Narrator: Emilia Fox
Series: Miss Marple #11
Published by HarperAudio on March 26, 2013 (first published January 1, 1971)
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Length: 9 hrs 2 mins
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In utter disbelief, Jane Marple read the letter addressed to her from the recently deceased Mr Rafiel - an acquaintance she had met briefly on her travels. He had left instructions for her to investigate a crime after his death. The only problem was, he had failed to tell her who was involved or where and when the crime had been committed. It was most intriguing. Soon she is faced with a new crime - the ultimate crime - murder. It seems someone is adamant that past evils remain buried...
Miss Marple is shrewd, observant, and calculating, but she uses her identity as an older woman as a disguise, allowing herself to appear confused, fragile, doddering. In this outing, an acquaintance, wealthy financier Mr. Rafiel, has sent her on a mission after his death. She is to bring justice, but to whom or why, he doesn’t give her any clues.
I like that the focus here is on Miss Marple, she is doing the investigating, not playing back-up to someone else. Love is the theme here. All kinds of love: family, romantic, deadly. Miss Marple talks to everyone, first to figure out what exactly the mystery is and then to solve it. She does a good job pulling out information and putting it all together. She’s a character I appreciate more now than I did when I first started reading Christie’s books as a teenager. She’s not flashy, but she is sly and convincing.
This is not the strongest of Christie’s stories, but I enjoyed it. And I love the idea of Miss Marple as the personification of Nemesis.