Many of these stories could be fleshed out into actual books.
The Bloodstained Pavement — Three people return from bathing but one is dead? This reminds very much of Evil under the Sun. A Christmas Tragedy. Time moves on and the group of people who gather changes but the principle of these short stories is the same — a personal knowledge of something with the idea that the others have to solve. We are then introduced to some other characters that feature in subsequent full length novels, Colonel and Dolly Bantry.
The presence of Sir Henry Clithering as a former Scotland Yard Commissioner makes me think that any policeman in the land who encounters Miss Marple must be wary she has connections that go all the way to the top! Christie hooks you right in and once you are convinced you know the answer she has the ability to turn the whole thing on its head and make you look at it more simply.
You could say there is a moralistic turn to these stories — that all will be punished by whatever means. Unpunished by the law perhaps, but cause and effect works outside the law.
To say that every crime brings its own punishment is by way of being a platitude, and yet in my opinion Sir Henry Clithering nothing can be truer. Taken from the short story The Four Suspects.
When Dr Rosen is found at the bottom of the stairs did he fall or was he pushed? All four suspects had alibis but all four are under suspicion and how did someone get a message into a locked house to say kill Dr Rosen? Or was it all just a convenient accident? You are going to have to read it to find out! Tape Measure Murder — Mrs Spenlow is killed but why is her husband not so moved by this tragedy. His alibi is Miss Marple herself?
Along with some Poirot stories as well. These are short stories that you can drop into and feel satisfied having read something significant and have something out of it. I sometimes feels short stories can leave you somewhat lacking sometimes. In fact whilst writing this review I found myself going back and reading them again to get another taste of something quite unique. I can see myself going back to them time and time again.
I am now going to seek out Poriot short stories. I could add each individual one of these as well, but I am going to edit my list and count them all as three books, The Thirteen Problems, The Regatta Mystery and The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding with a caveat that I have only read the Miss Marple stories within them. I think that is the fair way to record them. View all posts by Jo. I have enjoyed some Poirot collections of stories, too.
Christie decided to create a character in the same style, but as a series protagonist. In the Miss Marple novels, Marple typically solves the crimes through seeing analogies between the current events and suspects, and the crimes and people she had encountered earlier in life.
She has had many encounters with the "negative side of human nature", and recognizes familiar patterns in the people around her. While the Miss Marple novels rarely offer background information on Jane Marple, she is mentioned to be from a well-to-do family of gentlemen, and to have her own estate without ever working for a living.
When in need of financial assistance, she relies on her nephew Raymond West, a successful author. The novel "They Do It with Mirrors" reveals that Miss Marple was educated in Italy, attending a finishing school charm school there. Miss Marple lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead. It was the home village of Katherine Grey, the novel's female co-protagonist. Agatha Christie's novels were not consistent in identifying where the series location of St.
Mary Mead was located. In the "The Mystery of the Blue Train" it is located in the historical county of Kent, in "The Murder at the Vicarage" it is located in the fictional county of Downshire, and in "The Body in the Library" it is located in the fictional county of Middleshire. What was consistent was that it was located in South East England, at a distance of 25 miles 40 km from London.
The show has sparked controversy with some viewers for its adaptations of the novels: Agatha Christie's Marple: Agatha Christie's Marple makes some significant changes including a lesbian affair and the identity of one of the killers. McGillicuddy Saw changes the killer's motive. Agatha Christie's Marple: A Murder Is Announced changes a couple of the characters and changes an implied lesbian relationship in the book to an explicit one.
Agatha Christie's Marple: Sleeping Murder inserts a central romantic relationship and a travelling band of singers named "The Funnybones.
Agatha Christie's Marple: The Sittaford Mystery is very loosely based on the novel and changes the identity of the killer and inserts Miss Marple into the story. Agatha Christie's Marple: At Bertram's Hotel was only very loosely based on the novel, and changes the plot, characters and setting.
Agatha Christie's Marple: Ordeal by Innocence includes drastic changes to the characters, the least of which is adding Marple into the story. Agatha Christie's Marple: Miss Marple: Nemesis is only very loosely based on the novel, and experiments with both the suspects and setting. Agatha Christie's Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye is a faithful adaption of the book, with only minor changes to the way characters are described. Agatha Christie's Marple: Murder Is Easy was very loosely based on the book and it was not originally a Miss Marple book, also changing the murderer's motive.
Agatha Christie's Marple: A Caribbean Mystery keeps closely to the original story, apart from the inclusion of real-life novelist Ian Fleming and ornithologist James Bond. Peter;" the story is embellished, but keeps to the core of the original. Edit page. Share this page:. Agatha Christie. My tv serials. Clear your history. IMDb Everywhere.