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"How pleasant to meet Miss Marple again." -Literary Times Supplement So pleasant in fact, she was the Anthony Award Winner for Best Series of the Century. Here she solves a crime that not only has no body, no weapon, and no suspects, but no evidence that a crime has even been committed. All Miss Marple has to go on is one single word: nemesis....

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Nemesis Reviews

  • Brina
    2019-06-01 04:39

    With the year winding down, I find myself tying up loose ends or trying to find one or two more quality novels to read. Yet, when the reading detectives group selected to read Miss Marple's final case, Nemesis, this month, I could not resist joining in the group read. I have long viewed mysteries as my palette cleaners, my bridge in between denser reads. No author does this trick better for me than the queen of crime, Dame Agatha Christie. With a new version of Murder on the Orient Express out in theaters, more people are reading Christie than ever before, many for the first time. While I have long enjoyed reading cases featuring Hercule Poirot, this year through the detectives group, I have grown to enjoy Miss Marple as well. As the year comes to a close, I found myself closing out Miss Marple's career as well.Now in her eighties, Miss Marple finds that her stamina, memory, sight, and hearing are not what they used to be. She scans the obituaries to see if she recognizes names and is aided at home by Miss Cherry and her husband. Rather than spending hours visiting her neighbors in St. Mary Mead, she has found that most of her close friends have moved away to warmer climates or passed on. Never one to spend extravagantly, Miss Marple resigns herself to the fact that she will live out her days in the sleepy village that she has always called home. This changes one day, however, when she notices the name of Mr. Rafiel in her daily scan of the obituaries. Having met him on her trip to the West Indies and collaborating with him on one of her cases, Miss Marple always thought fondly of Mr. Rafiel. When a letter arrives from him begging for her assistance in wrapping up the loose ends of his life, she is intrigued to oblige.Mr. Rafiel has gifted Miss Marple a spot on a motor coach tour of England's glorious homes and gardens. Knowing that Miss Marple enjoys her gardening as much as anyway, Mr. Rafiel had an inkling that she would be thrilled to go on this trip that she could otherwise not afford. Yet, the cast of characters on this trip are not who they seem at first glance, and while Miss Marple rests at the Old Manor House run by three weird sisters, a woman on the tour is murdered, alarming all the participates aboard the coach and halting its progress. It is up to Miss Marple to solve this crime while also bringing to justice the case assigned to her by Mr. Rafiel. Even though her other faculties may be diminishing at her age, Miss Marple's mind is as sharp as ever, and she is all too happy to take on each murder case thrown at her.As with the other Miss Marple cases I have read this year, Christie has shown that just because someone is older, does not mean that she is enfeebled in any or every form. The fact that age is just a number has been a recurring theme in my reading this year, and Miss Marple has epitomized this more so than other characters because her role has recurred many times. While Scotland Yard and local law enforcement officials are baffled by case after case, Miss Marple pieces together clues from her own form of deduction and is able to solve each mystery that stumps all those around her. In this case, two murdered young women from ten years ago and linked to a murdered victim on the motor coach tour. Miss Marple finds this as well as the three sisters and the clues given her by Mr. Rafiel to be intriguing and uses the information given to her to shape together the motive, crime, perpetrator, and victims. As with her other cases, she is undoubtedly correct, and leaves more experienced police shaking their heads and calling her names from queer to strange. As I read my first Miss Marple cases earlier this year, I thought her to be a quirky older woman. Yet, the more cases I have read, the more I have enjoyed my time with Miss Marple. She has shown that anyone can solve a crime case by using a common form of deduction. The way she pieces together her cases makes sense that it makes me wonder why I had not thought of the same conclusion all along. I enjoyed rediscovering Agatha Christie this year, and each Miss Marple has was more enlightening than the last. Nemesis was a lovely conclusion to this series, and I hope to revisit Miss Marple more in the years to come.4 stars

