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* DrivenToSuicide: Anne Protheroe kills herself out of remorse, instead of being tried.


* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Averted. Miss Marple's plan is spelled out beforehand, and its success is confirmed in the space of one sentence after the fact.

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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Averted. Inverted. Miss Marple's plan is spelled out to the audience beforehand, and its success is confirmed in the space of one brief, almost off-hand sentence after the fact.

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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Averted. Miss Marple's plan is spelled out beforehand, and its success is confirmed in the space of one sentence after the fact.


Detective novel by Creator/AgathaChristie. This is the first novel (but not the first book) to feature Literature/MissMarple, the [[BlatantLies harmless]] old lady who lives at the [[StepfordSuburbia idyllic]] village of St Mary Mead and [[MysteryMagnet just happens]] to [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates constantly bump into murders]]. She is notable for her ability to draw parallels between murder mysteries and ordinary village incidents. She is Christie's second most famous but personal favorite detective.

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Detective novel by Creator/AgathaChristie. This is the first novel (but not the [[Literature/TheThirteenProblems first book) story]]) to feature Literature/MissMarple, the [[BlatantLies harmless]] old lady who lives at the [[StepfordSuburbia idyllic]] village of St Mary Mead and [[MysteryMagnet just happens]] to [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates constantly bump into murders]]. She is notable for her ability to draw parallels between murder mysteries and ordinary village incidents. She is Christie's second most famous but personal favorite detective.


It was adapted by BBC in 1986 with Joan Hickson in the role of Miss Marple and again by ITV in 2004 with Geraldine [=McEwan=] as Miss Marple. There is also a 1949 play with Barbara Mullen and a graphic novel released by Harper Collins in 2008.

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It was adapted by BBC in 1986 with Joan Hickson in the role of Miss Marple and again [[Series/{{Marple}} by ITV in 2004 2004]] with Geraldine [=McEwan=] as Miss Marple. There is also a 1949 play with Barbara Mullen and a graphic novel released by Harper Collins in 2008.


* AdaptationDistillation: The 2004 ITV version.

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* EurekaMoment: Miss Marple has one when a neglected houseplant gives her the answer to the one part of the puzzle she had not been able to figure out.

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* BluffingTheMurderer: Miss Marple is able to reconstruct how the murder was done, but not to find any evidence solid enough for the police to act on, so she suggests they set a watch and then drop the suspect a remark she devises that will mean nothing to an innocent man but make a guilty man suspect they've got something on him. His reaction gives them all the evidence they need.


* NoPronunciationGuide: Not obvious from looking at it, but "Lettice" is a variant spelling of "Letitia".


It was adapted by BBC in 1986 with Joan Hickson in the role of Miss Marple and again by ITV in 2004 with Geraldine Mc Ewan as Miss Marple. There is also a 1949 play with Barbara Mullen and a graphic novel released by Harper Collins in 2008.

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It was adapted by BBC in 1986 with Joan Hickson in the role of Miss Marple and again by ITV in 2004 with Geraldine Mc Ewan [=McEwan=] as Miss Marple. There is also a 1949 play with Barbara Mullen and a graphic novel released by Harper Collins in 2008.



* BlackWidow: [[spoiler: Anne Protheroe.]]

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* BlackWidow: [[spoiler: Anne Protheroe.]] [[spoiler:Anne Protheroe murders her husband at the instigation of her lover.]]



* ConnectedAllAlong: Lettice reveals that [[spoiler: Mrs. Lestrange is her mother.]]

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* ChekhovsHobby: Len narrates that Lawrence Redding "does everything well", and gives several examples, one of which becomes important at the climax: [[spoiler:after his innocence is clearly demonstrated by his shocked reaction to the murder and his surprise at the revelation of various details that would have been known only to the murderer, Miss Marple pulls the rug out by reminding us that he's a talented amateur actor]].
* ConnectedAllAlong: Lettice reveals that [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Lestrange is her mother.]]



* FalseConfession: Both Lawrence Redding and his lover Anne Protheroe confesses to the murder, while insisting the other is innocent. It is then deduced that the two had separately stumbled upon the corpse, wrongly concluded that their loved one had committed the deed and made the confession in order to protect the other. [[spoiler:Subverted. The two were actually co-conspirators to the crime, and made the confession to confuse the police.]]



** [[spoiler: Lawrence and Anne plant several clues to make it look like Colonel Protheroe was shot at 6:20, right when Anne came to the vicarage to see if her husband was there. The police are meant to see through these clues and assume the crime was committed later.]]
** [[spoiler: Lettice plants one of Anne's earrings at the crime scene, convinced that her stepmother was guilty but unable to find any evidence of it.]]

