Everyone thinks it's a charming joke when the ad appears in the 'St. Mary Mead Gazette' announcing an upcoming murder at Little Paddocks. But it's no joke when someone turns up dead. To listeners' delight, Miss Marple becomes involved, and the spinster with the china-blue eyes proves herself once again to be a gifted detective.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.