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The Moving Finger (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 4) by [Christie, Agatha]
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“Professional detectives are no match for elderly spinsters… it is hard not to be impressed.”
Times Literary Supplement

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'Beyond all doubt the puzzle in The Moving Finger is fit for experts.' The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008196540
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046H95SG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2012
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Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna lease a house in the country to enable him to recover from serious injuries. He has been ordered to lead a quiet life with no upsets. At first life in the village seems idyllic - the locals are friendly and call on the newcomers welcoming them into their circle. Then Jerry receives an anonymous letter which suggests that his sister is not really his sister at all but enjoys a closer relationship to him. It is only when he hears that others have had anonymous letters that he starts to wonder what is going on.

When the wife of a local solicitor receives a letter and is found dead things become serious and the police take a hand. This is a complex mystery and will keep most readers guessing until very close to the end of the story. I loved the characters - especially Jerry, who narrates the story, and his sister; Megan - daughter of the dead woman; the local doctor Owen Griffiths and his sharp tongued and efficient sister. The book is well written and carefully plotted. My only criticism is that Miss Marple doesn't appear until about the last third of the book when she comes to stay with the vicar and his wife.

I think this must be the quintessential poison pen mystery and few authors have tackled the subject with success - Dorothy L Sayers in Gaudy Night being one of the exceptions. Patricia Wentworth's Poison Pen to my mind falls flat when compared with The Moving Finger though it is still an interesting story.
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An Agatha Christie classic whodunnit in the true sense of the word and a classic in the study of character, class and human observation with a good dose of humour thrown in. A really good, solid tale. A cameo appearance for Miss Marple but wonderfully done nonetheless. Marvellous and certainly not to be missed.
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When Jerry Burton is hurt in a plane crash, his doctor orders him to move away to quiet little village somewhere to recover. Jerry and his sister (Joanna Burton) move to a sleepy village called Lymstock. However, when an outbreak of anonymous hate mail breaks out, murder swiftly follows. Everyone is blaming everyone and only one person can solve this crime. MISS MARPLE!!! But can she stop the poison pen before they go too far...
A great plot with strong, developed characters, The Moving Finger is one of the best Agatha Christie books I've read. A pure delight!
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this mystery having seen the tv adaptation several times. As usual Christie keeps you wondering all the way through
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A good read! Recommended
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2017
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This is the fourth Miss Marple mystery, although the narrator is Jerry Barton, while Miss Marple does not appear until late into the novel. Recovering from a serious injury, it is suggested that Jerry spend some time in the country to relax and so he takes a house called Little Furze, in Lymstock, and moves there with his sister, Joanna. Shortly after they arrive, a poisonous pen letter arrives, making all sorts of foul accusations and it soon appears that many others in the village have also received such messages.

Although both Jerry, and his sister, are keen to ignore the letter, many in the village think that there is, “no smoke without fire,” and, before long, one of the letters result in something a little more serious than upset feelings. As suspicion grows and everyone suspects each other, Mrs Dane Calthrop, the vicar’s wife, declares that she is going to call in an expert – of course, Miss Marple.

This is a very different mystery from previous Miss Marple books; mainly as she does not have a central role. That said, I enjoyed Jerry Barton as a narrator and liked his sister and the other characters of the village. Although this is not St Mary Mead, there are many of the characters we have come to know from village life – the vicar’s wife, the doctor, local characters and gossips. An enjoyable story, with a good setting and interesting characters.
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By Bookaholic TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2016
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I must confess to having a soft spot for Agatha Christie novels. I cut my teeth on her books when I was branching out to adult books as an 11 or 12 year old and still enjoy them now.

This book is, of course, rather dated now & rather tame in comparison to the new generation of action packed detective stories. However I do feel there is still a place for the more gentle detective book - there is something quite soothing about reading an old favourite.

Although this is a Miss Marple book she actually arrives quite late in the story, about 2/3 of the way through. This means that we see the story through someone else's eyes, Jerry Burton, which I enjoyed. Jerry Burton & his sister Joanna are people of their time as is the whole setting. Their characters are quite well developed as are other main characters in the book.

There is a distinct lack of blood, guts & gore though there is a good story line & I must admit that I didn't spot the culprit.

A fairly standard Agatha Christie; well written & enjoyable but defintely from another time.
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This is my top favourite of all of Agatha Christie's books, and this reading by the marvellous Joan Hickson is pretty much perfect.

Although this is a Miss Marple tale, she doesn't in fact appear until the last quarter of the book. The story is told in the first person by injured airman Jerry Burton who, accompanied by his sister Joanna, has moved to Lymstock to recuperate in the peace and quiet of village life. But there's no such thing as peace in a Christie village. Spiteful gossip, anonymous letters, jealousy, resentment and murder - not quite what the doctor ordered. However, as always with Christie, there's plenty of humour, likeable lead characters and a little bit of romance. And when the vicar's wife finally calls in Miss Marple to act as an 'expert in wickedness', we know she'll dig the truth out from under the pile of red herrings that Christie has carefully strewn in our path.

Listening to Joan Hickson is like being read to by a favourite grandmother. This is a straight reading - she doesn't 'act' the various parts, but her tone is full of expression and her rather old-fashioned accent is perfect for the period of the novel. Sometimes when listening to an audio book I find my attention wandering a bit - but not with this one. Ms Hickson sucked me in (despite the fact that I know the book so well) and held my attention throughout. She brought out the lightness and humour that make Christie's books such a pleasure and her obvious affection for the book was contagious.

This is an excellent reading of one of the very best of classic mystery novels - highly recommended.
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