Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his “counting house” when he suffered an agonizing 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 parlor which confirmed Miss Marple’s suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme. . . .
Topics: Series, England, Family, Murder, Suspenseful, Women Detectives, Revenge, Female Author, British Author, Wealth, 20th Century, Servants, Greed, and 1950s
Other books in Miss Marple Mysteries (18)
Miss Marple Tells a Story: A Miss Marple Story
The Four Suspects: A Miss Marple Story
The Herb of Death: A Miss Marple Story
The Case of the Caretaker
A Christmas Tragedy: A Miss Marple Story
The Affair at the Bungalow: A Miss Marple Story
The Case of the Perfect Maid: A Miss Marple Story
Miss Marple Bundle
Greenshaw's Folly: A Miss Marple Story
Death by Drowning
The Blue Geranium: A Miss Marple Story
The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery
They Do It With Mirrors: A Miss Marple Mystery
4:50 from Paddington
A Caribbean Mystery
The Companion: A Miss Marple Story
Anyway, I liked this one, if only because it made me feel clever. I wished it had more of Miss Marple in it, though. The way she gets involved in the mysteries is getting very contrived, by this point. Which is to be expected, 'cause she can't exactly sit at home and get involved in murder mysteries in one relatively quiet little village.
I think Agatha Christie's writing is actually stronger when she's writing from first person POV, instead of third. I've found the first person stories more compelling than the third person ones, like this one. I guess because the narrators tend to have an affectionate way of looking at the people involved, knowing their weaknesses and liking them all the same, and whatever.read more