A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple) Paperback – 30 October 2017 by Agatha Christie (Author)

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      About the Author

      Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the bestselling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
      Dimensions 2 × 12.9 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ HarperCollins (30 October 2017)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 320 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 0008196559

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-0008196554

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 180 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 19.8 x 2 x 12.9 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ United Kingdom


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      13 reviews for A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple) Paperback – 30 October 2017 by Agatha Christie (Author)

      1. Kundan Kumar

        I have recently started reading Agatha, and this was her 2nd book which I read. I was so much enthralled by the book that I think I may read more Agatha. The timing, at which the truth of every character was revealed was so accurate and thus it was mind-boggling. [spoiler alert] Every fine and important details were embedded in a way that only a sharp mind detective could see it. I shall not write more as it could be a spoiler to the readers. I strongly recommend this book to those people who are looking for a murder-mystery genre.

      2. Ashish

        A Murder is announced is considered as one of the best of Marple stories. This is also my first Marple novel and I was very keen to compare her with other Christie legend Hercule Poirot. The plot is quite extraordinary-in a local newspaper a murder is announced at a particular house at a specific time. We are told that none (including the occupants) are aware of the origin and intent of the advertisement, but on the appointed hour- murder is committed in one of most dramatic fashion. The plot then moves to all the suspects giving us some background stories. If you have read Christies before, you would always try to guess the most ingenuous to be the one to commit crime. Miss Marple has relatively less print time in this novel that I would have liked. Infact she enters into the scene, a good after one third of the novel. Most of the enquiries and running around is done by the detective inspector. The story is a bit slow initially and take time to build up but some of the characters are very nicely developed.I love the fact that for other Novels- Christie is able to hold on the suspense almost till last page- unfortunately this is not the case with this novel. There is a very big hint and you would be able to guess the murderer still about 40 odd pages to go before the mystery is revealed. Although the intent of murder and backstory is a surprise but the reason for the elaborate staging is not entirely convincing. There are also some of the open threads about other characters which are not closed in the end- although they are not really connected to the story.Don’t get me wrong, this is still wonderful suspense and a very good novel but just not Christies very best. You would have to be very smart to guess the suspense before the big hint. If you are new to Christie I would say- don’t think, buy and enjoy this! If you have ready other Christie greats- you might want to see if this is available with a friend or in your local library. In any case you would enjoy this!

      3. Amazon Customer

        Agatha Chirstie once again baffles us with this truly gripping, un-put-down-able book. It’s great for first-time Agatha Christie readers and makes a chill go down your spine. My eleven-year old daughter loves it.

      4. Adalophe Jerome

        This is the first time I’m reading Miss Marple, and this book amazed me. Full of plot twist and the suspense was maintained till the end.The ending blew my mind!

      5. S K

        One of Agatha Christie’s Classics. Miss Marple’s marvel and exceptional mental prowess at it’s best display. A few memorable characters. Though, fictional, yet a very true portrayal of human weaknesses and strengths. All in all a great read!


        Book Review – A Murder Is AnnouncedAuthoress – Agatha Christie”The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity when the Gazette advertises : A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6 30 pm”When the locals saw the notice, they thought it was an announcement for some game and thus, out of curiosity, gathered at Little Paddocks at the mentioned time. However, when they arrived, the lights went out and an actual murder took place.In this book, the iconic sleuth, Miss Marple, is present. However, I was disappointed by the fact that Miss Marple is relatively sidelined – she appears pretty infrequently in the course of the story. She did identify the murderer but the police were heavily involved, making Miss Marple’s role meagre in comparison. She is not even mentioned by name until page 95.Initially, the story appeared boring to me, but as it progressed, I gained interest. As always, I was met with a satisfying ending – with the revelation of the murderer and a lucid unravelling of the reasons behind the occurrence of events. In the beginning, it seems like there are a lot of names to remember but readers will get the hang of it soon. Agatha Christie never fails to develop the characters of her books well, and thus the reader can have a clear idea about each characters’ distinct traits and personalities.If you want to read only her best works, then you may skip this one. However, for those who wish to have a complete collection of all her works, A Murder is Announced may be a worthy addition to the library.

