4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

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4.50 from paddingtonWhen Elspeth McGillicuddy glances out of the window of her train carriage, she can see straight into another train that is running parallel to her own. As a blind flies up on the carriage opposite her, she is horrified to see a woman being strangled by a tall, dark man. Unable to do anything to prevent it, she reports it to the conductor. He suspects she’s just been napping and has dreamt the whole thing, but he’s a conscientious man so he reports the matter at the next station. However, no body is found on the train, and there the matter would probably have rested, but for the fact that Mrs McGillicuddy was on her way to St Mary Mead to visit her old friend, Jane Marple. Miss Marple knows Mrs McGillicuddy is a sensible woman with no imagination, so believes that she saw exactly what she claims. Feeling too old and unfit to snoop around herself, Miss Marple asks Lucy Eyelesbarrow to hunt for the body and so Lucy takes a job at Rutherford Hall…

This book gets a little criticism for not really having many clues or much actual detection element in it. It’s never quite clear how Miss Marple arrives at the solution, other than her extensive knowledge of human nature. That’s not to say that the solution is unclear; it isn’t – it makes perfect sense. But the route to it isn’t as well defined as Christie’s usual.

But regardless, this is still one of my favourite Christie books. I love Miss Marple as a character, even more than M Poirot and his little grey cells, and she’s on top form in this one. She gives us some nice village parallels to shed light on the characters of the suspects; she twinkles affectionately at both young Inspector Craddock and Lucy; she does a bit of gentle match-making; and she gives us some classic Delphic pronouncements that leave the reader as beautifully baffled as the other characters.

Miss Marple put down her knitting and picked up The Times with a half-done crossword puzzle.
“I wish I had a dictionary here,” she murmured. “Tontine and Tokay – I always mix those two words up. One, I believe, is a Hungarian wine.”
“That’s Tokay,” said Lucy, looking back from the door. “But one’s a five-letter word and one’s a seven. What’s the clue?”
“Oh, it wasn’t in the crossword,” said Miss Marple vaguely. “It was in my head.”

For me, one of the major joys of Christie’s books is that they manage the difficult feat of being full of corpses and yet free of angst – a trick the Golden Age authors excelled in and modern authors seem to have forgotten. She ensures that the soon-to-be victims deserve all they get, being either wicked, nasty or occasionally just tiresome. The dearly-departed’s relatives always take a stoic attitude to the death of their parents/spouses/siblings/children which, while it might not be altogether realistic, is certainly considerably more enjoyable than two hundred pages of descriptions of grieving, sobbing, wailing and general tooth-gnashing. In Christie novels, the emphasis is on entertainment – a mystery and a puzzle to solve, rather than an attempt to harrow the soul.

Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple in Murder, She Said
Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple in Murder, She Said

Apart from Miss Marple herself, there are two things that make this one particularly entertaining. Lucy Eyelesbarrow is a great character – a strong, independent young woman, making a success of her life in this post-war world. With the difficulties of getting domestic servants, she has seen an opportunity for herself in being the ultimate housekeeper, and is hugely in demand by ladies everywhere who need help in running their homes. She can and does demand exorbitant wages and never stays anywhere for more than a few weeks, but during those weeks she makes life wonderfully carefree for her employers. So Emma Crackenthorpe of Rutherford Hall jumps at the chance to have her at a reduced rate for a while, to help out with her elderly old curmudgeon of a father and her assortment of brothers and brothers-in-law when they descend on the house en masse for a visit. And it’s not long before several of these men have recognised Lucy’s unique attractions…

Jill Meager as Lucy Eyelesbarrow in the Joan Hickson version
Jill Meager as Lucy Eyelesbarrow in the Joan Hickson version

Then there are the two boys, Alexander, the son of a deceased Crackenthorpe sister, and his friend Stodders, both visiting during the school holidays. These two remind me a little of Jennings and Derbyshire, (if you haven’t read the Jennings and Derbyshire books, you really must! Or listen to the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry – joyous stuff!), or perhaps like terribly polite and well brought up versions of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. No counselling for these children! No, indeed! When a corpse is discovered, they don’t get traumatised, they get out there looking for clues! In which pursuit they are aided and abetted by a bunch of adults who seem to think it’s quite normal, healthy even, for boys their age to be fascinated by all things murderous. When did we become the wussy, wimpy society of today, molly-coddling our children and trying to keep all of the world’s nastiness away from them?