  • Henry Avila
    2019-06-18 06:28

    Miss Jane Marple, the lovable, old, amateur crime fighter , (murders only please, how much time does she have left? ) is back in action again, reading the obituaries in the newspapers, something the ancients, can't stop from doing, all their friends and the people they know, are dropping like flies. Miss Jane , discovers that Mr. Jason Rafiel, who worked with her in a previous case , ( A Caribbean Mystery) has passed away, he was a rich, retired army major, a wizard at finances. She had met him on a Caribbean vacation in a hotel, in the West Indies, about a year and a half ago. Not exactly a friend, but Jane enjoyed the company, of the rough, yet somehow likable major, in very ill health. Receiving a letter from unknown solicitors, ( lawyers) as they're called in England, inside is a message from Jason Rafiel , the dead man, who makes a proposition to Miss Marple, written shortly before his unfortunate demise . Offering 20,000 pounds for solving a perplexing mystery, and achieving justice maybe, also, the old lady could use the money, who couldn't? Leaving the quiet village of St. Mary Mead, meeting with the reticent lawyers, Mr. Broadribb and Mr.Schuster, in their London offices , they can give little information, nevertheless arrange for Jane, to take a tour of Famous Houses and Gardens, around the lovely countryside, all paid by the late, generous Mr. Rafiel. This is connected to the conundrum, whatever that is. Seventeen men and women are on the big bus, directed by Mrs. Sandbourne, are these passengers suspects in the case? They look quite ordinary, yet people will surprise you, as Miss Marple, through experience, knows much too well. Nemesis, the funny name Rafiel gave her, soon learns about several killing at one of the small, quaint villages, she stops at . Strange messages from the late Mr. Rafiel, continue to be sent to the uneasy Jane, and he even plans for her to spend a few nights with three, peculiar sisters, in their sadly rundown mansion. Miss Marple feels evil all around the premises, a girl who lived with the three ladies disappeared ten years ago, she was found dead and a boy connected to Rafiel, was convicted and sent to prison, another missing girl, never located. An accident happens to one of the passengers on the bus tour, was it really one ? Or an attempted murder , Miss Jane Marple will need to work hard to earn her money! Another brilliant mystery novel, by the always entertaining Agatha Christie, her stories may seem tame by today's low standards, yet her talent shows, there is only one Agatha...and readers appreciate that fact.

  • Carol.
    2019-06-17 09:47

    Alfred! Don't read this!Everybody else:Nemesis. For such an ominous title, Christie presents a rather philosophically reserved and sedentary work. Miss Marple, of the pink fluffy wool and knitting needles, has been left a bequest by Mr. Rafiel, the debilitated rich man she met during A Caribbean Mystery. The bequest is conditional; she must investigate and elucidate a certain happening within a year. No more information is provided. The premise intrigues her and she accepts the challenge. She takes some small steps on her own, although she also receives a brief post-mortem letter from him, containing little more detail except that he would like to send her on a particular coach countryside tour.It's a mildly-intriguing set-up where the reader and Miss Marple are in similar straights, waiting to discover what the mystery is. Unfortunately, it is very slow going, and because Miss Marple is unsure of her task, much of her conversations are fishing for information, but what sort of catch? It is a very internally-based story, relying on Miss Marple's internal dialogue, and the sharing of long stories with various characters. It occurs to me that it is about the exact opposite of another recent read, Dark Matter, which had frantic pacing and a staccato narrative. Take, for instance, the first part of this paragraph from Miss Marple:"Mr. Rafiel had made arrangements. Arrangements, to begin with, with his lawyers. They had done their part. At the right interval of time they had forwarded to her his letter. It had been, she thought, a well-considered and well-thought-out letter. It would have been simpler, certainly, to tell her exactly what he wanted her to do and why he wanted it done. She was surprised in a way that he had not, before his death, sent for her, probably in a somewhat peremptory way and more or less lying on what he would have assured her was his deathbed, and would then have bullied her until she consented to do what he was asking her. But no, that would not really have been Mr. Rafiel's way, she thought. He could bully people, none better, but this was not a case for bullying, and he did not with either, she was sure, to appeal to her, to beg her to do him a favour, to urge her to redress a wrong. No. That again would not have been Mr. Rafiel's way. He wanted, she thought, as he had probably wanted all his life, to pay for what he required. He wanted to pay her and therefore he wanted to interest her enough to really enjoy doing certain work."It goes on this way for another ten to twelve sentences, as she mentally works her way through interpretations of Mr. Rafiel's motivations and plans. But you can see this is rather sleepy stuff, that we are mostly inside Miss Marple's head as she speculates and dissects the situation. It picks up a little bit when she's invited to a house part-way through the trip, but the dialogue gives only some respite, as many times she employs her nattering, ditzy elderly persona to elicit more information. She talks to a man with the Home Office and another man with the Church and listens to their stories as well as their views on the psychology of the crime and the psychology of the criminal.The setting was nicely developed; I certainly felt like I was on a rather dull coach tour with a bunch of tourists. The gardens, the surface conversations between strangers, the options for the hardy and the elderly all captured that bus tour feeling. Eventually there is a mild atmosphere of oppression, much like the air outside before a mild storm, but nothing quite suffocating. Nothing worth of the 'nemesis' label. The denouement is a bit... anti-climactic, and to make it worse, it is a trick used by Miss M. before. It occurs to me that despite the inner dialogue, I don't remember very much about Miss M. personally, which is a shame. Still, it was mildly interesting putting the pieces together, even if I did have the tendency to nod off from time to time. I'm totally sure it was me. Mostly. Partly. But I always enjoy a little bit of Miss M. from time to time--after all, after Nancy Drew, she is the female investigator I've known the longest.Two and a half sleepy starsAlfred's insightful review on the emotion of the story.

