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 ...
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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
Miss Marple retrieves some unknown substance from Lucky's bag and hands it to Jackson, asking "Is it poison, or medicine?" Jackson tests it by dipping his finger in it and touching it to his tongue - most unwise if it turned out to be poison, and Jackson, having been in the Army Medical Corps, would know this. See more