A Murder is Announced
To Ralph and Ann Newman
at whose house I first tasted --- "Delicious Death!"
UK
Collins, London, Jun. 1950
Daily Express, Feb.28-Mar.11 1950
US
Dodd Mead, NewYork, Jun. 1950

Plot

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Miss Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: 'A Murder is Announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m..'
A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out...

Contents

1. A Murder is Announced
2. Breakfast at Little Paddocks
3. At 6.30 p.m.
4. The Royal Spa Hotel
5. Miss Blacklock and Miss Bunner
6. Julia, Mitzi and Patrick
7. Among Those Present
8. Enter Miss Marple
9. Concerning a Door
10. Pip and Emma
11. Miss Marple Comes to Tea
12. Morning Activities in Chipping Cleghorn
13. Morning Activities in Chipping Cleghorn (continued)
14. Excursion into the Past
15. Delicious Death
16. Inspector Craddock Returns
17. The Album
18. The Letters
19. Reconstruction of the Crime
20. Miss Marple is Missing
21. Three Women
22. The Truth
23. Evening at the Vicarage
Epilogue

Characters

Miss Jane Marple, Miss Blacklock, Miss Dora 'Bunny' Bunner, Patrick Simmons, Julia Simmons, Phillipa Haymes, Colonel Easterbrook, Mrs Easterbrook, Edmund Swettenham, Mrs Swettenham, Miss Hinchcliffe, Miss Murgatroyd, Rev.Harmon, Mrs Harmon, Rudi Scherz, Det.Insp.Craddock, Rydesdale, Belle Goedler, Myrna Harris, Det.Sgt Fletcher, Rowlandson, Sister McClelland

A Murder is Announced (play)

adapted by Leslie Darbon at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on September 21, 1977.
First presented by Peter Saunders at the Theatre Royal, Brighton; and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 21st September 1977, with the following cast of characters: (in the order of their appearance)

JULIA SIMMONSPatricia Brake
LETITIA BLACKLOCKDinah Sheridan
DORA BUNNEREleanor Summerfield
PATRICK SIMMONSChristopher Scoular
MITZIMia Nadasi
MISS MARPLEDulcie Gray
PHILLIPA HAYMESBarbara Flynn
MRS SWETTENHAMNancy Nevinson
EDMUND SWETTENHAMGareth Armstrong
RUDI SCHERZMichael Dyerball
INSPECTOR CRADDOCKJames Grout
SERGEANT MELLORSMichael Fleming

Directed by Robert Chetwyn
Decor by Anthony Holland

Films & TV

A Murder is Announced, NBC/US, 1956
TV drama list
A Murder is Announced, BBC/UK, 1985
Agatha Christie's MISS MARPLE
A Murder is Announced, ITV/UK, 2005
Agatha Christie's MARPLE Season 1
Yokoku Satsujin, NTV/JP, 2007
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