The first Miss Marple mystery, one which testsall her powers of observation and deduction.
Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe, declared the parson, brandishing a carving knifeabove a joint of roast beef, would be doing theworld at large a favor
It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. Andone which was to come back and haunt the clergymanjust a few hours later when the Colonel isfound shot dead in the clergyman's study. But asMiss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seemsto have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.
“Agatha Christie taught me two things: that plotting mysteries was an art, and that a woman detective could be as strong a character as a male detective.”
-Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge mysteries and Bess Crawford mysteries
“When she really hits her stride, as she does here, Agatha Christie is hard to surpass.”
-Saturday Review of Literature