Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit their aunt Ada in a nursing home. Aida cryptically mentions to Tuppence about a murdered child. The next day Ada is found dead in her bed. Causes appear to be natural but Tuppence's suspicions are aroused when a note from Ada mentions that fellow-nursing home dweller Mrs Lancaster is not safe. Coincidentally, Mrs Lancaster has just checked out, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Johnson. While pondering all this at the nursing home, Tuppence runs into someone who is intrigued by her musings - Miss Marple. Together, and aided by a painting, they set off to find the Johnsons and Mrs Lancaster, as they are sure they are key to a mystery and potentially a murder, or two. Written by
Did You Know?
Although the date of is not made clear, it appears to be set in the Post-War late 40s or early 50s. The movie version of Jane Eyre
(1943) that it refers to was made during the war in 1944, so although the poster art from the film appears similar to the Robert Stevenson
film, it doesn't mention either Joan Fontaine
or Orson Welles
, who starred in the film. The part of Jane's friend, who dies in the film, was originally played by Elizabeth Taylor
, although she dies from pneumonia, not leukemia, as stated in "By the Pricking of My Thumbs." See more
When Miss Marple and Tuppence visit St Edmund's Church, to be hounded by the vicar, Miss Marple refers to him as the 'Reverend Bligh'. 'Reverend' is a gerundive, an adjective derived from a verb, and can't be used with a surname like that, as Miss Marple would have known. She would have said 'the Reverend Septimus Bligh', or 'the Reverend Mr Bligh'. Also she refers to him, the Bishop and the rector of St Mary Mead as having been ordinands together at the seminary - a training college for Roman Catholic priests. They should have been together at theological college. See more
[Tuppence asks Tommy to drive so she can continue reading her copy of Macbeth. Tommy chuckles in response
I was in Macbeth at my prep school. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day."
[gets in car on passenger side
I heard you were marvelous.
[gets in car and starts engine
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."