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Previously published in the print anthology The Thirteen Problems.

A murder-suicide in a small village mimics events that took place years before.

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This collection is really quite fun -- it doesn't get too tedious, because of course, you have a different set of characters for each one, and the mystery is solved quite quickly. Some of them are better than others, obviously, but they're all good for a relaxing read on a Saturday afternoon... And in some cases you get to see characters from the other books, which is nice too. I like the last one the best, I think, because Bunch and her husband are really rather sweet.

They do blend into each other a little, though -- not while you're reading, but after.more
Fun mysteries! I didn't solve even one on my own. I did get the feeling that the characterization of Miss Marple is different in the longer books; she was a bit too "aren't I just stupid and silly" in each of these.more
This volume collects all the Miss Marple short stories. This isn't the best format for reading them, because she keeps getting re-introduced and there is a certain sameness to most of them. "Fluffy little lady, great skepticism, vouched for by surprising experts, solves the case by analogy with village life." There are also several that depend on things that have changed so much, and words that don't mean what they used to, and common objects that no longer exist, which gets confusing. One of them involved a bowl of cornstarch, and despite googling, I'm not at all sure what that was.However, they are well-written, and read one at a time, can be fun.more
Good bite-sized mystery reading. Wouldn't necessarily recommend plowing straight through this collection like I did, though... Miss Marple's genius almost starts to wear thin. Good things come in moderation.more
Does what it says on the tin - every short story about Miss Marple, collected into a single volume. We have here the collection "The Thirteen Problems", the five Marple stories from "Miss Marples Final Cases and Two other Stories", and "Greenshaw's Folly". Twenty short stories in total, and in my edition there is also an introductory essay by Stella Duffy, which is well worth reading.I think that reading all of these in one or two sittings would be a bit much; they would seem too formulaic. And in fact I listened to some of them in audiobook format read by Joan Hickson, and then read the others on and off over a period of a couple of weeks. But taken 2 or 3 at a time, the formula can become an asset to the story-telling, particularly in the Thirteen Problems collection. You have the same set-up in each story (a group of friends telling each other stories in the evening, and trying to guess the solution), and then the fun of watching the different approach each character takes to telling his or her story for the others to try to solve. Christie has created distinctive personalities for each of her recurring characters in these stories, and uses various quirks in their personalities to present and hide clues.They're short stories, so by their nature they can't have the depth of the novels. But each story is an engaging puzzle, with the sharp observation of human nature, wittily told, that is Christie's trademark. The quality varies from story to story, but as a whole this is a collection well worth reading.more
Fun. A mixed bag as in all short story collections, but generally enjoyable. Miss Marple is perhaps not as famous as Hercule Poirot, but still one of Mrs Christies best creations. As a spinster living in a viallage she has plenty of opportunity for observing human nature, and relating tales of village life to those little but more serious puzzles which crop up. This is a far more belivable technique than Sherlock Homes' observations or deductions. There isn't really much for the reader to guess at though, as the stories revolve about a character's motivation - with explanations provided by Miss Marple.Some of the exposition occasionally gets a little wearying, but Miss Marple has a very sly commentry that is generally delightful to read. Also of fascination are all the insights into 30s-60s life. When housemaids and servants were everyday affairs that everyone (worth knowing) had. As Miss Marple ages, it is noticable how these trends change towards the 'daily' help instead.TBCmore
This collection of Miss Marple short stories highlights many of the things I find interesting about Christie, as well as some oWf her weaknesses. Christie's strength lies in setting up complicated plots and drawing out rich characters in all of their particularities. The short story format, then, takes away Christie's greatest strength. What is left are bare-bones Christie-style stories. Each story in this collection is a whodunit, usually featuring a murder. Everyone is either bewildered, or convinced that the wrong person is guilty, except, of course, for Miss Marple. Christie affords no energy to the set-up; most of these stories begin with a group telling each other stories. The solutions to these stories involve knowledge of all sorts of things with which the average reader will have little familiarity, such as the uses and results of certain poisons. Perhaps most striking to me was just how weak the character of Miss Marple actually is. There's simply very little to her, except a conviction that young people are foolish. The introduction to the volume tries to argue otherwise, but I am not convinced. Christie aficionados will certainly want to read this volume, but I would recommend one of Christie's novels to the uninitiated.more
