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The Secret of Chimneys 

An attempt to bring a famed stately home back to its former glory is marred when a visiting Austrian diplomat is shot to death decades after the disappearance of a priceless diamond.

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A lavish weekend party sees Miss Marple accompany Lady Virginia Revel to her family home of Chimneys - a house which was once prized for its diplomatic gatherings until a rare diamond was stolen from the premises over twenty years ago. The tenacious career politician, George Lomax, has persuaded Virginia's father, Lord Caterham, to host an evening for an important Austrian Count, Ludwig Von Stainach. Virginia, the daughter of Miss Marple's late cousin, must decide by the end of the weekend whether to accept a marriage proposal from George Lomax or to follow her heart and the courtship of another more adventurous suitor, Anthony Cade. Dismayed by the odd array of guests, including socialist spinster Miss Blenkinsopp, Caterham's formidable eldest daughter Bundle and the quietly inscrutable maidservant Treadwell, Lomax castigates his affable assistant Bill Eversleigh, who also has a soft spot for Virginia. It becomes apparent that Count Ludwig has taken a personal interest in Chimneys ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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The original 1925 novel has Anthony Cade as the chief investigator and does not feature Miss Marple at all. See more »

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Born dead
8 August 2013 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

This silly mish-mash borrows the title and the names of some of the characters of the Christie novel of the same name. Unfortunately, it has little or no resemblance to the original clever adventure story. Miss Marple, who does not figure in the original, has been added to the cast and has surprisingly become the antithesis of the clever old woman that Christie invented. In this story Marple is a pushy know-it-all whom the police admire and consult, a sort of Hercule Poirot in a grey wig and skirts. This TV movie may be acceptable to those who have never read Christie but time would be better spent, I think, in reading the book that has a much better plot and more satisfactory conclusion.


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