“Please, sir, can we see the body?”
“No, you can’t,” said Inspector Bacon… “Have you ever seen a blonde woman wearing a light-coloured dyed squirrel coat anywhere about the place?”
“Well, I can’t remember exactly,” said Alexander astutely. “If I were to have a look…”
“Take ’em in, Sanders,” said Inspector Bacon to the constable who was standing by the barn door. “One’s only young once!”
“Oh, sir, thank you, sir.” Both boys were vociferous. “It’s very kind of you, sir.”

Oh, I’m sorry… let me jump off my soapbox and get back to the book…

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Agatha Christie

Wonderfully entertaining, full of humour, great plot even if the clues aren’t quite fairplay, and a little bit of possible romance to spice things up. (For people who’ve already read it – in fact, the romantic sub-plot is one of the things I like most about the book – I still haven’t decided. Have you? I know which I hope for though. Now, isn’t that almost Marple-ishly Delphic?)

Miss Marple is one of the sleuths selected by Martin Edwards for his list of Ten Top Golden Age Detectives – an essential inclusion!

I shall be reviewing the Film of the Book this Saturday as part of the Agatha Christie Blogathon being hosted by Christina Werner and Little Bits of Classics. I do hope you’ll pop back – the event should be loads of fun!

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This is Book 1 of my Classics Club list.

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96 thoughts on “4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

  1. An absolute classic! As you know, I am a huge Christie fan and this is one of my favourites. I agree with you entirely about the general tone of her books – lots of murder, but all approached with a stiff upper lip and a sensible attitude to grief. I love that her stories are all about the entertainment and less about painting a heart-rendering portrait of realism. And I love it when the kids want to see the body – ha! No one does this sort of thing better than Christie and reading this review has put me in fine fettle for the afternoon!

    • Are you a Poirot girl or a Marple girl? I love both, but Miss M just edges it for me, I think. Though the next time I read Death in the Nile I’ll probably change my mind again. Yes, I like the occasional slightly heavier crime novel but on the whole I read crime for entertainment and nobody is more entertaining than our Aggie! And I love the boys – have you read Jennings and Derbyshire? Might have been well out of fashion when you were a kiddie…

      • Oooh it’s a tough choice – I usually lean more towards Poirot, but then I read a Marple and change my mind! I think my enduring love of Captain Hastings keeps me coming back to the Poirot camp 🙂
        I have not read Jennings and Derbyshire – but you can rest assured I shall be seeking them out now!!

        • I love Hastings too, but the Miss M ones usually have a nice little not too yucky romantic element which I always enjoy…

          Jenning’s Little Hut is my favourite… But do try to get an old second-hand copy – I have a feeling I got a recent publication a few years ago and it had all been horribly updated.

          • There is little romance in the Poirot ones, it’s true – and a shame as it would have been nice to have a Mrs Poirot. I suppose Miss Lemon could have stepped into the breach, but I have my suspicions that she (like me) hankered after the good Captain. Although Hastings did have some daughters knocking about somewhere, I’m sure – for some reason I think his wife died. Mind you, he seems the type to have had quite a few wives…
            I shall certainly look for an old copy – I certainly don’t want any modernising in my Agatha Christie!

  2. I’ve been re-reading Christie recently too. Like you, one thing that strikes me now is how much the victims really are heading for a fall and are almost all utterly unpleasant people. When an innocent is involved (like in Murder on the Orient Express) a whole new ethical landscape opens up.
    I think I first read this book under its US title, which I actually prefer: “What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw”.
    Re the casual attitude to death and young people’s need for protection from it, remember also that this is a postwar novel, for a generation that had experienced the Blitz at first hand. These children knew suffering and tragedy as an everyday part of life.

    • I used to re-read her all the time till I got onto this reviewing new releases kick – it’s such a pleasure to go back to her. Yes, some of her books do have a darker edge, but even then she manages to keep a bit of distance from the grief aspects and get some humour in via Poirot or Miss M – I don’t think of her books as cosies but I do find them much more entertaining than most modern crime.

