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As Jane Marple sat basking in the tropical sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Then a question was put to her by a stranger: 'Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?' Before she has a chance to answer, the man vanishes, only to be found dead the next day. The mysteries abound: Where is the picture? Why is the hotelier prone to nightmares? Why doesn't the most talked-about guest, a reclusive millionaire, ever leave his room? And why is Miss Marple herself fearful for her life?

Of note: A Caribbean Mystery introduces the wealthy (and difficult) Mr Jason Rafiel, who will call upon Miss Marple for help in Nemesis (1971) -- after his death.

Topics: Caribbean, Island, 1960s, Series, Suspenseful, Adventurous, Crime, Murder, Women Detectives, Vacation, Marriage, Female Protagonist, Secrets, 20th Century, Female Author, and British Author

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ISBN: 9780061740053
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This one is centered round Miss Marple, which is nice -- so many of the other books have her coming in quite late, in comparison. She's really quite awesome in this one -- going out and doing things and even being Nemesis at the end.

I did look up the plot for this one, though, since my ebook copy had some odd missing text, so it wasn't a great revelation to me. Clever, though.more
Agatha Christie might spend more time on plot and characterization that location sometimes, but I felt like I was sitting on the sands of a tropical beach resort.more
I saw from my inscription on the flyleaf of this book that I bought it back home in Loughborough in the spring of 1975, during my first year at grammar school, and I presume that I read it shortly afterwards. I certainly remember that I enjoyed it then, and I was surprised to find how much i enjoyed re-reading it now. I am sure that the first time around I was oblivious to the social comment and Miss Marple's wry observations of life (though I do recall thinking that her descriptions of St Mary Mead sounded very similar to the village in which I grew up.As always with Agatha Christie the plot is deftly constructed and the characters generally believable. This is far from her finest moment, but even here she keeps the reader hanging on and I have to confess to having been completely fooled as to the identity of the murderer.Definitely an enjoyable venture into nostalgia.more
Not the best of her books. The killer is obvious and the red herrings not even a weak pinkmore
A Caribbean Mystery takes Miss Marple out of her comfortable village and off to an exotic locale. On a trip sponsored by her nephew Raymond West, our twinkly sleuth takes it easy at a Caribbean beach resort. All seems idyllic, as the resort’s owners, the pretty, vivacious Molly and her cheery husband Tim, welcome a cast of seemingly harmless holiday-makers to paradise. But there’s no rest for our sharp-eyed septuagenarian, because a snake is loose . . . .I enjoyed travelling with Miss Marple on an overseas adventure, and a beach resort is a good setting for a murder mystery. This story also introduces the redoubtable Mr Rafiel, who of course returns to challenge Miss Marple in Nemesis.But although A Caribbean Mystery is a fun book, I don’t count it amongst the best of Christie’s Miss Marple novels. Too many of this fluffy but fierce spinster's charms are burned away by the remorseless sun. It’s better to visit her back where she belongs – in an English village.Still recommended, though – you really can’t go wrong with any of the Marple novels.more
Classic Miss Marple --what's not to love?more
Miss Marple's nephew has paid for her to have a holiday in the Caribbean as part of her convalescence after a bad bout of pneumonia. The setting is very different to St Mary Mead, but the behaviours on display amongst the ex-pats are only too familiar. As the novel opens, Miss Marple is listening to the hotel bore, or at least making a polite show of same. She starts to pay more attention when the Major tells a story about a friend having accidentally taken a photo of someone who was almost certainly a serial murderer, but doesn't it take it seriously until the the Major starts to pull a copy of the photo out to show her -- and then sees someone and hastily puts it away. When the Major dies in his sleep that night, Miss Marple thinks there may be more to it than high blood pressure. Of course, nudging the local doctor to check whether the major really did have a prescription for blood pressure tablets is only the start. There are several potential suspects to be investigated as only Miss Marple can.There are some nice characterisations in this book, not least being Miss Marple herself. There was some fairly acid internal monologue from Marple in the previous book (The Mirror Crack'd) about the young not having invented sex, and it continues here. On the second page:"Sex" as a word had not been mentioned in Miss Marple's young days; but there had been plenty of it--not talked about so much--but enjoyed far more than nowadays, or so it seemed to her.And there's more in that vein. This is not an unworldly spinster, whatever the world may think.I spotted the murderer straight off, which diminished none of the pleasure of reading the book; not least because I realised who, but not why, which is neatly concealed in a shoal of red herrings. Not my favourite Marple, but still an entertaining way to pass a few hours.more
