Miss Marple

Season 4 Episode 2

A Caribbean Mystery

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Aired Unknown Dec 25, 1989 on BBC Two
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A Caribbean Mystery
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Miss Jane Marple is on a holiday in the Caribbean. Whilst staying there, she is asked a strange question by a man: "Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?". This perplexes her, but the following day, the man goes missing and his body is later found. The photo in the man's possession has disappeared, and Miss Marple has to trace it and prevent any further murders.moreless

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  • A relaxing holiday in the sun seems just the ticket for Miss Marple. But murder - and perhaps also madness - intervene.

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    Was this the very best of the Miss Marple episodes? Certainly, it's a wonderful entertainment, and the double-act of the infinitely polite, but rock-firm, spinster (wonderful Joan Hickson) and the boorish, outrageous, say-anything self-made millionaire Mr. Rafiel (an equally wonderful Donald Pleasence) is utterly inspired. From opposite ends of the spectrum, these two very clever people contrive to solve a trio of appalling murders and end up as unlikely, but very real mutually-respecting friends. Director Christopher Petit, who, only a few years earlier, had made such an awful mess of P.D. James's excellent story "An Unsuitable Job For A Woman" (for the 1982 film version) here atones for previous sins with his quietly assured and unshowy handling of an excellent script.moreless

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    • Jason Rafiel: I had to think about this quite a bit before mentioning it to you.
      Inspector Weston: And why is that, Mr. Rafael?
      Jason Rafiel: It wasn't my idea, and the person who had it - the idea, I mean - is a little old lady who knits and wears lace. She also has a mind like a bacon slicer.
      Inspector Weston: Why didn't she come to me herself?
      Jason Rafiel: She didn't think you'd take her seriously.
      Inspector Weston: I might have done.
      Jason Rafiel: I doubt it. It's a very good disguise. She even had me fooled for a minute.
      [He laughs]
      Inspector Weston: Better have her name for the record.
      Jason Rafiel: Miss Marple.
      Inspector Weston: [Startled] What?
      Jason Rafiel: Miss Marple.
      Inspector Weston: You wouldn't know if this lady comes from a village in England called St. Mary Mead?
      Jason Rafiel: Yeah, yeah! That rings a bell... I think that's what she said - something like that anyway. How do you know that?
      Inspector Weston: [Laughs] Magnificent! I've heard her called the best personality analyst in the world, a ruthless forensic brain - a mind like a bacon slicer would do very well.

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