      7. Vishal Jha

        Ok, I was reading an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery after a really long time, and what a pleasure this proved to be…This Book as soon as i got to know what the story was about i was really tempted to read it.. and now i know my temptation was right…someone advertises in the newspaper announcing a Murder at a certain place and at a certain time.. The public gathers and then the Murder does happens… Now Who did it, Why and How are the questions that make the story…The Story is not something that got to my liking instantly but yes the way it proceeds and finally the way it concludes make me give this a 4/5 star rating..Ms. Marple is Certainly one lady who can just crack cases by finding Similarities? Like…How?Only Gives us an idea and Reiterates the fact that what a Genius Lady Agatha Christie was…A perfect Murder Mystery to be enjoyed with a cup of Tea..Happy Reading…

      8. Jit S.

        Though it’s not one of the best of Christie, but I enjoyed the story. A quality reading.

      9. jill gray

        Another Christie book another good readI am an Agatha Christie fan and have been for some time. I have no dislikes about this book. These books are always a good read and this is no exception. They are stories about village life but with a strange twist to them.

      10. Drew Payne

        “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”“A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”So reads the announcement in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette that morning. That evening, the local neighbours all dutifully turn up at Little Paddocks, all with their different excuses for being there. At 6.30 p.m., without warning, all the lights go out and…This is the beginning of one of Agatha Christie’s most intriguing novels that is firmly rooted in post-war Britain. She chose to set it in the classic, golden age of crime setting of an English country village. But this is a place very changed by the Second World War. No longer is it a place where everyone knows everyone else. This is a place of strangers. The war caused such upheaval; many people left the village, many never to return, and newcomers have moved in, people whom everyone else has to accept are who they claim to be without “knowing their people”. Christie uses this as a strong thread to her plot, are these people even who they say they are?Her intriguing plot is served well by the tone Christie creates in this novel. At first it is light-hearted and almost comic, the surprise and speculation in the characters’ reactions to the announcement of a murder, none of them believing it is anything sinister. Even after the first murder, she maintains this light tone; the victim is a stranger and certainly not a “good type” of person. But slowly the novel darkens; the second murder is too close to home and casts a dark shadow over the story. Christie handles this well; the grief of some of the characters is uncomfortable to read.This novel uses several plots trails that will be familiar to Christie readers, but here she certainly plays around with them. The village setting but with a cast of characters very different from her pre-war novels, her use of sexism to aid her plot and having the detective gather all the suspects together in one place to announce who the murderer is. Christie created this convention with her first novel, though she used it sparingly in her subsequent works nowhere near as much as the film adaptions of her works would lead us to believe. Here, though, it is the police inspector who gathers together the suspects, not Miss Marple, and it is not to unmask the killer but to lay a trap for them.This novel also benefits from having Miss Marple as its detective, rather than Poirot. Poirot was always the star of the novels featuring him, while Miss Marple was so often one of the supporting characters, watching the events from the sidelines. Here Christie uses her to her best, aiding the plot but also giving the other characters chance to breathe by not being in every scene.In the centre of all this is a portrait of a lesbian couple, whom all the other characters except without question. Only at the end, after tragedy has struck, do we see the depth of their love.Agatha Christie might not have been the greatest of literary writers, but what she did do she did so well. She knew how to plot her novels; she created twists that never left the reader feeling cheated. She laid just enough clues so that once the twist occurs you can feel, “Oh that makes sense now.” She also knew the characters she wrote about, the upper middle-class English, though her novels also chronicle the changes in English society. She might not have been the finest descriptive writer but she knew how to create characters with dialog and used that effectively.This certainly is a classic Christie, plot, characters and setting all come together to make a fascinating read. I challenge you to work out who the murderer is, until they are revealed and then it all makes horrible sense.

      11. Nádia Belo

        Great bookThe book is light which is perfect to carry around

      12. Bo

        Not the 2022 coverIn the introduction of this article, it is the new cover released in 2022. While the delivery is the version of 2016.

      13. Amazon Customer

        PERFECTPerfect…thank you!

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