Enjoyable later Miss Marple, with plenty of red herrings. Miss Marple, on holidays at a Caribbean resort, finds that though the background may be unlike an English village, human nature remains the same.more
I did not care for this at all. I knew who did the killer was less than halfway through the book. I thought Christie was supposed to be better than that! I only finished the book because, due to this author's reputation, I thought I had to be wrong, but no. Such a huge disappointment.more
"Like to see the picture of a murderer?"Major Palgrave was the man with a million stories, and everyone vacationing at the lovely Golden Palm Hotel on the Caribbean island of St. Honoré tried to avoid him like the plague. Once he got started, he never stopped. His latest victim, so to speak, was Jane Marple, who had come to the Golden Palm to recuperate after a serious bout of pneumonia. Knitting bag in hand, Miss Marple was sitting, half listening and making polite replies once in a while, until Major Palgrave started speaking about her favorite topic: murder. He begins to tell her a rather unusual story about a man who got away with murder more than once, and when Palgrave asks her if she wanted to see a picture of a murderer, the knitting stops and she's all eyes and ears. But after he fishes through his wallet for the photo, he suddenly stops and changes the subject rather abruptly and rather loudly. Taken aback, Miss Marple looks up to see why and sees several people nearby. Although curious, she goes right back to her knitting. The next day, when one of the maids finds Major Palgrave dead in his room, apparently from natural causes, Miss Marple can't help but wonder if all is as it seems. When she creates a clever story to retrieve the photograph Palgrave was about to show her, it's gone, and now she's interested.Miss Marple is the perfect detective. When people look at her they see "all knitting wool and tittle-tattle," and she becomes more or less invisible that way, easily dismissed by most of the players. But one man, wealthy businessman Jason Rafiel, sees right through her. And since Jane is not in St. Mary Mead at the moment, with no help from the likes of Sir Henry Clithering, it is Rafiel to whom she turns in hopes of preventing more death. A Caribbean Mystery is lighter in tone than some of her other Marple mysteries, slowly paced and there are spots where my interest definitely flagged. The mystery plotline was good, although a bit predictable. The ocean, the sand, the palms and the steel band music definitely brought the Caribbean to mind while reading, since I've been there a number of times. And although this isn't one of my favorites in the Marple series, I couldn't help but enjoy watching her brain at work. My advice to potential Christie readers: put this one somewhere in the middle of your reading schedule and start with some of the other Marple stories.more
Major Palgrave turns up dead while Miss Marple vacations in the Caribbean. She is the first to suspect foul play, but pretty soon the authorities are suspicious as well. Miss Marple unravels the mystery to find the person responsible. A classic.more
Lindapanzo mentioned that she was enjoying this Christie so I picked it up last night for some light reading after a very stressful day. This was one I had never read and the first Miss Marple I’ve read in quite a while. It was interesting to see her having to operate outside her normal milieu of St. Mary Mead. However her powers of observation, ability to draw people out and her intuition don’t fail her even in this exotic location among strangers. It was an enjoyable mystery with interesting characters and good plot and although early on my intuition in picking out the villain proved to be a good instinct, I wasn’t really certain until almost the end. Recommended, especially for fansmore
This is the first Miss Marple novel that I've read. I enjoyed the mystery and the little things that Miss Marple does and says throughout the story. Mr. Rafiel from Nemesis first makes an appearance in this book.more
I usually love Agatha Christie, easy to read on the tube (or holiday) maybe because it's freezing here I just din't get this one, the usual twist wasn't so surprising more just a bit silly and confusing and it's dated badly.more
Miss Marple is staying at a Caribbean hotel when her suspicions are raised by the death of Major Palgrave who may or may not have a photography of a murderer who he recognises as being at the hotel. Miss Maple gets to the bottom of the mystery in her own initimitable way.more
Miss Marple takes a holiday in the Caribbean, only to come up against a serial murderer who is about to kill again. Not the most memorable of plots, but an unusual method of murder.more
Just reread this one. Miss Marple goes to the Caribbean for a little sun and relaxation. But even here, murder follows. A fellow guest dies after telling her about a murderer he once met. She finds that a bit more than coincidence, especially when another person dies. Only Miss Marple can solve the crime.more
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This one is centered round Miss Marple, which is nice -- so many of the other books have her coming in quite late, in comparison. She's really quite awesome in this one -- going out and doing things and even being Nemesis at the end.

