The first Miss Marple! Having spent the Christmas holidays playing Cluedo, I fancied an Agatha Christie murder mystery to listen to while I decorated my hallway. Loved the fact the murder was in the study (in the vicarage) with the pistol, but who did it? Typically I guessed wrong- and I was so sure…
This week I was journeying on the Orient Express with Hercule Poirot. The train got stuck in a snow drift and there was this murder. More or less everyone was a suspect. But who did it? I am loving these crime classics that I am working my through. Poirot and Marple are timeless. Who doesn’t like a good whodunit?
This was good. Had me looking up the ‘Ten Little Soldiers’ nursery rhyme to guess the murders. I am really loving rediscovering Agatha.This novel is based on the poem and the deaths of her characters directly reflect the circumstances of the rhyme:
Ten Little Soldier Boys
Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to Dine, one choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five Little Soldier Boys going through a door; One stubbed his toe and then there were four.
Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
Haven’t read an Agatha Christie since I was eighteen. l listened to this on audio and thoroughly enjoyed getting re- acquainted with Miss Marple, the thoroughly English little old lady and hot shot sleuth, solving her murder mystery in the Caribbean. Chosen because I was in the Caribbean at the time- seemed appropriate.