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Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series IV: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

Airs Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The last words of a dying man lead sole witness Bobby Attfield to team with beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent to find out if foul play was involved. Miss Marple joins them as they land in a hotbed of homicide and intrigue. Pictured (l-r): Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple, Mark Williams as Claude Evans, Georgia Moffat as Lady Francis Derwent and Rafe Spall as Roger Bassington.

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Bobby Attfield finds a man near death sprawled out on a cliff. His final, enigmatic words — "Why didn't they ask Evans?" On a whim, Bobby and his friend, socialite Frankie Derwent, decide to investigate. The amateur sleuths, along with Miss Marple, uncover several enticing clues — a hotel room key, a pipe and a map with the Savage Castle circled. Getting into the castle under false pretenses, the trio meets a cadre of shadowy characters — the widow of loathed businessman Jack Savage, his two teenage children, a handsome piano teacher, a psychiatrist and his delicate wife. Before long, Bobby and Frankie's playful inquiry turns even more deadly. Amid a backdrop of poisonous snakes and exotic but lethal orchids, will the three decipher the dead man's final words before they are exposed?

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