I had read novels featuring Miss Marple & never really enjoyed her character that much. Compared with Hercule Poirot, she just didn't seem that colorful or fun.In the short story format, however, she is a very fun character. A bit unpredictable, very smart, very Victorian. I really enjoyed this book, & now have a better understanding of why readers really enjoy Miss Marple.I highly recommend these mysteries.more
20 short stories actually come from only 3 collections * The Thirteen Problems * Miss Marple's Final Cases * The Adventure of the Christmas Puddinga bit patchy, and a couple of them were downright improbable. All the stories tended to suffer a bit from the need to write sparingly, to keep the plot to short story length. Sometimes the story was finished off, and tidied up, a little too quickly for my liking.more
This is a fine compendium, comprising all the Miss Marple stories Agatha Christie wrote. I prefer Christie's novels to her stories, since I find so much charm in her settings and characterizations, which as needs must be are given less prominence in short stories, But the plots here are nearly always ingenious, and Miss Marple's inimitable twinkly, fluffy brilliance is in full display. Recommended.more
This is a collection of short stories featuring Miss Marple. The device is that a group of people each tell a story of some mystery they know of (and they are also supposed to know the solution—but don’t always) and the others try to solve the puzzle. They are diverting and a few of them fooled me—good bedtime reading because you can read a complete story in a few minutes and then go to sleep. I’m assuming these are early stories since Mrs. Bantry (The Body in the Library, published 1941) is the hostess of the parties where the stories are told and she, along with everyone else, is very surprised when Miss Marple comes up with the solution. If I had not read so many Miss Marple novels I would have been fooled more often because I wouldn’t have known what to look for.more
One wonders if Midsomer is actually St. Mary Mead in disguise? Good for a quick and straightforward read with a cup of tea. Something you can pick up, read one and put down again to pick up later.more
I love Agatha Christie, and I love short stories, so this was a good match for me. I can finish a mystery even if I only have 10 minutes. I liked this book, even though sometimes it was predictable. I smile at how characters fall in love and decide to marry so quickly. And sometimes Miss Marple creeps me out, but I like her anyway. She's so intuitive, and I don't always know what on earth she means. This book definitely kept my attention.more
Just finished these short stories and I loved them!!!!! Great mysterys from the undisputed \'Queen of Crime\'.more
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This collection is really quite fun -- it doesn't get too tedious, because of course, you have a different set of characters for each one, and the mystery is solved quite quickly. Some of them are better than others, obviously, but they're all good for a relaxing read on a Saturday afternoon... And in some cases you get to see characters from the other books, which is nice too. I like the last one the best, I think, because Bunch and her husband are really rather sweet.

They do blend into each other a little, though -- not while you're reading, but after.more
Fun mysteries! I didn't solve even one on my own. I did get the feeling that the characterization of Miss Marple is different in the longer books; she was a bit too "aren't I just stupid and silly" in each of these.more
This volume collects all the Miss Marple short stories. This isn't the best format for reading them, because she keeps getting re-introduced and there is a certain sameness to most of them. "Fluffy little lady, great skepticism, vouched for by surprising experts, solves the case by analogy with village life." There are also several that depend on things that have changed so much, and words that don't mean what they used to, and common objects that no longer exist, which gets confusing. One of them involved a bowl of cornstarch, and despite googling, I'm not at all sure what that was.However, they are well-written, and read one at a time, can be fun.more
Good bite-sized mystery reading. Wouldn't necessarily recommend plowing straight through this collection like I did, though... Miss Marple's genius almost starts to wear thin. Good things come in moderation.more
Does what it says on the tin - every short story about Miss Marple, collected into a single volume. We have here the collection "The Thirteen Problems", the five Marple stories from "Miss Marples Final Cases and Two other Stories", and "Greenshaw's Folly". Twenty short stories in total, and in my edition there is also an introductory essay by Stella Duffy, which is well worth reading.I think that reading all of these in one or two sittings would be a bit much; they would seem too formulaic. And in fact I listened to some of them in audiobook format read by Joan Hickson, and then read the others on and off over a period of a couple of weeks. But taken 2 or 3 at a time, the formula can become an asset to the story-telling, particularly in the Thirteen Problems collection. You have the same set-up in each story (a group of friends telling each other stories in the evening, and trying to guess the solution), and then the fun of watching the different approach each character takes to telling his or her story for the others to try to solve. Christie has created distinctive personalities for each of her recurring characters in these stories, and uses various quirks in their personalities to present and hide clues.They're short stories, so by their nature they can't have the depth of the novels. But each story is an engaging puzzle, with the sharp observation of human nature, wittily told, that is Christie's trademark. The quality varies from story to story, but as a whole this is a collection well worth reading.more
