Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects.
When troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna relocate to the quiet little village of Lymstock they are expecting nothing more than country sleepiness and tedium. Much to their surprise, however, they find that scandal, secrets and murder lie just beneath the surface.
While visiting her husband's elderly aunt in her nursing home, Tuppence Beresford is concerned by the odd behaviour of some staff and residents. When Tuppence hears about Aunt Ada's sudden death and the disappearance of her friend Mrs Lancaster, she realizes her concerns were right and with Miss Marple she follows a path of clues that lead them to the remote Norfolk village of Farrell St Edmund.
Miss Marple finds herself on a bit of a holiday at the swanky Bertram's Hotel, but things take a sinister turn when a hotel maid, Tilly Rice, is found strangled on the roof. Miss Marple can't help but investigate and neither can Jane Cooper, a maid with a familiar knack for sleuthing.
Miss Marple is invited to a friend's wedding, but the gaieties are interrupted by a stranger who reveals that black sheep of the family, Jacko, was wrongfully hanged for murder and that the true killer is still at large.
Miss Marple is visiting an old school friend, Lady Camilla Tressilian, along with an eclectic group of socialites but when one of them is found dead and Lady Tressilian herself is found bludgeoned to death a short time later, Miss Marple must sort through the complex set of relationships that bind her companions.
Miss Marple is called upon to solve her most perplexing case yet. Upon his death, financier John Rafiel asks her to solve a murder. Only problem is that the murder may or may not have place as yet and the victim is unknown. All that he has given her is two tickets on the Daffodil Tour Company's Mystery Tour.
When Rex Fortescue dies while sitting at his desk in the City, it's determined that he was in fact poisoned. Fearing for her former maid who is now working in the Fortescue household, Miss Marple takes a particular interest in the case.
While traveling on a train to London, Miss Marple is told by a woman she has never met, Lavinia Pinkerton, that she is certain there have been two murders in her village of Wychwood. When Lavinia dies in what is purported to be an accident - she fell, or was pushed, down the escalator in a tube station - Miss Marple decides to visit Wychwood and see what she can find.
While visiting her friend Marjorie Attfield, Miss Marple learns that her son Bobby had recently found a body, identified as a Mr. Pritchard, on the cliff side. Having been sent a wild goose chase meant to keep him away from the real enquiry he sets out with his old friend Frankie Derwent to nearby Castle Savage to find the truth.
Miss Marple finds herself spending the weekend at Chimneys, the stately home of Lord Caterham. The weekend has something of a diplomatic air to it as the Austrian Count Ludwig von Stainach is also there to negotiate a trade agreement but it all takes a very serious turn when the Count is found murdered.
While visiting her friend Dermot in Little Ambrose, Miss Marple is drawn into investigating the death of Eddie Seward, whom she'd met on the bus and who is found having apparently drowned in the river and it's not long before there's another death in the village.
When Hollywood star Marina Gregg decide to throw a benefit for the St John Ambulance she finds herself starring in a real-life mystery - a local fan, Heather Badcock consumes a poisoned daiquiri but Miss Marple and Inspector Hewitt, who suspect that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else. But who?
After a period of ill health, Miss Marple leaves St. Mary Mead for the tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Honoré where, following an evening rife with talk of murder, the garrulous Major Palgrave is killed himself. Multiple victims will be claimed, and one suspect will slowly lose their grip on sanity altogether before this Caribbean mystery will be solved.
When Louisa Oxley, an old family friend, visits Miss Marple one stormy night seeking help, Miss Marple decides to send her and her son, Archie, to safety at the labyrinthine estate of Greenshaw's Folly, owned by Miss Marple's good friend Katherine Greenshaw but the old house is not as safe as it seems.
Miss Marple is in Kingston Bishop staying with her recently widowed friend Marjorie Philpot. There she meets the handsome Mike Rogers who goes from rags to riches but not without gathering unwanted attention.