The Blue Geranium

  • Miss Marple
  • Short Story
  • 1932

Mrs Pritchard lives in fear of a psychic's message: blue primrose is a warning, blue hollyhock is danger, and the blue geranium is death. From The Thirteen Problems.

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Now known in St Mary Mead for her canny powers of detection, Miss Marple is asked to solve the mystery of Mrs Pritchard, a woman with a predilection for psychics who feared blue flowers before she suddenly died.

Christie’s fascination with things ‘other-worldly’ comes to the fore in this short story first published in December 1929 in The Christmas Story Teller. It featured in the 1932 collection The Thirteen Problems, Miss Marple's first short story collection.

It was adapted in 2010 as part of the series Agatha Christie's Marple and starred Julia McKenzie.

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