      I was thinking about the aftermath of war when I was reading this, funnily enough – and thinking that the attitude of the adults to the boys was very Empire-building – they were expected to be tough and adventurous and not at all sensitive. In real life, I doubt I’d want my mythical sons to see the body of a murder victim… but I kinda think all our mollycoddling probably makes it harder for them to deal with the bad things in life…

  3. I really like this one, too, FictionFan! And I’m so glad you highlighted the character of Lucy Eyelesbarrow. Isn’t she fantastic? In some ways, I think Christie was ahead of her time when it comes to strong female characters. And I agree with you about the two schoolboys. They’re done quite well, and they’re engaging without being cloying or not credible. The mystery itself is interesting, too, and I like the way that Miss Marple manages to catch the killer – quite a nice scene.

  4. A great review of one of my favourites. I’m looking forward to your film review too – I love Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple, although I think Joan Hickson is much truer to the books.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I think Joan Hickson is THE Miss Marple, but I love the Margaret Rutherford films – so much fun! Unlike some of the others, this one sticks fairly closely to the basic plot too – from memory some of them had nothing to do with Agatha Christie stories except for the use of Miss Marple’s name…

  5. Wonderful review of my favourite Marple! I love the Joan Hickson adaptation too. I swore off the more recent Marple adaptations when they totally botched this – I haven’t viewed once since (oooh, look, I’m on a soapbox too! Nice view up here 🙂 )

    • Thank you! 🙂 I love this one – in fact, I can’t think of a Miss M book I don’t love – but my favourite has to be The Moving Finger. I just love the romance in that one – both romances! I do think Joan Hickson is THE Miss Marple, and really struggled with the recent versions even though I love both Geraldine McEwen and Julia McKenzie. But for sheer fun, the Margaret Rutherford versions are hard to beat…

    • It’s a great one too! In fact, I can’t really think of a Miss Marple book that I don’t love. The film of The Mirror Crack’d is great fun too – the one with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, and Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple… 😀

      • I LOVE that movie. When the film started and I saw Lansbury was Marple… it was so brilliant! haha I have two dvd sets with Agatha Christie movies 😛 And there were none is amazing too. I also like Evil under the sun and Death on the nile!

  6. Well my children would make terrible detectives! They can’t even find their missing socks!

    I take it you’ve been busy with the Open? Poor Djokovic. A shocker, really!

    Also, I finished Three Martini Lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it! It had everything in there: publishing, the city, Beatniks, the Village scene, plagiarism . . . And all very authentic. I really hated Cliff. Talk about whiny, but I suppose he had a sob story with his Old Man. She has a seamless writing style. It’s plain, but flawless and easy to read. Rindell definitely had more of a sense with this book about how to stay on point and weed out the unnecessary middle sections, which occurred in The Other Typist. I await your next literary recommendation, FF! I give it 4.5 stars! (.5 deduction for the patchy ending, set twenty years later, and 2 deaths in their 40s seems a bit harsh, not to mention convenient.)

    • Haha! But I bet if you hid their socks under the body of a murder victim they’d find them then…

      The tennis was totally weird – so many injuries and people collapsing all over the place. Too many competitions this year, I think – they’re all exhausted. But I have a new hero – Kyle Edmunds! Time to work on a replacement list for when my current crop get too old… (though my heart will always belong to Rafa!)

      Well, I’m delighted you enjoyed it! I really do think this was a step-up, much though I enjoyed The Other Typist and I can’t wait to see how she develops. Haha! I loved Cliff – not as a person, definitely whiny – but as a voice. I could hear him in my head, and I loved the kind of jazzy rhthym she got into his part of the book. The other two were good too, but his voice was so distinctive and she maintains these voices (like Rose in TOT, too) beautifully, doesn’t she? I agree the ending wasn’t as strong, but I loved that last line… Hmm – have you read The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel yet? 😉

      • Aha! That’s how I get them to retrieve their socks! Why, dead bodies of course! 😉 I’ll make them true detectives if it kills me . . . or others for that matter.

        I confess, I had to put High Mountains aside for a book club read, but I will now return to it. Cliff was indeed a good voice in TML. I have to concur with that. I mean, I did believe him, I just believed I wanted to slap him around a bit and tell him to stop whining.

