MISS MARPLE – 4.50 FROM PADDINGTON

January 6, 2017 - Comment

Agatha Christie Classic Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy has come from a shopping expedition to visit her old friend Jane Marple for Christmas. On the way, her train passes another train running parallel to her. Then, a blind in one of the compartments flies up and she sees a man with his back to her strangling a

Buy Now! $8.66Amazon.com Price
(as of November 19, 2017 10:09 pm UTC - Details)

Agatha Christie Classic

Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy has come from a shopping expedition to visit her old friend Jane Marple for Christmas. On the way, her train passes another train running parallel to her. Then, a blind in one of the compartments flies up and she sees a man with his back to her strangling a woman. She reports it to a ticket collector who does not believe her. When arriving at Miss Marple’s cottage, she tells all to her. Mrs McGillicuddy describes the woman as wearing a fur coat and with blonde hair. Only Miss Marple believes her story as there is no evidence of wrongdoing. The first task is to ascertain where the body could have been hidden. Comparison of the facts of the murder with the train timetable and the local geography lead to the grounds of Rutherford Hall as the only possible location: it is shielded from the surrounding community, the railway abuts the grounds, and so on. Lucy Eyelesbarrow, a young professional housekeeper and an acquaintance of Miss Marple, is sent undercover to Rutherford Hall. Josiah Crackenthorpe, purveyor of tea biscuits, built Rutherford Hall in 1884. His son, Luther, now a semi-invalid widower, had displayed spendthrift qualities in his youth. To preserve the family fortune, Josiah has left his considerable fortune in trust, the income from which is to be paid to Luther for life. After Luther’s death, the capital is to be divided equally among Luther’s children. Luther Crackenthorpe is merely the trustee of Rutherford Hall and hence, according to the will, cannot sell the house. The house itself will be inherited by Luther Crackenthorpe’s eldest surviving son or his issue. Buy the Book for the whole Story.

Comments

Whistlers Mom says:

A missing body baffles the police, but not Miss Marple Poor Dame Agatha! When she started writing her mysteries in the 1920’s she had no idea that she would still be cranking them out fifty years later. If she had, she wouldn’t have made her two detectives (Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple) so old to start with. On the other hand, she got to explore the advantages and disadvantages of old age in a way not often found in mystery novels. 

C. M Mills says:

4 50 from Paddington is a tense and suspensful Miss Marple murder myster by Dame Agatha Christie the Queen of Murder! Instead of taking the night train to Memphis the elderly Mrs McGillicuddy took the 450 from Paddington. Suddenly a train running parallel to her train reveals a murder in progress! A dark headed man is strangling to death a woman. Mrs M. returns home to report the foul deed to the local constables. She then tells the tale to Miss Marple the greatest old lady in all of English murder fiction. The story revolves around the dark secrets of a large old English family the Crackenthorpes who live…

Jill Clardy says:

An Engaging Mystery Chock Full of Characters I’ve never read much Agatha Christie, and don’t really know why. Now that I have a Kindle, I plan to stock up on this author whenever I see a good price ! According to the blurb at the end of the book, Christie is the “most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.” That fact alone is proof that she has a universal appeal. 

Comments are disabled for this post.

Copyright © 2017 agathachristiebooks.com. All Rights Reserved.