Agatha Christie fans, rejoice. The Folio Society has published a cherishable four-volume edition of Christie’s Miss Marple novels, featuring The Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, A Pocket Full of Rye and Sleeping Murder. These four carefully selected titles are an apposite representation of the 12 Miss Marple novels. Born in 1890, Britain’s most famous crime novelist wrote 80 crime novels and short story collections, 2 autobiographies and 8 novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott. Sales of Christie’s books exceed 2 billion worldwide – only Shakespeare and The Bible outsell her – proving that, over 120 years since her birth, she remains a cherished and much-read writer.
In a newly commissioned introduction, award-winning author and Christie biographer Laura Thompson explores the life experiences that inspired Christie to create Miss Marple, the ‘deceptive simplicity’ of the novels and their shrewd grasp of human nature. Andrew Davidson’s striking nostalgic images for this new 4-volume set follow on from the evocative artwork in The Folio Society’s single-volume edition of the Miss Marple Short Stories.
The Miss Marple Novels Collection by Agatha Christie is published by The Folio Society, priced £100 and available from www.foliosociety.com Tel: 020 7400 4200, or from The Folio Society, 44 Eagle Street,