  • Lata
    2019-05-26 02:41

    Despite Miss Marple's twittering, kindly, old biddy persona that she presents to many, she's an analytical, stern, rather ruthless and calculating person, carefully evaluating people's behaviour and words to very effectively determine who is a murderer. Nemesis is a fairly slow moving story, as Miss Marple is tasked with uncovering a mystery by a rich financier she had met while vacationing in the Caribbean some time before. There is much time spent while Miss Marple gets to know a number of people while on a tour (paid for by the financier) of houses and gardens.I liked how Miss Marple deliberately played up her frailty or supposed dottiness to disarm others, so she could watch their actions and what they said. (This novel is definitely part of its time, as there were repugnant views about rape expressed by some of the characters. )

  • Kaion
    2019-06-17 05:23

    In which I mostly skirt around my incredibly long and ever-expanding views on societal victim-shaming because who has days to type that up and people just want to know about the wacky British people, for godssakeNemesis starts very intriguingly, with Mr. Rafiel, introduced in A Caribbean Mystery leaving Miss Marple in his will twenty-thousand pounds, given she solve a mystery for him. Old hat for Miss Marple, right? Except she won't be told the who, the what, the where, or the when of the crime, only the code word "Nemesis".I feel a little guilty giving this a lower rating than A Caribbean Mystery, as it does feature a much more involving mystery, full of messed-up psycho-sexual dimensions to which Agatha Christie gives much more body than Caribbean trifle. But it is also in need of a judicious amount of editing: it takes a far bit to get moving, the same clues and recaps of events are repeated incessantly, and Christie's style heavily leans on dialogue where a little narration would be a lot more efficient. This undermines the solid core of the story Christie is weaving, but more problematic is her shockingly regressive views, which arise in several contexts, but most specifically as those that shame how young women of "today"(1971 is the publication date) act too "loosely".This is most egregious in some victim-shaming that occurs, which crops up not once but multiple times by several different characters. I chose one example to discuss, just because it's the most elaborated, but the other examples are much the same. **MILD SPOILERS, if you don't want to know anything about what the case is** The following are words from a crime/police-psychologist, who thinks the man in question does not have the personality of someone capable of the murder of a girlfriend for which he's been convicted. Said convict is a known compulsive liar, thief, gangster, delinquent baby daddy, and who was involved in a previous assault case with another girlfriend: (excuse the length, but I wanted to give you the fullest context necessary)"That [earlier case] told against him, of course. Not in the jury's mind, because of course they did not hear about that until after the judge's summing up, but certainly in the judge's mind [...] I made a few inquiries myself afterwards. He had assaulted a girl. He had conceivably raped her, but he had not attempted to strangle her and in my opinion--I have seen a great many cases which come before the assizes--it seemed to me highly unlikely that there was a very definite case case of rape. Girls, you must remember, are far more ready to be raped nowadays than they used to be. Their mothers insists, very often, that they should call it rape. The girl in question had had several boy friends who had gone further than friendship. I did not think it counted very greatly as evidence against him. The actual murder case--yes, that was undoubtedly murder--but I continued to feel by all the tests [...] none of them accorded with this particular crime." Yes, a man who fits many of the dimensions by which we define sociopathy, and who has a history of violence towards a girlfriend, is totally incapable of committing a murder (of which he was convicted even without the details of the assault-case being heard at trial, a trial where he had the best defense money could buy). He beat her, but he didn't strangle her, so he's clearly he's a nonviolent soul. Women who have had several boyfriends cannot be raped. She's lying. These later two implications are particularly horrible and hurtful, because besides being ugly and ignorant and false, are also much more prevalent even today than they should be in any right-minded society.**end spoilers**I'm not demonizing Agatha Christie. I haven't read enough of her to characterize her work as a whole or to really disseminate her worldview. But I do think it's very telling looking at the publication dates of her most popular works, that most of them were from the 30s and 40s and none of them were from the 60s or the 70s. As a character, Miss Marple represents to me a subversive celebration of qualities that are normally derided in Western culture as being stereotypical-elderly-people traits-- and so it's incredibly disappointing to have her instead be a figurehead of stereotypical qualities are just plain ugly. Rating: 2 starsNote: Nemesis is the basis of one of my favorite Agatha Christie's Marple episodes (2007), staring Geraldine McEwan. It's a little camp and a lot of fun, and it irons out most of the unfortunate implications. I recommend the series in general. It's nice slight viewing that has a great sense of humor about itself.

  • Adrian
    2019-06-17 05:36

    Phew, just finished and you know, I don't think I've ever read this. I knew the story, probably through the TV version, but this was even better.The plot was excellent and it was probably the Miss Marple book with her the most visible, which truly made it enjoyable. A wonderful cast of characters, in a fantastic setting and an unknown mystery to solve with Miss Marple in the middle of it, what more could you want.And now that being the last novel, and only the final short stories to go in this challenge, I'm wondering what I'm going to do next year.

