A Hollywood actress has moved into Gossington Hall, and throws a benefit for St John Ambulance. A devoted fan of the actress dies after drinking a poisoned daiquiri. Miss Marple and Inspector Hewitt suspect that someone else was the intended victim.
A wealthy and unpopular woman dies in mysterious circumstances, locked in her room, and a geranium on her wallpaper has turned blue. It appears that she had been warned of the circumstances leading to her demise by a fortune-teller. Miss Marple asks her old friend, Sir Henry Clithering, to help her investigate the case ahead of a court hearing.moreless
Miss Marple attends a party at Chimneys, a historic country house, where a fellow guest reveals plans to buy the estate but is shot dead during the night. Miss Marple and Chief Inspector Battle find a coded message in the dead man's pocket, and uncover the dark secret of chimneys.
A Catholic priest is brutally murdered after taking confession from a dying parishioner. His old friend Miss Marple travels to London, where she discovers that a list of names sent to her by the priest is apparently of those recently deceased or about to die. Miss Marple's investigations lead her to the Pale Horse Inn, where the proprietress claims to be able to kill people using black magic.moreless