Miss Marple – Complete Short Stories

August 21, 2013 - Comment

The character of Miss Marple is based on Christie’s grandmother and her cronies, but there is no definitive source for the derivation of the name ‘Marple’. The most common explanation suggests that the name was taken from the railway station in Marple, Stockport, through which Christie passed, with the alternative account that Christie took it

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The character of Miss Marple is based on Christie’s grandmother and her cronies, but there is no definitive source for the derivation of the name ‘Marple’. The most common explanation suggests that the name was taken from the railway station in Marple, Stockport, through which Christie passed, with the alternative account that Christie took it from the home of a Marple family who lived at Marple Hall, near her sister Madge’s home at Abney Hall.[3][4] Agatha Christie attributed the inspiration for the character of Miss Marple to a number of sources: Miss Marple was “the sort of old lady who would have been rather like some of my grandmother’s Ealing cronies – old ladies whom I have met in so many villages where I have gone to stay as a girl”.[5] Christie also used material from her fictional creation, spinster Caroline Sheppard, who appeared in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. When Michael Morton adapted Roger Ackroyd for the stage, he removed the character of Caroline replacing her with a young girl. This change saddened Christie and she determined to give old maids a voice: Miss Marple was born.

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K. Hill says:

A Superb Collection of Short Stories I love the character of Miss Marple. The way she is constantly underestimated never ceases to amuse. Agatha Christie was up to her best when she wrote these stories. Nothing’s predictable except that Miss Marple will solve the crime. My favorites in this collection are from The Tuesday Club Murders. None of the stories in this book are very long but with each one I couldn’t wait to get to the end and find out who the murderer was. I’ve read the book twice yet I still couldn’t recall or…

Debbie says:

Very Enjoyable “Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories” is a collection of twenty short mysteries featuring Miss Marple. Though written as contemporary mysteries, they are now historical mysteries. A few of the stories mentioned a historical (or British) thing where I couldn’t figure out what meant. Perhaps this was because they were short stories or because some of them were early in her career. I’ve never had this problem with Agatha Christie’s novels.The mysteries were clever, and they could…

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