Agatha Christie was one of the most prodigious authors of any century and without question is was and is the Queen of Crime. Hercule Poirot remained her most popular figure but the elderly spinster Jane Marple is in many ways more remarkable as she lacked Poirot’s training as a detective and operated in the confined world of villages. Added to this, she was a woman at a time when sexual equality was just beginning with the female vote.
This Marple story was published in 1930 and was the first novel to feature her as a main character, although she had previously emerged in some short stories. The plot centres on the murder of Colonel Protheroe at the vicarage in St Mary Mead and because he was widely and intensely disliked, even by the vicar, there is a long list of suspects. Jane Marple gets involved in her inimitable way because two people confessed to the same crime.
This popular story was first dramatised by the BBC in 1986 with Joan Hickson capturing the Marple role with great success, while Paul Eddington played the vicar and Polly Adams was Anne Protheroe. This equally enjoyable MP3 audiobook that is also available as a CD audiobook, stars the very accomplished June Whitfield as our amateur sleuth.