباً
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284 reviews146 followers
August 23, 2019
Ξαναδιαβάζοντας Άγκαθα Κριστι (που τόσο με είχε σημαδέψει στην εφηβεία μου, παρά λίγο να πάρω αποβολή, γιατί μια πανέξυπνη φιλόλογος στη Β Γυμνασίου με έστειλε στον Διευθυντ�� επειδή στην έκθεση με θέμα "Το αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο" έγραψα για το "Έγκλημα στη Μεσοποταμία" και το ερώτημα ήταν "αν ήξερε η μητέρα μου ότι διαβάζω τέτοια βιβλία" - "μα τα διαβάζει και αυτή") βλέπω πλέον αυτό που τότε ήμουν μικρός και ανόητος να δω : και Το σπίτι με τους ιβίσκους (έλεος, εκδόσεις Λυχνάρι, "A Caribbean Mystery") είναι ένα ακόμη ψιλορατσιστικό βιβλίο, με βλακώδεις διαλόγους, κακή χρήση της ψυχιατρικής (στα όρια της απαξίωσης) και μια πλοκή γεμάτη με δήθεν red herrings ολούθε, που μπορεί να ήταν ένα χαλαρό pageturner, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα όλα τα παραπάνω σε πετάνε απότομα στη στροφή και ξενερώνεις. Ειδικά αυτό το φινάλε, λες "what the fuck". Δεν ξέρω που προμηθεύονταν η Άγκαθα αυτά τα χάπια πίεσης που μπορούν όμως και να σε σκοτώσουν, αυτά τα χάπια και τις σταγόνες που μπορεί να σου δημιουργήσουν παραισθήσεις, ή όλα αυτά τα δηλητήρια που "δεν αφήνουν ίχνη" (Ή μάλλον τελικά αφήνουν), να μας πει και εμάς να ρίξουμε στο ποτήρι με το νερό (!) αυτών που μισούμε. Έλα τώρα, δολοφονία λάθος θύματος γιατί φορούσε το ίδιο σάλι και είχε βάψει και τα μαλλιά του με το πρόσωπο που σκόπευε να σκοτώσει κανονικά , το καταλαβαίνω θα μπορούσε να συμβεί στον κάθε δολοφόνο. Κατά τα άλλα, η Βασίλισσα του Εγκλήματος, μη χέσω. Τα βιβλία της (τουλάχιστον τα περισσότερα, γιατί αναγκάζονταν να γράψει σαν μηχανή παραγωγής) είναι απίστευτα ξεπερασμένα.
ΥΓ : αυτές οι εκδόσεις Λυχνάρι ! Οι Έλληνες φανς πίνουν νερό στο όνομα τους, αλλά εγώ μικρός θυμάμαι τις καλαίσθητες εκδόσεις Ερμείας. Ποιος έχει τα αποκλειστικά δικαιώματα, ποτέ δεν κατάλαβα. Κακοτυπωμένα και κακομεταφρασμένα. Φτηνά από κάθε άποψη...
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834 reviews135 followers
January 14, 2023
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ ½
Genre: Mystery + Classic

"A Caribbean Mystery" is a famous classic Agatha Christie mystery novel, featuring the beloved Miss Marple. This is the tenth book in the Marple series. The story is set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Honore, where Miss Marple is vacationing at a luxury hotel. However, her peaceful holiday is interrupted when Major Palgrave is murdered in his hotel room, and the investigation that follows has a number of suspects, including a shady businessman, a resentful former employee, and even a family member with a motive for murder.

Throughout the course of the book, Miss Marple works with the local police to solve the mystery of Major Palgrave's murder. At the end of the book, a shocking and gratifying denouement reveals the name of the person who committed the crime. The storyline is highly captivating, and the author maintains an appealing atmosphere that is appropriate to the setting of the mystery that is being unraveled. In most of the books in the Miss Marple series, there is at least one other intriguing character to whom the author assigns humorous qualities. In this tale, Mr. Jason Rafiel is an elderly gentleman, and the conversation that he had with Miss Marple was one of my favorites. Both of the characters have a strong and interesting rapport with one another.

