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Summary

A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple, the deceptively mild spinster sleuth.

'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30pm. Friends please accept this, the only intimation.'

Nestled among the usual notices about dogs for sale and appeals for domestic help, the startling entry in the personal column of the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette has the the entire village agog with curiosity. Is it a game? And who is meant to attend?

Sure enough, the evening sees a crowd of residents standing expectantly in the drawing-room at Little Paddocks. Then the clock strikes the half-hour, the lights go out, and three gunshots ring in the dark. When the lights go back on, the promised murder has been committed. Can Miss Marple work out what has happened and why?

©1950 Agatha Christie Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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A Classic!

A first class dramatisation of one of Christie's classic murder mysteries - this one is one of the best - one of my favourite stories of hers, and one of the best dramatisations of all of her stories and I have nearly all of them and listen to them all regularly. Enjoy!

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A drama to die for!

Superb performance of a classic. Excellent cast, June Whitfield is an extremely credible Marple. Story is wonderfully far fetched but all the better for it! Lovely short Marplesque musical interludes add to the listening pleasure. A relaxing Sunday afternoon listen.

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Agatha Christie at her best

I have really enjoyed the dramatisation of A Murder is Announced. It kept me guessing for a while.

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FUN MURDERS By AGATHA

Yet another intriguing murder mystery from Agatha Christie well produced by the BBC and acted with full professional cast from some of the best English actors. A Murder is Announced is such fun. I enjoy listening to this at least a couple of times per year. It is what I call ‘comfort’ listening. The storyline is so unrealistic yet enjoyable because it is all pure fantasy fun.

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  • 20-01-15

Fan of Mrs. Marple

Enjoyed all the different character voices and the sound effects that add atmosphere and makes one feel as though we are right there with them listening and watching everything, but invisible.

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  • DJDecca
  • 03-06-14

Death comes to a party

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

Yes. It's a fun and imaginative entry in the cozy mystery genre.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, but it kept me interesting and guessing.

What three words best describe June Whitfield’s performance?

Intelligent, playful, professional

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few giggles, but no outright laughter.

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  • Black Lilac
  • 11-02-18

Very Enjoyable and Intriguing

Never expected the murderer to be who it was until the very end. That's all I feel I really need to say. Very well done!