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Miss Marple, Series II
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When Tommy and Tuppence Beresford visit her elderly Aunt Ada in a nursing home, Tuppence is concerned by the odd behavior of one resident -- Mrs. Lancaster -- who rambles on about a dead child hidden behind the fireplace. So when Tuppence hears of Aunt Ada's sudden death and the disappearance of Mrs. Lancaster, she fears her concerns are justified.

While confronting the nursing home owner, Miss Packard, Tuppence meets Miss Marple. They find an unfamiliar painting among Aunt Ada's things, along with a note proclaiming that she is worried she has stumbled across dangerous information and that Mrs. Lancaster is 'not safe.' The painting is of a 'Witch's House' and soon leads them to the Norfolk village of Farrell St. Edmund, where they hope to find the mysterious cottage. Instead they find a community guarding an array of secrets.

Tuppence and Miss Marple find a room at the local pub, The Bull and Butcher, run by Hannah Beresford, who turns out to be a distant relative of Tuppence. They also meet the barmaid Rose who is torn between her love for American GI Chris Murphy and her father's wish that she marry local policeman Ethan Maxwell. Local shop owners Betty and Eric Johnson introduce Tuppence and Marple to the lord of Farrell Manor, Sir Phillip Starke who is devoted to the Johnson's daughter Nora. After meeting the irreverent parish priest Septimus Bligh and his loyal but distant wife Nellie, Tuppence and Marple become even more certain that there is a sinister secret hidden in the village.



They soon discover that the child of Doctor Joshua Waters -- Rose's twin sister -- was murdered in the village twenty years earlier. It seems that Aunt Ada's death and the child's murder might be linked. If only Miss Marple and Tuppence can find out who has kidnapped Mrs. Lancaster!

But this is a village full of dark secrets and, when the villagers realize a murder is being investigated, they quickly become defensive. Someone even plants a black crow in their room to scare them away.

Events come to a head at a village event when yet another murder takes place and Tuppence's own life is put in jeopardy. Following a hunch, she comes face to face with a killer -- and a victim. The only one who can save her is Miss Marple who figures out that her fellow sleuther has finally found the Witch's House. And she is not alone there...


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