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4:50 from Paddington
on 28 May 2017
Mrs Elspeth Gillicuddy is returning from Christmas shopping to visit her friend when a train, going in the opposite direction to the one she is travelling on, stops opposite her carriage and she witnesses a murder. Nobody believes her story, but, of course, the friend she is visiting is Miss Marple, who is very willing – not only to believe her, but to investigate.
Having deduced the likely place for a body to be left, Miss Marple involves the super efficient Lucy Eyelesbarrow to take work at Rutherford Hall, home to the miserly invalid Mr Crackenthorpe and his his daughter, Emma. Then she tasks her to investigate the grounds, to see whether she can discover the mystery woman that Mrs Gillicuddy saw strangled on a train.
This is one of the most enjoyable Miss Marple novels I have read. With Miss Marple ensconced in a nearby boarding house, Lucy embarks on her investigation. Mr Crackenthorpe rules the house by controlling the money given to his daughters and sons – businessman, Harold, artist, Cedric, black sheep, Alfred and his son in law, Bryan. There are possible heirs, a missing victim, poison, lots of clues and a great cast of characters. An excellent read, which confirms that Christie is, indeed, the ultimate Queen of Crime.