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June Whitfield returns as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth in three full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations.

Specially broadcast to mark the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, these brand new dramas are based on three of her best short stories.

Tape-Measure Murder: When Mrs Spenlow is murdered in St Mary Mead, the village gossips all agree that her husband must have killed her – until Miss Marple is called as an alibi....

The Case of the Perfect Maid: Miss Marple investigates the problem of a lady's maid who has been mysteriously sacked – while also helping her crime writer nephew Raymond West to cure his writer's block.

Sanctuary: Miss Marple and her god-daughter Bunch are horrified when they discover a dying man in the local church. Can Miss Marple deduce his identity – and his killer – from his last words?

First published in the collection Miss Marple's Final Cases, these three delightfully clever tales will keep you guessing till the end. Starring June Whitfield – reprising her role as Miss Marple for the first time since 2001 – they are dramatised for BBC Radio 4 by Joy Wilkinson.

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Glad they have done another Marple dramatisation

Although June Whitfield's performance is more subdued in this dramatisation , we have to consider that these are indeed Miss Marple's final cases and she's not getting any younger ( both the character and the performer ) ! I always think of June Whitfield as Miss Marple in the BBC dramatisations , so I was very happy that she was able to do these Final Cases . My only complaint is the dramatisations were very short but then I went on to listen to Miss Marple's Final Cases as read by Joan Hickson and each story was quite short as well . Miss Marple is my favourite Agatha Christie character and I thought this dramatisation was terrific .

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I wish the stories had been longer

I love Miss Marple, always have. But I wish the cases in this collection had been a little longer and took a little longer to unravel.

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Great collection

Also purchased Joan Hickson's narrated version and though there are more stories I do prefer this audio version, only wish there were more story collections of Miss Marple.

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A quick Lett's Guide to Agatha Christie Stories

Like all the reviews I read before purchasing this, I have to say the stories are a tad short but not unpleasurable. It is like a condensed story of each murder mystery so there is less suspense of a whodunnit, however, these 3 stories are still very entertaining and if you happen to be preparing lunch and want to listen to a story, it will be just about the right length before the potatoes and carrots have boiled. June Whitfield sounds genuinely older and it only adds to her performance and to the stories. I'm happy with the purchase as they were half price but I wouldn't pay full price for these 3 shortened stories, so I'd say to buy this when it is on sale.

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Miss Marple`s Final Cases

I didn't realise, until I started to listen, that i have heard the stories before, with Joan Hickson. However, they were well dramatized and I did enjoy them, although it was all rather short.

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miss marple

i loved it the narration was brillant and the cast was very good too lovely

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Soothing Story

Has a really good plot and is so nice to sit and listen to. June Whitfield is so soothing whilst she rears and it is my favourite audible book.

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fantastic

I love miss marple and thoroughly enjoyed June Whitfield as her. I love the fact you don't see who did it till the end x loved it

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June Whitfield was the best Miss Marple

i love these Miss Marple radio plays by the BBC, such utter classics! Highly recommended

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Excellent simple Marple with great Ms Whitfield

Loved this selection. Easy listening, wonderfully portrait. What's not to love about these early cases?

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  • Robert Iris
  • 18-02-16

Delightful

An entertaining collection of stories, well layed out and cleverly dramatized. All the voices were great. Only complaint is it was shorter than I expected.

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  • Lindylu
  • 10-01-20

Did Not Like Miss Marple's Voice

I had two issues with this: The voice used for Miss Marple made her sound like a raspy smoker. Secondly, these were extremely short, SHORT stories, just about an hour total for all three, and certainly not worth the purchase price.

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  • L.g
  • 02-05-19

Same as crooked house

I had already purchased and listened to Crooked House and this offered no new stories

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  • Roz
  • 01-12-15

Nice surprise!

Would you listen to Miss Marple's Final Cases again? Why?

Yes. I didn't know BBC planned to do any more of these books. I was so excited that June Whitfield is still Marple. Perfect!

Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

I've listened to all of her works.

Which character – as performed by June Whitfield – was your favorite?

marple

Any additional comments?

The stories themselves are quick and rather dull, but the beauty of radio plays and familiarity of June Whitfield made it worth the purchase.

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  • Karen A
  • 02-01-18

Excellent

This is a great road trip listen, it just comes alive and is so easy to visualize. Captivating.

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  • barbara
  • 19-10-17

Miss Marple's Final Cases

That was so enjoyable, took me back many years, loved every minute and was sad when it ended.. Stories like these will never lose their charm and the narration was excellent.

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  • D. Camp
  • 19-04-21

Gena Jenkins

I like that Ms. Jenkins uses the same actors for the same parts. It has an even flow from one story to the next.

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  • Chris T
  • 31-12-19

Love any Marple stories I can get.

These three radio dramas were entertaining, and the actors made it fun, but the stories, as you might expect from there original venue, were rushed and much simpler than we normally get from Christie.

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  • Myrtle
  • 01-09-19

Brilliant stories and narration!

Really enjoyable Miss Marple in every way. Had this audiobook for years and never tire of it.

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  • That Sly Fox
  • 08-04-19

Great Read

This story really was amazing. I never caught on to who the murder was and the further into the story it got the more I enjoyed it and felt the intensity to it. Great performance and wonderful book.