  • Susan
    2019-06-06 09:46

    This year I have been reading (or rather re-reading) all of the Miss Marple books. Although I have one book of short stories left, this is the final novel, published in 1971 (Christie died in 1976). Many of Christie’s later books are not considered up to par with her greatest works, mostly published in the 1930’s. Certainly, Christie – through her characters – is a little crotchety in this outing. Young women are referred to in rather unkind terms, showing the author’s displeasure with the more relaxed society of the late Sixties and early Seventies. However, although her views are questionable, I simply love the feeling of plunging into any Agatha Christie novel and can forgive her virtually anything for all the joy and pleasure her writing has brought me over the years.In a sense, this is, unusually, something of a sequel. Mr Jason Rafiel, the wealthy financier we first met in, “A Caribbean Mystery,” has died. To her surprise, Miss Marple receives a letter, asking her to visit a solicitors. A sum of money has been set aside, if she will accept a certain proposition. Mr Rafiel wants Miss Marple to investigate a crime – the problem is that there are no real instruction or information. Of course, Miss Marple accepts and is later invited to take a tour – to be specific Tour 37 of the Famous Homes and Gardens of Great Britain.Knowing Mr Rafiel, Miss Marple expects that she will find out what she is meant to be investigating by being herself; asking questions and being the nosy, elderly woman that everyone expects. Along the way, she is approached by various people that Mr Rafiel has contacted before his death. For he trusted Miss Marple to solve an earlier injustice and, of course, she doesn’t let him down. This has an interesting plot, with an unusual setting and a good cast of characters. I enjoyed the parts of the novel which featured Miss Marple on the coach tour, trundling around various stately homes and wondering which of her fellow passengers were of interest. Although I look forward to reading the last volume of short stories, I am both glad to have read all of the novels in order and saddened that I have come to the last in the series.

  • BrokenTune
    2019-06-09 08:19

    ‘She’s going to take it on, is she? Sporting old bean,’ he said. Then he added, ‘I suppose she knows something of what it’s all about, does she?’ ‘Apparently not,’ said Mr Broadribb. I would have reviewed this one a while ago, right after I read the book, in fact, but I really didn't want to be reminded about much of the book.I have really grown to dislike Miss Marple and this book is a fine example of everything that bugs me about her character. From her innate xenophobia: "The fourth chair was occupied by Mr Caspar whom Miss Marple considered as not sufficiently conversant with the English language to matter."...."Miss Marple had never quite succeeded in abandoning her Victorian view of foreigners. One never knew with foreigners. Quite absurd, of course, to feel like that – she had many friends from various foreign countries. All the same . . . ?" to her being a judgmental old busy-body:"One of them was very definitely the complaining type, one who would want to have seats at the front of the coach or else would make a point of having them at the back of the coach. Would wish to sit on the sunny side or could only bear to sit on the shady side. Who would want more fresh air, or less fresh air."and a little bit deluded - though it was weird to even read about this potential love interest:"Poor Mr Rafiel. The ship that had passed in the night had been an interesting ship. Once you got used to his being rude, he might have been quite an agreeable man? No! She shook her head. Mr Rafiel could never have been an agreeable man. Well, she must put Mr Rafiel out of her head. Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing; Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness."I have not read The Caribbean Mystery, yet, but I somehow doubt there was such a thing in it as a blossoming romance between old Marple and Mr. Rafiel.Just as I know there is a disconnect between this utterance..."Miss Marple packed a suitcase bag, went to London, booked a room at a modest hotel – (‘Ah, Bertram’s Hotel,’ she thought in her mind, ‘what a wonderful hotel that was!"...and the fact that Marple disapproved of Bertram's Hotel by the end of the book (At Bertram's Hotel) written six years before Nemesis. So, having paid a little attention, I found this book to be containing more "continuity errors" than I can put up with.Anyway, I won't give anything away about the somewhat far-fetched plot but Marple is not the only bone of contention with this book. As others have also summarised, there are also concerns with the book with respect to the issue of victim shaming and the trivialisation of rape.I don't know if the poor quality of the story is down to Dame Agatha loosing touch with readers in her later work or what, but Nemesis pretty much made the decision for me that Miss Marple is not all she's cracked up to be."She looked round the church in which she was sitting. It looked so peaceful. The reality of Evil was hard to believe in. A flair for Evil – that was what Mr Rafiel had attributed to her."Yeah, I think I'm with Mr. Rafiel on this one.

  • Mayra
    2019-06-18 05:39

    Very slow start. Good plot, though.

