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Get to know Jane Marple's village better! Click here to learn more about St. Mary Mead, and its residents.

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Several actresses have portrayed Miss Marple on the screen, both on TV and in film. Click here to read more about the major ones.

Miss Jane Marple

This site dedicated to Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie wouldn't be complete without some focus on Jane Marple. The elderly spinster from the fictitious village of St. Mary Mead (appearing in twelve novels and in twenty short stories) ranks as many readers' second favorite detective next to Poirot. Miss Marple (as she is affectionately known) is a tall, thin woman of between 65 and 70 years of age. She has white snowy hair, pale blue eyes, and a pinkish wrinkled face. Two of her hobbies (and subjects of conversation) are bird watching and gardening, and she is often seen carrying knitting needles and yarn. Never married, Miss Marple has a young nephew Raymond who is a novelist. Miss Marple was based on the old ladies--her grandmother's "cronies"--Christie remembered when she was a girl.

In this section devoted to Miss Marple, you can read a little about the "Many Marples" on TV and in Film. Included is a map of St. Mary Mead, the quiet, old-world village in which Miss Marple resides.