Last week the television offering was MURDER IS EASY and the protagonist should have been Superintendent Battle, but Miss Marple appeared.
Then last night it was WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? and who should appear but Miss Marple.
Now, the first in this series A POCKETFUL OF RYE was a Miss Marple originally, and so was the last we are to see, THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS.
Now though I'm wondering how often I have been duped in a similar way in the Geraldine McEwan and Joan Hickson TV movies? Philip alluded to a couple of McEwan stories that did not originally have Miss Marple in them.
So, I've done a little research.
There were only 12 novels with Miss Marple in them and some short stories
- The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
- The Body in the Library (1942)
- The Moving Finger (1943)
- A Murder is Announced (1950)
- They Do It with Mirrors, or Murder with Mirrors (1952)
- A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)
- 4.50 from Paddington, or What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! (1957)
- The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, or The Mirror Crack'd (1962)
- A Caribbean Mystery (1964)
- At Bertram's Hotel (1965)
- Nemesis (1971)
- Sleeping Murder (written around 1940, published 1976)
- The Tuesday Night Club (short story) featured Miss Marple for the first time ever. Written in 1927.
- The Thirteen Problems (short story collection featuring Miss Marple, also published as The Tuesday Club Murders) (1932)
- Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories
According to Wikipedia "The adaptations are mainly true to the original novels."
Geraldine McEwan was also in 12 TV movies, but 4 of these *** were not originally Marple stories
- The Body in the Library
- The Murder at the Vicarage
- 4.50 from Paddington
- A Murder is Announced
- Sleeping Murder
- The Moving Finger
- By the Pricking of My Thumbs***
- The Sittaford Mystery***
- Towards Zero***
- At Bertram's Hotel
- Ordeal by Innocence***
controversy caused by changed plots etc.
Does this sort of stuff bother anybody else?