The Bloodstained Pavement

  • Miss Marple
  • Short Story
  • 1932

The Tuesday Night club listen to Joyce's tale of seeing blood stains on the pavement - a warning that a death will occur with 24 hours. Soon after a woman drowns... From The Thirteen Problems.

More about this story

Painter Joyce tells the story of a holiday in which she accidentally painted drops of blood on the pavement. She is told that this signifies imminent death and is shocked when a woman drowns. But Miss Marple is not one to believe in coincidences.

Watch out for similarities with Triangle at Rhodes, Murder in the Mews, and Evil Under the Sun.

The story was published in the Royal Magazine in the UK in 1928 and in the US, under the revised title Drip! Drip! later that year. It was included in the 1932 collection, The Thirteen Problems, Miss Marple's first short story collection.

It has never been adapted.

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