Although I cannot claim that this was my favorite Christie novel, it is certainly one of the more entertaining ones due to the fact that it is well-written and the mystery is engaging. However, the fact that you have to keep track of a large cast of individuals, particularly in the beginning, is the only potential negative that I can think of. If you give it some serious thought and are familiar with Christie's other works and her style of writing, you might be able to guess the surprise that comes at the very end.
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2,194 reviews152 followers
October 17, 2020
Agatha Christie-ket legfeljebb akkor illik szerintem újraolvasni, amikor már nem emlékszünk, ki a gyilkos. Ez a könyv - ami emlékeim szerint kedvenc Miss Marple történetem volt, részben a filmnek köszönhetően - ennek a kritériumnak megfelelt. (Amúgy nyilván szintúgy a Szent Imre nefrológiai osztály könyvespolcának éke.) Ennek a szabálynak az a nem kalkulált előnye is megvan, hogy amikor az embernek menet közben mégis eszébe jut, ki a hunyó, egy pillanatra okosabbnak hiheti magát, mint a komplett nyomozóhatóság, Miss Marple-lel együtt.

Amúgy én a törékeny, ravasz kis Misst jobban kedvelem, mint Poirot-t. Az ugye itthon is általános, hogy idősebb falusi hölgyekbe komplett térfigyelő rendszert építenek be, de Miss Marple-be ezen felül egy high-tech elemző-értekelő szoftvert is telepítettek, ami úgy működik, hogy a hölgy szenzorosan érzékel holmi rejtélyt, mire az algoritmus futni kezd: a külső szemlélő ebből annyit érzékel, hogy Miss Marple többet fecseg és kötöget - de valójában nyomoz. Maga a nyomozás is szerintem tetszetős, a pletykák és híresztelések világában mozgunk, és ebből hangulatos kis pszichosztori kerekedik ki. De az hiszem, amiért én anno beleszerettem a történetbe, az (Marple személyén túl) a helyszín, maga az Antillák világa, meg a fények, amelyek mind a könyvet, mind a filmet teleragyogták. Azért is választottam ezt a címet, hátha ebből a ragyogásból most is háramlik majd rám pici, mert megérdemlem - és úgy is lett.
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488 reviews504 followers
December 30, 2018
3,5 Me ha vuelto a engañar. Menos mal, porque la lectura de El truco de los espejos me había dejado algo decepcionado. Pero con Misterio en el Caribe no he visto venir al asesino ni de lejos. Y, curiosamente, también había dejado muchísimas pistas durante la novela. En historia, quizás, no es de mis favoritas de Agatha, pero en cuanto a conseguir despistarme con la solución ha sido de los mejores. Esta mujer es genial. El marcador va 9 a 1 gananado ella jajaja <3.
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1,231 reviews169 followers
July 4, 2022
Let’s face it, I shall re-read her to my dying days ;O)

“It's all very well to talk like that,” said Mr. Rafiel. “We, you say? What do you think I can do about it? I can't even walk without help. How can you and I set about preventing a murder? You're about a hundred and I'm a broken-up old crock.”

Humour is probably not something people associate with Agatha Christie but she did have plenty of it, and used it usually when portraying silly and arrogant people. A Caribbean Mystery sees our lovely Ms Marple in the West Indies, where nothing seems to happen when compared to St Mary's Mead, until of course there is a murder, and everyone is a potential suspect. Many red herrings take us on a variety of paths, but this time a clue is given near the beginning, which will allow some readers to actually find out who the murderer by the end is. That is if you don't let yourself be lead all over the place by our manipulative author.

I guess that Robert Thorogood, creator of Death In Paradise tv series and novels, had this book in mind :O)
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717 reviews1,250 followers
August 15, 2022
حين يقول لك أقاربك ان ذلك الشخص لديه ماضي مشبوه لا ترتبط به.
استمع للنصيحة جيدا.....

