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
Most of this episode I really enjoyed, though I didn't understand why they rushed Edmund's acceptance of his mother's relationship with Easterbrook, which although I can't remember, is not in the book. Also, Phillippa Haymes in the book had a husband who was supposedly deceased, and I felt that was missed here. I liked the acting, especially from Elaine Page and Zoe Wannamaker, who brought their characters to life, and also the story(generally), music and production values. But it just isn't a patch on the wonderful Joan Hickson series, which is vastly superior to this. Most of the Geraldine McEwan outings have been very disappointing, especially the ones when she isn't in the book, like Sittaford Mystery. I liked the execution of the lights going out scene, though in the Joan Hickson series that scene was very scary, and it wasn't particularly here. I wasn't hugely keen on Catherine Tate as the maid, and I felt her casting was a rather strange choice. However, I enjoyed this episode more than the other ones this series. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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