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Monday, April 4, 2011

Crime Fiction Alphabet: M is for Marple, Jane

"The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools."

This week letter on Crime Fiction Alphabet is M, check out the rest entries in Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. She's the host of this event.

My entry for M is Miss Marple. Those of you who are fans of Agatha Christie must've known her. She's the spinster old lady who lived in St. Mary Mead, a village in outskirt London. She's consider as the 2nd most famous character made by Agatha Christie (of course we all know who's the first :D).

Miss Marple was described as small fragile-looking old lady who frequently seen knitting and considered as nosy.  At first people usually looked down on her, only regard her as 'nice old lady' but actually she's very perceptive about human nature. With her skill/talent in understanding human, she managed to solve criminal mysteries, and often triumph police.

There are mixed opinion about her, some people consider her not as detective, therefore didn't like the books that feature her; while some other enjoy reading how she solved mysteries around her. I agree her way of solving crime isn't the exact detective way; she use her knowledge about human not based on clues and evidences. For me, it depend on the case; she's not my favorite Christie's character but I enjoyed some of the books with her in it. My favorite Marple's is Murder at the Vicarage. I'm not sure why though, probably because of other characters in that book. Beside that, I also enjoyed Caribbean Mystery and Nemesis. What about you?

Lynossa
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8 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Lynossa - Thanks for choosing Miss Marple. Isn't she a terrific character? She's just a great sleuth and not what you'd expect. I'm glad you chose her :-)

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

@Margot, Thanks! I quite enjoy her although she's not my favorite, she's interesting! And I enjoy your McGinty's entry; I just re-read it awhile ago.

Kerrie said...

Excellent choice Lynossa. You could also submit this for the April Agatha Christie Blog Carnival

Orchid said...

Nice pick! I love Miss Marple! I think the best book that she was in would have to be Nemesis (well, it's my favorite at least).

Orchid
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

@Kerrie, I will!
@Orchid, I like Nemesis as well :)

Bev Hankins said...

While I like the Miss Marple books, I prefer those with Poirot. I love the TV Marple series, though--I think those are very well done.

Here's my M: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/04/crime-fiction-alphabet-letter-m.html

classicmystery said...

I'd go for A Murder Is Announced as my favourite Marple. A classic example of everything that makes Agatha Christie great.

Yvette said...

Jane Marple rules!

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