        And regarding tennis, FF… well, is that how it is? Just discard the old for the new?! At least Rafa is safe in your tough book! It takes me a while to warm up to these new comers. hmmmm

        • Yes, that’s what all kids need – more opportunities to solve murders! They should make it part of the curriculum…

          Haha! He did seem as if he would benefit from a good slapping! But it seemed to be so the thing back around that time for everyone to blame their parents for all their problems. Actually that was one of the things I liked about it, now I’m thinking of that – I felt her characters were very true to the time period, rather than being 21st century people thrust back into an earlier time. I can’t wait to hear what you make of High Mountains – again, mixed reviews, but I loved it and still find myself thinking of it often.

          No, no, I never discard them! I still get a thrill every time they show Jimmy Connors in the audience, or when Johnny Mac does a commentary! Once an FF hero, always an FF hero! But there’s always room for new ones… 😉

  7. You are off to a flying start with your Classics Club! Unsurprisingly I haven’t read this one, or if I did I don’t remember it – of course you’ll have to see what I made of my first re-acquaintance with Miss Marple to see whether I’ll consider putting this on my list 😉 I enjoyed your soapbox moments, having just spent ages in a bookshop (not like me) trying to pick a book that wouldn’t upset the sensibilities of the mother – I could find dozens that would appeal to the child but didn’t want the blurb to get me into trouble!!

    • Yeah, I kinda cheated by starting with an easy one! Moby Dick soon… 😉 I can’t wait to see your review of The Murder at the Vicarage – I should warn you, if you hated it I may have to seek revenge…

      Haha! I know – it’s the parents who are way more sensitive than the kids – don’t they remember what they were like when they were young themselves?? Half the books of the ’50s couldn’t even be written today – like most of Enid Blyton! Who’d let kids go off and camp by themselves on an island nowadays… they’d all be at summer schools getting counselling for bullying instead… 😉

    • The Joan Hickson adaptation is great and from what I remember sticks pretty closely to the book. But it’s still always a pleasure to read a Christie book – they’re so entertaining. Thank you! An easy one to start with – Moby-Dick coming soon… 🙂

  8. Reading Christie is pure delight. I’m sorry the clues and the progression toward a solution aren’t as prominent in this one, but still … you’ve got to hand it to her, she really knew how to tell a good story! As for your soapbox, scoot over a wee bit so I can climb up there beside you!!

    • She really did! And I didn’t mind about the lack of clues in this one – there’s always so much else to entertain and I can never work out whodunit anyway. Haha! I know – wasn’t childhood so much more fun back in the days when kids were allowed to be little monsters? 😉

  9. Oh I love this one! Absolutely a gem. I always wished that we could have seen more of Lucy in other books. You know, that would be a good character for someone to base a series on. Lucy and her adventures. You know she must have had them. I agree that the storyline is a bit convoluted and Miss Marple does come shining through, magically. However, I believe in Miss Marple and in my world, she knows all. Regardless. The boys were great and very much like boys of that age. As to the romantic stuff, well, I know in my heart how it ended. Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I know. Like Miss Marple. LOL

    Great pick and great analysis! I need to watch/read/listen to this one again.

    • Isn’t it great? That’s a brilliant idea about Lucy Eyelesbarrow – like you, I was always sorry she didn’t appear more often. In fact, even though I loved the romance bit, I felt she should really stay single – neither of them seemed quite good enough for her somehow, although I know which one I think she should have chosen too *spoiler alert*….

      (but that’s mainly because I liked young Alexander so much… 😉 Somebody should do a children’s series about Alexander and Stodders too!!)

      I watched the film last night and had great fun all over again, and now I’m trying to track down the Joan Hickson version – it’s usually being repeated on some channel or other nearly every week. I’m in the mood for more Christie now…

  10. Can I just say that the names of her characters are fantastic – almost more entertaining than the book!
    Whenever my Dad was being playful, he called us by our full names but substituted our middle names for McGillicuddy. To this day it just sounds like a silly, made-up name to me. 🙂

  11. Shockingly, I have not read this one yet. And I pride myself on the number of Agatha Christie books I’ve read. I might have to get on this right away.

    I have, however, seen the Joan Hickson film version. But knowing the identity of the murderer shouldn’t disturb the pleasure of reading at all! 🙂 Does the book not identify which man she chooses, then? I have a vague memory that the movie version did pick one.

