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Nemesis (Miss Marple #12)

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In utter disbelief, Miss 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 intriguing.

Soon she is
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by William Morrow (first published November 1971)
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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.
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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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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Kaion
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seen, series
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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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 was
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Mayra
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Miriam
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Conservative old people with judgmental attitudes + half-assed amateur psychology = offensive and unconvincing mystery
Veronique
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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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Alfred Haplo
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
[* Edit Feb 9, 2017: Added a link] 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, retained its sharp curiosity on human motivations, a gift employed often in the past to solve mysteries. When a call came from the grave of an old acquaintance for help, but with no clu ...more
Amira Mahmoud
إذا كُنت مفتش ذو خبرة في مجال الجريمة
وحصلت على معلومات لجريمة ما للتحقيق فيها واكتشاف الجاني
إنها عملية شاقة
تحتاج من الحنكة والمجهود الكثير
عين ثاقبة , وتفكير مُنظم , وأدلة تُرشدك إلى وجهتك الصحيحة

لكن
كيف سيكون الحال
إذا لم تكن يوماً ما مفتش أو ما شابه ذلك
أنت فقط عجوز مسن ترهقه آلام الروماتيزم والظهر
يمتلك من ضعف النظر والسمع قدراً لا بأس به
كلّ هذا يمكن التغلب عليه
يمكن ؟
يمكن ..
لكن الذي لا تستطيع التغلب عليه هو أن تُفتش عن جاني وتحاول اكتشاف جريمة أنت لا تعلم عنها أي شيء على الإطلاق
تبحث في اللامكان ,
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Sarah
Jul 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophie Hannah
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nahed.E
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لغز جديد مع أجاثا
ومتعة أخري تقرأها وتشعر بها تتغلغل بداخلك ..
فلا صوت ولا ضوضاء ولا شئ حولك يأخذك منها ..
فهي تأسرك تماما ..
ليس الحبكة فقط في حل اللغز ،
لا .. ولكن الرواية في حد ذاتها تستغرقك ..
وتري نفسك مُهتماً .. تقلب الصفحات وتحاول تذكر الأحداث .. وتأخذ أنفاسك وتصبر وتقرأ ..
ثم تراها تسبقك .. تسبقك في أفكارك ووساوسك ..
ثم تُدهشك بحل لا فرار من الإعجاب به (:
Ririn
Finally! I can read the plot and succeed in guessing the right perpetrator, yeay!!
Laurel Young
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Cyndi
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hoda
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ابداع وتشويق بكل ما للكلمة من معنى
غزل أدم
طوال فترة القراءة وأنا أتخيل مس ماربل سميحة أيوب
Helen
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remembered this too well from a previous read. This follows on from Caribbean Mystery, where Marple is hired to investigate a cold case.
John Frankham
One of the very best Miss Marples, not least because she is present throughout. She is given a free coach tour of gardens and houses in order to solve a crime from the past. But, what crime? Who are her allies, and who her adversaries....?

The GR blurb:

'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 w
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Lindley Walter-smith
This is definitely later Christie - rambling, slow-moving, somewhat dreamlike (or nightmarelike), with lots of discursive conversations and relying on psychology and possibilities rather than clues. YMMV on whether you prefer this to the exquisitely constructed puzzles of her early books.

There are a couple of points that make me uncomfortable enough to deduct a star. One is the trivialising of rape - it's hard to cope with a character who is supposed to be sympathetic because he's done nothing r
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Sifat
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Agatha Christie is a well known mystery queen because of her writing as such. 👌

June Whitfield stars as the sharp-witted old maid sleuth in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast performance. Miss Marple is completely stunned to get a letter from the as of late expired Mr. Rafiel, a colleague she had met quickly on her voyages. The letter leaves directions for Miss Marple, whom Mr. Rafiel had perceived as a characteristic analyst, to research a wrongdoing after his demise. There are positively no in
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Sinta Nisfuanna
"Cinta memang sesuatu yang sangat mengerikan. Cinta bisa merupakan suatu hal yang paling jahat yang mungkin ada, dan itu bisa berarti hidup dalam kejahatan." (h.357)

Sejak proyek membaca AC ini, baru kali ini membaca aksi Miss Marple dari sejak lembaran pertama novel. Meski pelakunya tertebak, tapi bagaimana Miss Marple menjalankan penyelidikan dengan gayanya yang terkesan lamban tapi tajam dan jeli, membuat saya ikut mempertajam diri setiap kali mengikuti obrolan-obrolan Miss Marple.

Recommended
Arya Nasoetion
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can stand reading about a granny solving a case
It's okay, I guess. If only Ms. Marple was a young and beautiful sleuth, and not an old woman...
Amaranta
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglesi
Un nuovo caso per la vecchietta dallo scialle rosa e dalle ginocchia stanche. Questa volta in vacanza fra ville antiche e bei fiori nei pressi di casa, Miss Marple è pronta a scoprire le tracce di un antico omicidio e a far luce su di esso. Ancora una volta, nervi saldi, chiacchiera pronta e cervello aguzzo.
La storia è piacevole,anche se con un finale prevedibile. Ma credo che la grandezza di Agatha consista nella sua grande fantasia. Io e Miss Marple però non abbiamo legato molto.
Alberto
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
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  • A Murder Is Announced
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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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