Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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A Caribbean Mystery 

Miss Marple is drawn into a case of intrigue and black magic when a Major who bragged of owning a photo of a murderer dies under mysterious circumstances.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Charlie Higson (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Victoria (as Pippa Bennett Warner)
Charity Wakefield ... Molly Kendall
Robert Webb ... Tim Kendall
Warren Brown ... Jackson
Alastair Mackenzie ... Colonel Hillingdon
Hermione Norris ... Evelyn Hillingdon
Charles Mesure ... Greg Dyson
MyAnna Buring ... Lucky Dyson
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Errol
Antony Sher ... Rafiel
Montserrat Lombard ... Esther Walters
Oliver Ford Davies ... Major Palgrave
Daniel Rigby ... Canon Prescott
Andrea Dondolo ... Mama Zogbe


After a period of ill health, Miss Marple leaves St. Mary Mead for the tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Honoré, where an English couple - Tim and Molly Kendall - run a quaint little resort called the Golden Palms. Among the many guests, which include the innocuous Hillingdons, their unseemly American friends the Dysons, and gruff business tycoon Jason Rafiel, is garrulous Major Palgrave, who is friendly to all - much to everyone's chagrin. When Palgrave launches into his infamous storytelling routine one evening, only Miss Marple takes enough interest to listen. Talk quickly turns to murder, and Palgrave coyly asks her if she'd like to see a photograph of a serial killer. But before he can pull it out, he sees something - or someone - and quickly changes the subject. After a night of excessive drink and entertainment, including a voodoo show, Palgrave is found dead in his room the next morning - the cause of death being a heart attack. Sensing his death is no coincidence, Miss ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Release Date:

21 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caribbean Mystery See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa

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Did You Know?


Among the guests is a character called Ian Fleming, writing a spy novel, but lacking a name for his protagonist. He then attends a lecture on birds given by one James Bond. This is clearly a reference to the real-life Ian Fleming, who was inspired to write the Bond novels in the Carribean, and who is supposed to have named the spy after a local writer on birds. See more »


When Victoria's body is discovered, she is on her back and the knife is in her stomach. Toward the end of the movie, Victoria is on her stomach and the knife is in her back. See more »


Version of A Caribbean Mystery (1983) See more »

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very good adaptation
23 September 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this version of "A Caribbean Mystery," with Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple. I know I saw the Helen Hayes version, but I don't remember if I saw the Joan HIckson one.

It's a neat story. Miss Marple is visiting St. Honore, a tropical island, to recover from some health problems. She stays at a resort, the Golden Palms, owned by a married couple, Tim and Molly Kendall.

The place is heavily booked, with the Hillingdons and their American friends, the Dysons, a businessman, Jason Rafiel, his assistants, and the gossipy Major Palgrave.

Major Palgrave loves a good scandal, and one night goes into one of his stories. He actually has a photo of a serial killer, he says, and pulls it out. Suddenly, he decides not to show it. The next day, he's dead, supposedly of a heart attack. Too coincidental for Miss Marple, who wants to see that photo, which has disappeared. Before she can solve the case, there are other murders, mistaken identity, and secrets uncovered.

Very good story and well done, with beautiful scenery and production values. Julia McKenzie is a good Miss Marple and close to what I pictured while reading the books: charming, lively, with a keen mind and good powers of observation, based on watching the behavior of people in St. Mary Mead.

There was probably more emphasis on voodoo here than in other adaptations. My favorite here was the gruff Rafiel (Antony Sher) who becomes a real admirer of Miss Marple's intelligence. They have a very genuine and nice relationship. The ending is lovely.

Very good.

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