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For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses...and no corpse.
©1957 Agatha Christie Limited; (P)1994 Original Sound Recording owned by EMI Records Ltd trading as Music for Pleasure. This edition published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK 1999

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"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)

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Perfection in audio form.

I loved the story and Joan Hickson gives it life and soul, making it easy to visualize all the action.

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  • daisyrock
  • 01-05-18

Joan Hickson is perfect

One of my favourite Marple stories, even though the lady herself doesn't feature that much. Joan Hickson is fabulous - Marple to the bone :)

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  • AnneRobertson
  • 08-28-17

magnificent

excellent example of the wonderful Agatha Christie, and well read by the wonderful Joan Hickson, one of the best Miss Marple's.

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  • Gordon Davis-Day
  • 03-19-17

Brilliant as Always

Yet again Joan Hickson surpasses expectation as both read, and having played Miss Marple I can see why Agatha Christie wanted her to play the role.

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  • Mme Jabini
  • 02-02-17

classic Jane Marple

Hickson was always the best Marple. Her narration is perfect. Possibly one of the best Marple stories.

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  • KLM
  • 01-28-17

Joan Hickson is wonderful!

Joan Hickson is, for me, the quintessential Miss Marple. It was a delight to hear her reading the story (which differed from the TV adaptation).

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  • Emma Wackrow
  • 11-20-16

Classic Christie

One of Agatha Christie's best known novels, the books sees Miss Marple come up with a cunning plan to obtain information about a murder on a train. There are some fantastic characters too, such as the capable Lucy Eyelesbarrow and curmudgeonly old Mr Crackenthorpe. Read by the quintessential Miss Marple herself, Joan Hickson, who has the perfect delivery (though I found it odd at first when she referred to Miss Marple in the third person!). Recommended for Christie fans.

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  • S. Todd
  • 10-16-16

Lost momentum

Having listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed "Murder in the Caribbean" and "Nemesis" read by Joan Hickson, I was slightly disappointed with this recording. This, I believe, had more to do with the story, which didn't flow as well nor maintain dramatic tension as masterfully ss the afore-mentioned. However, in addition, I fear it wasn't Joan Hickson's best series of characterisations.

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  • Jaye Hardy
  • 03-20-15

4.50 from Paddington

Do any of Miss Marple friends, do anything which doesn't involve murder!!!!!!
CHRISTMAS shopping, two trains passing each other, and on the other train she sees a murder but did she? There's no body no signs of trouble what is going on.......

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  • Julia Fyfield
  • 02-23-15

More enjoyable than the tv version

It's not one of the best Agatha Christie but still a very enjoyable listen plenty of murders and twists and romance.

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  • katherine
  • 04-13-13

Miss Marple, but not much of her!

Miss Marple is a recurrent character through the book but the main character is actually her friend Lucy. The story is classic Agatha Christie, and gets straight down to it, with a murder in the first few minutes. Rather a slow middle but picks up again towards the end and was very enjoyable. Lovely narration by Joan Hickson too