Murder Ahoy (1964) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Miss Marple investigates the murder of one of her fellow trustees of a fund which rehabilitates young criminals. To investigate she goes aboard the ship used to train the juveniles, much to the distress of the Captain. She soon stumbles onto more murders, and a ring of thieves.

  • Miss Marple is extremely proud when she is appointed to the board of trustees of a merchant marine training vessel whose mission is to rehabilitate young criminals. As in all of her endeavors, Miss Marple intends to take an active role in the job and even shows up to the board meeting dressed in naval blues. When a fellow trustee is poisoned just prior to his making some kind of revelation, Miss Marple decides to use her position to spend time on the ship. This upsets the vessel's fragile social network as she dispossesses blustering Captain Rhumstone from his quarters. When two ship's officers are later found murdered also, Miss Marple enlists help from her friend Jim Stringer and Inspector Craddock to expose the murderer.

  • On the death of her uncle, Miss Marple assumes her seat on the board of a charitable trust, founded by her grandfather. The trust is dedicated to assisting wayward youth through seamanship training aboard the HMS Battledore. At her first board meeting, one of her fellow trustees rises with what he says is important news and after inhaling a pinch of snuff, falls over dead. The snuff seems to have been laced with strychnine and it's a clear cut case of murder. He had recently visited the ship and Miss Marple assumes he discovered something amiss. She decides to visit the ship herself to see what he may have learned that would cause someone to kill him. She finds a somewhat cold welcome and soon, two of the ships officers are found dead. Clearly Miss Marple's visit has stirred someone's desire to keep secret their activities.

  • Miss Marple is summoned to join a meeting of trustees of a fund of rehabilitation of criminals. One of the trustees has just visited the training ship "Battledore" and wants to report his findings; however, when he inhales snuff, he has a heart attack and dies. Miss Marple notes that the snuff box is empty, but she collects a spilled sample and after a chemical analysis, she finds that the trustee was poisoned. Miss Marple goes to the Battledore to investigate and has a cold reception of Captain Sydney De Courcy Rhumstone. Soon she discovers that there are many thieves on board and a great embezzlement of the rehabilitation fund, in the middle of a series of murders.

  • After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board.


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