Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets - a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir.
But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can’t go on", but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone - as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.
©1943 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
This is a great small-town drama with wonderful characterizations and (oh, by the way) there's a little mystery thrown in to the mix. It's really not primarily a mystery, but that turned out to be OK by me, as Christie's characterizations are wonderful. I was enjoying the drama of Jerry and his sister Joanne living in a small country town while Jerry heals from a nasty accident that almost left him paralyzed.....Meeting the townsfolk, developing friendships, and learning the local gossip - and so the mystery of the Poison Pen letters seemed almost an afterthought. At least until a couple of townsfolk turn up dead, that is.
Listen to this book if for no other reason that Richard E. Grant is the perfect narrator.
I think this was my first Miss Marple mystery in book form. And it is so different from the Joan Hickson variety TV movie. Mainly because the book is written from the first person point of view of another character. And at least in this instance, Miss Marple is hardly part of the story. In fact, she doesn't show up until well into the narrative. She is used mostly to reveal the killer and motive.
The story revolves around anonymous letters plaguing a small village. The narrator is pilot recovering from injuries in a flying accident. He and his sister are renting a home in Lymstock while he recovers. The rest of the cast are local recipients of the hateful letters. There's a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue, and lots of local color. A pleasant diversion for a summer's day.
The Moving Finger is at the top of my list of the audiobooks I have listened to thus far! I travel a great deal and usually leave off listening after I get out of the car. I couldn't do that with this book. I couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story! I kept listening until I had finished with it. It was bloody brilliant! Christie is a wonderful author, but not everyone can do justice to reading her works. Up to now, Hugh Fraser was my favorite, but I have to say that Richard E. Grant's interpretation, was spot-on. I would listen again in an instant.
Any of the scenes with Jerry and Megan were fantastic or when Jerry and Joanna met with Dr. Griffith. But for me (SPOILER ALERT) the scene that was most brilliant was when Jerry brings Megan with him to London. I really don't want to spoil it for people.
Mr. Grant has the ability to make you interested from the start. You really feel as if the character is talking to you and telling you this interesting story. He becomes the character and you just want to thump him on the head (as Jerry) and make him realize all sorts of things. It brings an interaction to the story that perhaps would not be available but to the very imaginative few should you read the book without this version.
I absolutely wanted to listen to it in one sitting - but then was afraid to because then it would be over!
If you've any love for mysteries, for Agatha Christie novels in particular, or simply a good story, try this one. My next purchase will be another Agatha Christie novel read by Mr. Grant. I want to start listening right now!
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