  • Lotte
    2019-06-08 02:23

    2.5/5. Turns out I'm just not a fan of Christie's 1970s novels (except for the ones she wrote years before, but which were published in the 1970s). The mystery itself was actually quite good, but what really annoyed me were some of the remarks made by Miss Marple and other characters in this story. A lot of it was highly problematic - there was some victim blaming mixed with a few xenophobic and rascist comments and totally outdated views on women's position in society. No idea if these were Christie's personal views (I haven't come across these problematic statements in her other books), but they definitely made me enjoy the book as a whole a lot less which would've been a very good mystery otherwise.

  • Veronique
    2019-06-22 03:33

    "Was she, Jane Marple—could she ever be—ruthless? “D’you know,” said Miss Marple to herself, “it’s extraordinary, I never thought about it before. I believe, you know, I could be ruthless….” Ms Marple might look innocuous, but this old lady has secret depths. Who said being old meant stupid or indeed harmless? No, this old lady can be ruthless in her search for justice, and this is the mission assigned to her from the grave by an old acquaintance, the millionaire Mr Rafiel. Off goes Jane trying to find exactly what the old man wanted to be uncovered.There is quite a bit of repetition and if you are used to these types of stories, you may indeed find out who the murderer is. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. This may have been due to listening to Joan Hickson's rendition (I kept seeing her - not just hearing her), which was perfect :O)

  • Nadin Adel
    2019-06-21 04:23

    "ان الحب كلمة رهيبة بل لعلها من أشد الكلمات رهبة في هذة الدنيا!""الحب .. يا لها من كلمة مخيفة"رواية "الحب الذي قتل" او "انتقام العدالة" أو كما هو ترجمة إسمها الأصلي"الشئ الذي يصعب هزيمته" أو "العدو" كلها أسماء تصلح للرواية، ولكن يبقى إثارتها في طي الكتمان داخل صفحاتها. لا أريد أن أحرق الأحداث! ولكنها رواية رائعة ومثيرة.

  • Miriam
    2019-05-29 04:35

    Conservative old people with judgmental attitudes + half-assed amateur psychology = offensive and unconvincing mystery

  • Alfred Haplo
    2019-05-30 03:47

    At the heart of it, Nemesis is a story about love. A powerful emotion that brings out the best and worst, and propels people to act in ways that surprise them. The story begins with Miss Marple, resigned to passivity from a rheumatoid back. Her mind, though diminished in memory, retains its sharp curiosity on human motivations, a gift employed often in the past to solve mysteries. When a call comes from the grave of an old acquaintance for help, but with no clue as to how and why, Miss Marple’s love of intrigue accepts it. For me, what makes this one of Agatha Christie’s best novels is its portrayal of deeply flawed love. How a dying, unloving father seeks to exonerate a delinquent son imprisoned for the murder of a girl he loved. How love did not set free a girl beloved by all and bludgeoned to death. How another girl is shamed more for loving easily than for her disappearance. How young love is idealistic and life-changing, until life tragically changed it. How love in its darkest manifestation desires to desperately possess. How love is confused with sex, and sex for rape.Nemesis has the requisite group setting of usual suspects, whose dialogues serve to advance the story. The standout conversation takes place between Miss Marple and the village Archdeacon, about a concept of antiquity where love, sex and marriage are intimately related. It is old-fashioned, certainly, but for a suspended moment in time, for the teenager who read this years ago, I believed. With the gumption of amateur sleuth plays amateur psychologist, Miss Marple solves the crime as she always does. By mid-story, so will many readers just by following the arrows ---> Guilty <---. This is a slight departure from norm, as the mystery itself was peripheral to a central story about love buried in the past. The most honest moments are the self reflections on aging, and moving forward with life, regardless. Nemesis has the feel of an author’s farewell published just 2 years before her death at age 85 in 1976. This was an impromptu re-read. A recent GR discussion had reminded me of Nemesis and I found myself remembering its story but not the details, the feeling but not the words. Most of all, I remembered nothing of the characters’ regressive social observations but now reading again as a modern adult, those are were immediately glaring and disturbing. To that, I think, “oh, goodness gracious” and chalk it down to character idiocy. Truly, it is difficult for me to feel upset about a story in which the leading lady calls herself a “pussy” with utter earnestness, and totally owns it. Well, I had enjoyed the story years ago, and apparently, still do. [* And, see Carol.'s for a much better review]

  • Jan C
    2019-06-05 04:38

    One of my favorites of Miss Marple's stories. Not sure why. Maybe it is the promise of riches (to her) at the end or danger she puts herself in. Or just the fact that she is traveling around rather staying in one (relatively) safe place.Jason Rafiel, whom she met when her nephew sent her to the West Indies, gave her the sobriquet of Nemesis and is dying, leaves her some funds if she will resolve a situati0n. He doesn't really tell her what the situation is, and his lawyers don't really know much about it. But he sends her on a bus tour, estates and gardens tour or some such thing. Through the course of the tour she discovers what the situation is primarily because he has also sent others on this tour to either help or give her clues. And there is one woman who tells her about a girl who was killed and that she believes she died for Love. This sends Miss Marple off on her chase.

