A Caribbean Mystery

  • Miss Marple
  • Novel
  • 1964

An exotic holiday for Miss Marple is ruined when a retired major is killed… As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier’s yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major’s attention wandered. He never did finish the story.

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Conversations are always dangerous, if you have something to hide.

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This novel introduced Jason Rafiel, who would strike up an unusual friendship with Miss Marple. The two couldn't be more different but develop a begrudging respect for each other. So much so that Rafiel would posthumously call on Miss Marple’s skills of detection in the novel Nemesis.

A Caribbean Mystery is dedicated to John Cruikshank Rose, "with happy memories of my visit to the West Indies". Agatha Christie and her second husband Max Mallowan's friendship with John Rose started back in 1928, at the archaeological site at Ur, the same site where they met each other.

Throws off the false clues and misleading events as only a master of the art can do.
New York Times

In 1983 Helen Hayes starred in the US TV movie adaptation, with Barnard Hughes as Mr Rafiel, after which Joan Hickson was Miss Marple for the UK TV production in 1989. June Whitfield reprised her role as the radio Miss Marple in 2004 in BBC Radio 4’s dramatisation of the story. The latest version featured Julia McKenzie, and was broadcast on TV in the UK in 2013.

Did you know?

  1. A Caribbean Mystery is Miss Marple's only foreign case.

  2. Agatha Christie used memories of a holiday to Barbados a few years earlier to create the story.

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