Sunday, January 8, 2012

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

book cover

Miss Marple:
The Complete Short Stories
by Agatha Christie

ISBN: 0-399-150129-9
Hardcover: 346 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released: 1985

Source: Borrowed from the local library.

Book Description from Back Cover:
Presented for the first time in one volume are all twenty of the short stories featuring Miss Jane Marple, that delightful spinster whose innocent blue eyes belie her shrewd insights.

My Review:
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories is a collection of twenty short mysteries featuring Miss Marple. Though written as contemporary mysteries, they are now historical mysteries. A few of the stories mentioned a historical (or British) thing where I couldn't figure out what meant. Perhaps this was because they were short stories or because some of them were early in her career. I've never had this problem with Agatha Christie's novels.

The mysteries were clever, and they could be solved. I was a little disappointed that the title of one of the short stories gave away the whodunit. Overall, I'd recommend this book to "puzzle mystery" lovers, especially to Miss Marple fans.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Table of Contents:
From The Tuesday Club Murders:
The Tuesday Night Club
The Idol House of Astarte
Ingots of Gold
The Bloodstained Pavement
Motive v. Opportunity
The Thumbmark of St. Peter
The Blue Geranium
The Companion
The Four Suspects
A Christmas Tragedy
The Herb of Death
The Affair at the Bungalow
Death by Drowning

From The Regatta Mystery:
Miss Marple Tells a Story

From Three Blind Mice:
Strange Jest
The Case of the Perfect Maid
The Case of the Caretaker
Tape-Measure Murder

From Double Sin:
Greenshaw's Folly


Laura Fabiani said...

Have you thought of joining my Short Story Reading Challenge?

Genre Reviewer said...

Oddly enough, my next book review (which I'm posting today) is also a short story collection. I started to sign up for your challenge, but I put the link to the book review in the wrong place. Sorry. :(

Laura Fabiani said...

Hi Debbie, I just added your review of this book to the Link Page for the Short Story Challenge. Thanks!