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There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Miss Jane Marple, Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth, returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly.


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There is no rest or relaxation for Miss Marple. Miss Jane Marple, Agatha Christie's most appealing sleuth, returns in this classic baffler of a vacation-turned-deadly.

30 review for A Caribbean Mystery

  1. 4 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.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), original publication year 1964 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 murd A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10), original publication year 1964 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. عنوانها: معمای کارائیب، قتل در کارائیب؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه دسامبر سال 1997 میلادی عنوان: معمای کارائیب، نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: نگین ازدجینی، نشر: تهران، نشر روایت؛ سال: 1373، تعداد صفحات: 298، شابک: 9789643637071؛ عنوان دیگر: قتل در کارائیب؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، ثالث، 1393؛ شابک: 9789643809201؛ عنوان: معمای کارائیب، ترجمه: مجتبی عبدالله‌ نژاد، نشر: تهران، هرمس، سال: 1389، تعداد صفحات: 252، شابک: 9789643637071 ؛ چاپ دیگر: 1393، در 238 ص؛ شابک: 9789643637071؛ از مجموعه داستان‌های بانو آگاتا کریستی، و از سری خانم مارپل، کتاب دهم است؛ که نخستین بار در روز شانزدهم نوامبر سال 1964 میلادی در بریتانیای کبیر توسط انتشارات کولینز کرایم کلوب و در سال 1965 میلادی توسط انتشارات داد، مید اند کمپانی، در آمریکا به چاپ رسیده است. ا. شربیانی

  3. 5 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Araz Goran

    '' دائماً ما يجد القتلةُ صعوبةً في ترِك الأشياء تبدو بسيطة '' لا أخفي عليكم كيف تُهت في هذه الرواية وكنتُ بعيداً كل البعد عن معرفة القاتل،، من الصعوبة جداً أن تخمن مجرد تخمين من هو القاتل وكل السبل التي سلكتها أجاثا كانت مضللة ومغلقة ويصعب إيجاد ثغرة في إكتشاف القاتل،، لكني أسمتعت جداً بالرواية وأدركت أنها من الروايات المتميزة والقوية في مجال الأدب البوليسي.. كُتبت هذه الرواية قبل 50 سنة ولكن يالروعة أجاثا، ما أجمل ما تكتبه هذه الكاتبة العبقرية، الحقيقة أني كنت في السابق أخشى أن أخوض تجربة مع هكذا '' دائماً ما يجد القتلةُ صعوبةً في ترِك الأشياء تبدو بسيطة '' لا أخفي عليكم كيف تُهت في هذه الرواية وكنتُ بعيداً كل البعد عن معرفة القاتل،، من الصعوبة جداً أن تخمن مجرد تخمين من هو القاتل وكل السبل التي سلكتها أجاثا كانت مضللة ومغلقة ويصعب إيجاد ثغرة في إكتشاف القاتل،، لكني أسمتعت جداً بالرواية وأدركت أنها من الروايات المتميزة والقوية في مجال الأدب البوليسي.. كُتبت هذه الرواية قبل 50 سنة ولكن يالروعة أجاثا، ما أجمل ما تكتبه هذه الكاتبة العبقرية، الحقيقة أني كنت في السابق أخشى أن أخوض تجربة مع هكذا روايات كُتبت منذ سنوات عديدة وتوقعت أن تكون ساذجة نوعاً ما ولكن تصدمني أجاثا كل مرة أقرء لها وندمت على أني لم أقرء لها منذ زمن بعيد.. هذه هي الرواية الرابعة التي أقرأها ل أجاثا ومن الجيد القول أني تعودت على أسلوبها وأحببت رواياتها بشدة.. التقييم متأرجح مابين 4 و5 نجمات ولكني أفضل ال 5 نجمات بسبب تلك النهاية المشوقة والغير المتوقعة إطلاقاً..

