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"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a service!"It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.
©1930 Agatha Christie; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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Critic Reviews

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Joan Hickson: You can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius." (Time Out)
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By FJWynne on 11-10-07

Joan Hickson is perfect

Not perhaps Christie's best, being the earliest of the Miss Marple mysteries, but the puzzle is neatly constructed, and Joan HIckson is the perfect narrator - not simply because she IS Miss Marple, but because she can handle the range of voices, characters and scenes with extraordinary effectiveness

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By Anonymous User on 11-26-17

Like truly living the story.

Loved the audio book. Joan Hickson is the best story teller ever and she pulls us into the mystery and entangling us in the action.

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By Polly on 08-15-15

Wonderful introduction to Marple

The fluffy old village cat shows her claws in this wonderful village mystery. Beautifully read by the incomparable Joan Hickson; you get a lovely sense of the cosy village atmosphere, and she gives Miss Marple just the right degree of deceptive vagueness when she finally unveils the solution to the baffled police force.

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By JPH on 09-15-17

Joan Hickson the consumate Miss Marple

A Classic Agatha Christie story with the wonderful narration from the consumate Miss Marple, Joan Hickson. If you want an escape from the every day drudgery then this is a must. Thoroughly recommended.

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By mrsvee on 05-16-16

Wonderful reading

Joan Hickson does not pretend to be other characters but her reading makes it believable.

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By Barrye Dickinson on 07-29-15

Confusin

Although Joan Hickson's narration was beautiful, it was confusing that she was reading in the first person of a male character. It did my head in. I kept thinking SHE was Miss Marple. Didn't work for me - and the story itself was one of AC's worst.

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