While traveling on a train to London, Miss Marple is told by a woman she has never met, Lavinia Pinkerton, that she is certain there have been two murders in her village of Wychwood. When Lavinia dies in what is purported to be an accident - she fell, or was pushed, down the escalator in a tube station - Miss Marple decides to visit Wychwood and see what she can find. As Miss Marple is apt to say, one English village is like another and Wychwood has its secrets like any other. The first woman to die was Florie Gibbs who, despite being experienced in such things, supposedly ate poison mushrooms she picked herself. The second was the local vicar who failed to wear his mask when using poison near his beehives. The third is a young woman who, it is said, accidentally drank hat dye instead of her cough medicine. Miss Marple finds a clue that points to a motive with origins many years before and a secret someone will do anything, including murder, to keep hidden.Written by
Good acting but poor re-rendering of the original story prevails.
Agatha Christie wrote enough "Miss Marple" mysteries so that Masterpiece Theater should not have injected her character into MURDER IS EASY. (Was that really MURDER IS EASY or did the writers just borrow the title and names?) As if that was not enough of a production boondoggle, Miss Marple has been changed into an on-the-scene detective, terse, business like and not given to the meandering comments on village life that punctuates her personality in the original stories. Julia McKenzie's ability as an actress was indeed wasted in this rendition.
A "2" is given for good acting in a very poorly written script.
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