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