The Case of the Caretaker

  • Miss Marple
  • Short Story
  • 1942

Bedridden with Dr Haydock's manuscript to read, Miss Marple suspects that the real events in the story may not have been an accident after all... From Three Blind Mice and Other Stories and Miss Marple's Final Cases.

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Poor Miss Marple is in bed with flu, when reading Dr Haydock's manuscript, based on real events which ended in a tragic death. But the doctor is convinced it was no accident and Miss Marple tends to agree with him...

An early version of this story titled The Case of the Caretaker's Wife was included in John Curran's nonfiction work, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making in 2011. Miss Marple is not bedridden in this version and actively solves the case. Careful readers may also recognise aspects of this story in the 1967 novel Endless Night.

The Case of the Caretaker was published in the US collection Three Blind Mice and Other Stories in 1950 and in 1979 appeared in the UK collection Miss Marple's Final Cases.

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