  5. 3 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 beautif 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, 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?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Issa Deerbany

    الانسة ماربل تقضي اجازة في احد الجزر الهندية مع سائحين اخرين احدهما رجل يتحدث مع الانسة ماربل عن قصصه ومغامراته واحدى هذه القصص عن قاتل وتحدث عن كيفية ارتكابه جريمته وانه يحمل صورة القاتل ولكنه يتراجع عن إظهار الصورة وبعد ٢٤ ساعة يوجد ميتا. ثم تموت خادمة الفندق لانها تعرف شيئا ما . تقوم الانسة ماربل بمعرفة القاتل من خلال الاستماع لقصص النزلاء وكذلك مراقبة تصرفاتهم. لغز جيد ولكن اقل مستوى من رواباتها والترجمة رائعة.

  7. 3 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.”

  8. 3 out of 5

    Sherif Metwaly

    والدرس المستفاد مما حدث ما قاله سيدنا عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه " ما ندمتُ على السكوت مَرّة ، لكنني ندمت على الكلام مرارا " اللقاء الأول مع أجاثا كريستي و عالم الرواية البوليسية قرأتها في يوم واحد بل في ساعات معدودة وهذا لا يحدث معي إلا نادراً مهما بلغ استمتاعي بالعمل ولكن الوضع هنا مختلف ، والأجواء مختلفة تماماً عن أي رواية مشوقة ومثيرة قرأتها من قبل هناك سحرٌ ما في ما تكتب أجاثا كريستي تقريباً شيء ما يجبرك على الانتباه من الورقة الأولى وحتى الورقة الأخير ولايترك لك فرصة لالتقاط الأنفاس إطلاقاً والدرس المستفاد مما حدث ما قاله سيدنا عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه " ما ندمتُ على السكوت مَرّة ، لكنني ندمت على الكلام مرارا " اللقاء الأول مع أجاثا كريستي و عالم الرواية البوليسية قرأتها في يوم واحد بل في ساعات معدودة وهذا لا يحدث معي إلا نادراً مهما بلغ استمتاعي بالعمل ولكن الوضع هنا مختلف ، والأجواء مختلفة تماماً عن أي رواية مشوقة ومثيرة قرأتها من قبل هناك سحرٌ ما في ما تكتب أجاثا كريستي تقريباً شيء ما يجبرك على الانتباه من الورقة الأولى وحتى الورقة الأخير ولايترك لك فرصة لالتقاط الأنفاس إطلاقاً الحبكة ممتازة ، و وتيرة الأحداث متوازنة للغاية بدون أي تسرّع كان مايقلقني من الروايات البوليسية عامةً ويجعلني أؤجل الدخول لعالمها طوال الفترة الماضية أن أجد عكس ذلك أن أجد حبكة ضعيفة ، وأحداث متسارعة لتلائم القارئ الباحث عن الإثارة والسرعة ولكن لحسن الحظ كان انطباعي خاطيء وأنا سعيد بذلك بلا شك طبعاً ، حالي كحال كل قراء أجاثا كريستي كل توقعاتي عن القاتل تم نسفها بنجاح وتقبلت الصدمة في النهاية وانا أبتسم :) وفي الختام يكمنني القول أنني صرت معجباً كبيراً بأجاثا كريستي من لقائي الأول إلى لقاءات كثيرة قادمة إن شاء الله

