A mystery that will defy even the most ingenious of detectives.
Because, when you turn over a stone in an English village, you have no idea what will crawl out…
‘I’m not too late, am I? When does the murder begin?’
An announcement appears in the local paper:
this Friday, at exactly 6.30pm, a murder will take place.
Who could resist such an invitation?
Driven by morbid curiosity, the villagers head to the appointed location: a quiet house on the outskirts of the village.
The crowd gathers. The clock counts down. And then the lights go out.
‘Establishes firmly her claim to the throne of detection. The plot is as ingenious as ever… the dialogue both wise and witty; while the suspense is maintained very skilfully until the final revelation.’ A.A. Milne
‘As good as Agatha Christie ever wrote.’ Robert Barnard
‘In her own sphere there is no one to touch her, and her millions of readers are going to buy A Murder is Announced and like it.’
‘A super-smooth Christie – three neat murders in an English village, [and] an assortment of her famous red herrings, all beautifully marinaded.’ New York Times Book Review
About the author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
After a curious newspaper notice announces an upcoming murder in the quiet village of Chipping Cleghorn, a host of nosy neighbors turn up at Little Paddocks just as shots ring out and a dead body is discovered. When the police arrive and call the death a suicide, the incredulous Inspector Craddock quickly enlists elderly sleuth Miss Marple to help him crack the case. Capturing the spirit of this cozy murder mystery, Rosemary Leach's crisp, well-paced narration transports listeners to the sleepy English countryside and delivers requisite doses of suspense at all the right moments. Her rendition of Miss Marple is spot-on, and the voices she lends to an array of elderly villagers are varied, true, and utterly delightful. A must for Christie fans and anyone who enjoys a good mystery. \n
It was wonderful to discover one of Agatha's books I hadn't read, could drag myself away from it!!