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The Tuesday Night Club [short story] by Agatha Christie1.1
Idol House of Astarte [short story] by Agatha Christie1.2
Ingots of Gold [short story] by Agatha Christie1.3
The Bloodstained Pavement [short story] by Agatha Christie1.4
Motive v. opportunity [short story] by Agatha Christie1.5
The Thumbmark of St. Peter by Agatha Christie1.6
Blue Geranium [short story] by Agatha Christie2.1
The Companion [short story] by Agatha Christie2.2
(SS) Four Suspects by Agatha Christie2.3
A Christmas Tragedy by Agatha Christie2.4
The Herb of death [short story] by Agatha Christie2.5
The Affair at the Bungalow [short story] by Agatha Christie2.6
Death by drowning [short story] by Agatha Christie3
Miss Marple tells a story [short story] by Agatha Christie4
Strange jest [short story] by Agatha Christie5
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie6
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie7
The Tape-Measure Murder [short story] by Agatha Christie8
Case of the Perfect Maid (SS) by Agatha Christie9
The Case of the Caretaker [short story] by Agatha Christie10
Moving Finger by Agatha Christie11
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie12
A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie13
They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie14
A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie15
Sanctuary [short story] by Agatha Christie16
Greenshaw's Folly [short story] by Agatha Christie17
4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie18
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side by Agatha Christie19
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie20
At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie21
Nemesis by Agatha Christie22

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This is an attempt to arrange the Miss Marple stories, both novels and short stories, in chronological order by occurrence rather than by publication date.

Please do not put anthologies into this sequence as they do not work into the chronology and it defeats the purpose. The short stories are already listed in order with the relevant anthologies given in the descriptions. Feel free to add any other collections to those descriptions. Anthologies should be put in the other Miss Marple series. If you insist on putting one here, at least please don't eliminate the short stories.

The basis for the chronology is from Ann Hart's The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple (New York : Dodd, Mead & Co., 1985).

Short stories that form a set are under the same number, differentiated by a decimal. The "Tuesday Night Club" mysteries, or "Tuesday Club Murders", for example, are numbers 1.1 to 1.6, and the stories told at the Bantrys' dinner party are 2.1 to 2.6.

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How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.

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