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Miss Marple's Final Cases

(Miss Marple #14)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,540 ratings  ·  298 reviews
A collection of Miss Marple mysteries, plus some bonus short stories...First, the mystery man in the church with a bullet-wound...then, the riddle of a dead man's buried treasure...the curious conduct oif a caretaker after a fatal riding accident...the corpse and a tape-measure...the girl framed for theft...and the suspect accused of stabbing his wife with a dagger. Six gr ...more
160 pages
Published 2003 by Collins Crime (first published October 1979)
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now come to the end of my Miss Marple reading marathon this year, with this final volume, “Miss Marple’s Final Cases.” Although I often struggle with short stories, this is a fun collection, with a mix of both stories which feature Miss Marple and a couple of stand-alone stories thrown in. The stories included are: Sanctuary (featuring the wonderful Bunch Harmon, well known from other Miss Marple books). Strange Jest (in which Miss Marple helps a young couple find an inheritance), The Tap ...more
I was meant to read this as the final book in my Miss Marple Marathon in 2017, but somehow I never did.
So after a Christmas of numerous Poirots on tv, I thought I’d finally finish my challenge, 13 months late. And very enjoyable it was to.
This book of short stories showcases both how clever an author Agatha Christie was and also how enjoyable Miss Marple stories are (ok I know that was badly constructed sentence , to end with "are" ).
As I've said before Miss Marple for me IS Joan Hickson, an
Andrei Bădică
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Se cunosc cazuri când un om rănit mortal s-a ridicat singur și a mers o bună bucată de drum ca și cum nimic nu s-ar fi întâmplat, pentru ca după cinci, zece minute să leșine instantaneu. Meșterii de odinioară erau foarte inventivi când trebuiau să conceapă ascunzători. E ca și cum ai ascunde un secret într-un alt secret."
"- Pur și simplu, dacă trăiești într-un sătuc, așa ca mine, ajungi să cunoști și să înveți despre natura umană. "
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The Vicar's wife came around the corner of the vicarage with her arms full of chrysanthemums. A good deal of rich garden soil was attached to her strong brogue shoes and a few fragments of earth were adhering to her nose, but of that fact she was perfectly unconscious.

Christened by her optimistic parents Diana, Mrs Harmon had become Bunch at an early age for somewhat obvious reasons and the name had stuck to her ever since. Clutching the chrysanthemums, she made her way through the gat
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
They are all good, but I love Miss Marple the most
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Book 14 of the Miss Marple Challenge. This one is a set of short stories, six of the “original” final cases, an additional Miss Marple story “Greenshaw’s Folly” and two non-Marple stories, “In A Glass Darkly” and “the Dressmaker’s Doll”. The edition I have has only the original six but I dug out two others from other Christie short story collections that I have so it’s sort of a “cheat” marking this one as “read” since I have missed “Dressmaker’s Doll”.

The last six of Miss Marple’s cases were no
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Miss Marple’s Final Cases’ is the first Agatha Christie that I have read and it’s one that I happened across rather than chose to read. ‘Final Cases’ is a collection of six short Miss Marple stories along with two additional and somewhat eerie stories of the supernatural. This collection was originally published in 1979 but the individual stories date variously from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Miss Marple is of course and enduringly delightful, charming, memorable and likeable literary creation and
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5* but honestly, I couldn't make myself round it up to 3...

It was a snoozefest. I kinda felt like pages were missing from my book!?? I mean, short stories, okay, but damn.

Let me show you what it felt like.

Miss Christie: "There's a butler with a pink umbrella who has a tabby cat and smokes two cigarettes a day. Who is the killer?"
Me: …
Me, 2 hours later: …
Me, on my dying day: f*ck it, I give up. HOW WOULD I KNOW FROM INFORMATION THAT IRRELEVANT!!?!!!

