Thursday, September 1, 2022

Summer Reading 2022 Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

I know, I know; Christie is dead, so how can there be new Marple mysteries?  Answer - someone had the brilliant idea of getting together a dozen Agatha Christie fans who are also outstanding writers of crime/mystery/thriller and let them create new cases for our favorite little old lady.

What if Miss Marple needed to solve a murder on board a ship bound for Hong Kong? What if she went to New York and mayhem ensued? No matter where our dear Jane happens to be, there is always evil underfoot. We meet old friends again - Dolly Bantry, Raymond and Joan, Constable Palk, Inspector Slack, Sir Henry Clithering - you get the idea. 

Each story is unique, but with all the Christie hallmarks mixed with the imagination of today's authors. In one offering the protagonist is a mystery writer. In another a character's actions are inspired by their knowledge of Dorothy Sayers and her sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. In every case the writers play by Christie's sense of fairness- the clues are provided if we can just sort out those that are relevant to the solution.

If you enjoy the original Christie stories, enjoy the work of the current authors, or both, then you will have a wonderful time finding out what happens when those two worlds collide. Due for publication on September 13, so you can enjoy it over fall break or put it away as the perfect Christmas present for any mystery lovers you know.

I received an advance copy from the publisher for review purposes.

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