The new-look series of Miss Marple books for the 21st century. The
villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog
with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which
reads: 'A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October
29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.' A childish practical joke?
Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to
resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at
Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the
lights go out...