Thursday, January 21, 2010

Crime Fiction Alphabet: N is for Nemesis

Nemesis (Miss Marple Mysteries)Mystery and crime fiction bloggers all over are continuing with the Crime Fiction Alphabet -- this week, we're up the letter N. My entry this week is the Agatha Christie novel Nemesis, starring the elderly amateur sleuth Miss Marple. First published in 1971, it was the last Miss Marple book written (but not the last one published -- that was Sleeping Murder.)

Miss Marple receives a letter from recently deceased millionaire Jason Rafiel, whom she had met during the events in A Caribbean Mystery (1965). Rafiel has included her in his will -- if she can solve a particular crime, she will inherit a large amount of money. She's more than willing to fulfill her friend's final request, but there's a problem: There are no clues about what happened, when it occurred, where it was committed ... or to whom. For Miss Jane Marple, it's the most baffling case of her career ...

More from the Crime Fiction Alphabet:
Crime Fiction Alphabet: M is for MR. MONK AND THE DIRTY COP
Crime Fiction Alphabet: L is for LOCKED ROOM PUZZLES
Crime Fiction Alphabet: K is for Laurie R. King
Crime Fiction Alphabet: J is for P.D. James
Crime Fiction Alphabet: I is for The Innocence of Father Brown

Related links:
NURSING A GRUDGE: Hometown Mysteries
Detectives: Agatha Christie's HERCULE POIROT
75 Mystery Series: 1887-2008
Murderous Beginnings: 40 Detective Fiction Firsts
All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
The changing face of traditional mystery fiction
Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction

SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.