Deep down, Miss Marple is a cynic about human nature. She proves it when the body of a young blonde is found in the library at Colonel Bantry's Gossington Hall. Our amazing spinster is a friend of Dotty Bantry and gets chauffered over to comfort her friend. The police on the scene are soon asking, "Where have we seen that woman in the corner before?" The victim, Ruby Keene, was 18 and in the process of being adopted by Conway Jefferson, an invalid with a terminal diagnosis, who doted on her as a substitute for his deceased children. Was Ruby in it for the money? With a new will in preparation, what would the heirs think? Miss Marple recalls a similar situation. Ruby's cousin tells us that she was a dancer at a nearby hotel and had been recently invited up from London as a substitute. Miss Marple recalls a similar situation. She soon fears another murder and it isn't too long before we hear that a naive young Girl Guide has also disappeared. The clues are there but you'll miss them like I did. I am trying to read new authors but Agatha Christie keeps calling me back.
This is a departure from the Lord Peter mysteries, and it is really an excellent stand alone mystery. Written in letters from the various players in the story: the paid companion, the neglected wife, the friend of her handsome artist lover, the unkowing cuckolded husband, and his adult son. Together they form a picture of a bad marriage, a betrayal, a love affair, and a murder. Sayers writing is intelligent and insightful, and story is suspenseful.
Typical Agatha Christie- keeps you guessing until the very end!
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