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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 5 March 2017
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. Evil strikes the village - in the shape of poison pen letters. Who is distributing these and why? Suspicion falls in all directions. A colourful cast of characters and plenty of local gossip. Rather a cameo appearance for Miss Marple in this one - but wonderfully done nonetheless. Marvellous, enjoyable and certainly not to be missed.
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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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on 23 February 2016
Re the reading by Joan Hickson. I agree with those who didn't much like it. To me Joan is the ultimate Miss Marple on TV. She's absolutely wonderful, she can do no wrong, I love her to bits, but she's not really an audio book reader. Everyone sounds the same! Possibly if she'd been a bit younger ...?
I have Miss Marple books read by Rosemary Leach (my favourite, she's brilliant) and Stephanie Cole (also really good) and Rosalind Ayres (wonderful) The audio book of Moving Finger I bought is read by Rosalind's husband, the wonderful Martin Jarvis.
This is a bit of a strange one. It's more of a romance than a murder mystery, because it's not really a murder mystery! Plus of course Miss Marple is almost shoehorned in halfway through the book, and then she appears at the end to solve it all. Very odd. so could it have been done even without her, with maybe Jerry doing the sleuthing? On the telly version of course Miss Marple is seen a lot more. So it's because I love the telly version I give this 5/5 - plus the reading by Martin.
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on 14 May 2016
I really enjoyed this vintage Agatha Christie. It contains all the expected elements of multiple murders, red herrings and suspects whom the reader is led to favour as the culprit only to be disappointed. Less predictably, it has an unusual narrator, a young disabled war veteran who lives with his sister, and Miss Marple's input is slighter than usual. Surprisingly the plot touches on issues such as homosexuality and even hints at incest which surprised me since Christie is usualy considered a rather 'cosy' thriller writer. However, the murderer is duly unmasked, and loose ends are neatly tied up: we even get a romance for good measure! A fun and enjoyable read.
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on 6 March 2016
Agatha Christie is such a well known and well loved author and recently I have discovered why. The first book I ever read by her was 'Then there were None' and since then I have been hooked.

This book is the fourth in the Miss Marple series and this time it is not based in St Mary Mead. I love how this allows us to look at a different set of characters, and see another village!

This starts with a series of anon letters and we are guessing who has done it before any murder takes place, fantastic and full of suspense, but still a little cosy. Would certainly reccommend.
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on 8 December 2017
AC is always worth 5stars. Ive read most of her books but never this one. Without giving anything away what i found a nice change was that Miss Marple didnt feature very much in the story.... but when she did pop up she was classic Miss Marple. BRILLIANT
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on 14 March 2015
Classic Agatha Christie but without Miss Marple or Poirot. A good mystery, with clues which might lead an astute reader to guess the outcome - but didn't help me. A village targeted by an anonymous letter writer - but perhaps it is not as straightforward as it seems! I have read this several times over the years and still fail to grasp the apparent significance of the mistaken vowel in the name of an elderly lady but everything else is tied up in a very satisfactory manner.
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on 9 March 2013
Although I liked and enjoyed this book, for me there wasn't enough Marple. This story is told by Jerry Burton, who is one of the recipient s of the anonymous letters. and very close to the end Miss Marple comes in and solves the crimes.

An anonymous letter writer is writing nasty letters to the villagers in a tiny village called Lymstock where nothing happens. Murder is done too and Miss Marple is eventually called in to save the day.

Nice easy read if you are recovering from an illness or just want to curl up on the sofa or on the beach. Would recommend.
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on 22 September 2017
Set in an apparently sleepy English country village there are dark goings on and quite a few suspicious characters. One of my favorite vintage Christies
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on 9 June 2015
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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