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** [[spoiler: Lawrence [[spoiler:Lawrence and Anne plant several clues to make it look like Colonel Protheroe was shot at 6:20, right when Anne came to the vicarage to see if her husband was there. The police are meant to see through these clues and assume the crime was committed later.]]
** [[spoiler: Lettice [[spoiler:Lettice plants one of Anne's earrings at the crime scene, convinced that her stepmother was guilty but unable to find any evidence of it.]]



* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Anne Protheroe]]

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Anne [[spoiler:Anne Protheroe]]



* RedemptionEarnsLife: A rather literal case: [[spoiler: Curate Hawes calling the Vicar to confess about his StickyFingers ends up saving his life when he's poisoned by the murderer, as the phone call to the Vicar is the only reason he's found in time.]]
* RevealingCoverup: [[spoiler: Mrs. Protheroe stops to talk to Miss Marple on her way to kill her husband, making sure that Miss Marple will note the timing of her movements and also the fact that she doesn't have a purse with her or any other place she could conceal a gun. It backfires when it occurs to Miss Marple to wonder just ''why'' Mrs. Protheroe wouldn't have brought her purse with her...]]

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* RedemptionEarnsLife: A rather literal case: [[spoiler: Curate [[spoiler:Curate Hawes calling the Vicar to confess about his StickyFingers ends up saving his life when he's poisoned by the murderer, as the phone call to the Vicar is the only reason he's found in time.]]
* RevealingCoverup: [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Protheroe stops to talk to Miss Marple on her way to kill her husband, making sure that Miss Marple will note the timing of her movements and also the fact that she doesn't have a purse with her or any other place she could conceal a gun. It backfires when it occurs to Miss Marple to wonder just ''why'' Mrs. Protheroe wouldn't have brought her purse with her...]]


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* TakingTheHeat: Both Lawrence Redding and his lover Anne Protheroe confesses to the murder, while insisting the other is innocent. It is then deduced that the two had separately stumbled upon the corpse, wrongly concluded that their loved one had committed the deed and made the confession in order to protect the other. [[spoiler:Subverted. The two were actually co-conspirators to the crime, and made the confession to confuse the police.]]


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* YouWatchTooMuchX: Near the beginning, Griselda starts speculating about the mysterious and possibly sinister Mrs Lestrange, and Len tells her she reads too many detective novels.


-> '''Inspector Slack:''' I thought it was looking too good to be true. Soon as I saw that nice-looking, grey-haired cobra sliding about, I should've known better.\\
'''Sergeant Lake:''' Huh?\\
'''Inspector Slack:''' The Marple woman sticks to this sort of business like chewing gum to the cat.


* StickyFingers: Curate Hawes.

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* StickyFingers: Curate Hawes.In the beginning of the novel, the Vicar briefly mentions an incident about a missing pound note from the church offering, though he thought that someone had just made a mistake over the amount of money they had actually given. Later, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Curate Hawes had stolen it, and the reason he called the Vicar was to confess to his stealing habits.]]


* FalseConfession: Subverted.

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* FalseConfession: Subverted.Both Lawrence Redding and his lover Anne Protheroe confesses to the murder, while insisting the other is innocent. It is then deduced that the two had separately stumbled upon the corpse, wrongly concluded that their loved one had committed the deed and made the confession in order to protect the other. [[spoiler:Subverted. The two were actually co-conspirators to the crime, and made the confession to confuse the police.]]



* LethalChef: Griselda can't cook or keep house in general.

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* LethalChef: Griselda can't cook or keep house in general. Their maid, Mary, isn't much better than her.


In the abovementioned St Mary Mead, there is [[UncannyVillage a general climate of harmony and good-will]] and everyone gets along. Everyone, that is, except Colonel Protheroe, the most disliked man in the village. His daughter wishes he would do a good thing and die, and even the vicar observes that killing him would be a service to the townsfolk. Then, Protheroe [[AssholeVictim is found murdered]] in the vicar's study. His [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful wife]] and her artist lover both confess to the murder, to the great confusion of Inspector Slack. It's up to Miss Marple to make sense of this story and find out who really did it...

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In the abovementioned aforementioned St Mary Mead, there is [[UncannyVillage a general climate of harmony and good-will]] and everyone gets along. Everyone, that is, except Colonel Protheroe, the most disliked man in the village. His daughter wishes he would do a good thing and die, and even the vicar observes that killing him would be a service to the townsfolk. Then, Protheroe [[AssholeVictim is found murdered]] in the vicar's study. His [[YourCheatingHeart unfaithful wife]] and her artist lover both confess to the murder, to the great confusion of Inspector Slack. It's up to Miss Marple to make sense of this story and find out who really did it...


* WidowWoman: Despite her title, Mrs Lestrange does not seem to have a husband. [[spoiler:She is later revealed to gave been the first wife of the late Colonel Protheroe, and hence Lettice's mother]].

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* WidowWoman: Despite her title, Mrs Lestrange does not seem to have a husband. [[spoiler:She is later revealed to gave have been the first wife of the late Colonel Protheroe, and hence Lettice's mother]].

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