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Nemesis [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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April 15 1992
Summoned by the solicitors of financier Rafiel after the old man's death, Miss Marple is asked to investigate a bizarre and unidentified crime that Rafiel has warned them of from the grave. Reprint.

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"Miss Marple was an old lady now, knowing that a scent for evil was still, in the evening of her days, her peculiar gift."--Times Literary Supplement (London) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In utter disbelief, Miss Marple read the letteraddressed to her from the recently deceasedMr. Rafiel—an acquaintance she had met brieflyon her travels. He had left instructions for her toinvestigate a crime after his death. The only problemwas, he had failed to tell her who was involved orwhere and when the crime had been committed.It was most intriguing.

Soon she is faced with a new crime—the ultimatecrime—murder. It seems someone is adamant thatpast evils remained buried. . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple receives a letter from a dead man Dec 23 2003
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Miss Marple has a real puzzle on her hands when she receives a letter from an old acquaintance who is recently deceased and who wants her to see that justice is done. He doesn't say what he is referring to, but promises to give her more information later if she agrees. She tells his solicitors that she will do her best to comply with her late friend's request, and is subsequently asked to go on an extended house and garden tour.
She knows that each person she comes across may be a potential criminal, so she carefully scrutinizes each one. Eventually she finds herself in the home of three sisters who have been asked to give the elderly Miss Marple a respite from the tour. One of the tour members meets with a fatal accident just as she is about to give Miss Marple some information, so this spurs her on to investigate even more vigorously. She carefully studies each person who has been a part of the tour, and eventually comes up with the solution, as her friend knew she would. This book takes place in Miss Marple's later years, but the reader is reassured that, though her body is failing, her mind is as sharp as ever. This is another treasure for Christie fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a charming old lady! April 27 2003
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In Nemesis, Miss Jane Marple is quietly sitting in her house in St Mary Mead, reading the obituaries in her favourite newspaper, when one of the names printed there strikes her as familiar. Mr. Rafiel, whom she'd met briefly during a sojourn in the West Indies a year earlier, and with whom she'd help solve a mystery, has died.
About a week later, she recieves a letter from London, asking her to go to the late Mr. Rafiel's solicitors' office. There she learns that Mr. Rafiel is leaving her a rather large amount of money, at the condition that she manages to solve a certain mystery, for the sake of Justice he says. The problem is, he doesn't give her any clues as to where she should start, nor what she should be looking for. Is she to witness, or prevent a crime? Catch a murderer red-handed, or maybe right some wrong that was done in a time long past? Intrigued, Miss Marple decides to accept the proposition.
Not long after, she recieves an invitation to go on coach tour of the Famous Houses and Gardens of Great Britain. Everything has been arranged and paid for by none other than Mr. Rafiel. Miss Marple starts her investigation.
What I enjoy the most in Nemesis is the way Agatha Christie makes you look at the world through the eyes of an old lady, the way you can follow her thoughts and deductions. How Miss Marple takes advantage of seeming a harmless old lady to bully people into revealing things is very funny too. Of course it's cleverly written and very suspenseful, but you wouldn't except less from "The Acknowledged Queen of Detective Fiction", now would you?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for the little old lady Jan. 7 2002
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What made many of Agatha Christie's books good reading is the dialogue appeared to be spoken by different people instead of a single person delivering different lines. There were really multiple personalities in the tale rather than figureboard mouthpieces of the author.
That is why there was a Mr Rafiel, eccentric wealthy man who charged Nemesis, which was what he called Ms Marple, to set out on a quest to right a certain wrong. In his will, read after his death, Ms Marple was left 20,000 pounds if she would take up his charge. He left no explicit instruction for her, other than referred to the only time they had met, when together they solved a murder.
Not one to idle, Ms Marple went forth enthusiastically to learn all she could of the late Mr Rafiel to find out if he had anything unfulfilled in his life.
Next, she was contacted by a tour agency informing her that Mr Rafiel had pre-booked her on a tour of old English houses and gardens. On the tour, she met various personalities, of which two revealed themselves to have links with the late Mr Rafiel.
In due time, Ms Marple learned of several noteworthy things which had happened in a little village - vicious murder of a girl engaged to the son of Mr Rafiel, conviction of the latter for the death, another missing girl, three sisters who had brought the girl up and also well acquainted with the late Mr Rafiel.
Little by little, Ms Marple learned more about the people around her, and it was from their personalities and characters she determined the kind of persons they were and what they might and might not have done. Alert for danger, Ms Marple sought to assemble disparate pieces of information to uncover a hidden picture of what could have happened which would be of interest to Mr Rafiel.
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Readers met Jason Rafiel in "A Caribbean Mystery" and may recall his high opinion of Miss Marple's knowlegdge of evil and her sense of justice. When Mr. Rafiel grows too ill to set a terible injustice right, he leaves that duty to Miss Marple in his will along with a bequest of twenty thousand pounds. Miss Marple agrees to do what she can but is puzzled since she is given no information. Knowing Mr. Rafiel as she does, however, she knows he will guide her if only from the grave. And guide he does. A few days after agreeing to do his biding, she receives a letter from the Famous Homes and Gardens of Great Britain confirming her reservation on one of their tours as a gift from Mr. Rafiel. Realizing this is the lead she was waiting for, she sets out on the tour relying only on her own keen observations and the belief that Mr. Rafiel will give her more assistance along the way. That he does, as she is led through a maze of adventure and danger to solve mysteries both old and new.
Most interesting among the characters in this book are three elderly sisters who own a beautiful 18th century house. Because they had received a letter from their friend Jason Rafiel informing them that his friend Jane Marple would be on the tour, they invite her to be their guest while she is in Jocelyn St. Mary. Just as in "A Caribbean Mystery" Mr. Rafiel proves to be a worthy ally and Jane Marple more than lives up to his opinion of her and proves herself worthy of the pet name "Nemesis" he had bestowed on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crowning acheivement
Jason Rafiel, a querulous and crippled millionaire first appeared in a Caribbean Mystery where he formed a deep respect for Miss Jane Marple. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Schwindt
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to escape?
This has to be one of the most captivating books Agatha Christie has written. Don't start reading it unless you have a few hours to devote. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing finer
A great read for Miss Marple fans and her best "on the road" mystery that takes the clever spinster out of her beloved St. Mary Mead. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Agatha Christie novel!
Agatha Christie has done it again. Another totally entertaing mystery. This is a mystery brain twister and a must read for Agatha Christie fans and mysteries fans alike. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by "auorchid"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the best
Miss Marple is charged by her old aquaintance, Mr. Raffiel to solve a mystery involving his long lost son. Mr. Read more
Published on July 11 2001 by Moe811
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Miss Marple
Readers of Nemisis are in for a real treat. I am a 23 year old college student, who really has nothing in common with Jane Marple other than the fact that we both enjoy mysteries. Read more
Published on May 2 2001 by Jerred Stephenson
4.0 out of 5 stars mystery
Miss Jane Marple, an elderly lady with a knack for solving mysteries, took up a challenge given to her by the late Mr. Rafiel. Miss Marple was very surprised to learn that Mr. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001 by kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Three 1/2 stars?
If there were 3 1/2 stars, that's how I would have rated this book.
I did not find it as exemplary as some of Agatha Crhistie's work, however I did like it more than most of... Read more
Published on Dec 23 2000 by "ltrent@amgen.com"
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine Nemesis knitting baby clothes in soft pink wool.
Yes indeed, Nemesis may seem a strange nickname for elderly Miss Marple but it suits her. This book has been written towards the end of Agatha Christie's carreer and she shows a... Read more
Published on May 5 2000 by Jacqueline Marchelli
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