Murder Is Announced

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A notice in the Gazette reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29, at Little Paddocks." The guests arrive, thinking they have come to a mystery party. When death and chaos ensue, the indomitable Miss Marple sorts it out.
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Overview

A notice in the Gazette reads: "A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29, at Little Paddocks." The guests arrive, thinking they have come to a mystery party. When death and chaos ensue, the indomitable Miss Marple sorts it out.
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Gr 7 Up-Two mysteries by Agatha Christie. Each is a full-cast dramatization starring June Whitfield . Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408232125
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Sales rank: 1,267,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the world's best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.

Agatha Christie also wrote six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four nonfiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband Sir Max Mallowan.

Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Good mystery

    I enjoyed it, but it's not my favorite Agatha Christie, as it's a little heavy on the murders.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I didn't even come close to quessing the guilty person. I love Agatha Christie's writing as they always keep me intereste.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Christie doesn't disappoint

    The vivid characters, the involved plots, the double entendres and hidden meanings, the historic backdrop of village England - it's all here in this page turner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Boring

    Dont waste your money

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    In the Chipping Cleghorn¿s local newspaper, a mysterious adverti

    In the Chipping Cleghorn’s local newspaper, a mysterious advertisement is found. It states a murder will happen at the home of an elderly lady named Miss Blacklock. Many of the villager’s residents become concerned and intrigued. They arrive at the appointed time to see what will occur. Who wants whom dead? Will Miss Marple have the answers to solve this diabolical crime? I agree with the critics who state that Agatha Christie is one of the best mystery writers. This story is a very interesting puzzle, which left me confounded until the very end. I loved that the characters thought to be innocent were not, and the others were hiding something. There was just enough descriptive detail to get my imagination going. The one drawback is that some old English words are not appropriate for today’s readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    To Great mystery

    There are many typos but this Christie has interesting characters and a satisfying ending.







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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Always a good read

    One of my favorite Miss Marple mysteries.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    Doable!

    So often, nobody in their right mind could have possibly figured out who the guilty party was before the big reveal. This is an exception. Pay attention, watch for subtle clues, and you might be able to deduce the killer in the end. (In the interest of full disclosure, I must state for the record that I was waaaay off) Good Luck

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    Christie Doesn't Disappoint

    I checked this one out at the library to decide whether or not it was worth buying. I was not disappointed. This was one of the best mystery novels I have ever read! It was well-written, suspensful, and left you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I began to suspect that Letitia Blacklock was indeed her sister, Charlotte, towards the end of the book, but had no idea that she was the killer!! I was convinced that Pip and Emma were behind the whole thing. Agatha Christie knows how to give you just enough information to make you think that you've got the whole thing figured out, and then she blows most, if not all, of your theory out of the water. I love this one.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Great mystery, great characters, great book

    This is classic Agatha Christie. It's not only a really good mystery filled with interesting characters, it's a book with well written characters. I felt like these characters had lives beyond the book.

    Christie was not only a great mystery writer, she was a great writer. This book is not just about a series of murders... there are bits and pieces of how those murders affect a small community. And embedded within that structure there is a time capsule of England and what it was like in a time of flux following the war - the changes and how the people were reacting to that set of changes.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

    Another surprising conclusion

    Leave it up to Agatha Christie and Miss Marple to have a completely surprising ending!! She has such a way of making sure you are second guessing yourself all the way to the very end! I love her mysteries as the are free of all of the sex, drugs and horrible violence that books written today are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2009

    Am Murder Is Announced

    This book is the best Miss Marple book I've read. The twists, turns, and characters are nothing short of Christie's best. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the Miss Maple series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2009

    Miss Marple on the trail of a brillant murderer

    This is one of the best Christie and Miss Marple books ever written. The characters are great including a highly emotional Middle European cook, a manly-looking lady farmer, two mischevious relatives, a solemn-looking young writer, and others. This book is also great because of the post WW2 period and the book is filled with at least three murders and a killer YOU WILL BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT and the motivation is a very clever and different one. I truly enjoyed this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    Great!

    This book was awesome! Miss Marple was delightful, the murderer was unsuspected, and the plot was thick with secrets. Read it if you want a GREAT mystery!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    A MEMORABLE TALE SUPERBLY READ

    Although first published in 1950 'A Murder Is Announced' by vaunted mystery writer Agatha Christie has lost none of its zest. Deemed a classic in its genre this suspenseful tale is ably represented by British voice and television actress Rosemary Leach. When invitations are sent reading 'A murder is announced, and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m.,' everyone, including the indomitable Jane Marple, would anticipate an unusual party game. Such as, someone will be chosen as the murderer, the room is darkened, and the victim meets his fate. It's not all fun and games when a real dead body is found. Miss Marple, on your mark! With her inimitable skill Agatha Christie allows listeners to enjoy solving the crime, step by step, just as much as Miss Marple does. Curl up in an easy chair and revel this remarkable tale wonderfully read.

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