Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

EXCERPT: Taken from ‘The Second Murder at the Vicarage’ by Val McDermid

‘I’m afraid . . .’ I stopped, not feeling entirely comfortable delivering my news among the gladioli and the dahlias and the talk of romance.

I often underestimate the steel under the tweeds when it comes to my older female parishioners. ‘Mary’s not sulking, my dear. Mary’s been murdered,’ Miss Marple said, her tone entirely lacking in drama.

Miss Hartnell’s jaw dropped, revealing large yellow teeth that would have been more at home in the mouth of Colonel Bantry’s favourite hunter.

‘Mary? Murdered? There must be some mistake, Jane. What motive could anyone have for murdering Mary? It’s not as if she’s got the brains to be a threat to anyone. Or enough personality to provoke a murderous thought.’

It appeared that the concept of never speaking ill of the dead fell into abeyance when the dead were of the servant class.

ABOUT ‘MARPLE: TWELVE NEW MYSTERIES’: A brand-new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Mystery’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve remarkable bestselling and acclaimed authors.

This collection of a dozen original short stories, all featuring Jane Marple, will introduce the character to a whole new generation. Each author reimagines Agatha Christie’s Marple through their own unique perspective while staying true to the hallmarks of a traditional mystery.

Naomi Alderman
Leigh Bardugo
Alyssa Cole
Lucy Foley
Elly Griffiths
Natalie Haynes
Jean Kwok
Val McDermid
Karen M. McManus
Dreda Say Mitchell
Kate Mosse
Ruth Ware

Miss Marple was first introduced to readers in a story Agatha Christie wrote for The Royal Magazine in 1927 and made her first appearance in a full-length novel in 1930’s The Murder at the Vicarage. It has been 45 years since Agatha Christie’s last Marple novel, Sleeping Murder, was published posthumously in 1976, and this collection of ingenious new stories by twelve Christie devotees will be a timely reminder why Jane Marple remains the most famous fictional female detective of all time.

MY THOUGHTS: I love Miss Marple and largely enjoyed this collection of short stories involving my favourite knitting sleuth penned by both some of my favourite authors and some that were new to me.

The stories focus on Miss Marple’s ability to detect evil in the most ordinary of people with some surprising results.

The three stories that really stood out for me were:
Evil in Small Places by Lucy Foley;
The Second Murder at The Vicarage by Val McDermid; and
The Disappearance by Leigh Bardugo.
All of them five stars. These three seemed to have a little more substance and depth than the others, no mean feat in a short story! The others ranged from 3 – 4 stars, with only one at 2.5 stars.

If you are in the market for a collection of short stories in the mystery genre, you really can’t do better than Marple.


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DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins, Harper Fiction, via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Marple: Twelve New Stories for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbler. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

7 thoughts on “Marple: Twelve New Mysteries”

  1. I am not a huge Agatha Christie fan, but have been wondering about this book. Several of the authors are ones that I enjoy. I will put it on my wishlist for the library. Anthologies usually have a few stories that are standouts and I am not surprised to see the ones you liked the best, considering who wrote them. Nice review, Sandy. 📚❤

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