    So very much looking forward to your film review of this book!

    • I went through a huge Agatha Christie phase in my teens and early twenties and read nearly all of them then, and re-read my favourites so often the books are falling apart! I must say it genuinely doesn’t bother me knowing whodunit – I read them for the pleasure of the writing as much as the mystery. I love the humour in them and the romances, though I’m not usually a romance person. But she does them so well. Yes, in this one it’s left kinda ambiguous which one she chooses – but Miss Marple knows! 😉

      I had great fun re-watching the film – I suspect I’ll have to re-watch the other three as well now!

      • Yes, I have to agree – it’s always so fun to re-read and enjoy and to look for any of those extra clues I might have missed. I’m doing that now with Sleeping Murder and it has also prompted me to get a couple movie adaptations from the library to watch. 🙂

        A year back I read a book by P.D. James about detective fiction and was so disappointed when she dissed Agatha Christie’s writing style. Like you, I’ve always really enjoyed her books and found myself completely disagreeing with her. I was surprised at how much fault she found with them. I guess she wanted more psychology…or more Dorothy Sayers-like mysteries.

        • Sleeping Murder is another one I love! I love the creepy feeling she gets into that one…

          You know, I think a lot of her near contemporaries looked down on her – I suspect a lot of them were really trying to be “literary” writers and felt she shouldn’t be going for pure entertainment. (I also think it’s a snobby British class thing – she tends to write about the middle-classes while the rest liked to drag aristocracy into it whenever they could.) I enjoy PD James’ novels but I don’t think they’re a patch on Agatha Christie. And while AC’s really have aged well, kinda timelessly like Wodehouse, James and the other “Queens of Crime”, Allingham, Marsh and Sayers all feel quite out-dated now – to me, at least. Given how much more popular AC’s books are to PD’s, I don’t think she’s in much position to be critical… *gently sticks out tongue in Ms James’ direction*

          • Hear hear! 🙂 That’s an interesting point – I didn’t think of Agatha Christie in the light of focusing on the middle-classes, but you’re right. Though I must admit I have not yet read much Dorothy Sayers or the other Queens of Crime. Which I think proves your point about timelessness. 🙂

            And hear hear about Wodehouse!

            • I’m not a great fan of Sayers, but I did enjoy both Marsh and James a lot when I was younger. In fact, James was one of those authors whose books I always got as soon as they came out. But I hardly ever re-read one of them now, whereas I re-read Christie a lot and love all the various adaptations. She’s definitely the real Queen! 🙂

  12. For some inexplicable reason, I’ve read many Hercule Poirot mysteries and absolutely NO Miss Marple ones! (I know!) My aunt, who introduced me to Agatha Christie, is a huge Miss Marple fan, so there really is no excuse for this shocking omission.

    So you have enticed me to try her, FictionFan! (Although I probably won’t get to her until November at this rate.)

    • What?!? You must rectify that immediately!! 😉 I love Poirot, but most of my top favourites are Miss Marple books – this one, The Murder at the Vicarage, The Moving Finger. Wait till Saturday, when the Agatha Christie blogathon is concentrating on all things Miss Marple… amongst us, we should be able to persuade you to give her a go… 😀

    • Really? Oh, if you try one, I hope you like it then – you’ll have so many others to look forward to! I kinda wish I hadn’t read them yet too – I always know whodunit it now, though that doesn’t destroy my pleasure in re-reading them…

    • I went through a huge Agatha Christie phase in my teens and early twenties, but I still turn to them for re-reading when I need a comfort read. And I find it’s the Miss Marple ones I turn to most often. Maybe because she doesn’t do her own investigating so there’s quite often a new character to kinda act as her ‘assistant’ – Lucy in this one, or Jerry in The Moving Finger, for instance…

  13. I’m ready for a re-read after that review, could never figure out who did it on the first read and probably wouldn’t remember anyway. I love how Miss Marple knows human character and everyone reminds her of the shopkeeper in the village’s first wife who nearly got away with something or of someone else’s charming but wicked nephew who came to a sticky end.

