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Summary

A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.' A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out…

©1950 Agatha Christie (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." ( Observer)

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Awesome performance! No spoilers in this review

I love Emilia Fox and her narration is perfect for dear Agatha. (Try 4.50 from Paddington she rocks that one too)

She injects so much humour ( note the part repeatedly referring to wise old ladies as "old pussies" - I think she is trying not to laugh!) and feeling into the characters and does outstanding male voices. Her portrayal of The character of Mitzi made me smile- her voice is mostly warm, not shrill but not so warm that you feel sleepy.

I always look for Emilias reading of Agatha to have a light break from a male voice- often that of dear Hugh Fraser, -another favourite of mine.

This is a fantastic mystery and kept me guessing for days. I would say it's definitely under-rated and should be up there with Orient Express! Maybe just after evil under the sun???
Emilia rocks Miss Marple - just purrrfect.

Loved this book, will read again, performed with such delicacy, more like a play rather than the reading of a novel enjoy....clock strikes 6.30 pm....

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Entertaining narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Comedic in a warm way, an engaging puzzle.

What did you like best about this story?

Narration is excellent, loved all the voice characterisations, even if a touch Allo Allo at times.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have savoured the narration (listened to it daily from the exercise bike!).

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this as great entertainment, a good story, very well narrated.

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A brilliant Miss Marple Story

I love this audio book. It keeps the listener guessing. There are many really good characters. An unlikely murderer. Agatha Christie fans will love it.

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Terrible narration

I really like this Marple story so was pleased to see a version that wasn't narrated by Joan Hickson (great in the tv role but not reading them). I wish I hadn't bothered. Emilia Fox is just awful. The only character voices that don't make your ears bleed are Marple, Braddock and Lettie. I've since found a site with a version read by rosemary leach and it's far superior but given it's age, isn't available as a download, just free to listen. The hunt for a decent Marple audiobook (not dramatised) continues....

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Excellent story, good performance

I was at the edge of my seat, so to speak, up until close to the end. An excellent story. The performance was better than the original Hickson ones, but I do have to say that Emilia Fox gave some characters extremely exaggerated voices which turned some characters into caricatures (e.g. breathless squeaky ones or simpering ones) which is a shame. Her acting of Miss Marple herself was quite excellent though. All in all I did enjoy it very much.

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  • 03-02-20

Good book but.....

This was a good book as all Agatha Christie’s, but I found the voice of the vicar’s wife ‘Bunch’ so very squeaky and immensely irritating., which ruined the whole experience for me. I wouldn’t listen to another by Emilia Fox.

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perfectly read and one of the good Christie's

Emilia Fox has a lovely reading voice, so it was a great bed time story. The murderer was predictable but I didn't get the motive, so still got a sense of denouement

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Emilia Fox does a fine job

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I was sceptical as to what to expect having got used to Joan Hickson narrating the Miss Marple stories - but must say I was pleasantly surprised !

I would be happy to listen to some of her other Marple narrations.

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Superior, but not quite outstanding narration

I am a Christie fan and I have come to cherish all of Emilia Fox's performances beyond Dame Agatha. This is a good story well performed, but as I say in the title not quite as well rendered by Ms Fox. Still it's far above average and she remains one of the top performers of audiobooks.

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  • 12-03-18

one of her true and absolute master pieces!

this Agatha Christie gem is a prized read for any true fan and the performance is wonderful :)

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 28-02-17

A great Agatha Christie novel

One of Agatha Christie's best novels and this is a great narration! Get it now!