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Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series V: The Secret Of Chimneys

Airs Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The characters in "The Secret Of Chimneys," attend a weekend party at the Chimneys estate, a house once prized for its diplomatic gatherings until a diamond was stolen there more than twenty years ago.

Julia McKenzie

Now in her second season as Miss Marple, Julia McKenzie took a break from sleuthing to answer questions from Masterpiece's Facebook, Twitter and discussion group fans about Agatha Christie, the quick-witted Marple, and the character's more subtle traits.

Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie (“Cranford”) stars as the beloved spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular “Miss Marple” series.

History has been written within the walls of the stately Chimneys estate. But Chimneys luster was tarnished after a grand party that ended in the theft of a revered Indian diamond.

Stephen Dillane guest stars as Finch, a determined Scotland Yard inspector.
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Above: Stephen Dillane guest stars as Finch, a determined Scotland Yard inspector.

Now, more than 20 years later, Miss Marple is accompanying Virginia Revel to Chimneys, her family home, for a weekend with Virginia's father Lord Caterham (Edward Fox, "Oliver Twist"), Austrian count Ludwig van Stainach and an odd array of other guests.

But when Count Ludwig is found shot, it seems scandal has come again to Chimneys. Is there a coded message in the dead man's pocket?

An esteemed chief inspector (Stephen Dillane, "God on Trial") arrives from Scotland Yard, and with the clear thinking of Miss Marple, the two will uncover decades old secrets, and navigate through the smokescreen of perplexing clues to the truth of what happened at Chimneys. "The Secret Of Chimneys" is based on the novel by Agatha Christie.

This episode originally aired in 2010.

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Video Excerpt: Miss Marple, Series V: The Secret Of Chimneys

Above: "Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series V: The Secret of Chimneys" - In this video clip, history has been written within the walls of the stately Chimneys estate. But Chimneys luster was tarnished after a grand party that ended in the theft of a revered Indian diamond.