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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

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

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  • NK
  • 22-07-20

Excellent story and the best Miss Marple performer

Not only is this one of the great Miss Marple stories, but Richard E. Grant is clearly the best of all the Miss Marple performers, a joy to listen to. It is such a shame he hasn't done more of them, preferably all. An excellent listen and highly recommended.

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  • CJ
  • 18-09-19

Armchair detectiving at it's best

Excellent plot, excellently read.
Agatha Christie brilliantly creates the atmosphere of an exaggerated English village of the 40's filled with caricatures who are not too outlandish to be believable. From poison pen letters to budding romance to murder Christie created a plot that is neither too strenuous to listen to nor dull.
Richard E Grant makes for a very pleasant listen. He is one of the UK's forgotten treasures. Grant brings each character to life with well chosen inflections and accents.
Overall, a highly recommended listen.

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Loved it !!

As a lover of all things Christie I thought I would try this on Amazon Audable , and I wasn't disappointed . Richard E Grant was excellent as the narrater . As a disabled person I listen to a lot of radio . Up to yet I have listened to this 3 times !!!!

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Brilliant version

I really enjoyed Richard E. Grant reading this as it's from the male perspective. I do like Joan Hickson reading the Miss Marple books, but she doesn't come in until the end.

I first listened to Richard E. Grant on Murder at the Vicarage which is from the Vicars perspective so I had idea of his character voices already, all them brilliantly executed.

A series of poison pen letters sent to the community, whisperings of "no smoke, without fire" where will it end?

Perfect listen, not too long and easy to follow.

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Alright but not thrilled

I wasn't a huge fan of this one, I do love a good mystery but this just didn't grab me. It is quite dated, which is to be expected, but I didn't enjoy it so much because of that. I did like the concept of anonymous letters though and the writing was good for the most part.

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Very Disappointing

I got this audiobook as, even for it's faults, this is probably my favourite Marple story (Even though she's not in it much). I preferred to get this version as whilst Joan hickson was great in the tv role, her narration isn't. Also, given the story is told from the main male character, it made sense for a man to narrate it. The fact it was Richard E Grant gave me confidence as well. How wrong I was. When her just talking as Jerry, it's ok if a little monotone, but the rest is awful.
firstly, his pronunciation of the name Aimee is just downright annoying. Then there's the supposed Yorkshire accents. They were so bad is was almost laughable. He didn't seem to have much range in other voices either. I know it's a fine line for narrators to get a good balance between interesting or accurate to almost becoming caricatures but there didn't even sam to be an attempt here.
I managed to slog on until the end,mainly because I knew the bits I really disliked weren't in the story as much after about halfway. I'll be returning it as I know I'll never listen to it again. If you like Marple, especially this story, get the BBC radio adaptation with June Whitfield. Aside from her being in it all the through and from the beginning, it's very true to the story and the performances are excellent.

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Has Richard E. Grant ever been to the North of England? The way he thinks we speak is laughable!
The rest of his narration is excellent.

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Richard E Grant is brilliant as ever

The story is thrilling and the characterisations second to none. On top of that you have Richard E Grant's fabulous voice acting.

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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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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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  • MargfromTassie
  • 29-05-17

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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  • Anniebligh
  • 09-12-13

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.