Surprisingly Miss Marple isn’t the protagonist, instead it’s a self-deprecating vicar with a dry sense of humour in his middle years who married in haste to his young wife and is repenting at leisure. He proposed to her after knowing her a day. A day! He’s so humble he claims his own sermons are dull.
‘The sneeze was not a usual kind of sneeze. It was, I presume, a special murderer’s sneeze.’
As for the mystery, well, I wasn’t fooled by the red herrings so whenever they came up I wanted to do the audio version of skimming by pressing fast-forward because lingering on the irrelevant was frustrating, so my attention occasionally wandered.
It’s clear Ms. Christie is a fan of Sherlock Holmes. He’s mentioned a few times. She also made some unfortunate word choices. Richard E. Grant said ‘He ejaculated’. Wait, what? I paused and rewound, and yep, he said it. As a synonym for ‘he said’.
Miss Marple is an arrogant, condescending, know-it-all. How she knows everything that happens in her small community is no mystery.
She’s a Peeping Tom. An eavesdropper. And possibly a stalker.
Her little old lady facade and stifling propriety are the only things preventing her neighbours from accusing her of such dastardly antics.
MI5, the NSA and GCHQ have nothing on her intel gathering abilities.
I loved Richard E. Grant’s narration, his voices matched each character exactly. Unfortunately he’s only narrated two other Marple books.
Overall, other than a few long-winded gossipy conversations and obvious red herrings this wasn’t bad.
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