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Nemesis

(Miss Marple #12)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  22,313 ratings  ·  1,138 reviews
In utter disbelief, Jane Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel - an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intruguing. Soon she ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 1971)
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Brina
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the year winding down, I find myself tying up loose ends or trying to find one or two more quality novels to read. Yet, when the reading detectives group selected to read Miss Marple's final case, Nemesis, this month, I could not resist joining in the group read. I have long viewed mysteries as my palette cleaners, my bridge in between denser reads. No author does this trick better for me than the queen of crime, Dame Agatha Christie. With a new version of Murder on the Orient Express out i ...more
Henry Avila
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Jane Marple, the lovable, old, amateur crime fighter , (murders only please, how much time does she have left? ) is back in action again, reading the obituaries in the newspapers, something the ancients, can't stop from doing, all their friends and the people they know, are dropping like flies. Miss Jane , discovers that Mr. Jason Rafiel, who worked with her in a previous case , ( A Caribbean Mystery) has passed away, he was a rich, retired army major, a wizard at finances. She had met him ...more
carol.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Alfred! Don't read this!

Everybody else:

Nemesis. For such an ominous title, Christie presents a rather philosophically reserved and sedentary work. Miss Marple, of the pink fluffy wool and knitting needles, has been left a bequest by Mr. Rafiel, the debilitated rich man she met during A Caribbean Mystery. The bequest is conditional; she must investigate and elucidate a certain happening within a year. No more information is provided. The premise intrigues her and she accepts the challenge. She ta
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Nemesis (Miss Marple #12), Agatha Christie
Nemesis is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie (1890–1976) and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in November 1971. It was the last Miss Marple novel the author wrote, although Sleeping Murder was the last Christie novel to be published.
Miss Marple receives a post card from the recently deceased Jason Rafiel, a millionaire whom she had met during a holiday on which she had encountered a murder, which asks her to look into an
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Kaion
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, seen
In which I mostly skirt around my incredibly long and ever-expanding views on societal victim-shaming because who has days to type that up and people just want to know about the wacky British people, for godssake

Nemesis starts very intriguingly, with Mr. Rafiel, introduced in A Caribbean Mystery leaving Miss Marple in his will twenty-thousand pounds, given she solve a mystery for him. Old hat for Miss Marple, right? Except she won't be told the who, the what, the where, or the when of the crime,
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Lata
Despite Miss Marple's twittering, kindly, old biddy persona that she presents to many, she's an analytical, stern, rather ruthless and calculating person, carefully evaluating people's behaviour and words to very effectively determine who is a murderer.
Nemesis is a fairly slow moving story, as Miss Marple is tasked with uncovering a mystery by a rich financier she had met while vacationing in the Caribbean some time before. There is much time spent while Miss Marple gets to know a number of peo
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Richard Derus
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a mess. A plot that makes no sense. A cast of characters that, frankly, has no coherent logic for their appearance, disappearance, or involvement with each other. Dull writing. Blundering about and letting people killed? What's Marple up to? And Rafiel, the man of justice, sets this death-fest up to...?

It's all wool and smoke. It is unsavory and disappointing.

Then came the Hickson Marple. *shudder* What a farrago. Resembles the book very little, but not to the benefit of the filmed version.
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Adrian
Phew, just finished and you know, I don't think I've ever read this. I knew the story, probably through the TV version, but this was even better.
The plot was excellent and it was probably the Miss Marple book with her the most visible, which truly made it enjoyable. A wonderful cast of characters, in a fantastic setting and an unknown mystery to solve with Miss Marple in the middle of it, what more could you want.
And now that being the last novel, and only the final short stories to go in this c
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Susan
This year I have been reading (or rather re-reading) all of the Miss Marple books. Although I have one book of short stories left, this is the final novel, published in 1971 (Christie died in 1976). Many of Christie’s later books are not considered up to par with her greatest works, mostly published in the 1930’s. Certainly, Christie – through her characters – is a little crotchety in this outing. Young women are referred to in rather unkind terms, showing the author’s displeasure with the more ...more
BrokenTune
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
‘She’s going to take it on, is she? Sporting old bean,’ he said. Then he added, ‘I suppose she knows something of what it’s all about, does she?’ ‘Apparently not,’ said Mr Broadribb.

I would have reviewed this one a while ago, right after I read the book, in fact, but I really didn't want to be reminded about much of the book.

I have really grown to dislike Miss Marple and this book is a fine example of everything that bugs me about her character.

From her innate xenophobia:

"The fourth chair
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pink pills and paper
Very slow start. Good plot, though.
Lotte
2.5/5. Turns out I'm just not a fan of Christie's 1970s novels (except for the ones she wrote years before, but which were published in the 1970s). The mystery itself was actually quite good, but what really annoyed me were some of the remarks made by Miss Marple and other characters in this story. A lot of it was highly problematic - there was some victim blaming mixed with a few xenophobic and rascist comments and totally outdated views on women's position in society. No idea if these were Chr ...more
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
Love, love, love Mrs. Marple. I want to be like her when I am older. The story is really great, suspenseful and leaves you guessing till the end!!!!
Veronique
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2017
"Was she, Jane Marple—could she ever be—ruthless? “D’you know,” said Miss Marple to herself, “it’s extraordinary, I never thought about it before. I believe, you know, I could be ruthless….”

Ms Marple might look innocuous, but this old lady has secret depths. Who said being old meant stupid or indeed harmless? No, this old lady can be ruthless in her search for justice, and this is the mission assigned to her from the grave by an old acquaintance, the millionaire Mr Rafiel. Off goes Jane trying
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Mir
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Conservative old people with judgmental attitudes + half-assed amateur psychology = offensive and unconvincing mystery
Jan C
One of my favorites of Miss Marple's stories. Not sure why. Maybe it is the promise of riches (to her) at the end or danger she puts herself in. Or just the fact that she is traveling around rather staying in one (relatively) safe place.

Jason Rafiel, whom she met when her nephew sent her to the West Indies, gave her the sobriquet of Nemesis and is dying, leaves her some funds if she will resolve a situati0n. He doesn't really tell her what the situation is, and his lawyers don't really know much
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Alfred Haplo
At the heart of it, Nemesis is a story about love. A powerful emotion that brings out the best and worst, and propels people to act in ways that surprise them. The story begins with Miss Marple, resigned to passivity from a rheumatoid back. Her mind, though diminished in memory, retains its sharp curiosity on human motivations, a gift employed often in the past to solve mysteries. When a call comes from the grave of an old acquaintance for help, but with no clue as to how and why, Miss Marple’s ...more
Sarah
Jul 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I didn't finish this book. The mystery portion is confused and pretty slow to build - most likely because we are following a much older, slower Marple, but this keeps the story from being more entertaining. The real reason I didn't finish, and the reason for the one star review, is that for much of the book Miss Marple and various other "good" characters blame young women for getting raped. No joke, they actually spell it out several times that "these young girls" seduce men and then say they've ...more
Roman Clodia
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual mystery as Miss Marple is sent on a quest with no clues as to who has been murdered...

I loved the atmosphere of this book which has scenes steeped in a brooding melancholy - and it's rich in literary allusions: Clytemnestra, Ophelia, Chekhov's Three Sisters, Romeo and Juliet. More disconcerting are some horrible period attitudes towards women and rape ("Girls... are far more ready to be raped nowadays... their mothers insist... that they should call it rape").

It's lovely, too, to see
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Janete
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another Agatha Christie's book that I read in just one sitting (in my mother language Portuguese). I'm in a reading marathon here in Brazil. Until 2/3 of the book, I wasn't really thrilled, however, there was a plot twist that made me feel interested to know the end of it.
Laurel Young
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sophie Hannah
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant. One of the best Agatha plot hooks ever. Miss Marple gets a letter from a man she met once before. He is now dead, and his solicitor forwards a letter he left for Miss Marple. In it, he asks her to solve a crime for him. If she succeeds, she will get twenty thousand pounds. But the letter contains no actual information or firm instructions about how to proceed.... A very satisfying book!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I find it ironic and amusing how clearly Agatha Christie loved writing about her proper, Matronly sleuth Miss Marple, while making her slightly prejudiced against foreigners, while her other main, Poirot, was such a foreigner he basically embodied everything it means to be one.

p 65: "Miss Marple had never succeeded in abandoning her Victorian view of foreigners. One never KNEW with foreigners.""

I've read a handful of Miss Marple stories, but generally find most of them to be lackluster compare
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Wsm
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christie
This was published just a few years before Agatha Christie died,but in her old age,just like Miss Marple,Christie was still very sharp.This is a multiple murder mystery in which Miss Marple finds herself in mortal danger.A fitting finale to the Miss Marple series.
Glen
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A rich man, a character from a previous novel in the series, dies and leaves Miss Marple something in his will. The condition is that she has to uncover and redress an injustice. Unfortunately, nobody has any idea what the injustice might be. Miss Marple starts poking around, and finds out all kinds of things.

Pretty good, not up to Christie's very best, but well worth reading.
Ririn
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally! I can read the plot and succeed in guessing the right perpetrator, yeay!!
Ghost of the Library
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always hesitate when approaching an author such as Agatha....most read books ever, most published author, only the Bible has sold more copies....makes it a little daunting at times to try and review one of her books! (It's a lot of pressure...lol).
Back when i was a child I remember watching the TV show Miss Marple and delighting in the character and her unique approach to crime solving.
For some reason however, it wasn't until much later than I began reading the books....blame it on Poirot if y
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Alberto
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
By the 1970s when Christie wrote her last three books (Nemesis, Elephants Can Remember, Postern of Fate) it seems extremely likely that she was suffering from Alzheimer's. At the very least, she was obsessively preoccupied with the subject of memory loss. Let's look at the first chapter of Nemesis.

Mr Rafiel and his masseur-attendant Jackson ... (12 lines later) ... He had with him a valet attendant, a qualified masseur ... (7 lines later) ... Miss Marple wondered whether Jackson? Johnson? had st
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Cyndi
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the Caribbean mystery Miss Marple meets an old man who is so impressed with her skill as an amateur detective. In his will he bequeaths some money to her if she will solve a mystery. Sounds easy enough for the Devine Miss M, but he doesn't give her any clues. Of course she does. She's Miss Marple!
Kim Kaso
Re-reading & reading all of Agatha Christie. This one is a pleasure. Miss Marple becomes Nemesis in a pink fluffy scarf for the second time. Innumerable cups of tea, much knitting & thinking & twittering in an "old pussy" manner to throw sand in the eyes of almost all & sundry. Many red herrings & interesting types, but she hones in on evil like it is true north. I almost always love my time in Christie's various world's, & as I grow older I appreciate how invisible and s ...more
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“I really cannot understand the point of what you're saying. Really,' said Clotilde, looking at her. 'What a very extraordinary person you are. What sort of a woman are you? Why are you talking like this? Who are you?'

Miss Marple pulled down the mass of pink wool that encircled her head, a pink wool scarf of the same kind that she had once worn in the West Indies.

'One of my names,' she said, 'is Nemesis.'

'Nemesis? And what does that mean?'

'I think you know,' said Miss Marple. 'You are a very well educated woman. Nemesis is long delayed sometimes, but it comes in the end.”
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