  • Amira Mahmoud
    2019-06-10 05:45

    إذا كُنت مفتش ذو خبرة في مجال الجريمةوحصلت على معلومات لجريمة ما للتحقيق فيها واكتشاف الجانيإنها عملية شاقةتحتاج من الحنكة والمجهود الكثيرعين ثاقبة , وتفكير مُنظم , وأدلة تُرشدك إلى وجهتك الصحيحةلكنكيف سيكون الحالإذا لم تكن يوماً ما مفتش أو ما شابه ذلكأنت فقط عجوز مسن ترهقه آلام الروماتيزم والظهريمتلك من ضعف النظر والسمع قدراً لا بأس به كلّ هذا يمكن التغلب عليهيمكن ؟يمكن ..لكن الذي لا تستطيع التغلب عليه هو أن تُفتش عن جاني وتحاول اكتشاف جريمة أنت لا تعلم عنها أي شيء على الإطلاقتبحث في اللامكان , واللازمانعن ضحية لا تعرفهاوجريمة لا تستطيع سوى تخمين نوعهاوجاني بالطبع لا تعرفه لا تعرف أي شيء على الإطلاق !!هنا , تضحى المهمة مستحيلةلكن بذكاء آجاثا كريستي , تطوع أمامك الأحداث , لتخرج لك رواية من لاشيءمُستخدمة بطلة روايتها المعتادةالآنسة جين ماربلكعادة روايات آجاثا كريستي , غموض وحيرة طوال صفحات الروايةوقنبلة في نهايتهااعتدت منها دائماً أن يكون الجاني في قصصها هو أبعد شخص يمكنك تخمينهوأصبحت أستمتع بلعبة تخمين من سيكون الجاني يا ترى ؟وكالعادة تُنبئك آجاثا بفشلكمعشوقتي وكفى :))

  • Laurel Young
    2019-06-14 10:36

    Nemesis is one of my all-time favorite Agathas, and I consider it vastly underrated. Critics tend to act as though all of Christie's later work was sub-par, but I vehemently disagree. The worst that could be said is that her style becomes less crisp, more apt to be repetitive or wordy. However, in the case of Nemesis, this does not strike me as a problem--part of what I love most about this novel is the sense of "atmosphere"; it could almost be a Gothic, which is quite a departure for Christie. The "wordiness" merely adds to the dream-like quality of many scenes, as though the author is lost in a reverie. I think it's fantastic that she was still experimenting with different approaches to the detective novel, even though by this point in her long career one would expect her to have exhausted all possibilities.I LOVE the premise of this novel; could anything be more mysterious? I think it must have been quite tricky to write, with Miss Marple receiving a message literally from beyond the grave to solve an unspecified crime. My interest was piqued just as Miss M's was. The solution has haunted me for years, since I first read it; what a truly original--and yet believable--motive and explanation. "Love" is the most dangerous of for thought. I love the name Verity and the character, even though she is dead, is vivid and sympathetic; I wanted to know how "love" could have killed her, and I was not disappointed. This novel is like a morbid fairy-tale; Verity is Sleeping Beauty or Snow White, a princess frozen in time by a spell, eternally on her flowery bier. And yet the prosaic solution to the murder mystery works as well--Agatha does a flawless job of solving the crime without dissipating the atmosphere. It reminds me of some of my favorite Barbara Vine novels, and of course by this time in Agatha's long career Vine (Ruth Rendell's nom de plume) was in fact a contemporary. I don't know if there was any influence, in either direction, but the comparison struck me.There are a few small detractions. The reader who has paid close attention to The Body in the Library and other, earlier Christie novels will likely see the significance of the TWO missing girls, Verity and Nora Broad, pretty early on. It is not quite true to form for Miss Marple to rely on a feeling of evil in the air instead of pure, rational deduction. However, the only thing that really bugged me was an odd sort of sexism--the trite dichotomy of the virgin/whore. Verity is so pure and perfect in her love, a real Juliet determined to "tame" the bad boy into marriage and devotion. Nora is too much the "slut" and the author too willing to assume that her promiscuity loses her our sympathy--she's just as much a victim as Verity, after all. The girl who stands for Truth (literally) and Beauty is the foil of the vulgar "Broad" (Nora's last name). I can almost go with it because of the archetypal fairy-tale elements (Snow White/Rose Red?), but I think actually Christie did not know what to do with the sexual revolution and is showing Victorian disapproval. There are too many elderly characters bemoaning the "easiness" of modern girls; I rolled my eyes after awhile. However, I still love the novel overall.This is Miss Marple's last case chronologically, even though Sleeping Murder was published later. I love that she was never "killed off"; she has no equivalent to Poirot's Curtain. She is frail but sharp as ever in the end, leaving us with the enduring image of the "fluffy" old lady wearing floaty pink wool and calmly unmasking a murderer no one else suspected! She is iconic and wonderful.

