The Moving Finger

The Moving Finger The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister Joanna But soon a series of vicious poison pen letters destroys th

  • Title: The Moving Finger
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780006172697
  • Page: 167
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  • The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna But soon a series of vicious poison pen letters destroys the village s quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide The vicar, the doctor, the servants all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arriveThe placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna But soon a series of vicious poison pen letters destroys the village s quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide The vicar, the doctor, the servants all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arrives from an unexpected quarter The vicar s houseguest happens to be none other than Jane Marple.

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    1. "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor WitShall lure it back to cancel half a Line,Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."verse 51 of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám“It's rather like Happy Families, isn't it? Mrs Legal, the lawyer's wife, Miss Dose, the doctor's daughter, etc. So sweet and funny and old-world. You just can't think of anything nasty happening here, can you?”But nasty things do happen even in such an i [...]

    2. The Moving Finger (Miss Marple #4), original publication year 1942Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Jerry Burton, Joanna Burton, Megan Hunter, Aimée Griffith, Owen Griffith, Richard Symmington, Elsie Holland, Agnes Woddell, Mrs. Dane Calthrop, Emily Barton, Mr. Pye.Abstract: Jerry Burton, wounded pilot narrator, recuperates in quiet Lymstock with loyal fashionable sister Joanna, until vicious letters spread suspicion, then death. Mrs Symmington is not the type to panic, but drinks cyanide and leave [...]

    3. Another Agatha Christie to pass the time. Mmmmm. Delicious. Only I do have the same complaint I had with another of her books that was listed as a Miss Marple Mystery. Jane Marple doesn't appear until the last 1/4 of the book and then she's just a cute little old lady who says a few words at the end. That doesn't count as a Miss Marple mystery for me!! I much prefer it when Miss Marple is the one solving the crime firsthand. The short stories featuring her are the way to go, I'm figuring out.Whi [...]

    4. This on audio completely blew me away. It was the perfect introduction to Agatha Christie. I've already scooped up a few more of her books to dive into this year. Richard Grant has established himself as one of my favorite book narrators on audio. He makes the story come alive and reads with enthusiasm. The voices he creates for each character are unique and sure to draw a smile at times. Highly recommend this one in audio. My Reactions: -The brother and sister duo are stellar and I loved their [...]

    5. Pros: I liked the main character brother-sister duo of Jerry and Joanna, and it was an interesting variation on the traditional poison-pen mystery. Most of the characters were less hateful than is often the case in Golden Age British mysteries, which made it a relaxing read for a sick day.Cons: Why is this a Miss Marple mystery? She hardly appears and there's no reason, in terms of the plot, that the case could not have been solved in exactly the same way by the police, who seemed competent. I w [...]

    6. “Most crimes, you see, are so absurdly simple.”My edition features a beautiful afterword by Claudio Savonuzzi, in which this novel is called “a black fairytale” complete with a Cinderella and a Prince properly dressed for the occasion, and where it is noted how this is the only Christie detective novel where the detective where the detective almost lets the readers forget she (this is a Miss Marple mystery) is there. Our old (not to say ancient) Queen of Busybodies, in fact, appears only [...]

    7. This is the fourth Miss Marple mystery, although the narrator is Jerry Barton, while Miss Marple does not appear until late into the novel. Recovering from a serious injury, it is suggested that Jerry spend some time in the country to relax and so he takes a house called Little Furze, in Lymstock, and moves there with his sister, Joanna. Shortly after they arrive, a poisonous pen letter arrives, making all sorts of foul accusations and it soon appears that many others in the village have also re [...]

    8. Read this and more review on my My Book blogAs you can see I've been on a diligent Agatha Christie kick. I think that the month of November makes me want to read mysteries - must be all that grayness and rain. “Where do one's fears come from? Where do they shape themselves? Where do they hide before coming out into the open?”Once again this turned out to be a re-read for me, and once again I couldn't remember anything from my first time reading. I only knew that I've read it, because it felt [...]

    9. Στην αυτοβιογραφία της η Αγκάθα Κρίστι δηλώνει πως τούτο δω είναι το καλύτερο από τα μυθιστορήματα απ΄ όσα έγραψε με την μις Μαρπλ. Πιθανόν. Ένα πάντως είναι το σίγουρο. Ένα κλασικό της βιβλίο που θα το διαβάσουν ευχάριστα αλλά και με αγωνία, όχι μόνο οι φίλοι της αλλά και όσ [...]

    10. This one has romance and mystery in equal amounts: for a change, I found the mystery only so-so, but I loved the romance!

    11. ه نظر می‌رسید که روستای آرام لیمستوک محل مناسبی برای آرامش جری بورتون تحت مراقبت و خواهرش جووانا بعد از تصادف باشد. اما خبر نامه‌ای آغشته به سم در میان مردم پخش شد که رابطه نا مشروع، بین جری و جووانا را بر ملا می‌ساخت، شوک آورتر اینکه نامه کریه در سرتاسر روستا می‌چرخید. وقتی [...]

    12. Day by day I am becoming Agatha freak.মিস মার্পলের পূর্ণাঙ্গ উপন্যাস দ্য মুভিং ফিঙ্গার ওরফে বেনামী চিঠির সাথে আরও ছয়টা ছোটগল্প নিয়ে এই সংকলন।প্রথম গল্প রক্তের দাগ/The Bloodstained Pavement পড়ে একদমই ভালো লাগেনি। শার্লকের মতো আ [...]

    13. Gossip Girl and Miss Marple. Someone is on to everyones hidden secrets. But are they true? And who is the author of the letters? Luckily it doesn't take 6 seasons to find out. (By the time the Gossip Girl was revealed did we even care?)

