Miss Marple aids a young mother and son by spiriting them away to the estate of an eccentric botanist, not knowing that it will soon become the scene of murder.

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Louisa Oxley
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Archie Oxley
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Alfred Pollock
Vic Reeves ...
Cracken (as Jim Moir)
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Mrs. Cresswell
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Miss Katherine Greenshaw
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Nat Fletcher
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Horace Bindler
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Grace Ritchie
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Father Brophy
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Cicely Beauclerk
Candida Gubbins ...
Minnie Tulliver
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Inspector Welch
Matt Willis ...
Cayley

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When old family friend Louisa Oxley visits Miss Marple one stormy night seeking help, Miss Marple decides to send her and her son, Archie, to safety at the labyrinthine estate of Greenshaw's Folly, owned by Miss Marple's good friend Katherine Greenshaw, an eccentric botanist and the last surviving Greenshaw. Louisa becomes Miss Greenshaw's secretary, and quickly attracts the attention of the gardener Alfred Pollock and actor Nat Fletcher. Things turn sinister when the Folly's faithful butler, Walter Cracken, is killed in what appears to be a tragic accident. Then a guest at the house, Horace Bindler, disappears without a trace. Miss Marple is convinced all is unwell, and her suspicions are confirmed when Miss Greenshaw herself is brutally murdered. Suspects are everywhere, but none can imagine the secrets, both past and present, which Miss Marple uncovers. Written by shanty_sleuth

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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As Alfred turns, while holding the drawn bow, and a finger securing the shaft, he calls out, "Who's there?" The arrow is incorrectly nocked in the bowstring. The fletching of the arrow would be torn off by the bow, causing the arrow to miss its intended target. See more »

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Mildly interesting
27 July 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Miss Marple comes to the aid of Louisa Oxley and her young son, Archie. They end up at Greenshaw's Folly, an estate owned by a friend of Miss Marple, Katherine Greenshaw. However, their stay there is hardly uneventful. Soon after their arrival, the long-serving butler dies after falling off a ladder. Miss Marple suspects that it may not be an accident but the police are not impressed. Then Ms Greenshaw dies too, from an arrow through the neck. Now the police are interested...

The usual blandness of Miss Marple offset to a degree by an interesting sub-plot or two. Here the main offset is Archie, a curious, observant, intelligent and engaging child. Him and his mother make for an island of innocence in a house of trouble.

The mystery itself isn't too complex. Some aspects of it are easy to see through. Not particularly intriguing but it will do.


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