Book review: Marple (collection of short stories)

I used to really enjoy Miss Marple stories, so when I saw this on Netgalley, I snapped it up. This book does exactly what it says on the cover – twelve new Miss Marple mysteries, written by established crime writers. They were all different, but captured the essential spirit of Miss Marple, whilst providing a short mystery, neatly wrapped up by the end of the story. Since the stories were short, you could read them one a day (which is what I did – it was a lovely way to wind down at the end of the day).
One of the things that intrigued me was that all the writers have widely differing voices when they write their own books, but when it comes to writing Marple, the differences even out a bit, probably because Agatha Christie’s voice is so very well known. (You can tell that each story is by a different person, but the style is in keeping with the originals, so you soon forget). While Miss Marple was largely the same in all the stories, Raymond West and his wife Joan were slightly different in each one. It’s like seeing the same characters played by different actors.

If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie’s books, you’ll enjoy this new update.
I got a free ARC from the publisher (thank you!) via Netgalley.

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