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A murder is announced

A murder is announced

Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advert in the gazette which reads - A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30pm. This is one in a new series of Miss Marple editions

Book. English. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: HarperCollins, 2002
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Statement of responsibility: Agatha Christie
ISBN: 0007120966, 9780007120963
Note: Originally published: London: Collins, 1950.
Physical Description: 382 p. ; 18 cm.
Series: The Agatha Christie collection. Marple
Subject: Marple, Jane (Fictitious character) Fiction.

Author note

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.


Agatha Christie's most ingenious murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: '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 hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out.


'Establishes firmly her claim to the throne of detection. The plot is as ingenious as ever. the dialogue both wise and witty; while the suspense is maintained very skilfully until the final revelation.' A.A. Milne

'As good as Agatha Christie ever wrote.' Robert Barnard

'In her own sphere there is no one to touch her, and her millions of readers are going to buy A Murder is Announced and like it.'Margery Allingham

'A super-smooth Christie - three neat murders in an English village, [and] an assortment of her famous red herrings, all beautifully marinaded.' New York Times Book Review