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A Caribbean Mystery

por Agatha Christie

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As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine, she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier's yarn about strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finish the story... June Whitfield stars as the sharp-witted spinster sleuth in a BBC full-cast radio drama.… (mais)
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Miss Marple Takes a Vacation, but Murder does not
Review of the HarperCollins Audiobook edition (March 26, 2013) narrated by Emilia Fox of the Collins Crime Club (UK) hardcover (November 16, 1964) & the Dodd, Mead & Company (US) hardcover (1965) originals.

“I told you wrong. I was completely wrong. I was stupid beyond belief. Major Palgrave appeared to me to be looking over my right shoulder, glaring, in fact, at something—But he couldn’t have seen anything, because he was looking through his left eye and his left eye was his glass eye.”


A Caribbean Mystery finds Miss Marple on a gifted holiday, thanks to her author nephew Raymond West, on the fictional island of St. Honoré in the Caribbean. The trip and the location are supposedly inspired by Agatha Christie's own vacation to either Barbados or St. Lucia according to the Agatha Christie Wiki.

While socializing with the other guests, Miss Marple listens to Major Palgrave tell a story about having a photograph of a murderer when he is abruptly distracted. The next morning the Major is found dead in his room, apparently from an accidental overdose. Miss Marple has her doubts though, and so does another guest, the millionaire Jason Rafiel. Then a resort worker is murdered and the resort's hostess/owner starts to act unbalanced. Will Marple and Rafiel be able to prevent any further murders?

See cover at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/05/A_Caribbean_Mystery_First_Edition...
The front cover of the original 1964 Collins Crime Club (UK) hardcover edition. Image sourced from Wikipedia.

For a change of pace, I listened to the audiobook edition this time, having read all of the other Miss Marples in print or digital previously. The narration by Emilia Fox (from TV's Silent Witness,Signora Volpe et al) was excellent in all voices, performing especially well in the male voice of Jason Rafiel and with the occasional Caribbean accents for the locals.

On the Berengaria Ease of Solving Scale® I found A Caribbean Mystery to be on the middle range of the scale i.e. a 5 out of 10 or so. You could make a deduction leap due to the Major's glass eye if you were paying attention. That somewhat narrowed it down.

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A Caribbean Mystery was adapted for a U.S. TV movie in 1983 starring Helen Hayes as Miss Marple. The screenplay was written by novelist Sue Grafton in one of her final works as a TV writer before her Kinsey Millhone alphabet series (1982-2017) took off. You can watch the entire movie on YouTube here (it is mis-labelled as a 1985 film though). This version was filmed in California.

A Caribbean Mystery was adapted twice for English language television. Both versions are reasonably faithful to the original. The 2013 ITV adaptation adds cameo roles for portrayals of the author Ian Fleming and ornithologist James Bond. I did not find any free trailers or postings of either of them, but they are both available on the Britbox streaming service here in Canada.

The first TV adaptation was as part of the BBC's Miss Marple (1984-1992) series as Episode 10 in 1989, which starred Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. This adaptation sets the location in Barbados and is actually filmed on site.

The second TV adaptation was as part of ITV's Agatha Christie’s Marple (2004-2013) reboot series as Season 6 Episode 1 in 2013 which starred Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple. This adaptation was filmed in Capetown, South Africa. ( )
  alanteder | Dec 8, 2023 |
disappointing but not that surprising that even in 1964 the racism is strong in this one. the mystery itself is pretty enjoyable, with possibilities, suspicious characters, and red herrings all over the place. much of the action wasn't even in miss marple's hands, and it only felt like a miss marple mystery toward the end, but i thought that was kind of fun. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Dec 5, 2023 |
Miss Marple is on vacation in the Caribbean. She is immediately suspicious when Major Palgrave dies. She sets out to solve the mystery. I had seen a version of this on TV so I knew an important plot point. I kept waiting for Miss Marple to realize it. ( )
  nx74defiant | Sep 23, 2023 |
its rare that i get disappointed with a christie...i mean, its still good...but it felt a bit too contrived and the final solution sounds logical but felt rushed and unsatisfying. ( )
  riida | Jul 16, 2023 |
Summary: A Caribbean holiday after an illness is just what the doctor ordered for Miss Marple, who helps solve a string of murders at a resort.

Miss Marple is recovering from an illness and her nephew Raymond sends her on a Caribbean holiday. Little did he realize h0w rejuvenating it would be as Miss Marple employs her polite nosiness and the insistence that only an elderly spinster can exercise, to solve a string of murders.

It all begins with Major Palgrave’s interminable and repeating stories. He begins to tell her one of a repeat murderer who had remained unapprehended. He was on the point of showing her a picture when he looks up, puts his wallet away and hastily changes the subject. When he is found dead of an apparent stroke the next morning, Miss Marple has her suspicions. It had been noised about that he had high blood pressure and a bottle of medications was found among his effects.

Except in the course of talking with different members of the party staying at the resort, run by a young couple, the Kendals, Victoria, a housemaid, claims not to have previously seen the medicine. That evening, she’s found dead of knife wounds by Molly Kendal, who has been acting more and more erratic, experiencing lapses of memory and agitation, and had been seen carrying a kitchen knife. Tim attributes her agitation to a family history She’s understandably quite upset, having found the murdered girl and even wondering if, in a fit of madness, whether she is the murderer. She is comforted by Miss Marple, who has her doubts.

Miss Marple’s fears are growing. There are other strange events going on, including finding rich old Mr. Raffiel’s assistant Jackson looking through his papers, and later through Molly Kendal’s cosmetics. People aren’t what they seem. The Hillingdon’s, a seeming perfect couple are sleeping separately, while he is caught up in an affair with “Lucky” Dyson, wife of nature lover Greg Dyson Meanwhile, Miss Marple’s suspicions about Palgrave’s death result in his exhumation and a finding that he was poisoned.

There is one more murder yet to occur and one narrowly prevented. It’s a case of a murderer who overlooks a couple of gossipy old women, Miss Marple and Miss Prescott, Canon Prescott’s sister, and the handicapped Mr. Raffiel. Appearing frail, among the “uglies,” they mobilize action at the right time to save a life and capture a murderer!

How can one not love Miss Marple! And how can one not be amazed at Agatha Christie who spins the perfect Caribbean holiday murder mystery, forty-four years after her first mystery in 1920. In this one, she was still at the top of her game as was her main character, a quietly gossipy busybody who knits her way to another crime solved! ( )
  BobonBooks | Apr 18, 2023 |
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Carones, MomaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine, she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier's yarn about strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major's attention wandered. He never did finish the story... June Whitfield stars as the sharp-witted spinster sleuth in a BBC full-cast radio drama.

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