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Ξαναδιαβάζοντας Άγκαθα Κριστι (που τόσο με είχε σημαδέψει στην εφηβεία μου, παρά λίγο να πάρω αποβολή, γιατί μια πανέξυπνη φιλόλογος στη Β Γυμνασίου με έστειλε στον Διευθυντή επειδή στην έκθεση με θέμα "Το αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο" έγραψα για το "Έγκλημα στη Μεσοποταμία" και το ερώτημα ήταν "αν ήξερε η μητέρα μου ότι διαβάζω τέτοια βιβλία" - "μα τα διαβάζει και αυτή") βλέπω πλέον αυτό που τότε ήμουν μικρός και ανόητος να δω : και Το σπίτι με τους ιβίσκους (έλεος, εκδόσεις Λυχνάρι, "A Caribbean Myste Ξαναδιαβάζοντας Άγκαθα Κριστι (που τόσο με είχε σημαδέψει στην εφηβεία μου, παρά λίγο να πάρω αποβολή, γιατί μια πανέξυπνη φιλόλογος στη Β Γυμνασίου με έστειλε στον Διευθυντή επειδή στην έκθεση με θέμα "Το αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο" έγραψα για το "Έγκλημα στη Μεσοποταμία" και το ερώτημα ήταν "αν ήξερε η μητέρα μου ότι διαβάζω τέτοια βιβλία" - "μα τα διαβάζει και αυτή") βλέπω πλέον αυτό που τότε ήμουν μικρός και ανόητος να δω : και Το σπίτι με τους ιβίσκους (έλεος, εκδόσεις Λυχνάρι, "A Caribbean Mystery") είναι ένα ακόμη ψιλορατσιστικό βιβλίο, με βλακώδεις διαλόγους, κακή χρήση της ψυχιατρικής (στα όρια της απαξίωσης) και μια πλοκή γεμάτη με δήθεν red herrings ολούθε, που μπορεί να ήταν ένα χαλαρό pageturner, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα όλα τα παραπάνω σε πετάνε απότομα στη στροφή και ξενερώνεις. Ειδικά αυτό το φινάλε, λες "what the fuck". Δεν ξέρω που προμηθεύονταν η Άγκαθα αυτά τα χάπια πίεσης που μπορούν όμως και να σε σκοτώσουν, αυτά τα χάπια και τις σταγόνες που μπορεί να σου δημιουργήσουν παραισθήσεις, ή όλα αυτά τα δηλητήρια που "δεν αφήνουν ίχνη" (Ή μάλλον τελικά αφήνουν), να μας πει και εμάς να ρίξουμε στο ποτήρι με το νερό (!) αυτών που μισούμε. Έλα τώρα, δολοφονία λάθος θύματος γιατί φορούσε το ίδιο σάλι και είχε βάψει και τα μαλλιά του με το πρόσωπο που σκόπευε να σκοτώσει κανονικά , το καταλαβαίνω θα μπορούσε να συμβεί στον καθένα δολοφόνο. Κατά τα άλλα, η Βασίλισσα του Εγκλήματος, μη χέσω. Τα βιβλία της (τουλάχιστον τα περισσότερα, γιατί αναγκάζονταν να γράψει σαν μηχανή παραγωγής) είναι απίστευτα ξεπερασμένα. ΥΓ : αυτές οι εκδόσεις Λυχνάρι ! Οι Έλληνες φανς πίνουν νερό στο όνομα τους, αλλά εγώ μικρός θυμάμαι τις καλαίσθητες εκδόσεις Ερμείας. Ποιος έχει τα αποκλειστικά δικαιώματα, ποτέ δεν κατάλαβα. Κακοτυπωμένα και κακομεταφρασμένα. Φτηνά από κάθε άποψη...

  10. 3 out of 5

    Lata

    Review to follow.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Simona Bartolotta

    “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!”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Bădică

    Plăcută și captivantă!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Moonlight Reader

    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 unbeli 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.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Veronique

    “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 ha “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 is the murderer by the end. 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)

  15. 3 out of 5

    Adrian

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    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.

