A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.
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 (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
I found the plot of this particular novel very slow and underwhelming. I still love the character though. A swift move on till the next Miss Marple.
Looking at the publication dates, it was 7 years or so between Miss Marple stories. I wonder if AC felt the same way about her own character in this novel as I do...
I have only ever watched the tv versions of this story and to finally get round to reading...well, listening to the original was great fun. I loved seeing where some thing were more padded out and were some bits were completely different.
The murder! We actually got to see the murder of the woman instead of just a body showing up and working backwords. We knew there would be a body to find, it was just a case of waiting.
I have listened to Emilia Fox before and I always enjoy her performances. Can't really compare.
I didn't laugh or cry, I just went though it with a little bit of excitment as I waited for something to happen. Also a few eyes rolls at the dialogue in some places.
No problem recommending this one. Well read. The different voice characterisations are well done. I have been 'hopping' between reading the book, listening to it on the exercise bike and watching the DVD version. The audio by far beats the rest.
Mrs McGillicudy's witnessing of the murder. Fleeting but intense.
The different characterisations are well delivered. Emily so easily moves from old Mr Crackenthorpe to Lucy Eyellesbarrow.
At times very funny with all of the 'proposals' of marriage. And quite outrageous the way some of the characters flippantly deal with murder.
I am always amazed how 'little' Miss Marple actually appears in the storyline.
Beautifully articulated by Emilia Fox, full of tension and intrigue, the reader takes us with her on an amazing journey.
Emilias varied voices for each and every character.
A perfect delivery of the narrative.
This book made me smile on many occasions, Emilia manages to go from sweet delicate voices of older ladies so cherished by Agatha Christie to grouchy old men and all voices in-between! I do not know how she does it so perfectly.
I am looking for more audible performances by Emilia Fox, she is simply an outstanding narrator.
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