Taking on the mighty role of Marple is Judy Cornwell, better known as lovable Daisy in BBC's comedy Keeping Up Appearances. I caught the show early on in the tour at Malvern Theatres and while Cornwell perfected dotty to a tee, the acute sharpness associated with Miss Marple was sadly missing.
I also wasn't completely sure if all of the "dizziness" was acting as Cornwell stumbled over several of her lines and couldn't remember the word accomplice at one point, coming up with a bizarre alternative.
Maybe that will change as the tour continues across the country until November 28. It plans to stop off in more cities in the Midlands including Cheltenham, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton along with further afield in Chelmsford, Brighton, Blackpool and Exeter, to name a few.
This caper involves an advert being placed in a local newspaper announcing a murder at 6.30pm on Friday night at a grand house in the area. The various village residents are a mixture of bemused and frightened, no more so than when a gunman turns up and sets off a string of deathly events.
This play has been adapted to the stage by Leslie Darbon, but has been slightly amended to fit into a two and a half hour slot. Sadly, for the blood-thirsty among us, this means there's a lower body count and slightly less characters than seen in other versions.
The cast includes Judy Cornwell, Diane Fletcher and Tom Butcher from The Bill
Despite this, the production has a polished, grandiose look about it and, overall, there's a strong cast of actors playing the suspects.
Diane Fletcher as Letitia Blacklock, Tom Butcher (a regular in The Bill) as Inspector Craddock, and Lydia Piechowiak as the the eccentric Eastern European maid Mitzi are particularly impressive.
The death knoll to this production, however, is that it falls short on tension and pace. Deliberations are often very slow by Miss Marple and the red herrings aren't given an explanation before the close of the play.
However, if you like a murder mystery to keep the little grey cells ticking over, it's a fairly enjoyable night out.