  • Roman Clodia
    2019-06-01 04:28

    An unusual mystery as Miss Marple is sent on a quest with no clues as to who has been murdered... I loved the atmosphere of this book which has scenes steeped in a brooding melancholy - and it's rich in literary allusions: Clytemnestra, Ophelia, Chekhov's Three Sisters, Romeo and Juliet. More disconcerting are some horrible period attitudes towards women and rape ("Girls... are far more ready to be raped nowadays... their mothers insist... that they should call it rape").It's lovely, too, to see Miss Marple bow out with a promise to have fun!

  • Ana Rilo
    2019-06-12 10:22

    Cuando me enfrento a libros más antiguas suelo encontrarme con dos problemas de los que trato de abstraerme, una es la diferencia de estilos de escritura. A veces se pueden apreciar, otras se vuelven un tanto pesados. El segundo problema es el choque temporal, algunos comentarios, mensajes… en definitiva, la forma de pensar. En este libro concreto, comentarios que hay no me han dejado saborearlo bien.Al margen de eso, la trama de misterio es buena (¡cómo no!). Me gusta el ambiente de este libro que tiene escenas sumidas en una melancólica repleta de alusiones literarias: Clitemnestra, Ofelia, Romeo y Julieta… Y la Sra. Marple está muy bien caracterizada, es una viejecita encantadora que puede parecer inocua, pero su sentido de la justicia está muy aguzado y, desde luego, su ingenio mucho más.Reseña completa:

  • Sarah
    2019-06-04 06:20

    I didn't finish this book. The mystery portion is confused and pretty slow to build - most likely because we are following a much older, slower Marple, but this keeps the story from being more entertaining. The real reason I didn't finish, and the reason for the one star review, is that for much of the book Miss Marple and various other "good" characters blame young women for getting raped. No joke, they actually spell it out several times that "these young girls" seduce men and then say they've been raped afterwards. The f*ck? The made-for-tv remake is not bad, partly because they change a lot of the plot and partly because Marple doesn't go around rape-blaming the murdered girls.Now, I don't know if Agatha Christie felt this way herself, or if she was portraying old people as being out of touch, but I suspect these were her thoughts simply because they are repeated so often, and in several other books written around this time (early 70s) she has main characters decry modern society and the downfall of civilization brought on by women in short skirts. Feh.

  • Sophie Hannah
    2019-06-13 02:33

    Brilliant. One of the best Agatha plot hooks ever. Miss Marple gets a letter from a man she met once before. He is now dead, and his solicitor forwards a letter he left for Miss Marple. In it, he asks her to solve a crime for him. If she succeeds, she will get twenty thousand pounds. But the letter contains no actual information or firm instructions about how to proceed.... A very satisfying book!

  • Nahed.E
    2019-06-11 07:36

    لغز جديد مع أجاثا ومتعة أخري تقرأها وتشعر بها تتغلغل بداخلك ..فلا صوت ولا ضوضاء ولا شئ حولك يأخذك منها ..فهي تأسرك تماما ..ليس الحبكة فقط في حل اللغز ،لا .. ولكن الرواية في حد ذاتها تستغرقك ..وتري نفسك مُهتماً .. تقلب الصفحات وتحاول تذكر الأحداث .. وتأخذ أنفاسك وتصبر وتقرأ ..ثم تراها تسبقك .. تسبقك في أفكارك ووساوسك ..ثم تُدهشك بحل لا فرار من الإعجاب به (:

  • Hoda
    2019-06-06 06:28

    ابداع وتشويق بكل ما للكلمة من معنى

  • Ririn
    2019-06-24 08:42

    Finally! I can read the plot and succeed in guessing the right perpetrator, yeay!!

