Gwenda buys a house in Dillmouth only to discover that she is somehow connected with it. Her father, stepmother and her lived there eighteen years ago, when a terrible crime was commited. Some said that Helen Halliday, her stepmother, run away with a lover, but her father heartily admitted that he had strangled her. Now, Gwenda with her fiance Giles and the help of Miss Marple try to solve the mystery behind this perfect crime. Did really her father killed her, even though he didn’t remember it, or was it someone else, or maybe more?
This is the first novel I read of the Miss Marple series and I can’t say that I didn’t like it. I will only say that I definitely prefer Poirot. In this case, we rarely read about her or her actions, she only appears out of nowhere to help in the investigation, by saying that we shouldn’t trust what people say. It was certainly a helpful hint for the readers, to remember that everything we are told, isn’t always truth and in this case, reminding us that the testimonies of the people involved could be false.
1. The story didn’t drag me from the beginning, it was a slow read for me, but after the page 121 -practically after half of the novel- I was hooked. Facts, truths and discoveries were being constantly brought up. It was a surprising puzzle, but yet so satisfying.
2. When you begin with no suspects at all, suddenly three appear, but somehow something doesn’t make sense. And then, a certain person is on the spot -because the murder was on the spot, to begin with- Agatha Christie makes her little tricks and leaves you wondering how that person could have committed the crime.
3. We, us readers are naive like Gwenda and Giles, who try to solve the case, even though they are so amateur. They make hypothesis about the suspects and let their instincts guide them. On the other hand, Miss Marple as an expert, leaves them hints to make them find the truth on their own. As she claims, the murderer seems indicated. These are her exact words: Although unfortunately there was nothing in the way of evidence to go upon. Just indications, nothing more.
So, you see it’s not a case merely based on facts, but mostly on indications and that’s why I didn’t find it so thrilling. I can’t say that I loved this story, because it would be a lie. I really did like it, especially the characters, who are so developed and sketched, but personally I didn’t get the chills and the thrills that I expected to get. It’s a very nice read, though, you may love it. I suggest you to read it, since it’s the last work that Agatha Christie published.