Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

Morrow. Sept. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780063136052. $28.99. M
Twelve female authors from several countries put their own spin on short stories featuring Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. Crime fiction readers will recognize big names such as Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, Val McDermid, and Elly Griffiths. While some stories feature traditional settings such as Ware’s “Miss Marple’s Christmas” and McDermid’s “The Second Murder at the Vicarage,” others set the elderly spinster in unexpected territory. Jean Kwok’s “The Jade Empress” has her on a cruise ship on the way to Hong Kong, and Alyssa Cole takes her to New York City in “Miss Marple Takes Manhattan.” In all the stories, Miss Marple solves cases based on her observations of life and people in the village of St. Mary Mead.
VERDICT Readers will be eager to try this anthology as a dozen celebrated crime fiction authors try their hand at writing traditional short stories featuring Christie’s amateur sleuth. As in any collection, some stories stand out, but they all capture the character of the shrewd, always underestimated Miss Marple.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing