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There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly. Nephew Raymond West has given his favourite aunt a vacation at a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. While there she encounters an old wind-bag. One of his stories is about meeting a murderer. He has a snapshot. Suddenly he hesi There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly. Nephew Raymond West has given his favourite aunt a vacation at a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. While there she encounters an old wind-bag. One of his stories is about meeting a murderer. He has a snapshot. Suddenly he hesitates, and gets flustered. By the next morning he is dead, seemingly of natural causes. Miss Marple has doubts. And well she should. Librarian's note: this entry is for the novel, "A Caribbean Mystery." Collections and other Miss Marple stories are located elsewhere on Goodreads. The series includes 12 novels and 20 short stories. Entries for the short stories can be found by searching Goodreads for: "a Miss Marple Short Story."


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There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly. Nephew Raymond West has given his favourite aunt a vacation at a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. While there she encounters an old wind-bag. One of his stories is about meeting a murderer. He has a snapshot. Suddenly he hesi There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly. Nephew Raymond West has given his favourite aunt a vacation at a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. While there she encounters an old wind-bag. One of his stories is about meeting a murderer. He has a snapshot. Suddenly he hesitates, and gets flustered. By the next morning he is dead, seemingly of natural causes. Miss Marple has doubts. And well she should. Librarian's note: this entry is for the novel, "A Caribbean Mystery." Collections and other Miss Marple stories are located elsewhere on Goodreads. The series includes 12 novels and 20 short stories. Entries for the short stories can be found by searching Goodreads for: "a Miss Marple Short Story."

30 review for A Caribbean Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), Agatha Christie Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Mr. Rafiel Abstract: Miss Jane Marple, at the insistence of her nephew, relaxes at a resort in the Caribbean. The sea is sublime and the weather is fine in this quiet paradise so far away from quiet St. Mary Mead, until the apparently natural death of fellow guest Major Palgrave. Miss Marple is disturbed because the previous evening he was in good health, and almost showed her "a snapshot of a murderer". Convince A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), Agatha Christie Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Mr. Rafiel Abstract: Miss Jane Marple, at the insistence of her nephew, relaxes at a resort in the Caribbean. The sea is sublime and the weather is fine in this quiet paradise so far away from quiet St. Mary Mead, until the apparently natural death of fellow guest Major Palgrave. Miss Marple is disturbed because the previous evening he was in good health, and almost showed her "a snapshot of a murderer". Convinced that the major's death was not at all natural, she begins to ask difficult questions, and another victim dies. Original publication year 1964 عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «معمای کارائیب»، «قتل در کارائیب»؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش فارسی: روز دوازدهم ماه دسامبر سال1997میلادی عنوان: معمای کارائیب، نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: نگین ازدجینی، نشر تهران، نشر روایت؛ سال1373، تعداد صفحات298، شابک9789643637071؛ عنوان دیگر قتل در کارائیب؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، ثالث، سال1393؛ شابک9789643809201؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 20م عنوان: معمای کارائیب، ترجمه: مجتبی عبدالله‌ نژاد، نشر تهران، هرمس، سال1389، تعداد صفحات252، شابک9789643637071؛ چاپ دیگر سال1393، در238ص؛ شابک9789643637071؛ از سری داستان‌های بانو «آگاتا کریستی»، و از سری «خانم مارپل»، کتاب دهم است؛ که نخستین بار در روز شانزدهم ماه نوامبر سال1964میلادی، در «بریتانیای کبیر»، توسط انتشارات «کولینز کرایم کلوب» و در سال1965میلادی توسط انتشارات «داد، مید اند کمپانی»، در «آمریکا» به چاپ رسیده است؛ داستان «معمای کارائیب»، هنگامی رخ می‌دهد که «خانم مارپل»، پس از پشت سر گذاشتن یک بیماری، در حال گذراندن تعطیلات خود، در هتلی، در کنار دریای «کارائیب» است؛ در این بین، یکی از مهمانان همان هتل، مدرکی را فاش می‌کند، و ادعا می‌کند، که یک قاتل سریالی، در همان هتل ساکن است و ...؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 07/11/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 25/09/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    Since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, I have read mysteries in between other books as a palette cleanser. Rather than go into a reading slump, I read a fast paced crime or detective story to clear my head. There is no detective writer I enjoy more than the Queen of Crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. I joined the Goodreads group reading the detectives when I found out that they would be reading one Miss Marple case a month for a year. Although I had been a fan of Hercule Poiro Since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, I have read mysteries in between other books as a palette cleanser. Rather than go into a reading slump, I read a fast paced crime or detective story to clear my head. There is no detective writer I enjoy more than the Queen of Crime herself, Dame Agatha Christie. I joined the Goodreads group reading the detectives when I found out that they would be reading one Miss Marple case a month for a year. Although I had been a fan of Hercule Poirot first, I jumped at the opportunity to read more books by Christie. A Caribbean Mystery, Miss Marple's tenth case, is the upcoming group selection. An older Miss Marple has been gifted a Caribbean vacation to the island of St Honore by her wealthy nephew Raymond West. With her getting on in years, he desires that she spend at least part of the winter away from the dreary climate of St Mary Mead. One who is more than willing to try new things even as she ages, Miss Marple agrees to spend time at a beach front hotel. Appearing as a feeble old lady with a knack for knitting, Miss Marple is the delight of the hotel guests. Yet, her mind is anything but flighty, and, just as it seems to do in St Mary Mead, murder cases fall into Miss Marple's lap. Colonel Palgrave is also vacationing on St Honore. Regaling the other guests with his tales of safari and the spoils of war, he is the life of the island, even if his stories are on the boring side. While telling Miss Marple the story about meeting a murderer in the eye, Colonel Palgrave literally believes he has seen a criminal from a previous experience. Sure enough, the next day he turns up murdered, followed closely by a local hotel worker named Victoria. Guests start to panic and some flee, leaving Miss Marple to sharpen her detecting skills. As in the cases in St Mary Mead, the police appear less than competent. It is up to Miss Marple to unravel the clues to this case, along with the help of fellow guest Mr Rafiel. Together, the two octogenarians come up with motives and alibis for all the hotel guests and workers before another murder occurs on hotel grounds. All this takes place while Miss Marple is supposed to be on vacation, yet, as she has confided in at least one person in each case that I have read, murder seems to find her. As in the case at St Mary Mead, Miss Marple lets the case take place in front of her only to come up with a simple solution at the end. While Hercule Poirot is still my favorite of Agatha Christie's detectives, Miss Marple is starting to grow on me. Whereas Poirot entreaties people to employ their little grey cells and usually knows whodunit it at the beginning, Miss Marple uses deductive reasoning to systematically come up with the criminal and motive by the case's close. Miss Marple's cases take less brain power and are perfect for my palette cleansers. I always enjoy reading Agatha Christie's mysteries, and A Caribbean Mystery was no exception. I look forward to the next time that I sit down with one of her cases, and rate this easy reading mystery 3.5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Henry Avila

    Jane Marple is very grateful to her loving nephew Raymond West, a popular novelist and rich man, who paid for his aunt's vacation (she recently recovered from an illness ) . The tropics on an island in the Caribbean Sea, doesn't sound like a place Miss Marple would feel comfortable in, she is from rainy, cold, with just a little bit of snow, the quiet St. Mary Mead England. An out of the way village , where nothing ever happens, that is what everyone believes ... Warm weather a beautiful golden Jane Marple is very grateful to her loving nephew Raymond West, a popular novelist and rich man, who paid for his aunt's vacation (she recently recovered from an illness ) . The tropics on an island in the Caribbean Sea, doesn't sound like a place Miss Marple would feel comfortable in, she is from rainy, cold, with just a little bit of snow, the quiet St. Mary Mead England. An out of the way village , where nothing ever happens, that is what everyone believes ... Warm weather a beautiful golden beach , blue skies and still even more prettier sea, clear, as if nobody ever swam in it. Just the perfect locale to regain one's health. Nevertheless how can an elderly spinster , enjoy the atmosphere? Young, happy , wealthy couples running around the Golden Palm Hotel that name alone says it all , but after a week in the sun the old woman , begins to start thinking not a bad place the West Indies, glad she came if only something exciting would occur. Miss Marple gets her wish maybe too much so. The cast of characters: Two well to do couples amateur botanists, scurry about the islands to find exotic flowers and plants, taking pictures writing articles for the National Geographic magazine , they need something to do! Col. Edward Hillingdon retired, a rather reserved gentleman, wife the charming Evelyn and Gregory Dyson, fun loving guy , his gorgeous naughty mate Lucky a strange name for a woman, rumors of shenanigans between the foursome, but gossip can't be believed. Now Major Palgrave another old retired British army officer likes to tell stories, ancient boring tales to the hotel guests, such as hunting tigers in India or was it elephants in Africa? That nobody wants to hear, one in particular involving a murder. The polite Miss Marple pretends to listen, almost falling asleep, it will be his last one for the major. Next day he is found dead in bed, by Victoria the native maid, poor Miss Marple, everywhere she goes someone dies, not a surprise to Dr. Graham an island physician, he had high blood pressure medicine, in his room but the ever suspicious Jane is not so sure. The doctor then receives information that troubles him. The worried young newlyweds who bought the hotel , Tim and Molly Kendal know deaths in paradise is bad for business. After a quick funeral everything is back to normal, nobody can resist the deep blue sea besides, the deceased wasn't too liked ... Mr Rafiel pushing eternity, but richer than anyone Miss Marple has met helps her when another murder happens. Mrs.Kendal starts to act weirdly, mental illness? The police request gently of the hotel guests, not to leave the island of St.Honore they insist. The question this novel asks is , can paradise exist ever on Earth while people are still walking on its surface?

  4. 4 out of 5

    carol.

    One's time period can be such a bother, don't you think? Or, in some cases, very inspiring. I, for instance, never thought I'd see the time when a Cheeto could become president. I mean, president of the Frito-Lay Corporation, sure. But an elected position? A victory for processed foods! Out with the vegetable gardens, in with the snack machines! Wait, not that kind of orange finger food? Oh. Oh, well... nevermind. Back to what I was saying about inspiration. I mean, hey--I'm in my forties. I act One's time period can be such a bother, don't you think? Or, in some cases, very inspiring. I, for instance, never thought I'd see the time when a Cheeto could become president. I mean, president of the Frito-Lay Corporation, sure. But an elected position? A victory for processed foods! Out with the vegetable gardens, in with the snack machines! Wait, not that kind of orange finger food? Oh. Oh, well... nevermind. Back to what I was saying about inspiration. I mean, hey--I'm in my forties. I actually had a grandmother who referred to black Americans as 'coloreds.' Think about the sea of societal change iin this time period, from the court case upholding desegregating schools in 1954 (way to go, independent Justice Branch!) to an actual African-American President of the U.S. in 2008. That's pretty amazing. Sometimes I think I'm in the right epoch, and other times I don't. I mean, processed snack foods--gross. Take Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery, for instance. If only we could have left a bunch of her era's prejudices and populist ideas out of the book, it'd be much more tolerable. Did we need to have the social commentary on the marriage and procreative habits of the islanders? Not necessary to the plot in the least, and yet it gets mentioned a number of times, at least four or five, I should think. Along with the weird psychoanalysis of women in general. Thank goodness we're modern enough at this point to have a discussion about sex versus love, as well as treat adultery as not that shocking. Skip those retro bits and you have a delightful mystery in a beautiful setting, although one can't help wish--just a little bit, says Miss Marple--for some actual English weather (not me, though. I can totally not wish for English weather). Dear Raymond has sent Miss Marble on an island vacation, to rest her rheumatism and test her skills. Not long after Major is telling her a story about a murderer, he himself it found dead. Mon dieu! Wait, wrong character. But Miss Marple is too genteel to use exclamatory phrases. It's a gentle kind of narrative at first, where Miss Marple looks back on life, human nature, the challenges of aging, and picks apart the relationships of the other guests at the resort. Surprising to me were the short bits that included a third-person perspective of another couple of characters. It was obvious Christie was using it to build suspense and as a red herring, but I was a bit surprised to note such a cheap trick. Ah well. It really was a fun little story, with some interesting twists and a multiple body count to keep the reader in a state of fear. The resort proved to be a typical Christie setting of the isolated manor house/guests, leading to a limited pool of suspects. This one, I remembered reading before, so I can't say whether it surprised. But I enjoyed it and polished it off quickly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    PorshaJo

    I've always been a fan of Agatha Christie. A few years ago shopping a library book sale I came across this one. I thought....ooohhhh a murder mystery in caribbean, sounds exotic. I purchased it and thought a perfect read for my upcoming trip to the islands. And I continued to drag it with me on a number of trips, never to be read. Finally, while sitting at home in the frosty weather I thought it's the perfect time to pick it up. Miss Marple is sent away to vacation in the sun of the islands by he I've always been a fan of Agatha Christie. A few years ago shopping a library book sale I came across this one. I thought....ooohhhh a murder mystery in caribbean, sounds exotic. I purchased it and thought a perfect read for my upcoming trip to the islands. And I continued to drag it with me on a number of trips, never to be read. Finally, while sitting at home in the frosty weather I thought it's the perfect time to pick it up. Miss Marple is sent away to vacation in the sun of the islands by her nephew. Oh it's so glamorous that all the patrons of the small charming hotel get together on the veranda for drinks of gin before dinner nightly, dressed in their best evening wares. Of course there is none other than Major Palgrave, who is quite the bore with his tediously, long, and boring stories he continues to tell everyone. Even the one where he tells of the murderer he's met. He even has a picture. But soon Major Plagrave tells that story one too many times and finds himself dead, from an unknown medical condition. Naturally Miss Marple is on the case, knowing it was murder and not a medical condition. As she begins to question the guests, it appears another murder takes place, and then........ Well, I'll not give anything away. I will say I really enjoyed this one. While I'm more of a Pirot girl, I still enjoy a Marple story. She doesn't appear as a nosy, busy body, but a sharp cookie who knows how to blend. And what I enjoyed most in this story is Miss Marple and old man Mr. Rafiel who thoroughly discussed the murder...eh murders and all the guests trying to determine whodunnit. Mr. Rafiel was quite the curmudgeon but the two made a fun, interesting, and quirky pair. Why a 4 only, well, even I was able to figure out the murder in the case after some time. But it was a fun read till the end. I'm so glad I picked this one up finally and looking forward to my next Christie adventure.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars The magical Miss Marple does it again! Only this time she does it on a tropical vacation. Unlike quite a few of the Marple mysteries, this one features everyone's favorite little old spinster. I personally just love the way her inner mind works. So proper and sweet...but not really. The cast of characters was great, too. You have a whole slew of people on the island who range from (supposedly) lovely to (supposedly) despicable and you can't wait to see who's going to end up getting killed 3.5 stars The magical Miss Marple does it again! Only this time she does it on a tropical vacation. Unlike quite a few of the Marple mysteries, this one features everyone's favorite little old spinster. I personally just love the way her inner mind works. So proper and sweet...but not really. The cast of characters was great, too. You have a whole slew of people on the island who range from (supposedly) lovely to (supposedly) despicable and you can't wait to see who's going to end up getting killed off next! Or maybe that's just me? Nah. This one was another solid story, and even though it won't go down as one of my tippy-top Christie favorites, I quite enjoyed it. Joan Hickson was the narrator of the audiobook version that I listened to and she did a very good job. I will say that I thought she was quite good with all the different accents except the ones that were supposed to be Hispanic. For whatever reason, the two characters I remember sounded less Spanish-y and more like they had a lisp. Although, that could just be the way I was hearing it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    DRAMATISATION LISTENED TO IN 2020 Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is not the audiobook of the novel, it is an abridged dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple. Whilst I cannot imagine her as Miss Marple in a TV version, she is too, well I don't know but she's too something. That said her voice is excellent and so are these BBC dramatisations. Well adapted, but obviously quite abridged, this is an enjoyable listen especially when decorating DRAMATISATION LISTENED TO IN 2020 Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is not the audiobook of the novel, it is an abridged dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple. Whilst I cannot imagine her as Miss Marple in a TV version, she is too, well I don't know but she's too something. That said her voice is excellent and so are these BBC dramatisations. Well adapted, but obviously quite abridged, this is an enjoyable listen especially when decorating ha ha. MARPLE GROUP READ IN 2017 Another excellent Miss Marple book, and although I have seen the Joan Hickson TV adaptation, I cannot remember ever having read the book. I really enjoyed it and liked the introduction of Mr Rafiel, who I know we will see later. I'm really enjoying this whole challenge and we still have a good few to go.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    A Caribbean Mystery is the 10th book in the Miss Marple series written by Dame Agatha Christie. I've read most of her books or watched television adaptations throughout my life, but this year, I am rereading the Marple and Poirot collections so that I can add more details to my reviews (or write a review now that I remember enough about it). Miss Marple needs to get away to warmer weather, prompting her nephew to gift her a trip to a Caribbean island. Of course, a few days in and there's a stran A Caribbean Mystery is the 10th book in the Miss Marple series written by Dame Agatha Christie. I've read most of her books or watched television adaptations throughout my life, but this year, I am rereading the Marple and Poirot collections so that I can add more details to my reviews (or write a review now that I remember enough about it). Miss Marple needs to get away to warmer weather, prompting her nephew to gift her a trip to a Caribbean island. Of course, a few days in and there's a strange death, followed by a second one. Both on their own could've been from natural causes, but together, something doesn't seem right. As she investigates the other hotel guests, owners, and workers, she discovers many unexpected connections. Some folks knew each other before this trip. Others were secretly married or having affairs. And the murder story told by the first victim (all in good fun) apparently was a true one. Just what did he know that got him killed? Clever. Kept my focus all afternoon. Might annoy a few readers with some not-so-kind but normal-for-the-time-period language in relation to homosexuals and African-Americans. I don't ignore it, but I also read these books for the plot and understand the time in which it was written. That said, the conclusion was too abrupt and I think it could've done with more details about the past reasonings for some of the relationships.

  9. 5 out of 5

    W

    Agatha Christie's sleuth,Miss Marple suffers from rheumatism and her nephew arranges a trip to the Caribbean islands for her. As Miss Marple basks in the Caribbean sunshine,she feels mildly discontended that nothing ever happens in paradise. But soon,her complaint is rectified.An old major wants to show her the photograph of a murderer,and soon,he is himself dead. Later,there is another murder.If that were not enough,Miss Marple,that loveable old hen,finds herself in danger. Christie's humour,which Agatha Christie's sleuth,Miss Marple suffers from rheumatism and her nephew arranges a trip to the Caribbean islands for her. As Miss Marple basks in the Caribbean sunshine,she feels mildly discontended that nothing ever happens in paradise. But soon,her complaint is rectified.An old major wants to show her the photograph of a murderer,and soon,he is himself dead. Later,there is another murder.If that were not enough,Miss Marple,that loveable old hen,finds herself in danger. Christie's humour,which makes an appearance every now and then,is an added bonus.Very entertaining.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This mystery sees Miss Marple relocated from her usual setting, of villages and vicarages, and deposited on a Caribbean holiday by nephew Raymond. The preceding winter had seen Miss Marple suffering from pneumonia and, with sunshine advised to aid her recovery, she is treated to a stay at the Golden Palm Hotel in St Honore, Trinidad. The hotel has been taking over by a young couple, Molly and Tim Kendal, who are keen to keep returning guests happy and ‘make a go’ of it. Among the guests are the This mystery sees Miss Marple relocated from her usual setting, of villages and vicarages, and deposited on a Caribbean holiday by nephew Raymond. The preceding winter had seen Miss Marple suffering from pneumonia and, with sunshine advised to aid her recovery, she is treated to a stay at the Golden Palm Hotel in St Honore, Trinidad. The hotel has been taking over by a young couple, Molly and Tim Kendal, who are keen to keep returning guests happy and ‘make a go’ of it. Among the guests are the wealthy Mr Rafiel, attended by assistant Esther Waters and valet/masseur Arthur Jackson, Canon Prescott and his sister, Dr Graham, Major Palgrave and two married couples – Colonel Edward Hillingdon and wife, Evelyn, and Greg and Lucky Dyson. Major Palgrave is the type of elderly man who loves to tell stories about his past and Miss Marple is listening to him one day when he tells her about a murderer and, shortly afterwards, he is found dead… Truth be told, Miss Marple has been finding her Caribbean holiday slightly monotonous, even without Major Palgrave’s interminable tales. When there are more odd happenings on the island, Miss Marple teams up with Mr Rafiel to investigate. This is an enjoyable mystery, although it is not one of Christie’s best plots and Miss Marple suffers from a lack of her usual sounding boards and cast of village characters. If you enjoy this, Mr Rafiel is mentioned in a further mystery, “Nemesis.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This is one of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries set outside England. She takes us to the Caribbean with Miss Marple coming on holiday there. Whatever Miss Marple does, murder seems to follow her. :) And we get to enjoy another murder mystery. Here is an instance where the initiation and carrying out the investigation is done by Miss Marple alone. A first death occurs and is believed to have arisen from natural causes. Only, Miss Marple is not so sure. When a second death occurs however, Miss M This is one of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries set outside England. She takes us to the Caribbean with Miss Marple coming on holiday there. Whatever Miss Marple does, murder seems to follow her. :) And we get to enjoy another murder mystery. Here is an instance where the initiation and carrying out the investigation is done by Miss Marple alone. A first death occurs and is believed to have arisen from natural causes. Only, Miss Marple is not so sure. When a second death occurs however, Miss Marple is certain that a murderer is lurking among them. In the absence of a "proper" police procedure, Miss Marple decides to act herself to unravel the wolf in the sheep's skin with the assistance of an eccentric invalid. While the actions of Miss Marple were entertaining, the story was poorly predictable. From the beginning, it isn't difficult to understand the pattern of the story. And by the middle of it, I knew who it was and why he'd done it. I had only to wait till the official revelation. And there was no longer any suspense. But I still liked the chatty dialogues and the intrigues of the characters. :) Even though it didn't attract fully as a murder mystery, it still held my interest quite in other directions. I only wish that Christie has taken some effort to create the holiday ambiance and the tropical setting of the Caribbean. On the whole, it is certainly not one of the best in the Marple series, but not a bad one either.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    Re-read Let’s face it, I shall re-read her to my dying days ;O) “It's all very well to talk like that,” said Mr. Rafiel. “We, you say? What do you think I can do about it? I can't even walk without help. How can you and I set about preventing a murder? You're about a hundred and I'm a broken-up old crock.” Humour is probably not something people associate with Agatha Christie but she did have plenty of it, and used it usually when portraying silly and arrogant people. A Caribbean Mystery sees our Re-read Let’s face it, I shall re-read her to my dying days ;O) “It's all very well to talk like that,” said Mr. Rafiel. “We, you say? What do you think I can do about it? I can't even walk without help. How can you and I set about preventing a murder? You're about a hundred and I'm a broken-up old crock.” Humour is probably not something people associate with Agatha Christie but she did have plenty of it, and used it usually when portraying silly and arrogant people. A Caribbean Mystery sees our lovely Ms Marple in the West Indies, where nothing seems to happen when compared to St Mary's Mead, until of course there is a murder, and everyone is a potential suspect. Many red herrings take us on a variety of paths, but this time a clue is given near the beginning, which will allow some readers to actually find out who the murderer by the end is. That is if you don't let yourself be lead all over the place by our manipulative author. I guess that Robert Thorogood, creator of Death In Paradise tv series and novels, had this book in mind :O)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karl Jorgenson

