Miss Marple is Miss Ma in Korean TV series

Who put poison in the kimchi?

This could well be one of the mysteries facing British author Agatha Christie's famous Miss Marple character, who will soon be solving cases, not in England but in South Korea.

Miss Marple, a spinster who appeared in 12 Christie crime novels, is being rebranded as Miss Ma for 16 episodes in an upcoming Korean television miniseries, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Producer Jay Yoon said the new series will "retain the power of the original" even as "lively new characters, unexpected plots and the essence of a typical South Korean 16-episode miniseries will be introduced".

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Christie, who died in 1976 at age 85, is a prolific author who is rated as the Best Selling Novelist of All Time by the Guinness World Records.

Sales of her novels are estimated at about two billion copies.

New treatments of her stories should turn another page in her book of records.

In November, 20th Century Fox will release a feature film adaptation of Christie's acclaimed mystery, Murder On The Orient Express, featuring Kenneth Branagh as famous detective Hercule Poirot.

The movie also stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Dame Judi Dench.

The 1934 book had previously been tapped on for a 1974 big-screen release, with Albert Finney as Poirot.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2017, with the headline 'Miss Marple is Miss Ma in Korean TV series'. Print Edition | Subscribe