Sex, scandals, queers and neurotic women are all within the first chapter of A Caribbean Mystery, namely on the inside pages of the daily newspapers, with Miss Marple wondering how things had changed since she was a girl. Nothing really changes in that regard, does it?
Rumours are created by one person, handed around and treated as fact, which does muddy matters in this story. There wasn’t even a case, until Miss Marple started to ask questions. What I find interesting about Agatha Christie’s books are the characters, their personalities, and dialogue. I love the psychological aspect of that, and what makes people tick. I’m a history nerd, so I enjoy reading about life, attitudes and the lifestyles of people from the past, who are a completely different class from me too in the Agatha Christie mysteries. That’s the exciting part for me.
Speaking of characters, Lucky was almost like a rumour herself. She played a part in a few of the different threads in A Caribbean Mystery, but I never felt that she was real. She is spoken of but did not have a presence of her own. I felt there was something lacking there.
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