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Agatha Christie: The Miss Marple Books

Learn about Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple, the new editions, and the new story collection!

Last Updated on February 5, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

The Miss Marple Books - New Editions

When it comes to mystery novels, there is no one better than Agatha Christie.  She has written some of the most well-known and beloved mysteries of all time, and her character Miss Marple is a legend in the genre.  If you want to get into Miss Marple’s books, or are just curious about who she is, read on!  In this article, we will discuss who Agatha Christie is, her writing of Miss Marple, and all the Miss Marple books in order.



Who is Agatha Christie?

Agatha Christie is one of the most famous mystery writers of all time. She was born in England in 1890 and wrote her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920. Agatha Christie then went on to write more than 70 novels and short story collections during her lifetime, many of which are considered classics of the mystery genre. In addition, her books have been adapted for stage, film, and television and translated into over 100 languages. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie remains the bestselling fiction writer of all time, with global sales exceeding over two billion copies worldwide.

Agatha Christie is best known for her detective novels, which feature the characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She is also the author of the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap.  Agatha Christie’s books are still as popular today as they were when they were first published, and her work continues to influence authors and readers worldwide.

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Who is Miss Marple?

Who is Miss Marple?

Christie first wrote about the character Miss Jane Marple in 1927 in a short story that was first published in The Royal Magazine.  Then, in 1930, Agatha Christie debuted the legendary character in the full-length novel The Murder at the Vicarage.

Miss Marple is an older woman who lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead.  She is known for her keen powers of observation and deduction, which she uses to solve crimes that have baffled the police.  Christie wrote 12 novels featuring Miss Marple, as well as several short stories.  The Miss Marple books are some of Christie’s most famous works and have been adapted for television, film, and radio.

How Many Miss Marple Books Were Written?

Miss Marple is featured in 12 novels and 20 short stories by Agatha Christie.  Miss Marple first appeared in six short stories.  The first full-length novel featuring Miss Marple is The Murder at the Vicarage.

The Top Five Miss Marple Novels

  • The Body in the Library
  • The Moving Finger
  • A Murder is Announced
  • A Pocket Full of Rye
  • Sleeping Murder

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Which Miss Marple Book is the Best?

The Body in the Library.  In the novel, a young woman’s body is found in a wealthy couple’s library.  It’s up to Agatha Christie’s famous detective Miss Marple must solve the case, with plenty of suspects and red herrings along the way.  This is an excellent introduction to Agatha Christie’s work and will keep you guessing until the end.

In What Order Should You Read Miss Marple?

If you plan on reading all 12 Miss Marple novels, we recommend reading the Miss Marple books chronologically.

List of Miss Marple Books in Order

The Miss Marple Novels

-The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)

-The Body in the Library (1942)

-The Moving Finger (1942)

-A Murder is Announced (1950)

-They Do It with Mirrors (1952)

-A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)

-4:50 from Paddington (1957)

-The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (1962)

-A Caribbean Mystery (1964)

-At Bertram’s Hotel (1965)

-Nemesis (1971)

-Sleeping Murder (1976)

Miss Marple Short Stories

-The Thirteen Problems (1932)

-Final Cases (1979)

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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

Marple is a brand new authorized collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Crime’s legendary detective Jane Marple as she faces twelve new cases penned by twelve bestselling and acclaimed authors.  Each author reimagines Agatha Christie’s Marple through their own unique perspective while staying true to the hallmarks of a traditional mystery.

Marple features stories from:

  • Naomi Alderman
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Alyssa Cole
  • Lucy Foley
  • Elly Griffiths
  • Natalie Haynes
  • Jean Kwok
  • Val McDermid
  • Karen M. McManus
  • Dreda Say Mitchell
  • Kate Mosse
  • Ruth Ware
Marple: Twelve New Mysteries (Miss Marple Mysteries)

New Editions: The Miss Marple Collection

Agatha Christie’s classic Miss Marple novels and short stories get a whole new look! Explore the eye-catching new covers that are decorated with deadly flowers, clues, and a hidden Miss Marple silhouette on each cover. The new cover designs are by Holly Ovenden.



Have you read any Miss Marple books?

Have you read any books by Agatha Christie?  Are any of these books or her other works on your TBR?   What book by Agatha Christie is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments below.


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