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Presented for the first time in one volume are all twenty of the short stories featuring Miss Jane Marple, that delightful spinster whose innocent blue eyes belie her shrewd insights. Here, in her pretty Victorian home, her knitting needles clicking softly in the background, Agatha Christie's famous amateur sleuth solves twenty crimes in her mild, quiet manner, basing her solutions on past experiences and an insistence that human nature is the same everywhere. It was, of course, the small village of St. Mary Mead that served as Miss Marple's training ground in the finer points of criminal behavior, and this, according to the former commissioner of Scotland Yard, Sir Henry Clithering, was clearly a matter of "natural genius cultivated in a suitable soil." While others are mulling over seemingly unfathomable situations, Miss Marple uses her principles to sort out facts and "go straight to the truth like a homing pigeon."
Theres a body in a trunk; a dead girls reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. Whats behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, its going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes. In this inviting collection, Agatha Christie enlists the services of her finest--Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Parker Pyne--and puts them each to the test in the most challenging cases of their careers.
Despite the title, the stories collected here recount cases from the middle of Miss Marple's career. They are: 'Sanctuary'; 'Strange Jest'; 'Tape-Measure Murder'; 'The Case of the Caretaker'; 'The Case of the Perfect Maid'; 'Miss Marple Tells a Story'; 'The Dressmaker's Doll'; 'In a Glass Darkly'; 'Greenshaw's Folly.'
The bestselling novelist of all time.The world's most famous detective.The literary event of the year--an all-new mystery featuringAgatha Christie's legendary hero Hercule Poirot.Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie's books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.'I'm a dead woman, or I shall be soon...'Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...
"Equal parts charming and ingenious, dark and quirky and utterly engaging. Reading The Monogram Murders was like returning to a favorite room of a long-lost home" -Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl"Perfect... a pure treat." -Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Place"As tricky as anything written by Agatha Christie. The Monogram Murders has a life and freshness of its own. Poirot is still Poirot. Poirot is back." -The New York Times Book Review"Christie herself, some might say, could do no better . . . . Enough twists, turns, revelations and suspects to cook up a most satisfying red-herring stew. Literary magic." -The Washington Post"Terrific . . . . uncanny. As Hercule Poirot himself would say, 'Bravo, Madame Hannah. Bravo.' " -The Boston GlobeNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSince the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie's books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.'I'm a dead woman, or I shall be soon...'Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...
At a meeting of the Tuesday Night Club, attorney Mr. Petherick relates an incident involving the late Simon Clode, a wealthy client. Obsessed by his granddaughter's death, Clode turned to spiritualist Eurydice Spragg to contact her in the afterlife, and then decided to write a new will leaving Eurydice as the benefactor and excluding his family. To everyone's surprise, when the envelope containing the will is opened, the paper is blank. The Tuesday Night Club goes on the case...
THE MOUSETRAP, the longest-running play in the history of London's West End, begins its 60th Year run on 25 November 2011. This new edition of eight works show how Agatha Christie's plays are as compulsive as her novels, their colourful characters and ingenious plots providing yet more evidence of her mastery of the detective thriller. THE MOUSETRAP: Cut off by snowdrifts, the owners of a new guest house encounter terror when one of their first visitors turns out to be a homicidal maniac. . . AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: Ten guilty people are lured to an island mansion where an unknown killer begins to exact revenge. . . APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH: The suffocating heat of an exotic Middle-Eastern setting provides a backdrop for murder. . . THE HOLLOW: Beneath their respectable surface, a set of friends realise that any one of them could be a murderer. . . WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION: A scheming wife testifies against her husband in a shocking murder trial. . . TOWARDS ZERO: A psychopathic killer stalks unsuspecting victims in a seaside house perched high on a cliff. . . VERDICT: Passion and love are the deadly ingredients in this thriller in which a murder causes an unexpected chain of events. . . GO BACK FOR MURDER: A young woman discovers that her late mother was imprisoned for murdering her father and is determined to prove her innocence. . .
12 little mysteries for Mr. Parker Pyne to solve, including 'Death on the Nile' and 'The Oracle at Delphi'
Well, it's no wonder. The plot-suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterious lodger-is from Agatha Christie. The wonderful character happens to be the world's most famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot.
