Summary

A classic Marple mystery, read by Emilia Fox.
For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.
©1957 Agatha Christie (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." ( Observer)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jo Addis on 06-03-16

Couldn't Finish

I found the plot of this particular novel very slow and underwhelming. I still love the character though. A swift move on till the next Miss Marple.
Looking at the publication dates, it was 7 years or so between Miss Marple stories. I wonder if AC felt the same way about her own character in this novel as I do...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. J. Fanning on 25-10-14

Classic tale, a classic listening experience

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No problem recommending this one. Well read. The different voice characterisations are well done. I have been 'hopping' between reading the book, listening to it on the exercise bike and watching the DVD version. The audio by far beats the rest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 4.50 from Paddington?

Mrs McGillicudy's witnessing of the murder. Fleeting but intense.

What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

The different characterisations are well delivered. Emily so easily moves from old Mr Crackenthorpe to Lucy Eyellesbarrow.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times very funny with all of the 'proposals' of marriage. And quite outrageous the way some of the characters flippantly deal with murder.

Any additional comments?

I am always amazed how 'little' Miss Marple actually appears in the storyline.

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