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The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) Paperback – April 12, 2011
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“Agatha Christie is in a class by herself. For those of us who write mysteries, there’s no better muse, and for those of us who read them, no deeper pleasure.” (Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author)
“Beyond all doubt the puzzle in The Moving Finger is fit for experts.” (The Times (London))
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Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets—a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir.
But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says “I can’t go on,” but Miss Marple questions the coroner’s verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone—as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.
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The novels featuring Miss Marple are:
1. The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries)
2. The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Mysteries)
3. The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
4. A Murder Is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
5. They Do It With Mirrors: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
6. A Pocket Full of Rye: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
7. 4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple Mysteries)
8. The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple Mysteries)
9. A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
10. At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple Mysteries)
11. Nemesis: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
12. Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple Mysteries)
The book was a favorite Christie, with a very likable young hero and his sister (a "flapper,"), going to stay in a village in the country while he recuperates from his injuries. Then the poison pen letters start to show up, and murder follows. There are some wonderful characters, especially the vicar's wife, a strange woman who frightens people with her peculiar insights,s and a young girl who moons about, unwanted by her family. Miss Marple appears only in the last quarter of the book, and penetrates through the fog of suspicion to the truth behind the letters. (I've never been a fan of Marple---imagine living next door to someone who surveys the activities of her neighbors through binoculars in the guise of bird-watching!) There are two different romances in the novel, and Christie does an excellent job of presenting a believable hero, the young man who narrates the story.
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After suffering from an accident Jerry and his sister Joanna move to a very quiet village named Lymstock.Read more