Book Review: Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart
My rating: 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: HarperCollins

This was a fun read and I'd recommend it to any Jane Marple fans.

The author takes the reader on a tour of Miss Marple's world beginning in the village of St. Mary Meade. A locale with more than a fair number of murders, schemes and crimes. All of Jane's cases are referenced and the vast array of law enforcement, friends, maids, relatives and vicars pass through as they've been part of the landscape of Marpelian fiction.

There are an extensive bibliography and a list of film, tv and radio adaptations as well.

Favourite quotes:

"It is interesting to recall the Caroline Sheppard, Miss Marple's progenitor, had, for a short and interesting time, Hercule Poirot as a neighbour, a person whom, Miss Marple herself apparently never met."

"If there was one characteristic of Miss Marple that emerged over and over again, it was that she always believed the worst. "It really is very dangerous to believe people", she once said. "I never have for years", which goes a long way toward explaining why she was such a superb detective. "Not a nice trait", she once confessed, "but so often justified by subsequent events."

Summary: Most of the ‘little problems’ tackled by Miss Marple occurred in the pretty rural village of St Mary Mead and came in the shape of murder, robbery and blackmail. In the 40 years of her career, she even solved cases as far afield as London and the Caribbean. But though she usually masqueraded as ‘everybody’s favourite great aunt’, what was she really like?

In this authorised biography of the world’s most famous female sleuth, Anne Hart combs through the 12 novels and 20 short stories in which Miss Marple appeared, uncovering clue and amassing all the evidence to solve the most difficult case of them all – the mystery of Miss Marple.

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