I did look up the plot for this one, though, since my ebook copy had some odd missing text, so it wasn't a great revelation to me. Clever, though.more
Agatha Christie might spend more time on plot and characterization that location sometimes, but I felt like I was sitting on the sands of a tropical beach resort.more
I saw from my inscription on the flyleaf of this book that I bought it back home in Loughborough in the spring of 1975, during my first year at grammar school, and I presume that I read it shortly afterwards. I certainly remember that I enjoyed it then, and I was surprised to find how much i enjoyed re-reading it now. I am sure that the first time around I was oblivious to the social comment and Miss Marple's wry observations of life (though I do recall thinking that her descriptions of St Mary Mead sounded very similar to the village in which I grew up.As always with Agatha Christie the plot is deftly constructed and the characters generally believable. This is far from her finest moment, but even here she keeps the reader hanging on and I have to confess to having been completely fooled as to the identity of the murderer.Definitely an enjoyable venture into nostalgia.more
Not the best of her books. The killer is obvious and the red herrings not even a weak pinkmore
A Caribbean Mystery takes Miss Marple out of her comfortable village and off to an exotic locale. On a trip sponsored by her nephew Raymond West, our twinkly sleuth takes it easy at a Caribbean beach resort. All seems idyllic, as the resort’s owners, the pretty, vivacious Molly and her cheery husband Tim, welcome a cast of seemingly harmless holiday-makers to paradise. But there’s no rest for our sharp-eyed septuagenarian, because a snake is loose . . . .I enjoyed travelling with Miss Marple on an overseas adventure, and a beach resort is a good setting for a murder mystery. This story also introduces the redoubtable Mr Rafiel, who of course returns to challenge Miss Marple in Nemesis.But although A Caribbean Mystery is a fun book, I don’t count it amongst the best of Christie’s Miss Marple novels. Too many of this fluffy but fierce spinster's charms are burned away by the remorseless sun. It’s better to visit her back where she belongs – in an English village.Still recommended, though – you really can’t go wrong with any of the Marple novels.more
Classic Miss Marple --what's not to love?more
Miss Marple's nephew has paid for her to have a holiday in the Caribbean as part of her convalescence after a bad bout of pneumonia. The setting is very different to St Mary Mead, but the behaviours on display amongst the ex-pats are only too familiar. As the novel opens, Miss Marple is listening to the hotel bore, or at least making a polite show of same. She starts to pay more attention when the Major tells a story about a friend having accidentally taken a photo of someone who was almost certainly a serial murderer, but doesn't it take it seriously until the the Major starts to pull a copy of the photo out to show her -- and then sees someone and hastily puts it away. When the Major dies in his sleep that night, Miss Marple thinks there may be more to it than high blood pressure. Of course, nudging the local doctor to check whether the major really did have a prescription for blood pressure tablets is only the start. There are several potential suspects to be investigated as only Miss Marple can.There are some nice characterisations in this book, not least being Miss Marple herself. There was some fairly acid internal monologue from Marple in the previous book (The Mirror Crack'd) about the young not having invented sex, and it continues here. On the second page:"Sex" as a word had not been mentioned in Miss Marple's young days; but there had been plenty of it--not talked about so much--but enjoyed far more than nowadays, or so it seemed to her.And there's more in that vein. This is not an unworldly spinster, whatever the world may think.I spotted the murderer straight off, which diminished none of the pleasure of reading the book; not least because I realised who, but not why, which is neatly concealed in a shoal of red herrings. Not my favourite Marple, but still an entertaining way to pass a few hours.more
Enjoyable later Miss Marple, with plenty of red herrings. Miss Marple, on holidays at a Caribbean resort, finds that though the background may be unlike an English village, human nature remains the same.more
I did not care for this at all. I knew who did the killer was less than halfway through the book. I thought Christie was supposed to be better than that! I only finished the book because, due to this author's reputation, I thought I had to be wrong, but no. Such a huge disappointment.more
