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Jane Marple, usually referred to as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in twelve of Agatha Christie's crime novels and in twenty short stories (list at bottom of page). From 1984 to 1992, the BBC adapted all of the original Miss Marple novels as a series titled 'Miss Marple' starring Joan Hickson (a total of twelve stories over 21 episodes, spanning three seasons). A number of books were published with TV-themed covers.

Covers from the BBC Series

Fontana Books

Season 1 : The Body in the Library (1984) The Moving Finger (1985) A Murder is Announced (1985) A Pocket Full of Rye (1985)
1985

The Body in the Library
1985

A Murder is Announced
1985

A Pocket Full of Rye

Season 2 : The Murder at the Vicarage (1986) Sleeping Murder (1987) At Bertram's Hotel (1987) Nemesis (1987)
1986

The Murder at the Vicarage
1986

Sleeping Murder
1986

At Bertram's Hotel
1986

Nemesis

Season 3 : 4.50 From Paddington (1987) A Caribbean Mystery (1989) They Do It With Mirrors (1991) The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (1992)
1989

A Caribbean Mystery

Guild Publishing Books
Hardback

1987

A Miss Marple Quartet

Harper Collins Books

2002

Miss Marple's Final Cases


From 2004 to 2013, ITV broadcast a series of adaptations of Agatha Christie's books under the title 'Marple', running for six seasons. The first three seasons featured Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple, and from the fourth season Julia McKenzie took over the role. Several of the episodes were adapted from Agatha Christie novels that did not originally feature Miss Marple. A number of books were published with TV-themed covers.

Covers from the ITV Series

Harper Collins Books


Season 1 : The Body in the Library (2004) The Murder at the Vicarage (2004) 4.50 from Paddington (2004) A Murder is Announced (2005)
2005

The Body in the Library
2005

The Murder at the Vicarage
2005

4.50 From Paddington
2005

A Murder is Announced

Season 2 : Sleeping Murder (2005) The Moving Finger (2006) By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2006) The Sittaford Mystery (2006)
2005

Sleeping Murder
2005

The Moving Finger

Season 3 : At Bertram's Hotel (2007) Ordeal by Innocence (2007) Towards Zero (2008) Nemesis (2008)

Season 4 : A Pocket Full of Rye (2009) Murder is Easy (2009) They Do It with Mirrors (2009) Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (2009)
2009

A Pocket Full of Rye
2009

They Do It With Mirrors

Season 5 : The Pale Horse (2010) The Secret of Chimneys (2010) The Blue Geranium (2010) The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (2010)

Season 6 : A Caribbean Mystery (2013) Greenshaw's Folly (2013) Endless Night (2013)


There was also a fictional biography of Jane Marple written by Anne Hart which was first published in 1985 (in the US) and 1986 (in the UK) in hardback with Margaret Rutherford on the front cover. It was subsequently re-published in paperback with Joan Hickson on the cover in 1991 and with Geraldine McEwan on the cover in 1997. I also have two German paperback copies in my collection with Margaret Rutherford on the cover, shown below.

The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple
1986

Macmillan Books
1991

Sphere Books
1997

Harper Collins Books
1985

Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag Books
1991

Scherz Krimi Books

In addition to the two TV series, there were a number of films made over the years...

Four films starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple...
Murder, She Said (1961) based on the book "4:50 From Paddington"
Murder at the Gallop (1963), based on the 1953 Hercule Poirot novel "After the Funeral"
Murder Most Foul (1964), based on the 1952 Poirot novel "Mrs McGinty's Dead" (no film-cover book known)
and
Murder Ahoy! (1964) not based on any book (no film-cover book known).

One film starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple...
The Mirror Crack'd (1980) (film-cover book published by Fontana in 1981)

Three films starring Helen Hayes as Miss Marple...
Murder Is Easy (1982)
A Caribbean Mystery (1983)
and
Murder With Mirrors (1985).
No known book covers for any of these.

Pocket Books

1961

Murder, She Said

Fontana Books

1963

Murder, She Said
1963

Murder at the Gallop

1981

The Mirror Crack'd


Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Books List
with original publication date and alternate titles

The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
The Body in the Library (1942)
The Moving Finger (1943)
A Murder is Announced (1950)
They Do It with Mirrors, or Murder with Mirrors (1952)
A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)
4.50 from Paddington, or What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! Filmed as 'Murder, She Said' (1957)
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, or The Mirror Crack'd (1962)
A Caribbean Mystery (1964)
At Bertram's Hotel (1965)
Nemesis (1971)
Sleeping Murder (written around 1940, published 1976)

The Thirteen Problems (short story collection featuring Miss Marple, also published as The Tuesday Club Murders) (1932)
Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (short stories collected posthumously, also published as Miss Marple's Final Cases, but only six of the eight stories actually feature Miss Marple) (written between 1939 and 1954, published 1979)
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, published 1985, includes 20 from 4 sets: The Tuesday Club Murders, The Regatta Mystery, Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, and Double Sin and Other Stories.