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What is the difference between Miss Marple and Inspector Craddok in A Murder is Announced?

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There is a long tradition of British detective stories featuring gifted amateurs or "consulting detectives" whose successes are more spectacular than those of the police force. Sherlock Holmes runs rings around Inspector Lestrade, and Hercule Poirot does the same with Inspector Japp.

The relationship between Miss Marple, the amateur who has made an acute study of human nature, and Inspector Craddock, the professional who uses the superior resources at his disposal with intelligence and discretion, is more sophisticated. Her intuition complements his methodical approach. Craddock is no "Scotland Yard bungler" but a highly competent police officer who respects Miss Marple and views her sharp mind as one of the resources at his disposal. Miss Marple reciprocates Craddock's respect and realizes that the police force will have an advantage over even the most gifted amateur in some procedural matters.

Although the frail, upper-middle-class old lady and the professional policeman apparently...

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