    Miss Marple does it again, this time while sunning at a Caribbean resort. A blowhard dies of natural causes, but Miss Marple is struck by the timing: blowhard claimed to have seen a murderer a day earlier. Assorted creepy and pathetic people, secret and twisted relationships, and greed drive this story to a worthy conclusion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    A Miss Marple holiday special! Our favourite elderly spinster soon finds herself embroiled in another mystery whilst resting on holiday. The trip was her nephews idea as the cold weather in St Mary's Mead has been effecting her health, it's there that she meets Major Palgrave who has plenty of stories to share. Inevitably with Jane Marple the topic of murder arises and Palgrave had intended to show her a picture of someone who he believes has got away with murder on more than one occasion, only to A Miss Marple holiday special! Our favourite elderly spinster soon finds herself embroiled in another mystery whilst resting on holiday. The trip was her nephews idea as the cold weather in St Mary's Mead has been effecting her health, it's there that she meets Major Palgrave who has plenty of stories to share. Inevitably with Jane Marple the topic of murder arises and Palgrave had intended to show her a picture of someone who he believes has got away with murder on more than one occasion, only to change his mind. When Palgrave turns up dead the following day, Jane instantly knows it was murder and everyone on the island soon becames a suspect. I'll confess that I had some trepidation knowing where this story was set, there were definitely some stuck in its time elements. I actually felt more disappointed that Christie didn't really transport me to that part of the world as effectively as some of her other novels. Though I guess everything being set within a resort added to the stakes. The mystery itself felt like a return to form for a later day Christie and while all the clues were presented fairly I was still baffled by the 'whodunit' for the majority of the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lotte

    A lovely mystery that started slow and then took some surprising twists and turns near the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine PNW

    I read this one for the "overseas travel" square because it gets Miss Marple out of St. Mary's Mead on a long vacation to the sunny climes of the West Indies. As is often the case with Christie, the reader must, rather uncomfortably, wade through some casual racism/colonialism/sexism to enjoy the mystery. I don't think that this is one of Christie's best, though. Her mysteries often rely strongly on coincidence, but this one takes the use of coincidence to a whole new level of ridiculously unbel I read this one for the "overseas travel" square because it gets Miss Marple out of St. Mary's Mead on a long vacation to the sunny climes of the West Indies. As is often the case with Christie, the reader must, rather uncomfortably, wade through some casual racism/colonialism/sexism to enjoy the mystery. I don't think that this is one of Christie's best, though. Her mysteries often rely strongly on coincidence, but this one takes the use of coincidence to a whole new level of ridiculously unbelievable. I did enjoy the introduction to Mr. Rafiel, and would've liked to hear more about him. He made a nice counterpoint to Miss Marple.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Love Agatha! Miss Marple, yay! Since she's not at home, she has to work harder to be taken seriously. This time, for once, I thought I had the murderer figured out. Nope, wrong again. Reread... Just got one question; how did she get rich nephews who buy her Caribbean vacations? (Jealous me)😎 Love Agatha! Miss Marple, yay! Since she's not at home, she has to work harder to be taken seriously. This time, for once, I thought I had the murderer figured out. Nope, wrong again. Reread... Just got one question; how did she get rich nephews who buy her Caribbean vacations? (Jealous me)😎

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simona B

    “She had one weapon and one weapon only, and that was conversation.” It fell rather flat in comparison to other Christie's works, but 1) you can't really blame Miss Marple for not being Hercule Poirot and 2) you can't really blame anyone for not being Hercule Poirot. They try, they do, but it's not their fault if they fail. The same goes for the characters/suspects. I don't know, it's as if Miss Marple makes everything duller, and Poirot everything shinier. I can't help feeling this difference an “She had one weapon and one weapon only, and that was conversation.” It fell rather flat in comparison to other Christie's works, but 1) you can't really blame Miss Marple for not being Hercule Poirot and 2) you can't really blame anyone for not being Hercule Poirot. They try, they do, but it's not their fault if they fail. The same goes for the characters/suspects. I don't know, it's as if Miss Marple makes everything duller, and Poirot everything shinier. I can't help feeling this difference and it's not my fault either. But Mr. Rafiel was everything. A couple of decades younger, and I'd have wanted him to propose to Miss Marple. Scratch that, I wanted him to propose and that's it. Their banter was cute and fun, and definitely unexpected. “If you knew what you looked like that night with that fluffy pink wool all round your head, standing there and saying you were Nemesis! I'll never forget it!”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nandakishore Mridula

