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Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories 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 toThis 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 and so every time I read the words Miss Marple I see Joan Hickson in my head and somehow it makes the story even enjoyable as i imagine her eyes twinkling as she teases whichever policeman is trying to follow her wonderfully rambling stories Just sheer magic so read enjoy and just allow the magic to flow through you They are all good but I love Miss Marple the most Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories Miss Marple #14 Agatha ChristieMiss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club in October 1979 The book contains eight short storiesList of stories SanctuaryStrange JestTape Measure MurderThe Case of the CaretakerThe Case of the Perfect MaidMiss Marple Tells a StoryThe Dressmaker's DollIn a Glass DarklyGreenshaw's Folly تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوم ماه آگوست سال 2017 میلادیعنوان آخرین پرونده خانم مارپل؛ نویسنده آگاتا کریستی؛ برخی داستانهای این کتاب در کتاب سه موش کور نیز چاپ شده اند ا شربیانی 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 gate to the churchyard and so to the church door The November air was mild and damp Clouds scudded across the sky with patches of blue here and there Inside the church was dark and cold; it was unheated except at service times 'Brrrrrh' said Bunch expressively 'I'd better get on with this uickly I don't want to die of cold'ABOUT THIS BOOK A collection of Miss Marple mysteries plus some bonus short storiesFirst the mystery man in the church with a bullet woundthen the riddle of a dead man's buried treasurethe curious conduct oif a caretaker after a fatal riding accidentthe corpse and a tape measurethe girl framed for theftand the suspect accused of stabbing his wife with a dagger Six gripping cases with one thing in common the astonishing deductive powers of Miss Marple MY THOUGHTS Is there anything I could say about Christie's Miss Marple that hasn’t been said before I adore 'Aunt Jane' and this collection of short stories was new to me Although it appears that Aunt Jane is becoming frailer her mind is as sharp as ever June Whitfield played Miss Marple in the BBC Radio version I listened to with a whole cast of other supporting narrators And while I loved it the sound effects are magnificent you do miss out on a lot of extraneous details which means that at some point in the future I will read the book THE AUTHOR Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections fourteen plays and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Toruay Devon England UK as the youngest of three 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 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 poisonHer 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 magazinesIn 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 uarreled 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 daysIn 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 1976Christie freuently 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 Toruay 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 acuired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938 is now in the care of the National TrustChristie 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 plotsDuring the Second World War Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College London where she acuired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year she became the President of the Detection Club DISCLOSURE I listened to the BBC Radio full cast drama version of Miss Marple's Final Cases with Miss Marple played by June Whitfield published by BBC Worldwide Ltd via OverDrive All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my webpage ‘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 the stories are compelling stylishly written entertaining and satisfyingly complete in themselves When compared to the Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels the only other classic literary sleuth I am familiar with – the likeable Miss Marple is almost the antithesis of the wonderful but eually dislikeable Sherlock Holmes The Miss Marple stories here do feel by comparison much lighter less mysterious less dark and ultimately less thrilling than those concerning Sherlock Holmes Clearly Conan Doyle was writing some decades earlier than Christie about a very different kind of main protagonist set in a very different world and creating a very different kind of mystery – so from that perspective it is perhaps a little erroneous to compare the two The stories non Miss Marple stories included here were of a far eerie and supernatural nature not too dissimilar to the ghost stories of Susan Hill and were suitably ghostly and chilling in natureHaving read reviews of this collection of Miss Marple stories it seems reasonable to view this book as a short light and enjoyable introduction to the wider world of Agatha Christie and to her well known critically acclaimed and endlessly adapted works such as ‘Orient Express Roger Ackroyd And Then There Were One Crooked House ABC Murders et al it is these works that I am looking forward to reading and with some expectation of them displaying depth complexity and mystery 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 not restricted to murder alone Though the majority of the stories four of the six do involve murders there is also a hidden treasure in fact than one and robbery in the other two which were as much fun as the murder stories and Miss Marple shows us that not all hidden treasures are “hidden” and not all the obvious suspects the actual murderers In these we find ourselves back in St Mary Mead as well as Chipping Cleghorn where a murder was announced with old friends the Harmons Bunch particularly Jane Helier from the Thirteen Problems Doctor Haydock Mrs Price Ridley Raymond and Joan and of course Tiglath Pileser though he makes only a brief appearance The story I most enjoyed in the collection was not a murder one to my own surprise but the “Perfect Maid” which was such fun―I remembered the solution from a previous read but wouldn’t have guessed otherwise And one can’t help but love Doctor Haydock for knowing just the right medicine for Miss Marple a case to solve when she needs itOf the other two stories “Greenshaw’s Folly” was enjoyable pretty complicated really but seemed to me just a little bit far fetched with a plot detail was uite similar to another story “In a Glass Darkly” was certainly the creepiest of the lot not exactly a supernatural story but with a touch of the uncanny that made it very enjoyable indeed This was a great collection to end the Miss Marple challenge I’ve really enjoyed reading the books chronologically Many of the mysteries were excellent―the puzzles keeping me guessing A Murder is Announced The Body in the Library 450 from Paddington Sleeping Murder among them but there was so much to them as well I also enjoyed the social changes taking place with each of the books Miss Marple’s reactions to them the characters that AC herself was a great observer of human nature stands out in so many and even the changes in Miss Marple herself who when I read the first book this time was so very different to the impression I had of her and changed as the books progressed The books also make to an extent uite a strong statement against stereotyping on account of age―Miss Marple mayn’t be physically strong a bit of a stereotype in itself but her mind is as sharp as ever and where everyone else fails Miss M always has the right answer This has been a great challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed 25 but honestly I couldn't make myself round it up to 3It was a snoozefest I kinda felt like pages were missing from my book I mean short stories okay but damnLet me show you what it felt likeMiss Christie There's a butler with a pink umbrella who has a tabby cat and smokes two cigarettes a day Who is the killerMe Me 2 hours later Me on my dying day fck it I give up HOW WOULD I KNOW FROM INFORMATION THAT IRRELEVANT Yeah That's what it was like Stories that were rushed and sloppy details that were just pointless and the last two stories didn't even feature Miss Marple 35 stars I definitely prefer The Thirteen Problems as a collection but Miss Marple is always a charming detective for a short story Nove casos nove mistérios aparentemente fáceis de resolver o caso insólito de um homem ferido ue procura a igreja como refúgio; a enigmática charada ue um velho excêntrico decide deixar como herança; uma criada cuja extrema eficiência levanta suspeitas; uma sinistra premonição ue muda o rumo de várias vidas e é claro Miss Marple ue – para estupefacção geral – resolve tudo aparentemente num piscar de olhosMiss Marple Investiga Miss Marple’s Final Cases foi originalmente publicado na Grã Bretanha em 1979 ano em ue seria igualmente editado nos Estados Unidos 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

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