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4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  18,567 ratings  ·  692 reviews
For an instant the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy stared helplessly out of her carriage window as a man tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Mrs. McGillicuddy's friend Jane Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there are no other witnesses, n ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1952)
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Julie Davis
I picked this up on Kindle's daily deal sale not long ago. It is just what I needed and I forgot just how easy it is to sink into an Agatha Christie mystery.

This has always been one of my favorite Christie books. Mrs. McGillicuddy wakes from a nap on a train to see another train has pulled exactly alongside them for a moment ... when a window shade snaps up she becomes the witness to a man strangling a woman before the other train sweeps the scene from sight. Ignored by the authorities when she
Sitting in the middle of an autumn thunder storm with the heat cranked up and a whodunit by the fantastic Agatha Christie really is the perfect scenario.

Although 4.50 from Paddington was a slow build the end result was just wonderfully murderous. By half way through I was thoroughly puzzled by who it could possibly be, both the murderer and the murdered. The hows and whys and who were simply fantastic as one unlikely scenario after another is brought to attention with no simple explanation in s
Nov 24, 2008 Phayvanh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Miss Marple followers
Recommended to Phayvanh by: library book sale
It probably helps to have read a few Miss Marple books before getting into this one--both to fully appreciate the cleverness, and to have a backstory to our "old pussy", as she is called in this book. In absolutley no time does Miss Marple deduce the the solution to the missing corpse. She also wastes no time in finding a suitable proxy to unlock the mysteries of Rutherford Hall for her.

Indeed, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, is as capable and clever as they come. And she is very likeable: practically all th
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This was my first time reading an Agatha Christie novel (after having seen many adaptations on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery program) and I have to say that it was just delightful!

The majority of the novel takes place at a large manor in rural England - the perfect place for a murder mystery in my opinion - and we follow along as Lucy Eyelesbarrow and Dermot Craddock investigate the lives and histories of the Crackenthorpe family, all under the unassuming direction of the elderly Miss Marple, our de
Classic crime with not so much as a pathologist in sight. This is an England where the upper middle classes were purely defined and recognised by how they behaved; and not by the size of their bank balance and investment income.

An undemanding read and absolutely none the worse for that. Clues are sought and red herrings found almost everywhere and anyhow: other than by scientific analysis of the corpse.

The period detail is delightful. For example (1) the compartment carriage with no connecting
Nancy Oakes
The 9th in the Miss Marple series (of the novels; I don't count the collections of short stories here), one of the better ones I've read so far. Actually, I have read all of these eons ago, but it's been so very long, I've quite forgotten them all. So I'm rereading them and it's like reading for the first time. I liked this installment, and I'm looking forward to finding the dvd so I can see it played out.

A Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy is returning home after a long shopping day and takes a seat in
Probably my least favorite of Christie's mysteries. From the beginning, it seemed like it was building up to one of those marvelous scenes where everything comes out- the secret lives of the characters, how the clues fit together- and the murderer is revealed. And of course it shocks you for a moment or two- as a matter of fact, you'd suspected everyone BUT the murderer at one time or another- but then you look back and you see how the clues lead to this fellow, and you wonder how you'd missed i ...more
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
NOTE - Also known as the 4:50 to Paddington and Murder, she Said

Alas, another Agatha Christie book I like! McGillicuddy and the bafamed Ms. Marple make a witty, clever pairing, the new introduced character Lucy is an admirable force, while all suspects and characters in the Ruthford Hall estate are gratifying to read about. The book starts out a little slow and after time I grew impatient with the older woman's fretting, but once she leaves and Ms. Marple hires Lucy to act as a domestic at the e
Re-reading a Christie favorite, first read in 1974 under its U.S. title, WHAT MRS. MCGILLICUDDY SAW!, one of several novels Christie wrote concerning a murder on a train - as two trains run parallel to each other at the same speed, a window-shade snaps open and Mrs. McGillicuddy is startled to see a woman being soundly strangled by a man whose back is to the window . . . nobody in charge seems to believe her, but fortunately she's on her way to visit her friend, Jane Marple, who does, even thoug ...more
I have read and re-read all of Agatha Christie's books so many times. They are like old friends to me. 4.50 from Paddington is probably my all-time favourite Christie book. I love them all, but this one is a special favourite of mine. I really liked all the characters, especially Lucy Eyelesbarrow. SLIGHT SPOILERS HERE: ********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** ...more
Another excellent book from Mrs. Agatha Christie! Although I had a rough time starting this one. It was still exciting and funny. Of course it makes you doubt about everyone (view spoiler) and at the end it makes so much sense and seems obvious!

I liked the kind of cliffhanger ending... (view spoiler)
Tombom P
I think my disappointment is partly cause near the end I had someone else pinned. Even if they made less sense, Marple hinted at them a few times and their motive is a reasonable one. Here, everything's set up for this person but their motive is... less than stellar. (view spoiler) ...more
This nineteen fifty-seven puzzler offers an unbelievable opening sequence, an ingenious murder resolution, and a delicious denouement with future love predicted in the twinkle of Miss Marple's eye.

Mrs. McGillicuddy and her parcels settled in first class on the 4:50 FROM PADDINGTON. Pleased with her purchases and rested from a nap, she peers out the window to observe a man strangling a woman on the train running on the parallel track. Horrified, she reports the murder to officials who find no suc
The 4.50 from Paddington is not a train to travel by if one wants to survive ... Mrs McGillicuddy, on an adjacent train travelling in the same direction spots what she interprets as a murder taking place.

She reports it when she reaches her destination but after investigation by the rail authorities and the police no body is found so her story is unconvincing and even disbelieved.