    Again, a fantastic literary sleight of hand where the clues are paraded before one's eyes - yet that one crucial piece of misdirection fools one till the end. Again, a fantastic literary sleight of hand where the clues are paraded before one's eyes - yet that one crucial piece of misdirection fools one till the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was sick this week, so it was a good job I was given a pack of Miss Marples for Christmas. They made for the perfect sick books. None of them were amazing, they were late Miss Marple, but they all had a mystery my addled fog brain couldn’t get and I continue to love Miss Marple as a symbol of women who are overlooked and underrated on the basis of appearance, age and stereotypes. I do have to mention that this particular one has some racist remarks made by a few characters about the black resi I was sick this week, so it was a good job I was given a pack of Miss Marples for Christmas. They made for the perfect sick books. None of them were amazing, they were late Miss Marple, but they all had a mystery my addled fog brain couldn’t get and I continue to love Miss Marple as a symbol of women who are overlooked and underrated on the basis of appearance, age and stereotypes. I do have to mention that this particular one has some racist remarks made by a few characters about the black residents of the island this takes place on, which jolted me out of the narrative each time it happened, especially since it was repeated past the point of “here is this character saying an awful thing so you know they are bad”, into some direct author descriptions and comments made by characters we’re not supposed to hate. Time and place, of course, but a blot on an otherwise perfectly acceptable mystery in 2017.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    "If anybody had been there to observe the gentle-looking elderly lady who stood meditatively on the loggia outside her bungalow, they would have thought she had nothing more on her mind than deliberation on how to arrange her time that day. But that gentle old lady was deliberating quite other matters. She was in a militant mood." Miss Jane Marple is visiting the Golden Palm resort on the St Honore Island of the Caribbean. Being concerned for her health, her nephew Raymond paid for his aunt to spe "If anybody had been there to observe the gentle-looking elderly lady who stood meditatively on the loggia outside her bungalow, they would have thought she had nothing more on her mind than deliberation on how to arrange her time that day. But that gentle old lady was deliberating quite other matters. She was in a militant mood." Miss Jane Marple is visiting the Golden Palm resort on the St Honore Island of the Caribbean. Being concerned for her health, her nephew Raymond paid for his aunt to spend some time in the sun. While Miss Marple's rheumatism is improving, she finds her stay, while perfectly lovely rather dull. During a conversation with Major Palgrave, another one of the guests, he mentions that he knows of a set murders and has a picture of the culprit and would Miss Marple want to see it. Before she can answer, the major catches sight of someone and puts the picture away. The next day he is dead. Eager to discover the culprit, Miss Marple is on the case. After reading some books with heavier subject matters, this book was just the breath of fresh air I needed. Miss Marple is getting older but her deduction skills are not diminishing. The resort is a relaxing place but nothing much happens. Miss Marple misses the happenings of St Mary Mead. To fill her time she talks to the rest of the guests. Major Palgrave is a man with plenty of stories but one sticks out in particular, the one of the murders. When the major is about to show the picture of the culprit, he puts it away. When found dead the next day, Miss Marple knows there had to be something to his story. This was a multi-layered narrative with plenty of red herrings and a cast of memorable characters (Jason Rafiel standsout a bit more for me). Miss Marple is absolutely fabulous and I simply can not picture her knitting on the beach. Originally published in 1964, ths installment of the series is fun and entertaining but also a clever whodunit. I am getting close to finishing this series and that makes me quite sad. Until then, though, I will enjoy the adventures of this great lady.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melindam

    "She had one weapon and one weapon only, and that was conversation." Not my favourite Miss Marple Mystery, but it's still worth 3,5 stars. Guess I am missing the English countryside and village-vibes. Feels like Miss Marple is out of place on a tropical island, but probably it's just me. Lovely narration by Emilia Fox. "She had one weapon and one weapon only, and that was conversation." Not my favourite Miss Marple Mystery, but it's still worth 3,5 stars. Guess I am missing the English countryside and village-vibes. Feels like Miss Marple is out of place on a tropical island, but probably it's just me. Lovely narration by Emilia Fox.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janete on hiatus due health issues

    In fact, 3.5 stars. I read this book in my mother language (Portuguese). I didn't love it, but I found this book just OK. In fact, 3.5 stars. I read this book in my mother language (Portuguese). I didn't love it, but I found this book just OK.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    "Then outnt't you tell what you know--do something about it?" "Why should I? What good would it do? I couldn't prove anything. What would happen anyway? People get let off nowadays so easily. They call it diminished responsibility and things like that. A few years in prison and you're out again, as right as rain." (PG. 192) I can't ever win the who-dunnit with Christie. I lose the imaginary million dollars every time I get to the end of her novels. Should the police and detective departments have "Then outnt't you tell what you know--do something about it?" "Why should I? What good would it do? I couldn't prove anything. What would happen anyway? People get let off nowadays so easily. They call it diminished responsibility and things like that. A few years in prison and you're out again, as right as rain." (PG. 192) I can't ever win the who-dunnit with Christie. I lose the imaginary million dollars every time I get to the end of her novels. Should the police and detective departments have a mandatory Agatha Christie class to better their thinking caps, I wonder? To be suspicious of everyone and narrow down the suspects? Where nothing is too impossible or unfathomable? I read about stories all the time where the husband is the last to see the wife or she's at the bottom of the stairs with blood everywhere while he was waiting for her to return to the "Jacuzzi" and the husband is never a suspect! Or the "best friend" suddenly has the life insurance over the next of kin.... Christie would have a lot to say here without having to Google "how to get rid of a body." Chills....

