The personal ad was intriguing: an invitation to partake in a "murder" at the home of Letitia Blacklock. The uncharacteristic prank comes as a surprise to Letitia's friends -- and a bigger surprise to Letitia herself. Still, the proper hostess welcomes her unexpected guests for an evening of fun. But when the lights go down, a gunshot rings out. Now, Miss Jane Marple wants to play a game of whodunit.
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Detective
A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie was next in my pile of Murder Mystery reads. This is the sort of book you pick up on a rainy day, the type of day where you want a quick yet engrossing read to while away the afternoon. This is a Miss Marple story, that follows the elderly spinster's attempt to solve a this baffling mystery.
As the blurb states, an ad is placed in the local paper announcing that a murder will take place at Miss Letitia Blacklock's property. Everyone who reads this ad can't help but be intrigued, showing up to partake in this apparent show. Little do the guests know, that a real murder has been plotted and they are in for more than they bargained for. Not to mention Letitia herself, who has no idea what is going on.
As the police detectives attempt to figure out what happened, Miss Marple is called in and with her super sleuthing skills she is able to uncover that more is going on that meets the eye. Whodunit? And why? You'll never guess!
This was a typical, enjoyable Agatha Christie novel. Formulaic, full of twists and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end. This is exactly why I read Christie novels and why you should too.
This would be a good introduction to this style of murder mystery and it is definitely one for fans.
Have you read this novel? What did you think?