Fun. A mixed bag as in all short story collections, but generally enjoyable. Miss Marple is perhaps not as famous as Hercule Poirot, but still one of Mrs Christies best creations. As a spinster living in a viallage she has plenty of opportunity for observing human nature, and relating tales of village life to those little but more serious puzzles which crop up. This is a far more belivable technique than Sherlock Homes' observations or deductions. There isn't really much for the reader to guess at though, as the stories revolve about a character's motivation - with explanations provided by Miss Marple.Some of the exposition occasionally gets a little wearying, but Miss Marple has a very sly commentry that is generally delightful to read. Also of fascination are all the insights into 30s-60s life. When housemaids and servants were everyday affairs that everyone (worth knowing) had. As Miss Marple ages, it is noticable how these trends change towards the 'daily' help instead.TBCmore
This collection of Miss Marple short stories highlights many of the things I find interesting about Christie, as well as some oWf her weaknesses. Christie's strength lies in setting up complicated plots and drawing out rich characters in all of their particularities. The short story format, then, takes away Christie's greatest strength. What is left are bare-bones Christie-style stories. Each story in this collection is a whodunit, usually featuring a murder. Everyone is either bewildered, or convinced that the wrong person is guilty, except, of course, for Miss Marple. Christie affords no energy to the set-up; most of these stories begin with a group telling each other stories. The solutions to these stories involve knowledge of all sorts of things with which the average reader will have little familiarity, such as the uses and results of certain poisons. Perhaps most striking to me was just how weak the character of Miss Marple actually is. There's simply very little to her, except a conviction that young people are foolish. The introduction to the volume tries to argue otherwise, but I am not convinced. Christie aficionados will certainly want to read this volume, but I would recommend one of Christie's novels to the uninitiated.more
I had read novels featuring Miss Marple & never really enjoyed her character that much. Compared with Hercule Poirot, she just didn't seem that colorful or fun.In the short story format, however, she is a very fun character. A bit unpredictable, very smart, very Victorian. I really enjoyed this book, & now have a better understanding of why readers really enjoy Miss Marple.I highly recommend these mysteries.more
20 short stories actually come from only 3 collections * The Thirteen Problems * Miss Marple's Final Cases * The Adventure of the Christmas Puddinga bit patchy, and a couple of them were downright improbable. All the stories tended to suffer a bit from the need to write sparingly, to keep the plot to short story length. Sometimes the story was finished off, and tidied up, a little too quickly for my liking.more
This is a fine compendium, comprising all the Miss Marple stories Agatha Christie wrote. I prefer Christie's novels to her stories, since I find so much charm in her settings and characterizations, which as needs must be are given less prominence in short stories, But the plots here are nearly always ingenious, and Miss Marple's inimitable twinkly, fluffy brilliance is in full display. Recommended.more
This is a collection of short stories featuring Miss Marple. The device is that a group of people each tell a story of some mystery they know of (and they are also supposed to know the solution—but don’t always) and the others try to solve the puzzle. They are diverting and a few of them fooled me—good bedtime reading because you can read a complete story in a few minutes and then go to sleep. I’m assuming these are early stories since Mrs. Bantry (The Body in the Library, published 1941) is the hostess of the parties where the stories are told and she, along with everyone else, is very surprised when Miss Marple comes up with the solution. If I had not read so many Miss Marple novels I would have been fooled more often because I wouldn’t have known what to look for.more
One wonders if Midsomer is actually St. Mary Mead in disguise? Good for a quick and straightforward read with a cup of tea. Something you can pick up, read one and put down again to pick up later.more
I love Agatha Christie, and I love short stories, so this was a good match for me. I can finish a mystery even if I only have 10 minutes. I liked this book, even though sometimes it was predictable. I smile at how characters fall in love and decide to marry so quickly. And sometimes Miss Marple creeps me out, but I like her anyway. She's so intuitive, and I don't always know what on earth she means. This book definitely kept my attention.more
Just finished these short stories and I loved them!!!!! Great mysterys from the undisputed \'Queen of Crime\'.more
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