Yeah. That's what it was like. Stories that w
zahra haji
على الرغم من عنوان الكتاب (والذي اختاره الناشر ليلائم تاريخ نشرها حيث جمعت
القصص من مجلات قديمة لتنشر بعد وفاة الكاتبة ) فهو مناسب ليكون البداية في دخول
عالم أجاثا وللتعرف على الآنسة ماربل التي تعد من أهم الشخصيات في قصص كريستي
ففي هذه المجموعة مقدمة تعريفية عن ماربل عائلتها حياتها عام ظهورها
وتحولها لأشهر الشخصيات الخيالية.. القصص التي حققت فيها وحتى مخطط تفصيلي
وتخيلي لقريتها سينت ميري ميد
تضم المجموعة 8 قصص ..6 قصص بطلتها ماربل
وبما أن العزيزة ماربل خبيرة بالنفس البشرية وخباياها فحل تلك القضاي
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Namanya saja kumpulan cerita, ada yg bagus dan biasa saja. Dua cerita terakhir berbau mistis.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Miss Marple stories are OK, although I really prefer the full length novels. What spoils the book for me are the two final stories, sans Miss Marple. I don't at all care for this sort of supernatural horror stuff that doesn't make sense in the first place, let alone in this collection.
Aslı Dağlı
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yorumum icin -> instagram: dagli_asli
Mahdia S 140A501
Miss Marple's final cases is a really interesting book. I finished reading it in a short period of time as I was flipping pages without getting bored. All the seven short stories are interesting but I was surprised because there was a horror story which is not Agatha Christie's style but it was worth reading. I would recommend this book to all people of different ages who like mystery.
Abu Hasan محمد عبيد
أهمية هذا الكتاب تكمن في المقدمة التي تضمنته عن أغاثا وأعماله وشخصية الآنسة ماربل
يضم الكتاب 6 قصص قصيرة: أربع منها عن قضايا تقوم بحلها الآنسة ماربل، واثنان لا وجود لشخصية الآنسة ماربل فيهما، بل لا يمكن تصنيفهما تحت صنف الروايات أو القصص البوليسية، إذ هما أقرب للأدب الغرائبي
وأرى أن أغاثا قد وفقت في هاتين القصتين، ولا أدري إن كان لها قصص أخرى قريبة من هذا النوع
Kate Beth Heywood
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some wonderful short stories featuring Miss Marple, although the latter two don't feature her at all. The Dressmaker's Doll was really creepy! Great read.
Rachel Bridgeman
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2019
These 8 stories serve as a sign off point for Agatha Christie's most famous female detective.
Unlike 'The 13 problems', which centre Marple and get a bit wearisome by the end, these have characters and plots which lead up to the elderly sleuth intervening and solving the mystery.
She uses her observations of human nature from living in a small village to apply logic and sense to things that others may not have given credence to- especially younger people.
In a gentle, chiding manner she draws each
Kamil Ashton Foster
Generalnie beznadzieja i daje 2,5/5 gwiazdek, bo szkoda gadać
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
كتابي الاول لاغاثا، كنت في الثانية عشر و لسبب ما ما زلت اذكر بعش قصصه و ما زلت اذكر الاختباء تحت البطانية مع المصباح الصغير لاقرأ في الوقت الذي يجب ان اكون فيه نائمة :)
Nada Sobhi
Miss Marple's Final Cases is by none other than Dame Agatha Christie. It's my first read featuring sleuthing oldie Miss Marple, whom it seems even the police like to get her opinion about certain cases. However, I have seen several older episodes based on the books before.

The book comprises nine short stories, some of which are sub-divided into shorter chapters.

I must note in advance that I recommend reading the stories in order. While they are not related, I later realised that apart from Miss
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
القضايا الأخيرة للآنسة ماربل

يتكون الكتاب من مقدمة تعريفية عن الآنسة ماربل وعائلتها والقرية التي عاشت بها وصديقاتها وثرثرتها
مقدمة جميلة لتعرف على حياتها

ثم تبدأ القصص القصيرة
يتكون من ثماني قصص قصيرة وجميلة جداً
هناك قصتان لا تتواجد بهما الآنسة ماربل

اول ستة قصص جرائم بسيطة ولكن كان من الصعب معرفة القاتل في كل منها لكن بطلتنا الذكية ذو الفطنة والحنكة استطاعت معرفة القاتل في كل قصة لتبهرنا بإسلوبها وذكائها

