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A Caribbean Mystery (edition 1964)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:A Caribbean Mystery
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:POCKET BOOKS (1966), Edition: First Edition, Paperback
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Tags:mystery, British

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Am I getting better? I started to find some of the clues and even made a few correct guesses. Perhaps one day I will figure out the whole thing before the ending of an Agatha Christie. It was very nice to have Miss Marple back.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Interesting insofar as it paves the way for a future book, Nemesis, but really apart from that it's a poor novel. Marple really isn't at her sharpest and needs a lot of help to carry out the investigation, the setting is extravagant for her, the characters are very forgettable and the conclusion's rushed. Not a favourite. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
This novel set in the late 1950s?? reflects how much things have changed in Britain since the Second World War. Not only are people travelling again, with even Miss Marple taking an overseas holiday, but young Brits are investing overseas (the Kendals have bought a boutique hotel) and business men like Mr Rafiel can conduct their businesses by telegram. [The author has been to the West Indies].

There is also some reflection on Britain's past as a leader of an Empire, as Major Palgrave refers to his experiences in both Africa and India.

By today's standards this is also a short novel. One of the themes is the community rumopur mill. For example who was it that first said that Major Palgrave had blood pressure problems? Nobody can remember but everybody automatically thought of it when he was found dead. Another issue Miss Marple thinks about is how much we accept what people say either about themselves or those whom they are associated with. In a village like St. Mary Mead you actually know a person's history, but when you are on holiday you accept what fellow holiday makers says about themselves at face value because you have no means of checking it. So how much of what you learn is the truth?

Just as in the Hercule Poirot novels Agatha Christie began to introduce characters that he could confide in or test his ideas on, so she does the same thing in the Miss Marple novels. In St. Mary Mead Jane Marple uses someone she knows well, her friend Dolly, or the doctor, but in this novel she must assess which of her fellow holidaymakers is best. The doctor is inclined to treat her with some suspicion, the Canon's sister doesn't really have the depth of understanding, and so she uses an elderly man, Jason Rafiel, who is an invalid. Their's is an interesting relationship, after he comes to recognise Miss Marple's deductive powers. ( )
  smik | Oct 19, 2013 |
miss. marple fun for recovery reading. ( )
  DawsonOakes | Sep 20, 2013 |
A variation of classic Christie elements: the murderer from the past, the unknown spouse in jeopardy, all in an exotic setting. (Her racism here is fortunately limited to too many mentions of the natives’ “white teeth” and avoidance of legal marriage.) Adequate, if not one of her best few. ( )
  jholcomb | Sep 2, 2013 |
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Ayres, RosalindNarratorsecondary 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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