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
I'm often grateful for my lousy memory. I read Agatha Christie's novel of this awesome sleuth-story, but completely forget about the denouement. I only remember it was one of her best works. And since I also hadn't yet seen a previous film/TV-adaptation of this book, it almost felt like I was in for a total surprise.
The plot of "A Murder is Announced" is nearly flawless. It's the perfect whodunit, as far as I'm concerned. What starts as a seemingly banal and easily solvable case of attempted murder and suicide, gradually turns into a complex mystery in which every supportive character is a suspect and where eventually more and more murders must be committed to safeguard the culprit's identity. Miss Marple is initially just a spectator, subtle whispering hints into the ears of police constable Craddock, but near the end it also becomes very personal for her. Geraldine McEwan, a truly great actress, depicts the oppressed anger and forced dignity with great class.
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