"Each author captures Christie—and Marple—perfectly, while also displaying just a bit of her own unique touch. . . . This new and entertaining collection by some of our favorite writers will hook a new group of readers to the formidable Miss Marple." — Rhys Bowen, Washington Post
“Marple is the best loved [detective]. Also the most influential. . . . It is Miss Marple who introduced the revolutionary notion that people are essentially the same wherever one goes.” — Los Angeles Times
Agatha Christie’s legendary sleuth, Jane Marple, returns to solve twelve baffling cases in this brand-new collection, penned by a host of acclaimed authors skilled in the fine art of mystery and murder
One doesn't stop at one murder...
Jane Marple is an elderly lady from St Mary Mead who possesses an uncanny knack for solving even the most perplexing puzzles. Now, for the first time in 45 years, Agatha Christie’s beloved character returns to the page for a globe-trotting tour of crime and detection.
Join Marple as she travels through her sleepy English village and around the world. In St Mary Mead, a Christmas dinner is interrupted by unexpected guests; the Broadway stage in New York City is set for a dangerous improvisation; bad omens surround an untimely death aboard a cruise ship to Hong Kong; and a bestselling writer on holiday in Italy is caught in a nefarious plot. These and other crimes committed in the name of love, jealousy, blackmail, and revenge are ones that only the indomitable Jane Marple can solve.
Bringing a fresh twist to the hallmarks of a classic Agatha Christie mystery, these twelve esteemed writers have captured the sharp wit, unique voice, and droll ingenuity of the deceptively demure detective. A triumphant celebration of Christie’s legacy and essential reading for crime lovers, Marple is a timely reminder why Jane Marple remains one of the most famous detectives of all time.
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“The stories…are equally attuned to our heroine’s wry sagacity and to her ability to detect evil intent wherever it lurks.”
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About the Authors
Naomi Alderman is the author of several books, including The Liars’ Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in 10 languages, and is being made into a film by Rachel Weisz. She was selected for Granta’s once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Prot–g–e Arts Initiative. She is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app, Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to the Guardian and presents “Science Stories” on BBC Radio 4.
Val McDermid is an author whose bestselling novels have won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award, and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award, including for the true crime nominee Forensics. Her novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold over 16 million copies. Visit her online at ValMcDermid.com.
Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author of several novels with sales of more than five million copies in thirty-eight languages. Her fiction includes the novel Labyrinth, which became a New York Times bestseller, as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories. She is the co-founder and chair of the board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature.
Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over two billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.
Jean Kwok was born in Hong
Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. She received her bachelor’s
degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in fiction at Columbia. She worked as
an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the
Netherlands before writing full-time. She has been published in Story Magazine and Prairie Schooner.
Elly Griffiths, winner of the 2011 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library Award, is the author of three series of mysteries for adults and one series for children.
Natalie Haynes is the author of six books and has written and recorded six series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for the BBC. She has written for the London Times, the Independent, the Guardian, and the Observer. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and for the final Orange Prize in 2012. She is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Saturday Review and the long-running arts show, Front Row.
Ruth Ware is the author of that mysteries and crime thrillers, any of which have made the New York Times and Toronto Globe and Mail’s bestsellers list. One by One was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and was named a best book of the year by the The Observer (London) and Barnes&Noble.com. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter.
Lucy Foley is the author of five novels, including The Guest List, The Hunting Party, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Paris Apartment. She studied English literature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry.Karen M. McManus
earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. She is the author of the New York Times
bestseller One of Us Is Lying
and Two Can Keep a Secret
. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her romantic comedy A Princess in Theory was named a New York Times notable book for 2018. Her Civil War–set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018 and also the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award Book of the Year. She has contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, and others, and her books have received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1848) transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction. He was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame.
About the Narrators
Adjoa Andoh is an Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress of British film, television, stage, and radio. In 2022, she was awarded the AudioFile Golden Voice Award. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Almeida Theatre, and she is a familiar face on British television. She made her Hollywood debut starring as Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff, Brenda Mazikubo, alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.
Kingston is a British actress best known internationally for
her role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on the hit television show ER. She also has a recurring role on the
longest-running science fiction series of all time: BBC’s Doctor Who.
Imogen Stubbs made her name on stage with
the Royal Shakespearean Company, notably as Desdemona in Othello, but she is probably best known to British audiences as
Anna Lee, the private detective heroine on the 1990s TV series by the same
name. She later played Sarah Spiller in the whimsical BBC kids series Big Kids. On film she had key roles in Sense and Sensibility and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. She and her former
husband, director Sir Trevor Nunn, have two children together.
Miriam Margolyes received the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence. She was the voice of Fly the dog in Babe and appeared in Ladies in Lavender with Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. In 2002 she played the role of Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Adrian Scarborough is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.
Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.