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Death by Drowning

Narrated by: Joan Hickson
Series: Miss Marple
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Here are four stories by the most popular mystery writer of all time; stories told by Miss Marple and her friends and solved by that elderly white-haired lady with the faded blue eyes and quiet nature. They are read by Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple in the television series based on the works of Agatha Christie.

In The Thumbmark of St Peter Miss Marple tells how she was able to help her niece when the poor girl was accused of poisoning her husband. In The Herb of Death foxglove leaves are picked with sage for the dinner with disastrous results, and a burglary at a riverside bungalow sets off an unusual chain of events in The Affair at the Bungalow. In the final story, Sir Henry Clithering, ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, is staying with his friends Colonel and Mrs Bantry, when news arrives that the village innkeeper's daughter has met her 'death by drowning.'

The Herb of Death
The Thumb Mark of St Peter
The Affair at the Bungalow
Death by Drowning

©2000 Agatha Christie (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Sherrie Lindley
  • 15-02-2016

Hickson ! Hickson !

Hickson is Mrs. Marple. Anything I can find with Hickson as Marple is a must have for me! I wish the series still came on . I miss hickson, the one and only Marple! Oh, the stories are great too.

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  • Robert Iris
  • 05-06-2015

Always enjoyable

A nice set of stories, repeating some themes in other books but still worth the listen.

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  • Book Maven
  • 26-05-2015

Good, cozy stories

Quiet Miss Marple has strength in her knowledge of human nature. Comforting to listen to how she solves the problems of village life in England. Crimes but no overt violence or disturbing methods. Enjoyed Joan Hickson's narration very much.

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  • JLPAL
  • 07-04-2015

Agatha Christie did it again.

the order of the stores is lamentable, as the first one obviously refers to happenings before, and there isn't any order to find out all the stores, but the plot thickens and the narrative is quite nice.

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  • Laura Marie Walker
  • 16-03-2015

Odd Chapter Divisions

This is a solid performance by Joan Hickson of five short stories, but the chapter divisions are very inconvenient. The Audiobook is divided into two chapters of approximately one hour each ...

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  • barbara
  • 10-01-2020

Death by Drowning

I have always loved Miss Marple and this was no exception. I love how she works out the murders and enjoyed listening to this selection. The narration was good.

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  • Diana
  • 27-06-2019

Cut and paste of 13 Problems

Feel cheated. This was half of the book 13 Problems. It's been cut down the middle and resold. Returned as soon as I realised there were no new stories. If you already have 13 problems, don't bother with this one. Otherwise, stories are good as all AC books are.

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  • Myrtle
  • 27-02-2019

Miss Marple's amazing sleuthing

Incredibly good short stories. The ingenuity is unbelievable and they are fun into the bargain.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-2018

JOAN AND AGATHA RULE!!!

Joan and Agatha Rule!!! That Says It All!!! Agatha Christie Joan Hickson. Say No More!!!

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  • E. Kress
  • 12-09-2017

classic!

an exceptional performance and great stories. Joan Hickson will always be my #1 miss Marple!

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  • denise reid
  • 20-08-2017

disappointed don't buy get 13 problems

if you are planning or have purchased 13 problems don't buy this one as it just the later half of 13 problems

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  • Tab
  • 29-03-2015

Duplicates in Thirteen Problems

If you buy Thirteen Problems, don't buy this one - they are all in that audio book! Very frustrating.

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  • Catherine
  • 18-09-2009

A good listen

Joan Hickson is the ultimate Miss Marple and her reading of these short stories is excellent.

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  • myview45
  • 29-10-2016

love joan hickson narrating

love hearing Joan Hickson reading these stories....she was always The Miss Marple to me

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  • Intheamazone
  • 17-09-2016

THE Joan Hickson...

...the most wonderful Miss Marple! A set of short stories read by the incredible Joan Hickson. I loved this! Will listen to over and over again. Perfect.

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  • alan
  • 14-05-2016

good Short stories for bed time

relaxing Short stories read in a very British way. by a classic very British narrator

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 01-05-2016

Death by Drowning

This is a lovely group of short stories by Agatha Christie
It was easy to listen to and it had all the hallmarks of Agatha Christie

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  • Mrs W.
  • 15-04-2016

Classic Christie

Each story is a delightful web of characters, well worth the money, don't miss out.

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  • Rogayah
  • 19-04-2009

Times past

This collection of short mysteries are written around a group of characters, who include Miss Marple in the group, listening to stories and unravelling the mystery.

Well told and an enjoyable glimpse of a past age, of comfortably off people with servants and village goings-on. A relaxing and entertaining listen.

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  • Rebecca
  • 17-02-2009

Not Hugh Fraser!

This is not read by Hugh Fraser but Joan Hickson, as the picture indicates!! She is an excellent reader and I thoroughly recommend this selection of some of Agatha Christie's best short stories. Her later works (of which these are some) are usually a little more thoughtful than earlier ones and if, like me, you feel this is a good thing, you will hopefully enjoy these too!