Miss Marple: Christian Sleuth

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The rage for crime fiction today mysteriously includes a wide and enduring attraction to the few remaining wholly admirable role models still available to readers. The iconic Miss Marple, ‘faved’ by traditionalists and pop fans alike, deftly models her love of God and neighbor in concrete terms—and stands boldly for Truth and Good. This beloved, enigmatic, mild-mannered spinster champions the triumph of order over chaos in society, through her process of detection in which the ...
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Miss Marple: Christian Sleuth: The Woman for Others at the Heart of Agatha Christie's Classic Mystery Series

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Overview

The rage for crime fiction today mysteriously includes a wide and enduring attraction to the few remaining wholly admirable role models still available to readers. The iconic Miss Marple, ‘faved’ by traditionalists and pop fans alike, deftly models her love of God and neighbor in concrete terms—and stands boldly for Truth and Good. This beloved, enigmatic, mild-mannered spinster champions the triumph of order over chaos in society, through her process of detection in which the solution rests in provable fact.
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Arthur P. Livingston, Contributing Editor, Gilbert Magazine - I admit not being thrilled about the prospect of dragging myself to read a book about the bakers’ dozen confections that comprise the Miss Marple place on the shelf, because I had assumed the sole possible delight in going through them rested with solving the puzzles, and I only rarely like to dawdle by solving puzzles. Isabel Anders has convinced me I was quite wrong.

She has revealed a Christian dimension in Agatha Christie, the Miss Marple stories in particular, I had not previously suspected; the old lady detective emerges as a small village saint, made of stern stuff, replete with the holy armor of knitting needles and brains.
A literary critic really performs two genuine duties—to elucidate the subject for those who have read a work, or to tease the unprepared to enter into what is presented as an habitable world. I have just made arrangements for my local library to obtain a copy for me of The Murder at the Vicarage, the first Miss Marple novel, because Miss Anders has made it sound like instructive delight, to paraphrase Dr. Johnson.

She also provides questions and topics for group discussion (or private meditation). Remarkably these questions even further illustrate a subtle theological acumen in all three—the fiction writer, the fictional sleuth, and she who writes about them. That village snoop may well be the supreme character invented by the most popular author of the twentieth century. And without a guide as good as Isabel Anders, I might have missed out on the fun altogether.
As with every contribution to our understanding worthy of the name, we ask ourselves why we hadn’t thought of that before, in this case being aware that the Miss Marple books must be saying a great deal to large numbers of people, and that must be worthy at least of a reader’s consideration; and what we learn from Isabel Anders is the sheer goodness of Miss Marple and the books she inhabits.

Arthur P. Livingston
Contributing Editor
Gilbert Magazine, Outlining Sanity (American G. K. Chesterton Society magazine)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780995434
  • Publisher: Circle Books
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Anders is best known for her original mother-daughter wisdom dialogues in her books Spinning Straw, Weaving Gold and Becoming Flame (Foreword by Phyllis Tickle). Her explorations of women and the wisdom tradition come full circle in Miss Marple: Christian Sleuth as she explores the mature, grounded spirituality embodied in this beloved pop icon.

Isabel has authored more than 20 books for adults, children, and young adults.

She has been Managing Editor for Synthesis Publications for twenty years.

She lives with her family in middle Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Miss Marple: A Force to Reckon With 1

1 A Woman for Others 7

2 Solitude, Focus, and Knitting 16

3 Who Is Our Neighbor? 26

4 Truth Will Out 37

5 Being Oneself Amid Imposters 48

6 The Easy Chair, the Garden Path, and the Wicked World 58

7 Deciphering the Reality Behind Appearances 67

8 Love in Action Beyond St. Mary Mead 77

9 A Woman for Our Times 87

Notes 96

Bibliography 99

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    I didn't expect the book to be a deep devotional on living the C

    I didn't expect the book to be a deep devotional on living the Christian life, but it most certainly was. I read it alone. My loss. It would have been more valuable if I had read it in a group. Discussion would have increased the depth of the many and varied quotes, an expected feature of literary criticism. Ander's book encourages me to reread the mysteries and discover again the genius and Christian model that is Miss Marple. Marlene LeFever

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