Title: Miss Marple’s Final Cases
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 240
This was great, and don’t let the title of the collection fool you. It might be the last Miss Marple book, but you can get away with reading them out of order and I thought this would be a great one for someone who’s looking to get into the series. That’s because it’s a short story collection rather than a novel, so it packs a bunch of different plot-lines into one and uses Miss Marple to tie it all together.
There are nine stories included here, but my favourites were probably Tape-Measure Murder and The Dressmaker’s Doll, which was downright creepy and not really a traditional cozy detective story at all. Miss Marple Tells a Story is also interesting because the whole thing is told from Jane Marple’s point of view, which is good news if you’ve been dying to get to know her a little more as a character.
Overall then, like most short story collections there are certain stories that I preferred to others, but despite that I still liked the ones that I didn’t love and to be honest, I can’t think of any ways it could have been improved. For me, it delivered on its promise and then some and it was just the book I needed at just the right time, too.