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Previously published in the print anthology Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.

A maid is blamed for stealing from her employer, but the culprit may be somebody else entirely.

Published: HarperCollins on Jun 25, 2013
ISBN: 9780062298447
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Collection of short stories, mostly featuring Miss Marple and not previously published in the UK. Miss Marple applies her brain to various problems, not all of them murder - she helps a young couple find their inheritance. There are a couple of Gothic short stories at the end - 'A Dressmaker's Doll' is particularly creepy. A fine book on which to end the Marple series.read more
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I don`t own a copy of this, but having read it recently, thought a review might be appropriate.The title of this collection is slightly misleading, as the book contains six `Miss Marple` short stories and two tales of the supernatural.For my money, the best of the Marples here is Sanctuary, a story with a little more depth than the others. The others are a mixed bunch, with some being quite weak. Especially annoying in one or two is the tendency of Christie`s ageing sleuth to solve cases by recourse to facts not known to the reader. Perhaps we shouldn`t be too hard on her though, as this was not unusual in very early detective fiction.The two supernatural tales, The Dressmaker`s Doll and Though A Glass Darkly, are very good efforst that any author might feel happy to have penned.Overall, confirmed my view that Christie`s work, whilst sometimes flawed, is not as one-dimensional as her critics would have you believe.read more
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Eight of Agatha Christie's short stories. While most of them feature Miss Marple, the final two stories are supernatural tales.This is a good collection for any Miss Marple fan, but be aware that the title is somewhat misleading. The stories were originally published between 1934 and 1959; Dame Agatha continued to publish Miss Marple stories and novels right through to the early 70's. It would be more appropriate to call this A Sampling of Miss Marple.All the stories appear in other collections, too; the only ones I was not already familiar with were "Miss Marple Tells A Story," (a delightful mystery written in the first person, from Miss Marple's perspective), and "In A Glass Darkly," (one of the supernatural stories, and a durned good one at that).But despite the fact that you can get all these stories elsewhere, this is still a solid collection. The stories make good use of Miss Marple's trademark logic. If they occasionally hinge on some sort of coincidence... well, that's another one of Aunt Jane's trademarks, and at least Christie deals with it in an entertaining fashion. Miss Marple's coincidental knowledge comes not from some sort of deus ex machina, but rather from her longtime observation of human nature.Overall: good stuff. Worth checking out if you don't own many of Agatha Christie's short story collections or if you're a big Miss Marple fan.read more
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Collection of short stories, mostly featuring Miss Marple and not previously published in the UK. Miss Marple applies her brain to various problems, not all of them murder - she helps a young couple find their inheritance. There are a couple of Gothic short stories at the end - 'A Dressmaker's Doll' is particularly creepy. A fine book on which to end the Marple series.
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I don`t own a copy of this, but having read it recently, thought a review might be appropriate.The title of this collection is slightly misleading, as the book contains six `Miss Marple` short stories and two tales of the supernatural.For my money, the best of the Marples here is Sanctuary, a story with a little more depth than the others. The others are a mixed bunch, with some being quite weak. Especially annoying in one or two is the tendency of Christie`s ageing sleuth to solve cases by recourse to facts not known to the reader. Perhaps we shouldn`t be too hard on her though, as this was not unusual in very early detective fiction.The two supernatural tales, The Dressmaker`s Doll and Though A Glass Darkly, are very good efforst that any author might feel happy to have penned.Overall, confirmed my view that Christie`s work, whilst sometimes flawed, is not as one-dimensional as her critics would have you believe.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Eight of Agatha Christie's short stories. While most of them feature Miss Marple, the final two stories are supernatural tales.This is a good collection for any Miss Marple fan, but be aware that the title is somewhat misleading. The stories were originally published between 1934 and 1959; Dame Agatha continued to publish Miss Marple stories and novels right through to the early 70's. It would be more appropriate to call this A Sampling of Miss Marple.All the stories appear in other collections, too; the only ones I was not already familiar with were "Miss Marple Tells A Story," (a delightful mystery written in the first person, from Miss Marple's perspective), and "In A Glass Darkly," (one of the supernatural stories, and a durned good one at that).But despite the fact that you can get all these stories elsewhere, this is still a solid collection. The stories make good use of Miss Marple's trademark logic. If they occasionally hinge on some sort of coincidence... well, that's another one of Aunt Jane's trademarks, and at least Christie deals with it in an entertaining fashion. Miss Marple's coincidental knowledge comes not from some sort of deus ex machina, but rather from her longtime observation of human nature.Overall: good stuff. Worth checking out if you don't own many of Agatha Christie's short story collections or if you're a big Miss Marple fan.
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8 short stories, the first 6 of which are classic Miss Marple. Very enjoyable! The last two are slightly eerie and don't feature Miss Marple at all.
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