However, it turns out to be a fun story, partly because of the atmosphere of the old-fashioned Christmas celebrations, partly for all the undercurrents going on in the house and the way Poirot cuts through them. Neither of our two detectives is present in The Dressmaker's Doll , an intriguing, creepy story about a mysterious doll who seems to want to take over a dressmaker's shop.
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The doll apparently has a mind of her own, and the shop's owner and her employees are increasingly disturbed by the way it seems to move on its own. The creepiness is mixed with a good dose of humour, and this made it my favourite out of the stories here. Greenshaw's Folly is the first Miss Marple story we get, and it concerns the mysterious murder of an eccentric old woman, who lives in a house that's just as eccentric.
Miss Marple is very low-key here, and the plot turns out to be so complicated as to be far-fetched and unconvincing. Jewels were stolen and all evidence seems to point to a particular visitor to the house, but it's much too much evidence for Poirot, who makes some very good deductions.
Interesting enough. Elise wants to retire, and doesn't even want to do this last one, but she's promised the overbearing Madame Daubreuil she'd do another communication with the woman's dead daughter. But there's danger here, and it is a very real one. Sanctuary is the second Miss Marple story.
Her niece Diana "Bunch" Harmon who I'm pretty sure I've already met in another Christie book discovers a dying man in her vicar husband's church. The man tries to tell her something before he dies, but doesn't succeed. A few days later, his family comes to get his possessions, but there's something about them that doesn't ring true to Bunch, and she searches those belongings before handing them back.
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Her discoveries send her running directly to her aunt, who will help her orchestrate the next actions satisfactorily. Bunch is fun, and though Miss Marple's deductions are again short of the brilliance I'm used to from her, she thinks up a very good plan. All in all, this is not really Christie at her best.
The stories are nice enough, but only one really stands out and the others are merely pleasant.
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About the Author. Date of Birth: September 15, Date of Death: January 12, Place of Birth: Torquay, Devon, England. Education: Home schooling. Average Review.
Write a Review. Bookworm More than 1 year ago An unusual story. More macabre than the typical Christie tale. Well edited. Another 5-stary story by Agatha Christie. Related Searches. In the Cool of the Evening: A Short. View Product.
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