    14. The fourth Miss Marple, and again an excellent read. Yet again, despite seeing multiple TV and film versions, I had forgotten who the culprit(s) was (were), and didn't guess until very close to the end (I think it was about 20 pages behind Miss Marple resolving it).The story is well woven, with some very lively characters and strangely it is not until a long way through (around 3/4) that Miss Marple appears to solve the problem. Even with her late appearance it is still a thoroughly enjoyable an [...]

    15. Bom para passar o tempo mas muito fraco quando comparado com outras obras da autora. Faltou-lhe alguma ação, a Miss Marple só aparece nas últimas 50 páginasOpinião mais detalhada em breve.

    16. Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna move to the quiet village of Lymstock. Having suffered an accident, Mr. Burton's doctor recommends that he goes to the countryside, where his recovery should be more peaceful. But shortly after their arrival, Jerry and Joanna receive a rather unsavory letter accusing them of an absolute lie. Thinking it a prank, they burn the letter and forget about the incident. That is until they learn that most people in the village have received similar letters. When one of [...]

    17. اممممممممممم اعشق روايات اجاثا كريستيوهاذي الرواية كانت فاتحة العشق والعلاقة الي بيني وبين اجاثا كريستي السبب الي يخليني احب اجاثا كريستي اني احس في رواياتها روح مرحة على الرغم من انها روايات جريمة لا تسألوني شلوووون بس جذي روايات اجاثا كريستي فيه روح مرحة لا تخطأ شخصيات [...]

    18. One of Agatha's best, I think. A very clever, simple solution that makes you look back on everything that's gone before and see it in a different light. Miss Marple's hardly in it, so it doesn't really feel like a Miss Marple book, but there's so much good stuff in it, you don't really mind. Mrs Dane Calthrop, the vicar's wife, is a wonderful character.

    19. من المؤسف انه عند اعادة طباعة روايات أجاثا كريستى يتلاعب المسئولون بالنشر بالعناوين, فلقد قرات هذة الرواية من سنوات تحت اسم "جريمة فى القرية" و مازلت أتذكر بعض التفاصيل و ان تحيرت بين قاتلين محتملين لذا اكملت قراءة الرواية. هذة الرواية هى أضعف روايات أجاثا مقارنة بباقى كتابا [...]

    20. 3.5*I am slowly rereading the Miss Marple books this year. This 3rd one barely qualifies as a Miss Marple as she doesn't make an appearance until about 80% of the way through. Of course, she quickly solves the case once she appears on the scene! It is almost as if Christie's publisher talked her into adding in a familiar sleuth rather than making it one of her stand-alone mysteriesRichard E. Grant is marvelous in his narration of the audiobook. I really appreciated all the different voices he di [...]

    21. I've read this several times and have seen the videos - but, of course, they always seem to change the story. It is enjoyable. Probably one of the few books where Miss Marple doesn't come into the picture until the book is three-quarters done. But, enter she does, to solve the murder.Much of the book is consumed by the problem of anonymous poison pen letters. Then the bodies start falling.Enter Miss Marple.

    22. Cuarta novela que leo de Agatha Christie. Y cuarta que me acaba encantando. Ha sido una grata sorpresa, ya que teniendo una obra tan extensa, dar con cuatro obras seguidas sublimes es digno solo de una grande. Y ella lo es. Curioso que no es de lo más famosos y me parece que en profundidad de personajes es el mejor que he leído. Que no quiere decir que los demás no tengan también unos peronajes muy bien definidos, aún siendo siempre entre 10 y 20. Muchos. El caso de los anónimos consigue l [...]

    23. I must have read this as a teenager in Devon during the 1970s but the fact that it was so obviously set down the road on the edge of Dartmoor completely passed me by at the time. I did see Agatha Christie in her garden at Greenway while on a boat trip down the river Dart from Totnes around that time - she was pointed out by the man on the public address system causing the whole party to swing round and stare in unison - but I was more concerned by the fact that my mother had somehow mixed up my [...]

    24. I absolutely loved this one! The mystery itself wasn't too surprising but I loved Jerry Burton, the narrator. His observations were just as funny as those of the vicar inThe Murder at the Vicarage.

    25. 4.5 stars!I am a huge fan of Agatha Chistie's work, but this was my first Miss Marple-novel. She is very different from Hercule Poirot, but quite entertaining too! I don't want to tell a lot about this book's content, but what I can say is this: It is full of Agatha Christie's humor, has a great storyline and interesting characters. Once again, I am amazed by her writing style: she never needs much words to create a gripping atmosphere. All in all I can absolutely recommend this book, even for A [...]

    26. 3,5*Humornya bikin ngakak dan siapa penulis surat kaleng yg menyebabkan pembunuhan bikin saya penasaran. Romensnya ngena juga. Jadi meski pelakunya rada gimana gitu, saya tetap kasih bintang tinggi krn packaging humor, romens dan misterinya.

    27. 3.5 stars.Had read it in my childhood, and now listened to the dramatized BBC version. Quite a small book which lasted only 140 min, but I enjoyed the story. Remembered the killer halfway through, but had forgotten the finer details.Typical Christie mystery settings - small village, inquisitive people, vicar and wife, a friend of Marple's who seeks her help when a suicidal death following receipt of a poison pen letter occurs. Police and Marlow are looking out for the letter either in their own [...]

    28. Foarte reușită lectură de weekend. Sper și cred că într-o bună zi o să ajung să bifez ca citite toate romanele acestei autoare. Intrigă, bârfe, suspans, viața de la sat cu toate stereotipurile ei și, de altfel, cu toată splendoarea ei, cât și personaje bine conturate, de toate tipurile și felurile.Imposibil să te plictisești atunci când citești o poveste înțesată cu atâtea condimente.

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