  17. 3 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)😎

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lotte

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

  19. 3 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nafi3

    خانم مارپل آه کشید. آهی که همه زنها به خاطر فرصتهایی که خیال میکنند از دست رفته می کشند. هرچه هم پیر شده باشند فرقی نمیکند. خانم مارپل آه کشید. آهی که همه زن‌ها به خاطر فرصت‌هایی که خیال می‌کنند از دست رفته می کشند. هرچه هم پیر شده باشند فرقی نمی‌کند.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luana

    A Sassari abbiamo una parola forte e molto espressiva che riassume la capacità di un individuo di influenzare negativamente le sorti delle persone e delle cose che stanno lui attorno, e questa parola è 'pindaccio'. Ora, se dovessi accompagnare a Miss Marple un aggettivo, questo sarebbe 'pindaccia'. E' leit motiv del 'le muoiono tutti attorno', insomma, attraverso i gialli, ce l'ha insegnato anche Arthur Conan Doyle, ci è stato insegnato che, la prima qualità di un buon detective, è quella di sape A Sassari abbiamo una parola forte e molto espressiva che riassume la capacità di un individuo di influenzare negativamente le sorti delle persone e delle cose che stanno lui attorno, e questa parola è 'pindaccio'. Ora, se dovessi accompagnare a Miss Marple un aggettivo, questo sarebbe 'pindaccia'. E' leit motiv del 'le muoiono tutti attorno', insomma, attraverso i gialli, ce l'ha insegnato anche Arthur Conan Doyle, ci è stato insegnato che, la prima qualità di un buon detective, è quella di saper far morire la gente solo con la propria presenza, per poi indagarne eventuali cause di decesso. Si potrebbe pensare che la gente muore per qualche bizzarra congiunzione astrale di altitudine e latitudine proprio a St. Mary Mead, dove l'arzilla vecchietta sfoggia il suo intuito per incastrare assassini vari; si potrebbe pensarlo, ma si verrebbe subito sconfitti con l'argomentazione che, ANCHE AI CARAIBI, lontani di chissà quanti paralleli dalla piovosa Inghilterra, alla signorina Jane Marple, fa seguito immancabile la morte. Eppure, nonostante le scene ripetute, le morti misteriose, ma in fondo sempre scoperte, la bizzarra coincidenza del 'dove c'è la vecchietta, c'è anche qualcuno che muore pugnalato/accoltellato/avvelenato/affogato, le 244 pagine di Agatha Christie mi hanno rapita, insomma ero anche io al Golden Palm Tree Hotel che indagavo e che potevo tranquillamente essere la futura vittima dell'indomito assassino. Il 70% dei protagonisti sono dei vecchietti, tre vecchietti che mi hanno ricordato il mio paesino di provenienza dove, se non fosse per loro, buona parte dei pettegolezzi sarebbe scomparsa, così come la tipica 'attività da piazza' ossia uno sport per cui è richiesta partecipazione continua in piazza a rimuginare, riflettere, interrogarsi su vita, morte e miracoli altrui. Se il maggior Palgrave si fosse astenuto dal raccontare, non sarebbe morto. Se tutti gli altri non avessero spettegolato, gli altri non avrebbero scoperto che non è morto per cause naturali, ma per assassinio spudorato. Miss Marple, quasi centenne, raccoglie i pettegolezzi e li incastra, lavorandoli quasi come il suo lavoro di lana a maglia, per giungere a smascherare l'omicida. E poi li chiamano nonnetti, vecchi, incapaci e chi più ne ha più ne metta, in ogni caso, senza Jane Marple, a St.Honoré qualcuno starebbe ancora morendo. (Da ringrazia il fatto che abbia deciso di starsene in Inghilterra e di jellare solo lì, e non altrove) La trama, intelligente, curata, non si imbastisce su elementi di troppo, ma ricerca l'essenziale, colma di indizi sparsi qua e là che fuorviano il lettore, ma anche lo indirizzano verso la giusta intuizione dei fatti. I personaggi sono dipinti con una pennellata veloce, ma efficace al punto da farci vedere intensamente un personaggio rappresentato anche solo con tinte tenui. Consigliato agli amanti del giallo, ma anche a chi prova un forte affetto verso la propria nonnina. Io mi riservo di voler bene alla mia e di non desiderarne una come Miss Marple... potrebbe venire a mancare qualche componente dalla tavola imbandita per i parenti a Natale.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Bruce Beckham

