Marina Gregg, the famous film actress, witnesses a murder in her country home, Gossington Hall. Then that unassuming spinster, Miss Marple, who just happens to be a crackerjack amateur sleuth, agrees to a request from a friend to look into the crime.
This is only my second Agatha Christie mystery, but like a good portion of the reading world, I am quite taken with her stories and her old world writing style.
I love the way the author can develop and spin a mystery. And the character of Miss Marple is both brilliant and endearing. Though Miss Marple is getting on in years, and isn’t always physically capable anymore, her mind is still quite adroit and she’s a very clever woman. The way she can assess people’s natural ways and look at information differently than most and piece them together to solve the mystery is just fantastic.
I love that the author creates a scenario that includes so many different characters and point-of-views that it is difficult for the reader to come to any definite conclusion of the mystery before it is solved. And though you may be on the right track to figuring out the mystery, the author always surprises you with the motives of the killer. In the end it comes across as something so obvious, but it’s so easy to miss because you don’t always know what level of importance to lend to any one clue.
This was just entrancing and engaging. I will continue picking up Agatha Christie’s books and I look forward to reading more about Miss Marple.
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