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-06-11 07:22

    I find it ironic and amusing how clearly Agatha Christie loved writing about her proper, Matronly sleuth Miss Marple, while making her slightly prejudiced against foreigners, while her other main, Poirot, was such a foreigner he basically embodied everything it means to be one. p 65: "Miss Marple had never succeeded in abandoning her Victorian view of foreigners. One never KNEW with foreigners."" I've read a handful of Miss Marple stories, but generally find most of them to be lackluster compared to earlier works or other detectives. I much prefer the quaint, endearing, comically foreign Hercule Poirot. That little mustache swirl gets me every time. Christie's later works – like this one – slow down, depending more on psychological musings and reflections on society taking the plot by the reins rather than action and events.Nemesis IS depressing. The dark, serious work is enshrouded with despair. Murder is never a laughing matter, but there was no fun here trying to solve the whodunit. By the end, it didn't seem like mystery itself even really mattered anymore. It was more of an exploration of jealousy and things gone wrong. The biggest issue is that, to me, Christie's enthusiasm with gardens was ridiculous. It almost feels as if the book should have been called Gardens instead, it's that prevalent. In a way gardens do play a small role in the outcome, but still, I grew ridiculously bored hearing the discussions of flowers and gardens for the first half of the book. The only mystery to me there was what they were talking about, and frankly I didn't care to solve that particular mystery.I can tell from Agatha Christie's biography that she was a bit conservative and behind on some of her viewpoints, but in the case here it was almost shocking. Rape and “making up stories about rape” was almost trivialized. There was a lot of slut-shaming going down. There is a girl who everyone badmouthed as sleeping around. Two mused she would end up in prostitution or stripping when she disappeared. Certainly no one seemed to care that the “slut girl” was gone. This leads to Marple and a Professor discussing girls of the day, those silly youth and how girls carry on with tales...ugh. The wiser, older generation apparently speaks.Miss Marple IS likeable in many ways, don't get me wrong, and her strange predjudices against foreigners and the like mainly amuse me more than anything else. Still, her dialogue is always needlessly wordy and halting. There's plenty of – pauses through in the middle of the sentences. She also, being forgetful and absentminded (or pretending to be if it's to help her uncover information), seems to stammer and repeat. Sometimes I feel like screaming, “Just get to the point!”Nemesis has an intriguing blurb, it's written by a master, and even the title draws the reader in. The slow and almost non-existent pace, the depressing tone, the pointless gardens that dominate the story, and the eyebrow raising social commentary send the reader back out of it again. There is a lot in the book about aches, pains, being tired, and needing to rest. Perhaps while writing this one (Christie was in her 80's), she was feeling tired herself that year and reflecting this through her work.

  • Cyndi
    2019-06-22 02:23

    In the Caribbean mystery Miss Marple meets an old man who is so impressed with her skill as an amateur detective. In his will he bequeaths some money to her if she will solve a mystery. Sounds easy enough for the Devine Miss M, but he doesn't give her any clues. Of course she does. She's Miss Marple!

  • Kim Kaso
    2019-06-24 09:45

    Re-reading & reading all of Agatha Christie. This one is a pleasure. Miss Marple becomes Nemesis in a pink fluffy scarf for the second time. Innumerable cups of tea, much knitting & thinking & twittering in an "old pussy" manner to throw sand in the eyes of almost all & sundry. Many red herrings & interesting types, but she hones in on evil like it is true north. I almost always love my time in Christie's various world's, & as I grow older I appreciate how invisible and seemingly harmless we old ladies are to most of the world. It is a pleasure to read about one who brings justice to her little corner of the world.

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    2019-06-04 08:43

    Book 13 of the Miss Marple Challenge. Miss Marple’s final full length mystery has her looking into a most unusual mystery―one where she doesn’t know even what she’s investigating. Miss Marple has received an interesting offer from Mr Rafiel, who she met and who was her “ally” in solving the Caribbean Mystery. Mr Rafiel has died recently and in his will proposed a bequest of £20,000 to Miss Marple contingent on her solving a problem using her special set of skills. But he doesn’t tell her what the problem is. Soon she receives further instructions sending her on a tour of English country homes and gardens and finds herself viewing all her co-travellers with suspicion. As the tour progresses, and she meets various people on it and at various stopping places, it is clear that what she’s looking into is murder, things taking a more serious turn when a co-passenger who could have given her important information meets with an “accident”. Even though Miss Marple is much older and not able to get about too much, her mind is as sharp as ever and it isn’t long before she gets to the root of the problem.Most of the Miss Marple books (now that I’ve been reading them chronologically) deal with change, changing times, developments, modernisation, and how Miss Marple (and indeed others of her generation) react and adapt. This one too deals with this theme and changes in social mores are quite a prominent thread running throughout. Miss Marple may be accepting of these but is still pretty ruthless when it comes to crime or “evil”. Having read the other books, one plot detail made part of the mystery quite clear though not the why or who and the who wasn’t too much of a surprise as I’d seen an adaptation of this before. Still it is somewhat disconcerting when one comes to think of it. A fairly good read, though the “feel” of it in a sense is somewhat different from the usual Miss Marples (she isn’t though).

  • Sarita
    2019-06-07 06:49

    طوال فترة القراءة وأنا أتخيل مس ماربل سميحة أيوب

  • Helen
    2019-06-02 03:30

    I remembered this too well from a previous read. This follows on from Caribbean Mystery, where Marple is hired to investigate a cold case.