The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are summoned by a newspaper notice to the house of Letitia Blacklock, anticipating an evening of murder games. But things become all too real when an intruder is shot dead.
No one seems surprised when Colonel Lucius Protheroe, the most disliked person in St. Mary Mead, is found murdered in the local vicarage. Red herrings abound, especially when his widow and her lover both confess to the murder.
Miss Marple and her nephew, novelist Raymond West, embark on a coach tour of historic English houses with an eclectic group of characters at the behest of a late friend who had knowledge of an unsolved murder.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Laura Michelle Kelly,
The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place the following Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. A group gathers and at that precise moment, the lights go out and a young hotel employee, Rudi Schertz, is shot. The police assume he had placed the ad and planned it as a robbery, but for Miss Marple it's not that obvious. She believes that the killer was likely one of the people in the room. When two of those present the evening of the murder are subsequently killed, it is left to Miss Marple to unravel a complex series of relationships and false identities, all centered around Randall Goedler a wealthy industrialist who had died 10 years earlier. Written by
Seven of the supporting cast of this episode have appeared in Doctor Who. Catherine Tate was Donna Noble, the companion of the tenth Doctor.Frances Barber has a recurring role as Madame Kovarian (eye-patch woman). Zoe Wanamaker was Cassandra in 'New Earth'. Gerald Horan was Father of Mine in 'Family of Blood'. Robert Pugh was Tony Mack in 'The Hungry Earth', and Claire Skinner and Alexander Armstrong were Madge and Reg Arwell in the 2011 Christmas special, 'The Widow and the Wardrobe'. See more »
Murder announced in the newspaper attracts the attention of a quirky little lady who has a keen eye for details.
I watched the entire Miss Marple series on "Mystery" on public television. I absolutely LOVED the quirky characters, the intriguing plots, and the excellent casting. Put all of these components together and you get an amazing series of delightfully gripping murders! This particular episode was amazingly complicated in its plot, but was ingeniously simple in its outcome. The zany characters seem excited that the murder has been announced, and all hurry to the party where the crime has been set to occur. However, when the announcement comes true, most of the guests are absolutely horrified that it was a true crime and not simply a delightful party game designed for their enjoyment, though there are one or two who are still exhilarated by the entire fiasco. Miss Marple decides to apply her intellect to the matter, and almost immediately discovers several juicy tidbits of information that are crucial to the case. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys being entertained!
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