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
Yes, The story line, characters and superb reading by Richard Grant make this an audiobook I would listen to again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Librarian, reader, commuter. I got tired of the radio and CDs and switched to audio books. Now I listen to books while I quilt, clean, etc
One of my favorite mystery tropes--the poison pen letter. When pilot Jerry Burton is seriously injured in an accident, his doctor recommends that to complete his recovery that Jerry and his sister Joanna go to a small village and get involved in the life, politics and local scandals. Quintessential Londoners, the siblings rent a house in the village of Lymestock, far away from anyone they know.
People are very nice, old-fashioned social calls and the two of them settle down to village life as Jerry continues to heal. One day, they get an anonymous letter with pasted letters from another book, intimating that they are not brother and sister but really illicit lovers. Both laugh and toss it into the fire.
Later, it seems that the letters are going everywhere. The police become involved and no one can find the writer, though it seems to be a woman. And then there is a suicide or so it seems followed by a murder. Are they connected? They all seem to stem from the letters...
Jerry and the police doggedly pursue clues and leads, seeming to get somewhere but never to the murderer. The Vicar's wife, frustrated, calls in an expert. Not Scotland Yard but a seemingly harmless knitting maiden lady named Miss Jane Marple. And the game is afoot.....
Charming story with a lovely romantic love story, again with a familiar trope. It's interesting to see Miss Marple not on center stage but still the galvanizing energy to solve the mystery and reestablish peace and harmony.
Richard Grant's rendition of this mystery novel is masterful. He does a wonderful job with the main character, Jerry, as well as with Megan, and with minor characters such as Mr. Pie. I can highly recommend this one!
The narrator is adequate. He does multiple voices so it's relatively easy to follow conversations, but I didn't really like him. He made the main character sound like a man in his 50's when I think he's supposed to be about 30.
AND, I kept asking, "Where's Miss Marple?"
This is supposed to be a Miss Marple Mystery, but she doesn't show up until the last 45 minutes or so, and then only a handful of times. She arrives to solve the mystery. The story was good, but I was expecting Miss Marple.
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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