20/janv/20 🌸
détective miss marpel
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71 reviews57 followers
February 13, 2022
Mientras la astuta anciana Miss Marple disfruta del sol caribeño en un gran resort recién adquirido por una pareja muy trabajadora, la anciana se siente ligeramente descontenta porque nunca pasa nada en el paraíso. Pero pronto, su queja es rectificada.

Un anciano octogenario quiere mostrarle la fotografía de un asesino, y pronto, él mismo está muerto antes de poder descifrar quien era el criminal.

Más tarde, hay otro asesinato. A partir de entonces la gallina vieja de Miss Marple comienza su peculiar investigación hablando con los turistas del resort y encajando piezas de aquí y allá, hasta dar con el verdadero culpable.

Todo ocurre muy deprisa, como con prisas. Es cierto que es un libro para leerlo en 1 o 2 días, pero me hubiera gustado disfrutar algo más de los diálogos de la anciana con los sospechosos. A pesar de eso, me ha vuelto a sorprender con el asesino.
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4,640 reviews56 followers
March 5, 2023
Books like this prove why Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime. An excellent whodunit with a convoluted plot and several surprises.
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534 reviews26 followers
April 6, 2022
Miss Marple does it again, this time while sunning at a Caribbean resort. A blowhard dies of natural causes, but Miss Marple is struck by the timing: blowhard claimed to have seen a murderer a day earlier. Assorted creepy and pathetic people, secret and twisted relationships, and greed drive this story to a worthy conclusion.
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2,164 reviews1,322 followers
August 24, 2021
A Miss Marple holiday special!

Our favourite elderly spinster soon finds herself embroiled in another mystery whilst resting on holiday.
The trip was her nephews idea as the cold weather in St Mary's Mead has been effecting her health, it's there that she meets Major Palgrave who has plenty of stories to share.
Inevitably with Jane Marple the topic of murder arises and Palgrave had intended to show her a picture of someone who he believes has got away with murder on more than one occasion, only to change his mind.

When Palgrave turns up dead the following day, Jane instantly knows it was murder and everyone on the island soon becames a suspect.

I'll confess that I had some trepidation knowing where this story was set, there were definitely some stuck in its time elements.
I actually felt more disappointed that Christie didn't really transport me to that part of the world as effectively as some of her other novels.
Though I guess everything being set within a resort added to the stakes.

The mystery itself felt like a return to form for a later day Christie and while all the clues were presented fairly I was still baffled by the 'whodunit' for the majority of the story.
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892 reviews2,985 followers
May 15, 2017
“She had one weapon and one weapon only, and that was conversation.”

It fell rather flat in comparison to other Christie's works, but 1) you can't really blame Miss Marple for not being Hercule Poirot and 2) you can't really blame anyone for not being Hercule Poirot. They try, they do, but it's not their fault if they fail. The same goes for the characters/suspects. I don't know, it's as if Miss Marple makes everything duller, and Poirot everything shinier. I can't help feeling this difference and it's not my fault either.

But Mr. Rafiel was everything. A couple of decades younger, and I'd have wanted him to propose to Miss Marple. Scratch that, I wanted him to propose and that's it. Their banter was cute and fun, and definitely unexpected.

“If you knew what you looked like that night with that fluffy pink wool all round your head, standing there and saying you were Nemesis! I'll never forget it!”
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694 reviews194 followers
February 6, 2019
I read this one for the "overseas travel" square because it gets Miss Marple out of St. Mary's Mead on a long vacation to the sunny climes of the West Indies. As is often the case with Christie, the reader must, rather uncomfortably, wade through some casual racism/colonialism/sexism to enjoy the mystery.

I don't think that this is one of Christie's best, though. Her mysteries often rely strongly on coincidence, but this one takes the use of coincidence to a whole new level of ridiculously unbelievable. I did enjoy the introduction to Mr. Rafiel, and would've liked to hear more about him. He made a nice counterpoint to Miss Marple.
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