    • Ha! I frequently forget whodunit, but anyway I always enjoy the humour in them even if I do know the solution. Yes, I love Miss M’s village parallels and I always love her mysterious vague pronouncements that only become clear when she finally solves the whole thing. And the Miss Marple books tend to always have a little element of romance in them too, which is quite fun… 😀

  14. I remember reading that bit when the boys ask to see the body and thinking you simply couldn’t write that now in a crime novel without a ‘copy editor’ noting ‘Do you really want to say that?’ It shows the change in fashion and sensibility around these kinds of things.

    • I know – society has really changed in its attitude to children, especially boys, over the last half-century or so. I’m not convinced it’s a good thing. Of course, murders were more interesting back then, with clues and motives and stuff, rather than gore and post mortems! All the romance has gone out of murder, I fear… 😉

  15. Hmmm… It feels strange to read that reading one type of dead body storyrry is more enjoyable than another. It seems like these golden age novels are very good at making death interesting and fun, but not at creating empathy, because, you know, a human being was killed.

    • Haha! Yes, I know what you mean, but not all dead bodies are equal! The thing about Agatha’s victims were that usually they were obnoxious, so nobody cared! And she didn’t ever make us go to post-mortems, or spend time with grieving relatives (or very rarely, at least) and quite often the funeral don’t even get a mention! The reading of the will was always much more important than the actual burial… 😉

  16. I remember the title but I don’t know if I’ve read this book – I shall have to do so now! I don’t read Agatha Christie for the whodunit aspects so much either. It shows her strength as a writer that I can read and re-read her work even knowing the plot. I will have to put this one on my list now. And great review of the Margaret Rutherford film – they may not be close to what Agatha Christie imagined but they look like good entertainment.

    • Thank you! 🙂 This is one of my favourites so I do recommend it if you haven’t read it. In terms of the murder and plot it’s not the most intricate, but Lucy and the other characters are great and there’s a lot of humour in it. I think that’s what Christie has that some of the other Golden Age ones don’t – the ability to get a lot of wit in without taking away from the story. And the films are so much fun – Margaret Rutherford is one of those people you can’t help liking!

  17. Wow! This baby blogger is very impressed by your site and your readership! I also agree 100% with all you say. When someone complains that classic mysteries don’t really play fair, I just tell them to read a book like 4:50 From Paddington to realize that . . . it doesn’t matter!

    • Well, thank you kindly! My readers are indeed a lovely bunch… 😀 Yes, I’m rubbish at working out the solution even if a book does play fair, so it makes very little difference to me. It’s the wit in Christie I like most and, despite the fact she’s often criticised for it, I tend to love the characters she creates too. Lucy and the boys make this one for me.

  18. What names! So, I actually know about this one. Actually, I think it’s the first Agatha book I heard about, period. Which says something. I never read it, though. Of course.

    The two boys sound like warriors, which is a great thing, of course. Everyone is wimpy today. And offended by everything!

    • She comes up with some great names! You should read it – you’d like Alexander and Stodders, I think. In fact, I suspect Alexander might have been based on you – perhaps Agatha met the Professor way back when he was young.

      Haha! I know but… don’t get me started – the feminists will fall out with me again!

      • Stodders! *laughs lots* That’s such a filthy name–I love it! In fact, please call me Master Stodders from now on, please. MS for short. But that stands for manuscript…hmm…

        “Feminists just don’t hate men…they hate everything.” Hahaha. That was a good quote, you must admit.

        • Master Stodders – hmm, yes it suits you! We can’t shorten it though – Ms being also what women call themselves these days.

          *laughs* But… but… I’m a feminist, sort of! And I don’t hate chocolate! You’re soooo anti-feminist – did one of them stamp on your foot once? Or hit you with a placard?

    • I’m a Miss Marple fan too! I love Poirot, but there’s something about the Miss M books – the stories seem more interesting somehow. And this one’s particularly good – I love the whole idea of seeing the murder through the train window… 🙂

  19. This is one of my all time favorite Miss Marple stories, even though Miss Marple has a relatively small part. I’m sorry to have missed the blogathon, but I only just found your excellent site. Thanks for the great review work! 🙂

    • Welcome! 🙂 I love this too as you’ll have gathered. Miss Marple has a tendency not to appear much in some of her stories – The Moving Finger is the same but it’s one of my favourites too. It gives Christie the chance to develop different characters…

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