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The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery

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.
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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

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    Mary G. 02-22-15
    Mary G. 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Richard E Grant is marvelous!"

    The classic mystery that introduced the world to Miss Marple, given just the right touch by the charming, sly and irresistible Richard E Grant. A wonderful way to rediscover an old favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 06-26-14
    Marie 06-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Miss Marple is Mostly Missing"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 12-29-13
    Calliope 12-29-13
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    "great characterizations with a little mystery"

    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.

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    Glutenfreegirl 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite Miss Marple Mystery"
    Would you listen to The Moving Finger again? Why?

    Yes, The story line, characters and superb reading by Richard Grant make this an audiobook I would listen to again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The Moving Finger could almost be considered a stand-along book by Christie, as Miss Marple does not appear until Chapter 10. The characters were engaging, the story had more going on than just the murder mystery, and I found it quite enjoyable.


    What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfection. He narrates quite well and does each of the different voices in a pleasant manner. Richard Grant does such an excellent job that I would actually seek out more audiobooks read by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sweet romance between the main character/narrator Jerry and Megan. I really enjoy when there are interesting side stories going on within the main plot.


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    Elizabeth Dyer 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb performance, intrigue and mystery"

    The narrator was very good. Reading all the parts in character is challenging, but this narrator was so good, often forget it was one person reading all the parts. As a life long Agatha Christie fan, I am enjoying listening to many of her books on audible.com. Although billed as a Miss Marple story, I was a bit disappointed because she doesn't enter the story until near the end. Even with that, I still highly recommend this intriguing story.

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    Scaramouche239 05-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliantly Performed! Brilliantly Written!"
    Where does The Moving Finger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moving Finger?

    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.


    What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely wanted to listen to it in one sitting - but then was afraid to because then it would be over!


    Any additional comments?

    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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