Tape-Measure Murder

Short Story

First published: 1950

A Miss Marple story


Tape-Measure Murder

Mrs Spenlow is found murdered and the only person unaffected by the loss seems to be her husband. His alibi was a visit to Miss Marple, but can she prove his innocence? From Three Blind Mice and Other Stories and Miss Marple's Final Cases.

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Miss Marple is called as an alibi for Mr Spenlow after his wife his murdered. Is he really as unaffected by the loss as he appears? Could he have somehow murdered her?

Miss Marple meets her old friends Colonel Melchett and Inspector Slack in this story originally published in 1941 in the US. In the UK it appeared in Strand Magazine in 1942 under the title The Case of the Retired Jeweller.

It was included in the collections Three Blind Mice and Other Stories (1950) and Miss Marple's Final Cases (1979). It was adapted for Japanese TV in the anime series Agatha Christie's Great Detectives in 2004, in which Poirot teams up with Miss Marple's great niece to solve crime.

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