Agatha Christie's beloved old lady sleuth Miss Marple (so beloved by my family, in fact, that our tortie Persian was named after her) gets the royal treatment in these new Masterpiece Theater adaptations.
The acting is superb with Geraldine McEwan as Jane Marple, radiating wit, intelligence, and oodles of charm. Guest stars are equally impressive, including Jane Seymour, Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi, and Ian Richardson. These books are the cream of the “cozy” crop, the sort of mysteries that have very little violence, usually take place in the English country side and whatever mystery that unfolds is solved and order is restored by our hero detective in the end.
They are the types of mysteries that the other half of all older women go through like water, leaving dog-eared paperback in their wake. In no way, however, does their quaintness detract from the sheer joy you'll get out of these new adaptations.