1st Edition

Reflecting on Miss Marple

By Marion Shaw, Sabine Vanacker Copyright 1991
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1991, Reflecting on Miss Marple looks at the incongruous combination of violence, murder and a sweet, white-haired old lady, and examines why this makes such a potent but unlikely formula. The book is an astute and engaging account which reveals Miss Marple as a feminist heroine, triumphantly able to exploit contemporary prejudices against unmarried women in order to solve her case. The authors explore the inherent contradictions of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels, their social context, and their place in detective fiction as a whole.

    Important Note

    List of Abbreviations

    Agatha Christie: Some Biographical Notes


    1. Women Writers and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

    2. Miss Marple the Spinster

    3. Two Gills of Picked Shrimps: Miss Marple as Detective

    4. Miss Marple’s Afterlife

    Appendix: List of Novels Mentioned in Chapter Four

    Bibliography and References


    Marion Shaw is head of the English department at the University of Hull. She lives in Kingston-on-Soar in Nottinghamshire.