4:50 from Paddington Hardcover – Mar 27 2007
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“Of all Christie’s detectives, it’s Jane Marple who best understood what can drive ordinary people to the extraordinary act of taking a life.” (S. J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author)
“The great mistress of the last-minute switch is at it again…. Even the experts have given up any attempts to out-guess Miss Christie.” (New Yorker)
“Precisely what one expects: the most delicious bamboozling possible in a babble of bright talk and a comprehensive bristle of suspicion all adeptly managed to keep you much too alert elsewhere to see the neat succession of clues that catch a murderer we never so much as thought of.” (New York Herald Tribune)
“A model detective story, there is never a dull moment.” (The Times (London))
“The suspense is agonizing.” (Daily Mail (London)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For an instant the two trains ran together,side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnesseda murder. Helplessly, she stared out of hercarriage window as a man remorselessly tightened hisgrip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled.Then the other train drew away.
But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take herstory seriously? After all, there were no suspects,no other witnesses . . . and no corpse.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Miss Marple believed her friend was not imagining whole thing. When the police found no evidence of the crime Miss Marple began to investigate for herself. She located the most likely place a body could be disposed of, a large estate owned by the Crackenthorpe family and arranged for a confederate, Lucy Eyelesbarrow to work for the family.
The Crackenthorpe family is another of Christie's large dysfunctional families dominated by a disagreeable father (Luther), downtrodden daughter (Emma), ambitious son (Harold) and a pair of blacksheep - the artistic Cedric and the slightly crooked Alfred. Two other siblings have died, Edmund and Emma. Emma's husband, Bryan and son, Alexander are also part of the household.
The body is found, more murders commited, the culprit unmasked and the true motive revealed in dramitic fashion by Miss Marple.
Along the way romance flourishes and leaves the reader with an unanswered question.
The family is very much like characters from similiar families in other books, (HERCULE POIROT'S CHRISTMAS, A POCKET FULL OF RYE, CROOKED HOUSE and others). This, coupled with the various titles this story has had over the years - WHAT MRS. McGILLICUDDY SAW, EYEWITNESS TO MURDER and MURDER SHE SAID, could lead a reader to think they had read this one before. Do not pass this one by, it is worth reading for the delightful Lucy Eyelesbarrow alone!
Miss McG. reports this shocking occurrence to her hostess Miss Marple, the police and the train authorities. No body is found, and the authorities chalk up the report to an elderly lady's vivid imagination. But Miss Marple knows that one thing rock-solid Elspeth McGillicuddy lacks is a "vivid imagination." If Miss McG says she saw a murder, Miss Marple is certain a murder did, in fact, take place. Her curiosity aroused, Miss Marple enlists the aid of young Lucy Eyelesbarrow. Lucy is a delightful character who combines fearsome organizational abilities with all consuming charm and tact. In a fine bit of sleuthing, Miss Marple ascertains the only area where the body could have been dumped from the train is on the Crackenthorpe (don't you just love these names?) estate, Rutherford Hall.
Lucy gets herself hired at Rutherford to find out about the people, and hopefully locate the body. The head Crackenthorpe is the old, miserly father who enjoys his poor health and depriving his grown children with equal enthusiasm. The family consists of his martyred spinster daughter, three sons, a son-in-law and a grandnephew schoolboy. Clever Lucy finds the body residing in a sarcophagus in a falling down barn on the property. The murderer would have to be very familiar with Rutherford Hall and its environs to have found such a resting place.Read more ›
Because Miss Marple is not young enough to physically search for the body in unknown territory, she engages Lucy Eyelesbarrow, one of Christie's most interesting female creations. Lucy quickly gains employment at Rutherford Hall as a domestic and busily does all the legwork for Miss Marple. Meanwhile, Jane Marple has taken up residence at a nearby home and advises and assists Lucy.
In 1961, this became the basis for "Murder, She Said," the first of four films starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. Although it deviates from the book, most notably in the omission of Lucy, it is enjoyable and worth viewing.
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Agatha Christies Marple series are all the top of the heap for me when it comes to murder mysteries. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2013 by Bootsy Bass
The 4:50 from Paddington, the life of a country house and a crime which didn't even convincingly take place...until the intrepid Miss Marples reveals all. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2009 by M. J. Fenn
4.50 to Paddington takes a while to get started with much of the book centered around trying to decide if a murder actually took place. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Sarah Sammis
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In this classic Jane Marple story, Joan Hickson, who portrayed Jane Marple perfectly on the BBC series, wonderfully dramatizes all the parts in this fascinating murder mystery. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Silver Springer
I am an Agatha Christie fan and i'm working on to read all 80something books written by her, and I'm almost halfway through it. Read morePublished on March 12 2002
When police dismiss an unimaginative woman's claim of seeing a murder in a passing train, elderly Jane Marple feels duty-bound to explore the possibilities--and the result is a... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
I think my title prettty much sums this book up!! Now, don't get me wrong, I love Miss Marple!! Hercule Poirot does not even come close in comparison!!! Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2001 by John
Being my third Miss Marple (after the five- star Body in the Library and the slow- moving Carribean Mystery) I simply loved it. Mrs. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2000