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellery Adams

    Loved the tropical setting of this one and it was nice to have Miss Marple run point on the murder investigation in her subtle but sensible manner. Several characters were standouts for me and Christie packed the plot with plenty of misdirection and distractions. This book was written in 1965, so I can't expect to read it through modern eyes, but the racist stereotyping of people of color really affected my enjoyment. I found myself feeling angry at Christie for repeating these phrases not once, Loved the tropical setting of this one and it was nice to have Miss Marple run point on the murder investigation in her subtle but sensible manner. Several characters were standouts for me and Christie packed the plot with plenty of misdirection and distractions. This book was written in 1965, so I can't expect to read it through modern eyes, but the racist stereotyping of people of color really affected my enjoyment. I found myself feeling angry at Christie for repeating these phrases not once, but several times in the book and served no narrative purpose. When the resolution was revealed, I felt somewhat tricked. One couldn't have followed the clues and declared the outcome because only Miss Marple saw something the reader wasn't privy to. Left me feeling disappointed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trudie

    This was my cozy mystery option for #ReadHarder2019 and it probably isn‘t the best Miss Marple mystery. I wanted to read one where Marple was on vacation and while it was nice for the setting to be the West Indies, the mystery was a little lacklustre and implausible.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    3.5 Miss Marple's nephew has paid for her holiday at a resort in the Carribean islands. There she meets so many strange characters, and befreinds them. Majlr Palgrave one day tells the story of a murderer who had gotten away with murder so many times. He asks if Marple wants to see a picture of the murderer which he carries in his wallet? Then suddenly he changes the topic as many people walk near them. The next day he is found dead in his room, his wallet doesn't hold the promised picture either 3.5 Miss Marple's nephew has paid for her holiday at a resort in the Carribean islands. There she meets so many strange characters, and befreinds them. Majlr Palgrave one day tells the story of a murderer who had gotten away with murder so many times. He asks if Marple wants to see a picture of the murderer which he carries in his wallet? Then suddenly he changes the topic as many people walk near them. The next day he is found dead in his room, his wallet doesn't hold the promised picture either. Miss Marple knows this is murder and ths man who had gotten away with murder, is among them. With the help of the old invalid Jason Rafiel with a bright brain, Miss Marple tries to solve the mystery. This was a mildly interesting Marple mystery and is the prequel to Nemesis which was atleast atmospheric. Nevertheless, its an Agatha Christie book and so a must read for her fans.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Verena

    My first encounter with Agatha Christie and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a quick easy read and the mystery kept me guessing until the final reveal. Will pick up another of her books soon, perfect size and length to fit in my handbag anywhere :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    Book 9 in the Miss Marple Challenge. Old Major Palgrave liked to regale others with stories of his past―his time in Kenya, India, experience with a tiger, and one which he knew of through an acquaintance, of a murderer. His listeners unfortunately didn’t find his tales quite so interesting as he did himself and one listener in particular, a fellow guest at a hotel in the Caribbean was lost in her own thoughts while hearing what the Major said only in fits and snatches. And when he was about to s Book 9 in the Miss Marple Challenge. Old Major Palgrave liked to regale others with stories of his past―his time in Kenya, India, experience with a tiger, and one which he knew of through an acquaintance, of a murderer. His listeners unfortunately didn’t find his tales quite so interesting as he did himself and one listener in particular, a fellow guest at a hotel in the Caribbean was lost in her own thoughts while hearing what the Major said only in fits and snatches. And when he was about to show her a picture of the murderer, something stopped him from doing so. But when the Major ends up dead the very next morning, this particular listener, Miss Marple who is in the West Indies where her nephew Raymond West has sent her for a vacation has to try to remember all she heard. For although his death appears natural, Miss Marple isn’t quite satisfied. Her suspicions are soon proved right when another body is found. But what had the Major’s story been about? And who made him stop midway? Miss Marple has to try and remember as much as she can of what the Major told her while looking into fellow guests at the hotel. What makes this case particularly difficult for her is that she is so far from home, and from the people who usually take her opinion seriously, Sir Henry Clithering and Inspector Craddock among them. But she does find help in old Mr Rafiel, a rather crotchety but wealthy gentlemen staying in one of the bungalows at the hotel. He doesn’t have much of an opinion of old ladies but once he begins to really converse with Miss Marple, and realises she has brains, his attitude changes and he jumps in to help solve the mystery. This was one I’d read before and remembered the solution to pretty well but there were a few elements that I had forgotten. It doesn’t have as many plot twists or red-herrings as some of AC’s others (though there are the complexities and twists of human relationships). The confusion she tries to create about whether the murderer is a man or woman doesn’t really work, because while Miss Marple may not have heard all of the Major’s story, the reader has (read it, that is). (It has a few non-PC bits as well.) The puzzle, though, isn’t a very easy one to solve. Part of the main storyline reminded me a little of an old Hollywood film―I won’t say which or it will spoil the plot. This wasn’t among my favourite Miss Marple books but I did quite enjoy reading it. Three and a half stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Books like this prove why Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime. An excellent whodunit with a convoluted plot and several surprises.

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