A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

A Murder Is Announced

Miss Marple #5

Agatha Christie

fiction Classics Crime Mystery
mysterious fast-paced

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A murder is announced in a small-town newspaper advertisement—and Miss Marple must unravel the fiendish puzzle when a crime does indeed occur.

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity when the Gazette advertises “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.”

A childish practical joke? Or a spiteful hoax? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, the locals arrive at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out and a gun is fired. When they come back on, a gruesome scene is revealed. An impossible crime? Only Miss Marple can unravel it.

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summary of 462 ratings (see reviews)


mysterious 92%
funny 28%
lighthearted 28%
adventurous 21%
dark 21%
relaxing 14%
tense 7%


medium 64%
fast 35%

Strong character development?

No: 60% | Yes: 30% | It's complicated: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 81% | Yes: 18%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 70% | No: 30%

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