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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series

by Lisa Brennan

Detective fiction writer Agatha Christie's famous Miss Marple series is now available to borrow with our free OverDrive service.

The Murder at the Vicarage

'Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe', declared the parson, 'brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, would be doing the world at large a service!'. It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later.

From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.

The Body in the Library

It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery... before tongues start to wag.

The Moving Finger

The quiet village of Lymstock seemed like the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recover from his accident. But shortly after his arrival he receives a letter accusing him of the unthinkable. He's not the only one. Across the village people are receiving letters accusing them of terrible acts. It seems like just a cruel prank until one recipient is found dead, with a letter next to her reading 'I can't go on'.

The inquest rules that her death was a suicide and the case seems clear cut. Until another body appears...

A Murder is Announced

A mystery that will defy even the most ingenious of detectives. Because, when you turn over a stone in an English village, you have no idea what will crawl out... 'I'm not too late, am I? When does the murder begin?'

An announcement appears in the local paper this Friday, at exactly 6.30pm, a murder will take place. Who could resist such an invitation? Driven by morbid curiosity, the villagers head to the appointed location: a quiet house on the outskirts of the village. The crowd gathers. The clock counts down. And then the lights go out.

They Do It with Mirrors

A man is shot at in a juvenile reform home - but someone else dies...

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate - shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr Gilbrandsen's visit.

A Pocket Full of Rye

A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman.

Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his counting house when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.

Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme.

4.50 from Paddington

For an instant the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy stared helplessly out of her carriage window as a man tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Mrs. McGillicuddy's friend Jane Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there are no other witnesses, no suspects, and no case — for there is no corpse, and no one is missing.

Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer.

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended?

Marina's frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation - into human nature.

A Caribbean Mystery

An exotic holiday for Miss Marple is ruined when a retired major is killed. As Jane Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier?s yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finished the story.

At Bertram's Hotel

An old-fashioned London Hotel is not quite as reputable as it makes out. When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer. Yet, not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day.

Nemesis

A message from a dead acquaintance prompts a bus tour to an unknown crime.

In utter disbelief Miss Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel - an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels.

Recognising in Miss Marple a natural flair for justice, Mr Rafiel had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing.

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