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text 2019-01-10 15:20
Adaption Review: The Moving Finger

 

Title: The Moving Finger
Show Details: Agatha Christie’s Marple, S2 E2
Starring: Geraldine McEwan
Guest starring: James D’Arcy, Emilia Fox
Release Date: February 5, 2006
Length: 1h 33min

 

Favourite character: Miss Marple and Megan
Crush: Jerry Burton


Least Favourite Character: Don’t really have one without giving away spoilers…

 

Mini-review: I didn’t mind this adaption, it was much more minor than some of the changes they made to other episodes (Ordeal By Innocence for example). I have some more minor complaints so I’m going to start a section just for that because as a true book fan, I will always have some kind of adaption complaint.

 

(Minor spoilers ahead)

 

Minor Complaints: My first and biggest is the fact that they changed Megan’s makeover from Jerry demanding it to Joanna giving it. Like that’s partially why Jerry falls for Megan so to have Joanna do it doesn’t make sense. Also Jerry was supposed to stop liking Elsie Holland the moment she started speaking so to follow her around like a lost puppy, kiss her and then immediately propose to Megan ruins Jerry’s character. Another thing, the added suicide at the beginning makes too many deaths. Don’t get me wrong, in a murder mystery the more deaths the better, but a suicide slightly unrelated just to make a character gay doesn’t fit. I also didn't like the fact that Megan was adamant about not marrying Jerry until he kissed her and than it’s like she’s always been in love with him. It’s ridiculous.

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text 2018-12-12 17:17
24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 - Human Rights Day, Task 2 (70+ Year Old Characters)
Miss Marple Omnibus Vol. 1 - Agatha Christie
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens,Norman Page
The Final Solution - Michael Chabon

Admittedly fairly obvious choices, but anyway:

 

1. Miss Marple -- who may or may not have cracked 70 at the beginning of the series (The Murder at the Vicarage, 1930) but is an elderly lady even then and must have been over 90 by the time the last book about her was published, some 46 years later (Sleeping Murder).

2. Allan Karlsson -- the eponymous protagonist of The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

3. Little Nell's Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop.

 

Honorary mention:

 

Sherlock Holmes -- who has retired and is keeping bees in the South Downs in The Final Solution, which is set in 1944.

 

 

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review 2018-11-22 18:24
A Caribbean Mystery
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie

The plot of A Caribbean Mystery might not be the strongest Christie plot and at some point I knew who the murderer was. But despite it´s shortcomings on the mystery front, I liked this novel a whole lot.

 

I loved how Miss Marple had to put some effort into solving the mystery, doing some sleuthing on her own instead of solving the mystery by listening to second hand accounts of other people. And the dialogue between Miss Marple and Mr. Rafiel were pure gold. Really enjoyed this one.

 

Since this book is set in the Caribbean, I´m claiming the Kwanzaa task with this read.

 

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text 2018-11-20 21:28
Picking up a comfort read
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie

After having finished Highsmith´s A Game for the living I need something light and fluff and simply entertaining. So I´m picking up a Miss Marple novel, because Christie´s books are my ultimate comfort reads. I hope it´s a good one.

 

Plus it´s going to be a fast read and it fits the Kwanzaa book task, so it´s a win-win-situation all around.

 

 

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review 2018-11-06 14:10
24 Festive Tasks: Door 1 - Día de los Muertos, Book
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories - Agatha Christie,Joan Hickson,Isla Blair,Anna Massey
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories - Agatha Christie

Audio revisit courtesy of Joan Hickson (who reads almost all of the stories), as well as Isla Blair and Anna Massey (who read one story each). Original review of the print edition HERE

 

The audio is excellent and contains an extra (and somewhat sinister) "non-Miss-Marple" story, The Dressmaker's Doll -- the story narrated by Anna Massey -- which was first published in book form in Double Sin and Other Stories (U.S., 1961) and in Miss Marple's Final Cases (UK, 1979); the story of a doll that mysteriously appears one day in a dressmaker's shop and slowly seems to want to take it over.

 

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