آخر قصتين كانو غريبات جداً لدرجة
قصة دمية الخياطة اعتقدتها قصة رعب
اما قصة جريمة في المرآة
Vikas Singh
Published posthumously , this is a collection of nine short stories two of which do not feature Miss Jane Marple. One of the stories The Case of the caretaker, first published in The Strand in 1942 was later expanded into full fledged novel- Endless night published in 1967. In the novel there is no Miss Marple. However when the novel was adapted into a movie, Miss Marple had a significant role. Since the short story format does not leave enough space for plot to be fully developed, the collectio ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8 قصص
لكلاً منها نكهته الخاصة ،
الكتاب جاء مناسب جدا لإجازة العيد

ربما أكثر قصة أثرت فيني هي قصة " دمية الخياطة "
لأن موضوع حركة الدمى والإعتقاد بإن الدمى تتحرك وتتحدث أيضا هو أحد معتقدات طفولتي. البريئة ☺
بالعامية " خوفتني هالقصة "

أنصحكم به كتاب لطيف جدا

Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصصية تتكون من ثماني قصص قصيرة، ست منهن يقدمن الآنسة ماربل.
قصص للقراءة الخفيفة؛ أحببت قضية وكيلة البيت (وهي قصة قصيرة لرواية ليل لا ينتهي) و جريمة في المرآة.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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More like “This reviewer’s final decision to never read Agatha Christie again”. At the end of her life, Agatha Christie agreed to publish the remaining Miss Marple short stories which hadn’t yet been put into book format.

There’s a reason they hadn’t yet been put into book format. These are indicative of Christie at her short story laziest, and Miss Marple – a character who is often “magically” intuitive in her understanding – here is just a plot device to reveal answers no one could ever have kn
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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Ideal bed time reading - the stories are written well enough to draw you in, but are short and formulaic enough to not keep you up all night guessing what happened next.

Some of the stories are more obvious than others. Unlike in the The Thirteen Problems, there is no particular thread to collection - and no story line within the collection to reveal more about Miss Marple (or why the collection is titled Final Cases). For that, 3 stars, not more.

I guess, if Christie had been able alive to have
Marie Godley
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie at her best and it's nice to have some short stories that you can read quickly in between doing other things.
John Frankham
Pretty thin stuff. Enjoyable but not more.

The GR blurb:

'A collection of Miss Marple mysteries, plus some bonus short stories...First, the mystery man in the church with a bullet-wound...then, the riddle of a dead man's buried treasure...the curious conduct oif a caretaker after a fatal riding accident...the corpse and a tape-measure...the girl framed for theft...and the suspect accused of stabbing his wife with a dagger. Six gripping cases with one thing in common - the astonishing deductive pow
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keď spravím priemer môjho hodnotenia všetkých deviatich poviedok, vyjde 3,2*. Nakoľko mám ale momentálne čitateľskú krízu a v podstate všetky knihy po oár stranách zavriem, zatiaľ čo táto ma hneď chytila a ani mi nenapadlo prestať... Tie 4* si zaslúži.
Inak obálka je odporná a ešte sa aj viaže na moju najmenej obľúbenú poviedku. Nebola tam slečna Marplová a akosi to nemalo žiadne rozuzlenie. Inak to bolo fajn. Síce žiadne wow poviedky (stále od Agathy preferujem romány), ale aj tak to bolo dobré.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection contains a couple of standalone mysteries, as well as several featuring Miss Marple. They are all excellent examples of how Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, constructs a taut and engaging plot and believable characters in a few carefully chosen phrases. I have always enjoyed the Miss Marple short stories, they work well in a way that some of the later novels do not, and this is an enjoyable and easy read. Perfect for a winter's evening or two.

كعادة كتب أجاثا نادرًا ما تخيب ظني، حتى لو لم تكون ممتازة فحتمًا لن تكون سيئة.

القصص كلها أعجبتني عدا الأولى (ملاذ) والتي وجدتها مملة و(دمية الخياطة) التي كانت مملة أيضًا وكانت شاذة عن باقي القصص لغياب الآنسة ماربل أولًا ولأنها قصة -خارقة للطبيعة- وليست قصة جريمة ونهايتها لم تعجبني أما بقية القصص أمتعتني والقضايا متنوعة وذكية رغم ان أجاثا بالغت في فكرة تنكر الجاني بأغلب القصص.

أفضل قصتين وقعت في غرامهما قصة (جريمة قتل في المرآة) و والتي كانت مليئة بالمشاعر وتحمل فكرة مميزة وقضية (حكاية الآنسة
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