Nemesis Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1992
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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. See all Product Description
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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.
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?
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.Read more ›
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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Jason Rafiel, a querulous and crippled millionaire first appeared in a Caribbean Mystery where he formed a deep respect for Miss Jane Marple. Read morePublished on June 8 2014 by Richard Schwindt
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 morePublished on Dec 31 2002
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by JR
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 morePublished on Aug. 24 2001
Miss Marple is charged by her old aquaintance, Mr. Raffiel to solve a mystery involving his long lost son. Mr. Read morePublished on July 11 2001 by Moe811
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 morePublished on May 2 2001 by Jerred Stephenson
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2001 by kate
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