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A Caribbean Mystery (edition 1964)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:A Caribbean Mystery
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Collins (1964), Hardcover, 299 pages
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Audio book performed by Rosalind Ayres
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Miss Marple’s nephew has sent her on a holiday to the West Indies. The resort is lovely and she meets an interesting group of guests. But when one of the guests dies in his sleep, apparently of natural causes, she is suspicious. Major Palgrave had, earlier in the evening, been telling Miss Marple several stories, including one involving a murderer. But he had abruptly ended his story when other guests drew near, and Miss Marple is sure he had recognized someone. As she gathers facts she finds there are several people with secrets they do not want revealed, including affairs, tendencies to snoop, and suspicious deaths in their families.

The plot is entertaining, but somewhat predictable. Maybe I’ve just read too many Christie novels recently. Ayers does a very fine job narrating. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2016 |
Vacation reading!

Indeed, I read the whole thing on a plane en route from the Caribbean.

Here, Christie's well-beloved elderly sleuth, Miss Marple, is visiting a resort on Trinidad. When one of her fellow vacationers passes away, everyone, including the doctor, assumes that it was the man's high blood pressure and unhealthy lifestyle finally catching up with him.

Miss Marple, however, is suspicious. Something about this affair doesn't sit quite well with her, and she starts poking her nose into things. At first, clues seem to point to an obvious culprit - but the more Marple (and the reader) learns, the more questionable nearly every single character starts to appear...

It's a quick read, and as expected for Christie, well-crafted.

I think the book could've been improved, however, by the inclusion of some more well-rounded Trinidadian characters (or even more depth to any of the 'foreign' visitors to the resort).


I was also bothered by the loose end left dangling regarding the OTHER murderer that's revealed. It makes a good red herring, yes... but Marple and everyone else just seems to say, 'well, never mind about THAT crime, it was in the past...' ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Miss Marple is on holiday abroad when a murder takes place. In her usual gentle style she discovers who was responsible, and how. A bit convoluted in places, but mostly enjoyable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I liked this, actually.... The clues were right there in the open, with a few Red Herrings, one of a second murderer on the island.
Tim & Molly have recently purchased an island retreat from an older well liked & respected couple..... Miss Marple is there on vacation, a gift from her nephew..... She is listening to the old braggart Major Palgrave, reliving his past heroics & telling Miss Marple in a quite loud voice of a murderer he has come cross..... As he begins to show Miss Marple the photo, he suddenly startles and blanches....
Later Major Palgrave is found murdered by overdose of blood pressure medicine.... But the Major did not suffer from any type of illness, so Miss Marple begins to investigate....
Meanwhile, Molly seems to be having blackouts & sever depression, leading to an attempt of suicide....... Then another murder takes place, a woman who looks very much Like Molly....
Interesting, the characters were interesting, especially the rich old man who takes a keen interest in Miss Marple when he learns how deceiving her looks are....
No slurs against Italians only Black people! My, my, my aren't we progressive...... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Always love Miss Marple books ( )
  gail616 | Oct 23, 2015 |
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Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayres, RosalindNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carones, MomaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gołaczyńska, MagdalenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groen, L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickson, JoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thaler, WillyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my old friend John Cruikshank Rose with happy memories of my visit to the West Indies
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"Take all this business about Kenya," said Major Palgrave.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451199928, Mass Market Paperback)

Miss Jane Marple, Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth, returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly.

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"Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?" So asks a stranger of Miss Jane Marple while she is vacationing on luxurious St. Honore. Before she has a chance to answer, the mystery man vanishes, only to be found dead the following day. Now Miss Marple is asking the questions: What happened to the curious photo: Why is the hotelier prone to nightmares? Why doesn't the most-talked-about guest, a reclusive millionaire, ever leave his room? Any why is Miss Marple fearing for her own life?… (more)

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