A Christmas Tragedy

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Miss Marple meets a couple and immediately knows the husband means to kill the wife. But when the wife is found murdered, he has an alibi - could Miss Marple have been wrong? From The Thirteen Problems.

"The plots are so good that one marvels...most of them would have made a full length thriller."

Daily Mirror, on The Thirteen Problems, 1932



About this story

First released

January 1930 (short story in The Story-Teller, UK)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Short Story

Recurring characters

  • Miss Marple

Murder methods

Setting

  • Hotel

Miss Marple is certain that Mr Sanders plans to kill his wife, and does everything she can to protect the innocent woman. Despite Miss Marple’s best efforts poor Mrs Sanders is killed but her husband has an alibi – could the amateur sleuth have made a mistake?

It was first published in the UK in The Story-Teller under the title The Hat and the Alibi. Many readers will note the similarities to a plot device used in Agatha Christie's later novel Evil Under the Sun. The story was published with its revised title in the 1932 collection The Thirteen ...

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Miss Marple is certain that Mr Sanders plans to kill his wife, and does everything she can to protect the innocent woman. Despite Miss Marple’s best efforts poor Mrs Sanders is killed but her husband has an alibi – could the amateur sleuth have made a mistake?

It was first published in the UK in The Story-Teller under the title The Hat and the Alibi. Many readers will note the similarities to a plot device used in Agatha Christie's later novel Evil Under the Sun. The story was published with its revised title in the 1932 collection The Thirteen Problems.

It has never been adapted.

 



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