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Bobby Attfield comes across a dying man whose final words are: "Why didn't they ask Evans?". Bobby, intrigued, enlists the help of Frankie Derwent and Miss Jane Marple, and the trio uncover a conspiracy surrounding the death and will of the late Sir Jack Savage.
Miss Marple meets with her old friend, Ruth Van Rydock, who is worried about her sister, Carrie Louise Serrocold, after a mysterious fire ends up destroying some of Carrie Louise's treasured possessions. She asks Miss Marple to visit her sister's estate, Stonygates, a huge manor house, where some of the buildings and grounds are used as a reformatory for juvenile criminals. Soon, Carrie Louise's stepson by her second marriage shows up. He is Christian Gulbrandsen, and he runs the trust which contributes a fraction of the funds used to run Stonygates. Later that night, as Carrie Louise's current husband Lewis runs a dress rehearsal for a musical revue for the inmates of the facility, Christian is stabbed while writing a letter on his typewriter. Miss Marple and the local police quickly learn that Christian believed Carrie Louise was being poisoned, but was killed before he could reveal the poisoner's identity. For the sake of Carrie Louise and her family, Miss Marple sets out to find the killer and alleged poisoner, but then another murder is committed during the revue, and tainted oysters, secret children, jealousy, a hidden passageway, and an unlocked gate are thrown into the mix, as well. Who is trying to poison Carrie Louise? And was the use of a clever conjuring trick the key to solving the mystery?moreless
Miss Marple meets an elderly woman who is convinced that a multiple murderer is at large in her village. Before she can report her concerns, however, Miss Pinkerton is killed in a fall, and Miss Marple determines to find out who the killer is. Visiting the village, she befriends Luke Fitzwilliam, a former policeman, and the pair work to establish the killer's identity against the backdrop of a local election.moreless
Wealthy businessman Rex Fortescue collapses and dies in his office. It is determined that he was poisoned, and a handful of rye is found in his pockets. No one seems too upset, as everyone agrees that Rex was a tyrant. Soon, however, Rex's young wife also ends up poisoned. The maid, Gladys, whom Miss Marple trained, writes to her asking for help. Miss Marple arrives too late, as Gladys' body is found strangled. Miss Marple senses a connection between the deaths and a well-known nursery rhyme, "Sing a Song of Sixpence". Now it is up to her to find the cold-blooded killer and to deliver justice.moreless