However, she was en route to stay with Miss Marple, who is not one to let such an incident be forgotten. Therefore, sh
Kylara Jensen
3.5 Stars

So this was my first Miss Marple book. I love Agatha Christie and I especially love Poirot so it was interesting to be introduced to Miss Marple.

First of all, I would like to say that this is an extremely well written book with a well-conceived mystery. I love how despite how long ago it was written, these books are timeless and just as easy to dive into as anything today. The language and pacing were very tight and the characters interesting despite lack of growth. I found the mystery
Miss Marple, that shockingly acute spinster, is on the trail again!

The Story.

Yes, it’s true that her taste in literature is sensational. And yes, it’s true she had just finished a nap filled with lurid dreams. But Mrs. McGillicuddy would never make up a story just to get attention! No, she actually saw someone being murdered in the passing train!

The railway officials and police duly check her story. They find nothing. The only woman who continues to believe in what Mrs. McGillicuddy saw is Miss
I'm a big fan of Agatha Christie, but haven't read every single book she has written..I have read probably half of them, though..And i think this one would have been my least favorite thus far. I know most of her stories usually follow a similar formula..A crime, a murder, the arrival of a detective, or in some cases, Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, and then another murder or two, followed by the revelation of something that we have either overlooked as a reader, or Ms. Christie has wrote in a sp ...more
I picked this book randomly, without expecting much from it. So far, I was not a big fan of Agatha Christie. I have read her Nemesis, Sparkling Cyanide and a couple others whose names I don’t remember. I found them good but not exceptionally engaging, as a mystery novel should be. I liked the character of Miss Marple from Nemesis but wasn’t a big fan of her. So when I picked this one, I thought it would be a good time pass but nothing too demanding (actually I am still having my exams).

It turne
Ahmad Sharabiani
4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple, #8), original publication year 1957
Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, Mrs McGillicuddy.
Abstract: Having done her Christmas shopping, Mrs McGillicuddy relaxes happily in a train. Then another train, going in the same direction, draws abreast and for some minutes the two trains proceed side by side. That has happened to all of us. But in a first class carriage of the second train, Mrs McGillicuddy sees, to her horror, a man strangling a woman ... th
When I was young, my mom would often drop me off at the library. I carried a list with me of all the Agatha Christie mysteries that she had already read. For some reason (simpler times perhaps...), it was so exciting for me to find one that she had not read and check it out for her. I'm a reader and also an Anglophile, so it's strange that this is only my second Christie mystery. I really enjoyed it! It was like a breath of fresh air, no sex or bad words....just good, clean, murderous fun!
I've been re-reading Agatha Christie's most famous series for more than a year now and I have to say this is the first time I found a book boring and stale. Mrs. Christie was far away from her prime when she wrote this and it definitely shows.

Mrs. Christie plots tend towards the incredible (lots of crazy coincidences) but I've always thought she found a way to make the reader believe they could be possible. Not in this one. There wasn't a clear clue that pointed Miss Marple to the real murderer
Bunga Mawar
weh, ga biasanya saya suka dgn cerita Agatha Christie yg kasusnya ditangani Miss Marple. Tapi cerita ini saya suka.

Mungkin karena ada pilot pesawat tempurnya? :)

Atau lebih mungkin karena saya sudah lebih dari sepuluh tahun ini jadi anker, anak kereta. Meskipun satu kali pun saya belum lihat ada orang dicekik di kereta sebelah. Kalau sekadar ditimpuk batu dari luar ya pernah. Atau sekali ada orang tersengat listrik di atap gerbong lalu gosong dan jenazah kakunya jatuh ke kolong di stasiun pondok
I had to read this for my english class, it's the first AC book i read. I have to admit i expected more, because everyone says how good her books are, it was'nt bad. I loved the plot twist and how it's a one-sit type of book. I liked this book and i will for sure read more of her books:)
Sean Kennedy
(3. 5 / 5)

It's strange to read a Marple story in which Marple is barely in it. Those who start with this as their first Marple may be nonplussed as her reputation precedes her but she isn't given much to do here.

But the placeholder main character is engaging enough, and it's a fun read.
As my very first Agatha Christie novel, 4.50 from Paddington was a great start. Easy to read and intersting as a plot. The real murderer is not revieled until the very last chapter, so suspects are many and the reader can't put the book down. Fortunately, the book is had few pagew, only 222, so it can be read fast.
Jul 30, 2007 Rory rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: miss marple junkies
Shelves: pre-1960
well, maybe i've read this one before (but i doubt it, since i only recently deigned to read any of her non-poirot books), but I GUESSED WHODUNNIT! and i've never been able to guess whodunnit in a christie. i always fall for the extra-red-herring. you know, the character that she makes sure only the smart, extra-observant readers will think it is (she also has a regular red herring for the dummies). anyway, i knew it was the doctor, even if i didn't know who the victim was, exactly. ack, now i'v ...more
I've always been more of a Hercule Poirot fan than Miss Marple but I've been picking up Agatha Christies as they come up on the Kindle Daily Deal so I ended up with this one. Maybe I've been selling her short because I thoroughly enjoyed this story that begins with an old lady witnessing a murder in a passing train. Lots of motives and red herrings, just the way I like it. Maybe it's because I was in my teens when I was first reading Christie but at any rate, I apologize Miss Marple, and look fo ...more
Tra tutti quelli riletti fino ad ora, questo è il primo che ricordo bene... sarà che è anche quello da cui hanno tratto il primo film con Margaret Rutherford... Murder, She said (Assassinio sul treno) del 1961.
Con le dovute differenze, sia mai che Miss Marple si sporchi le mani, povera vecchietta fuffolosa (capisco perché la Christie non approvava l'interpretazione di Margaret Rutherford, ma comprendo sempre di più perché la vera Miss Marple inizi a starmi antipatica), ma ricordare chi è il colp
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