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4.50 from Paddington [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Agatha Christie
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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April 1976

An unabridged Miss Marple mystery from the Queen of Crime

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.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print edition edition (April 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854564748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854564743
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,872,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘Never a dull moment.’
The Times

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Elspeth McGillicuddy is not a woman usually given to hallucinations. But when she witnesses what appears to be a woman being strangled on a train and no one else sees it, no one reports it and no corpse is found she turns to her old friend Jane Marple to help solve the puzzle. Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young acquaintance Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trains, trays, tablets and tittle-tattle. 19 Sep 2005
Old and new readers of Agatha Christie's whodunnits will not be disappointed with the 1957 puzzler. It has an unforgettable opening sequence, an ingenious denouement, and an interesting sleuth, especially created for the occasion, named Lucy Eylesbarrow. Although it is the elderly Jane Marple who exerts her powers of detection, she does it by remote control while her much younger friend does the spadework - or the domestic work. As Agatha Christie explains, "The point about Lucy Eylesbarrow was that all worry, anxiety, and hard work went out of a house when she came into it." Accordingly, the tertiary-trained domestic, Lucy, is soon installed in Rutherford Hall, where Jane Marple believes a body thrown from a train might be hidden.
Surprises, further murders, gossip, marriage proposals, and poisonings follow in rapid succession, so that before you know it, the hours have sped by, the murderer is revealed, and you admit that once again you were quite unable to guess whodunnit.
Agatha Christie adds to the usual cozy elements of her murder mysteries a heavy involvement with passenger trains, timetables and railway matters so beloved of the British. Otherwise you'll find the book fits into the pattern of the dysfunctional family's struggles being worked out with a particularly stubborn, callous and crusty old man as the family's head.
Feature film and TV adaptations of this novel have been made, the most faithful to the text featuring Joan Hickson who also can be heard in an unabridged reading on audiotapes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 31 May 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of Christie's books and I must say I enjoyed this one the most. It was solved through actual detective work and not just some detective who percieved the solution through out. Miss Marple is my favorite of Christie's detectives and Lucy Eyelesbarrow is a very admirable young lady.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh to share a train with Miss Marple 23 Jan 2009
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I am not the biggest fan of Poirot however I absolutely love a good Miss Marple, so I went to the TBR pile and the 4.50 From Paddington beamed out at me - how could I resist? I don't think I need to tell people what the premise of a Miss Marple novel is but I should anyway, just in case. Miss Marple is a lovely retired lady living in the delightful small village of St Mary Mead, she unfathomably ends up embroiled in murders, and decides she should go out and solve the cases in a slightly nosey busybody kind of way. I think she's great.

The tale starts as Mrs McGillicuddy takes the 4.50 from Paddington to visit her friend Miss Marple. ON her journey and being slightly nosey herself she is looking at another trains carriages when she sees a woman being throttled by a man. She naturally reports this and no one believes her, no one of course except Miss Marple. After no body is found and nothing is reported in the papers Miss Marple hires her friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow (some of the names are corking) to become a cleaner in a house near where the murder seems to have happened and where a body might just have been hidden. Lucy then has to report back to Miss Marple on regular occasions as she figures it all out coming to the correct conclusion of course.

Agatha Christie sometimes gets unfairly criticized for her prose. No it isn't flowery and never ending, she is blunt and gets to the chase whilst chucking in a few good red herrings which is what all good crime fiction should do. Also she looks at society and the human mind which has become incredibly fashionable again in crime fiction as it merges into popular literature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THEM ALL 27 July 2011
This is my favourite Agatha Christie. A great beginning with an old lady seeing a woman being strangled in a passing train. No one believes her except, of course, her friend Jane Marple. Like Poirot, Marple can be exceptionally irritating, but in this one she keeps her little old ladyisms to a minimum, and even her habit of using St Mary Mead villagers as her template of humanity works quite well. It helps that Marple has a good sidekick - the competent, no-nonsense Lucy Eylesbarrow - who is infiltrated into the household where the suspected murderers are thought to be, and receives marriage proposals from all of them.

Christie at her best. Cliches kept to a minimum. Characters quite well rounded; the regulation lovers more Beatrice and Benedict sparring partners than sweet cooing doves. Christie provides all the safety of a world where you know order has only briefly been disturbed and will be restored by the end of the book, while at the same time leading the reader through a maze of promising paths and dead ends. This is the classic, beautifully constructed English detective novel, littered with clues, suspicion falling on everyone: the denouement literally made me gasp.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars vintage christie 2 Jan 2008
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