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The Life and Times of Jane Marple is a biography of Agatha Christie's character Jane Marple written by author Anne Hart. The book was originally published in hardback in 1985 by Dodd Mead. A revised edition was issued by HarperCollins in 2019 with a slightly different title: Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple. This edition includes the latest updates including information about the media adaptations of the Miss Marple stories since 1985. The author is a Canadian who specialises in biographies. She has also written Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot: The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot. The book is a valuable resource on all things Miss Marple, including details about St. Mary Mead, the geography, the villagers and the businesses, and Miss Marple's own life history, her relatives and people in her life.

Publisher's Summary[]

"The definitive companion to the MISS MARPLE novels, short stories, films and TV appearances, now revised and updated.

‘I have had a lot of experience in solving different little problems that have arisen.’

Most of the ‘little problems’ tackled by Miss Marple occurred in the pretty rural village of St Mary Mead and came in the shape of murder, robbery and blackmail. In the 40 years of her career, she even solved cases as far afield as London and the Caribbean. But though she usually masqueraded as ‘everybody’s favourite great aunt’, what was she really like?

In this authorised biography of the world’s most famous female sleuth, Anne Hart combs through the 12 novels and 20 short stories in which Miss Marple appeared, uncovering clue and amassing all the evidence to solve the most difficult case of them all – the mystery of Miss Marple.

This new edition has been updated to include new information about original publication dates, newspaper and magazine serials, and up-to-date lists of TV, radio and stage adaptations (including Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, June Whitfield and Susie Blake)."[1]