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Publisher's Summary

Of poison pens and poisoning: a gripping 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 said ‘I can't go on'.

Only Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?

©1942 Agatha Christie (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Beyond all doubt the puzzle in The Moving Finger is fit for experts" ( The Times)

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Reduced the chore of painting.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Moving Finger to be better than the print version?

Can't say - haven't read the print version.

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I really loved listening to this early Agatha Christie book. MIss Marple doesn't make an entry until well into the story. The identity of the killer, as always isn't easy to pick, but Miss Marple does it of course. Was a good story set in an English village (where else), very easy to listen to and perfectly narrated at a perfect pace. I hate painting skirting boards and woodwork but this took my mind off the job and before I knew it it was done!

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An early Christie


And not a lot of Miss M, though she does show up with her knitting.

I did find myself wondering 'who did it?' when my main suspect was ruled out, only to be reinstated later.

Richard E Grant did read quite nicely thank you. A few fluffs at times though that really did not detract very much, More perhaps that a real live person was reading me a story and that is always a treat.

All up a lovely Christie I had never read before and enjoyed very much.

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  • Jane
  • 03-29-18

Great performance, great story

I really enjoyed this book, very well read by Richard e grant. I was wondering when miss Marple would make an appearance, which she does in the last few chapters.

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  • Ms A Dennehy
  • 09-17-17

Beautiful narration

One of my favourite Agatha Christie books, supposedly a Miss Marple story, although she makes only the briefest of appearances in the later parts of the story. Instead we have a gripping tale of love and murder narrated by the hero, here beautifully and humorously portrayed by Richard E Grant

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  • Slawitian
  • 08-28-16

too much of a good thing

What made the experience of listening to The Moving Finger the most enjoyable?

Personally, I think this is one of Christie's best stories. I couldn't really describe why I am so fond of t but I am. The characters of brother and sister and how they fit into the slightly alien world of the little village, somehow makes an excellent addition to the crime story itself.

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

Well, here is where I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Richard E Grant is an institution. The undisputed champion of male stately voices. His reading of James Bond stories is excellent. However, for this type of story, I find his voice too posh. If there would have been a version read by Emilia Fox, I would have bought that straightaway. I do feel guilty for not entirely liking this but I can't help it.

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  • Drew
  • 07-10-16

An unexpected pleasure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I understand that many prefer Joan Hickson to read all the Miss Marple stories (she was Agatha Christie's choice to play her) but this, like Murder at the Vicarage is told from a male viewpoint so I thought I'd try this out. Richard E Grant does a rather splendid job over and above what I was hoping for. The story, being what it is - an English country mystery, always yearns for a classic narration such as this.

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  • Sharon
  • 02-27-16

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant is beyond exceptional. How can someone morph into so many characters? Just wonderful. Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 05-02-15

Classic Christie

A superb Christie, brilliantly narrated and well paced. I must have read the book ages ago but couldn't remember "whodunit" so this was a welcome reminder of how good Agatha Christie can be.

Although a Miss Marple mystery, the story is written from the point of a convalescent young man who needs to vegetate in the country and takes his sister along too. There is not a lot of Miss Marple but she does solve the problem perfectly well.

I was impressed by the production and the book and would recommend this one to any Christie fan.

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  • Deborah Dunn
  • 05-30-17

Loved it!

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I loved this book. Richard E Grant did a wonderful job reading this book. It was easy to follow and incredibly engaging. Even though Miss Marple only appeared for a few short minutes at the end of the book, it was still a great story. :)