Masterpiece Mystery aired The Pale Horse last night. I was excited to get to know another Christie detective during our Cool Down with AC read/watch-along, and I just loved Miss Marple. If you missed the movie last night on PBS, make sure you catch it while it’s available to view online!
The Pale Horse begins as an elderly priest is murdered while he is visiting a sick parishioner. The police believe that he has died during the commission of a robbery, but of course that seems a little convenient for Miss Marple. The deceased is a friend of hers and there is now ay that she is going to let the killer get away with it. After getting her hands on a mysterious list of names on a piece of stationery from an inn called The Pale Horse, Miss Marple decides to visit and investigate.
I think only with the first Poirot move have I guessed anything, and that was more from reading detective novels in general than knowing anything specific. I had no clue what the motive was, and last night I just suspected everybody at one point or another. My eleven-year-old cousin had figured out everyone but the mastermind.
We have now watched four Christie movies. Thoughts?
Have you read the book and the movie? Which one did you like better? Did you get the feeling that one was more effective than the other at telling the story? What worked for you and what didn’t?
How did you feel about the use f the supernatural throughout the story? Did it add an extra set if chills and thrills? Did you feel as if it was out if place?
Tell me your theories. Did you guess either the killers or the motive before the reveal in the movie? What tipped you off? Were there clues you picked up along the way, or did you know what to look for based on prior experience with the book? Have you just given up all together?
Does Miss Marple remind you of any modern detectives? If so, which ones.
Participants in this week’s discussion will be eligible to win a dvd set of all the movies in the watch-along, plus a few extras, courtesy of Acorn media and an assorted goody bag with some of my favorite Christie novels. If you have something to add to the discussion, don’t be shy!