Review of Agatha Christie’s Marvelous Miss Marple   sleeping murder murder vicarage   Recently at one of Locust Grove’s biannual book sales I picked up a combo book that contains Agatha Christie’s first and last cases for the famous Miss Jane Marple.  “The Murder at the Vicarage” was written in 1930 and “Sleep Murder” in 1976.  I will not reveal any of the mysteries secret’s, but hope to interest some readers enough to look into these or other Agatha Christie books.  I find mystery’s like these a refreshing break from both the sensationalistic news headlines of today, and the current popular mysteries that are so graphic and violent or portray horribly twisted minds of the criminals.  These latter novels leave me feeling pessimistic about the human race, while Miss Marple’s genteel, old world way leaves me hopeful of the innate goodness of most people.  I love her way of recognizing human personality patterns and uses those along with logic to help find the people responsible for the murders. I have found these novels a nice respite and hope I have encouraged others to pick up some Agatha Christie novels, or to revisit their favorite old ones.

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