    I rather suspect that Agatha Christie – aged in her mid-seventies – took a holiday at the Colony Club, Barbados – and from the anonymity of her deckchair secretly wrote the plot for A Caribbean Mystery (1964), through the watchful eyes of her alter ego, Miss Marple. It’s not the strongest of her novels – and perhaps lacks the depth and texture of her classics, which are set in more familiar surroundings and society. But nonetheless – it tricks you with all her customary guile. I must remember – w I rather suspect that Agatha Christie – aged in her mid-seventies – took a holiday at the Colony Club, Barbados – and from the anonymity of her deckchair secretly wrote the plot for A Caribbean Mystery (1964), through the watchful eyes of her alter ego, Miss Marple. It’s not the strongest of her novels – and perhaps lacks the depth and texture of her classics, which are set in more familiar surroundings and society. But nonetheless – it tricks you with all her customary guile. I must remember – when she mentions the Major’s glass eye, she does it for a reason! Miss Marple, despite her advancing years – is present throughout – and plays a surprisingly active role. There is a hilarious scene early on, when she tells unashamedly a pack of white lies in order to loosen the tongues of her unsuspecting victims. The plot itself is probably a tad one-dimensional, and requires some suspension of disbelief as it reaches its climax, but there’s no arguing with the logic – just kicking yourself that you couldn’t fathom it.

  23. 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 :)

  24. 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.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Bert

    Lovely murder mystery, old people rule.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nahed.E

    رواية ممتعة لأجاثا وطبعا بالتأكيد لم أحل اللغز ^_^ عادي يعني اتعودت خلاص ^_^ شئ طبيعي أن القاتل يكون أبعد شخص عن خيالك وطبيعي جدا أن يكون هو الشخص الذي تتعاطف معه ، وتقلق عليه ، وتحزن من أجله وطبيعي أن يكون أمام عينيك طوال الوقت ولا تراه وأن يكون الحل بين أصابعك ولا تنتبه له وأن تقرأ التفاصيل الدقيقة ولا تتذكرها عادي .. ^_^ كل هذا مع أجاثا عادي ولكنك ستستمتع (:

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carina

    loving Agathas sweet, bloody crimes a lot! if you think you know who did it - there will be someone you did not even consider being the killer. She fools me every time!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim Kaso

    And another Agatha Christie done for my quest to read (& reread) all of her books. I saw the Mystery! production within the last year or two. This one was a little "fish out of water" for Miss M, sent on a Caribbean vacation by her nephew. It took her a bit to get her feet under her, she had so many strangers to sort out among her fellow guests and the owners and staff of the hotel. No supporting cast from her beloved St. Mary's Mead, no one who knows she has a razor sharp mind when it comes And another Agatha Christie done for my quest to read (& reread) all of her books. I saw the Mystery! production within the last year or two. This one was a little "fish out of water" for Miss M, sent on a Caribbean vacation by her nephew. It took her a bit to get her feet under her, she had so many strangers to sort out among her fellow guests and the owners and staff of the hotel. No supporting cast from her beloved St. Mary's Mead, no one who knows she has a razor sharp mind when it comes to murder and the darkness that lurks beneath the good manners. A solid 4.5 stars for me, very enjoyable. A heroine for all of us who knit and quietly observe the world and are underestimated.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Anneta

    A miss Marple mystery in the Caribbean.A short book with an interesting story that did not impress me very much,however i generally enjoyed it,only it felt a bit rushed.Maybe it's the translation.I read it in greek and it felt like some parts of the book were shortened,not sure about that last one but i got this feeling while reading.Three stars from me!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    WOW I ACTUALLY PREDICTED THE ENDING. for like the first time ever, I guessed the murderer correctly in an Agatha Christie novel. :D :D also, I love Miss Marple so much, xD.

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