"Like to see the picture of a murderer?"Major Palgrave was the man with a million stories, and everyone vacationing at the lovely Golden Palm Hotel on the Caribbean island of St. Honoré tried to avoid him like the plague. Once he got started, he never stopped. His latest victim, so to speak, was Jane Marple, who had come to the Golden Palm to recuperate after a serious bout of pneumonia. Knitting bag in hand, Miss Marple was sitting, half listening and making polite replies once in a while, until Major Palgrave started speaking about her favorite topic: murder. He begins to tell her a rather unusual story about a man who got away with murder more than once, and when Palgrave asks her if she wanted to see a picture of a murderer, the knitting stops and she's all eyes and ears. But after he fishes through his wallet for the photo, he suddenly stops and changes the subject rather abruptly and rather loudly. Taken aback, Miss Marple looks up to see why and sees several people nearby. Although curious, she goes right back to her knitting. The next day, when one of the maids finds Major Palgrave dead in his room, apparently from natural causes, Miss Marple can't help but wonder if all is as it seems. When she creates a clever story to retrieve the photograph Palgrave was about to show her, it's gone, and now she's interested.Miss Marple is the perfect detective. When people look at her they see "all knitting wool and tittle-tattle," and she becomes more or less invisible that way, easily dismissed by most of the players. But one man, wealthy businessman Jason Rafiel, sees right through her. And since Jane is not in St. Mary Mead at the moment, with no help from the likes of Sir Henry Clithering, it is Rafiel to whom she turns in hopes of preventing more death. A Caribbean Mystery is lighter in tone than some of her other Marple mysteries, slowly paced and there are spots where my interest definitely flagged. The mystery plotline was good, although a bit predictable. The ocean, the sand, the palms and the steel band music definitely brought the Caribbean to mind while reading, since I've been there a number of times. And although this isn't one of my favorites in the Marple series, I couldn't help but enjoy watching her brain at work. My advice to potential Christie readers: put this one somewhere in the middle of your reading schedule and start with some of the other Marple stories.more
Major Palgrave turns up dead while Miss Marple vacations in the Caribbean. She is the first to suspect foul play, but pretty soon the authorities are suspicious as well. Miss Marple unravels the mystery to find the person responsible. A classic.more
Lindapanzo mentioned that she was enjoying this Christie so I picked it up last night for some light reading after a very stressful day. This was one I had never read and the first Miss Marple I’ve read in quite a while. It was interesting to see her having to operate outside her normal milieu of St. Mary Mead. However her powers of observation, ability to draw people out and her intuition don’t fail her even in this exotic location among strangers. It was an enjoyable mystery with interesting characters and good plot and although early on my intuition in picking out the villain proved to be a good instinct, I wasn’t really certain until almost the end. Recommended, especially for fansmore
This is the first Miss Marple novel that I've read. I enjoyed the mystery and the little things that Miss Marple does and says throughout the story. Mr. Rafiel from Nemesis first makes an appearance in this book.more
I usually love Agatha Christie, easy to read on the tube (or holiday) maybe because it's freezing here I just din't get this one, the usual twist wasn't so surprising more just a bit silly and confusing and it's dated badly.more
Miss Marple is staying at a Caribbean hotel when her suspicions are raised by the death of Major Palgrave who may or may not have a photography of a murderer who he recognises as being at the hotel. Miss Maple gets to the bottom of the mystery in her own initimitable way.more
Miss Marple takes a holiday in the Caribbean, only to come up against a serial murderer who is about to kill again. Not the most memorable of plots, but an unusual method of murder.more
Just reread this one. Miss Marple goes to the Caribbean for a little sun and relaxation. But even here, murder follows. A fellow guest dies after telling her about a murderer he once met. She finds that a bit more than coincidence, especially when another person dies. Only Miss Marple can solve the crime.more
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