The murder of Colonel Protheroe -- shot through the head -- is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Now even the vicar, who had declared that killing the detested Protheroe would be 'doing the world at large a favour,' is a suspect -- the Colonel has been dispatched in the clergyman's study, no less. But the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. There is of course the faithless Mrs Protheroe; and there is of course her young lover -- an artist, to boot.Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: 'a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.' Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature's private men's club of great detectives will never be the same.
Nurse Amy Leatheran had never felt the lure of the 'mysterious East,' but she nonetheless accepts an assignment at Hassanieh, an ancient site deep in the Iraqi desert, to care for the wife of a celebrated archaeologist. Mrs Leidner is suffering bizarre visions and nervous terror. 'I'm afraid of being killed!' she admits to her nurse. Her terror, unfortunately, is anything but unfounded, and Nurse Leatheran is soon enough without a patient. The world's greatest detective happens to be in the vicinity, however: having concluded an assignment in Syria, and curious about the dig at Hassanieh, Hercule Poirot arrives in time to lead a murder investigation that will tax even his remarkable powers -- and in a part of the world that has seen more than its share of misadventure and foul play.
This book contains three Miss Marple mysteries: The Body in the Library, The Moving Finger, and the Murder at the Vicarige.
After the accused's daughter reopens the case, a detective attempts to recreate and solve a murder from 16 years earlier by examining the five main characters.
Previously published in the print anthology Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot. A young woman commits suicide while her roommate is away for the weekend. However, the lead inspector is sufficiently doubtful about the cause of death to call for the help of Hercule Poirot.
In the title work in this collection of novellas, Poirot and Inspector Japp collaborate on the investigation of a suspicious suicide. The supernatural is said to play in the disappearance of top secret military plans in The Incredible Theft -- an incredible claim, indeed, as Poirot will prove. The bullet that kills Gervase Chevenix-Gore shatters a mirror in Dead Man's Mirror -- just the clue Poirot needs to solve the crime. And, while basking on white Mediterranean sands, Poirot stares trouble in the face -- the beautiful face of Valentine Chantry, now celebrating her fifth marriage -- in Triangle at Rhodes.
Fourteen guests-including Hercule Poirot-arrive for a lavish feast at an isolated estate. Only a few will be alive for dessert. The Reverend Stephen Babbington seldom imbibes, but at a gala thrown by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, he indulges in a cocktail and falls over dead. Since there is no trace of poison or foul play, the case is closed . . . until an identical death at a London party arouses the suspicions of Hercule Poirot.
Luke Fitzwilliam does not believe Miss Pinkerton's wild allegation that a multiple murderer is at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood and that her local doctor is next in line. But within hours, Miss Pinkerton has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke is inclined to think so-until he reads in the Times of the unexpected demise of Wychwood's Dr. Humbleby....
Agatha Christie's ginius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart--or the dark passions that can stop it--better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.The Murder Of Roger AckroydVillage rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
Just days after sending a letter to Poirot, Monsieur Renauld, who had a stolen fortune, dies mysteriously on a golf course. Suspects in his murder include his scorned wife, estranged son, and his mistress. Police believe they've solved the crime, but can Poirot prove them wrong?
Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A 'respectable American gentleman' lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside . . . Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment -- and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.
To fulfill a promise to an old friend, Miss Marple is staying at a country house, with 200 juvenile delinquents and the heirs to a fortune. One of them is a murderer...
Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the 'country-place' of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe -- she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man twenty years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.
Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape from her locked bedroom? Sus-pects abound in the quaint village of Styles St. Mary--from the heiress's fawning new husband to her two stepsons, her volatile housekeeper, and a pretty nurse who works in a hospital dispensary. Making his unforgettable debut, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is on the case. "The key to the success of this style of detective novel," writes Elizabeth George in her Introduction, "lies in how the author deals with both the clues and the red herrings, and it has to be said that no one bettered Agatha Christie at this game."From the Trade Paperback edition.
Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates. Poirot tasks his friends with solving a murder that is more like a riddle.