4:50 From Paddington

4:50 From Paddington

A Miss Marple Mystery

Book - 2011
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Mrs. McGillicuddy has trouble convincing anyone that she has seen a man strangle a woman on a passing train and turns to Miss Jane Marple for help in proving her story.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
Edition: First Harper paperback
ISBN: 9780062073662
0062073664
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 21 cm

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I never saw this ending coming! Although parts of it were slow (partly because character development is essential for a good whodunit, and partly because a lot of the Miss Marple mysteries are slower in general), it was still a good read. One of my favorite Miss Marple mysteries (the others being "A Murder is Announced" and "Sleeping Murder").

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 24, 2017

I do like a good mystery novel. I enjoyed the story enough to keep going, but I can't say that it "grabbed" me --- it may have been the narrator though. Either way, I found the mystery gripping enough that I was always trying to narrow down the suspects & create a plausible motive. I'm usually not too far off in my guesses, but this murdered wasn't even on my list of suspects! The ending was a little abrupt for my taste, but I didn't feel that any questions were left unanswered.

Age recommendation: 14 & over

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 6.

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rosievarney
Dec 08, 2016

Always, always fantastic! The true Queen of Crime... :)

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s390325
Aug 23, 2016

Excellent, one of Agatha Christie's best! Once again, the revelation of the murderer at the end leaves you stunned!

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athena14
Jul 04, 2016

Emma and Lucy should fall in love and run away from all these useless men.

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renzo
Jan 18, 2016

When I saw that this Agatha Christie novel was read on audio book by Joan Hickson, I was delighted. Miss Hickson is ,in my opinion, the quintessential Jane Marple. But watching her deliver lines on screen is a very different experience from listening to her read. The old dear makes no effort to giving distinctive voices to different characters. Everyone sounds alike; the narrator, the members of the family.Old men and children sound the same, Men and women sound the same. They all sound like Joan Hickson! She just reads where others do a bit of performing. It is flat and monotonous.

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StephenB
Jul 21, 2012

Haven't read much Christie; recently tried "The Murder at the Vcarage" and enjoyed it more than I expected. This one wasn't as good, imho, possibly because it didn't take place in Miss Marple's native village, and she was absent for a good part of the story. It all seemed a little routine. I did enjoy the train stuff at the beginning.

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3countylaugh
Nov 03, 2011

The recording quality on this is terrible. Unlistenable in a car. Uneven and unusually bad for BBC audio. Might be able to lsiten to them on a computer or home CD player, but not with any ambient noise at all.

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KarenW
Nov 16, 2010

This little gem rolls along as fast as a express train. Mrs. MCGillicuddy may be a bit dotty but she knows what she sees and what she sees from her train window gives her the willies - a man strangling a woman. When the police don't believe her, she finds help with her friend Jane Marple. And we just know that Miss Marple won't let this one get away!

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KarenW
Sep 21, 2005

When Mrs. McGillicuddy awakes from her nap on the 4:50 from Paddington, she is shocked to see a murder happening on a parallel train. Her lurid description brings about no real response from a doubtful constabulary so she turns to her dear friend, Jane Marple. Jane is sure that her friend is telling the truth and sets about in her busybody way to discover the body. This book has several differences with the television adaptation with Joan Hickson, so expect some changes if you have already watched the video. However the writing is superb and the characters totally engrossing. And a very enjoyable ending!

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 24, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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