Miss Marple and Mystery

Miss Marple and Mystery : The Complete Short Stories

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A brand new omnibus of 55 short stories, presented for the first time in chronological order.

Described by her friend Dolly Bantry as ' the typical old maid of fiction', Miss Marple has lived almost her entire life in the sleepy hamlet of St Mary Mead. Yet, by observing village life she has gained an unparalleled insight into human nature - and used it to devasting effect. As her friend Sir Henry Clithering, the ex-Commissioner of Scotland Yard has been heard to say: 'She's just the finest detective God ever made.' - and many Agatha Christie fans would agree.

Appearing for the first time in The Murder at The Vicarage (1930) her crime-fighting career spanned over forty years when she solved her final case in 1977 in Sleeping Murder. With every tale flawlessly plotted by the Queen of Crime herself, these short stories provide a feast for hardened Agatha Christie addicts as well as those who have grown to love the detective through her many film and television appearances.

Here, for the first time, more than 50 of Agatha Christie's mini masterpieces have been collected together in one volume, perfectly illustrating the true breadth of her talent. As well as every story featuring Miss Marple, the book includes additional stand-alone tales, from macabre tales of the supernatural, through suspense-ridden mysteries, to heart-stopping cases of murder.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 46mm | 520g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780007284184
  • 93,855

Review Text

Agatha Christie was the woman the Daily Express famously christened 'the Queen of Crime' - and in more than 25 years since her death, she has never been succeeded or deposed. Here, for the first time, 30 of her stories have been collected together, perfectly illustrating the 1 breadth of her talent. From macabre tales of the supernatural, through suspense-ridden mysteries, to heart-stopping cases of murder, this collection includes some of her very best short stories. In the celebrated Philomel Cottage, the appearance of a newly-wedded woman's old flame heralds disaster - but for whom? In Wireless, a dead husband communicates with his wife through a newly-bought radio, whilst The Lamp tells the story of a child's playmate - a playmate only the child appears to be able top see. And, most famously of all, Witness for the Prosecution is a stunning courtroom drama in which a scheming wife testifies against her husband in a shocking murder trial... Comprising stories from five different individual volumes, this edition contains masterpieces of short story writing, showing why Agatha Christie's reign is sure to be a long one.
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'The plots are so good that one marvels... most of them would have made a full length thriller.' Daily Mirror
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About Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
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