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A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
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A Murder Is Announced (1950)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Miss Marple (4), Miss Marple: Chronological (13)

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‘’People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous.’’

An idyllic village in the English countryside is waking up, its quirky residents about to start their day with their favourite newspaper, where an invitation to murder is waiting for them. Can you think of anything more interesting? Leticia, the ‘’queen’’ of the village, is completely unaware of the play supposedly staged in her house, but what the heck, let’s go with the flow. And a murder does take place but not in the way everyone has imagined. Thus, everything is ready for one of the finest mysteries by Queen Agatha.

In my opinion, this novel has one of the most interesting, vivid, quirky, memorable characters in all Dramatis Personae ever composed by Christie. From the lady of the manor, the disturbed veteran, the farm ladies in a relationship (Agatha never shied away from sexual dynamics), the alluring siblings, the kind-hearted friend who is there for everyone. My favourite characters have always been Philippa, the gardener, and Mitzi, the housemaid who escaped a war ravaged country to find herself face-to-face with strange murders. As always, identities are mixed, unrevealed secrets kill by the dozen, relationships are broken and mended, lights go out to hide the faces of evil. This is one of the cleverest crimes conceived by the brilliant mind of the Queen of Crime. My grandma had a shepherdess memento from Italy. I remember that after reading A Murder Is Announced, quite a few years ago, I never looked at that porcelain thing in the same way as before. Not that I ever liked it but anyway...Revisiting this mystery always feels like reading it for the very first time.

Would you accept an invitation to murder?

‘’People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?’’

My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.wordpress.com ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Aug 11, 2018 |
A small advertisement of a murder to be held at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock, draws curious neighbors and annoys Miss Blacklock. But, at the appointed time, a mysterious figure appears, the lights in the house go out, and there are gunshots. -- Miss Blacklock has sustained a slight injury to her ear, but the assailant has been killed. -- A narrow escape for Letitia? Or is there more to this incident than meets the eye? -- As usual with Agatha Christie, this is well-plotted and filled with interesting and colorful characters. There seems to be more period detail than in some of her books, which adds to 'real-ness' of the story. Nothing escapes the watchful eyes of Miss Marple, though, and all is resolved...in a surprising way. One of Dame Agatha's most satisfying mysteries, IMHO. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
Everyone in the village is surprised to read an announcement of murder in the newspaper's local ads. The villagers assume it's an invitation to a murder game at Letitia Blacklock's home, Little Paddocks. Letitia has two young cousins living with her, and surely one of them is to blame. But the residents of Little Paddocks are as much surprised as anyone. The villagers gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time. Suddenly the lights go out, shots ring, and when the lights go up, someone lies dead...

In earlier Miss Marple novels, Miss Marple's appearances are short and sweet. She has much more “face time” in this novel. She is gaining a reputation within law enforcement circles as a reliable witness and a shrewd judge of character and motive. Perhaps a younger Christie didn't quite know what to do with her elderly sleuth. As the age gap closed between Christie and her fictional creation, it seems Christie saw more possibilities for Miss Marple as a central actor rather than a sideline observer. ( )
  cbl_tn | Apr 14, 2018 |
I can never get enough of Miss Marple and once again Christie shows exactly why she is the Queen of mystery. This was an entertaining read and kept throwing me for a loop. Just when I thought I knew who the murderer was, I was proved wrong. ( )
  IntrovertedBooks | Mar 26, 2018 |
A column in The Guardian, naming Agatha Christie's 10 best novels, had this to say about [A Murder Is Announced]:

In the village of Chipping Cleghorn, a murder is announced in the local paper's small ads. As Miss Blacklock's friends gather for what they fondly imagine will be a parlour game, an elaborate murder plot is set in motion. This was Christie's 50th title and remains Miss Marple's finest hour. Notable also for its setting in post-war Britain (a factor vital to the plot) this is arguably the last of the ingeniously clued and perfectly paced Christies.


I haven't read a lot of Miss Christie's books, but this gets two thumbs up from me. It does begin as a lark that pretty quickly turns deadly. Police procedure advances the plot, as Inspector Craddock collects each attendee's version of what transpired, as the police check into the victim's background, and examine the informal trade and exchange engaged in by the community. Christie explores personalities, perspectives and attitudes, the nature of observation and memory. Miss Marple, of course, gleans vital tidbits that nourish the mystery on its way to solution, and she nudges the characters to reveal insights and observations they didn't necessarily know they had. Most of this she does out of the reader's view. It isn't a mystery the reader will solve, because much key information is revealed only as the case is wrapped up. Christie even sets up one of those "get all the suspects in a room and unravel the mystery and at last expose the perp" set pieces.
  weird_O | Feb 26, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickson, JoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leach, RosemaryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pajastie, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Between 7.30 and 8.30 every morning except Sundays, Johnnie Butt made the round of the village of Chipping Cleghorn on his bicycle, whistling vociferously between his teeth, and alighting at each house or cottage to shove through the letterbox such morning papers had been ordered by the occupants of the house in question from Mr Totman, stationer, of the High Street.
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When an evening of fun and games turns to murder, Miss Marple plays by her own rules to solve the whodunit.

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The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.." A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.… (more)

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