The normally friendly village of Lymston is plagued by vile anonymous letters. When a mother of three takes her own life, following such a letter, Ms. Marple is not at all convinced things are as they seem.
While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.
A friend of Miss Marple's sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. When police cannot find a body and doubt the story, Miss Marple enlists professional housekeeper, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to go undercover.
A murder is announced in the Chipping Cleghorne Gazette to take place on October 5th, 7 PM at Little Paddocks cottage. The people living there, retired secretary Miss Blacklock, her companion Miss Bunner, Miss Blacklock's two distant cousins, Patrick and Julia and Mrs.Haymes, a gardener, have no idea what the ad is about. Several villagers arrive at the house under the false pretenses of "just walking by" or "Was in the neighborhood". At exactly 7 PM, the lights go out, and a man enters the room, and shines a flashlight in everyone's face. Then shots are heard. As the lights come back on, they find the man who entered the room has been shot. Miss Marple must unmask the killer but soon more murders turn up.Written by
In another Miss Marple Inspector Craddock tells Inspector Slack that MissMarple is his aunt. See more »
When the corpse of Rudi Scherz is being examined and his mask is pulled off, he shuts his eyes tighter and then relaxes them again. See more »
[Edmund has made an unpleasant remark]
It's usually me who spoils the party with a bad joke.
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The song Hinch sings while Murgatroyd is murdered varies from version to version. For example, the late-90s US Warner VHS uses "Shall We Dance?" and the 2014 US Blu-ray and DVD use "Got the Sun in the Mornin' (and the Moon at Night)". IMDb's and other soundtrack listings mention "Sing for Your Supper" and that may be a third alternative. It is unclear so far if this is a localization or copyright issue, or which if any is the "correct" song. See more »
I'm a fan of the genre. I have the aforementioned rewind button. I loved the show.
I didn't find it too implausible, considering that this did take place in the 1950s (no faxes, e-mail or digital cameras), and I thought it possible and plausible that the people in question could assume someone else's identity, especially as their performances were being given for the benefit of people who hadn't seen the "original identity holders" in many years, if at all.
Hints at Hinchcliffe's and Murgatroyd's lesbian "partnership," without ever coming directly across and labeling it (although it does more broadly hint at the relationship than Agatha Christie's original novel). Issues of youthful Communism and unrequited love are almost too felicitously handled, although one wishes that real life could be this uncomplicated!
Watch for a spunky performance from Samantha Bond (now universally recognized as Miss Moneypenny in the 007 series). Paola Dionisotti (The House of Elliott) is also greatly likable as Miss Hinchcliffe.
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