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4:50 From Paddington (Miss Marple #8)

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Agatha Christie’s audacious mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

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
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Hardcover, Published for the Crime Club, 256 pages
Published 1957 by Collins, London
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Carol.
Sep 28, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans, classic mystery fans

Mrs. McGillicuddy is traveling by train when she witnesses a woman being strangled in the train traveling alongside hers. She reports the incident and is promptly dismissed, leaving her to turn to her friend, the resourceful Miss Marple. Strange as it seems, Miss Marple believes her:

“Mrs. McGillicuddy looked at her without comprehension and Miss Marple reaffirmed her judgment of her friend as a woman of excellent principles and no imagination.”

I always forget about that brief section in 4:50 fro
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Nandakishore Varma
Oct 08, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am a person who loves trains. Absolutely. I can keep on staring out of the windows of a moving train for hours, watching the landscape go by, trying to construct imaginary histories of the people glimpsed.

Well, Mrs. McGillicudy saw something much more exciting - and frightening. She saw a man choking a woman to death on the nearby train, as both trains ran parallel for a few minutes. Now without a clue, without a location, and without even a body, Miss Marple has to solve the case - but solve
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Phrynne
Jun 15, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun easy read! I always enjoy Miss Marple and in this story she is at her sleuthing best. This book was originally published in 1957 and yet it still reads so well. In fact reading it is just the same as reading one of today's cozy mysteries set just after the war. And the best thing is I don't think I will ever have read all her books - there are just so many!
Cassandra
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Emily
Apr 21, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The mystery in this one is simply okay - a little bit more fantastical than other Christie books - but Lucy Eyelesbarrow, competent domestic-for-hire, makes up for that. And Miss Marple is at the absolute top of her game. This book made me laugh out loud more than once:

“Listen, darling,” said Lucy. “Are we investigating crime, or are we match-making?”

Miss Marple twinkled.

Also, as Claire says, the amount of people in this book who think that murder is a perfectly appropriate hobby for two boys
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Julie Davis
Jul 13, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jessica-Robyn
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
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Clara
Jan 07, 2015 Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro misterio el cual no tuve idea de cómo resolver. Y uno supondría que después de leer más de cuarenta libros de Agatha Christie sabría como pensaba y averiguaría quien es el asesino, pero no. Y por supuesto no entendía nada, aunque está todo explicado, y sospechaba de todos, menos de la persona correcta.



Me gustó mucho la historia del asesinato, y los personajes fueron bastante útiles (quiero decir que en muchas de sus novelas suele haber un personaje medio estúpido que no se da cuenta de nada
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Phayvanh
Nov 24, 2008 Phayvanh rated it liked it  ·  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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Steelwhisper
Cat. Cream.

Sonia
Apr 15, 2016 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenía muchísimo tiempo deseando leer a esta mujer, y por cosas de la vida este ejemplar llegó a mis manos para complacerme.
Debo empezar diciendo que aunque el inicio fue un poco lento, pronto entendí el porqué de la manera en que se desarrollaron las cosas. Cuando la historia llegó a su clímax, obtuvo todo mi interés y mi concentración, y entonces todo sucedió de manera vertiginosa, que casi no me da tiempo de hacer mi propia hipótesis. Hice muchas, pero creo que no me acerqué ni un poco a la ve
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Maria
Oct 21, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2015
Depois de um ano a ler livros muito recentes, a maior parte estreias em Portugal, decidi voltar ao clássico policial, um daqueles que me arrebatava no início da adolescência e me deixava extasiada. Poirot é o meu detective preferido. Não só de Cristhie, mas quase de todos os policiais que leio. Em todos eles desejo descortinar as celulazinhas cinzentas necessárias ao desvendar de um crime. Mas Jane Marple é também encantadora. E o facto deste romance policial envolver um comboio levou-me a desej ...more
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Audiobook performed by Joan Hickson
3.5**

Originally published in the United States as: What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw. The story begins when Mrs McGillicuddy witnessed a murder on a passing train. She reports it to the authorities, but as there has been no body found, and no woman reported missing, they dismiss her story as active imagination. But her friend Miss Jane Marple knows that Mrs McGillicuddy did not invent the story, and she is determined to solve the mystery.

This is a great cozy mystery, f
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Carolyn F.
Re-read by audiobook.

I don't remember not knowing who Lucy ended up with (maybe at that time I didn't care), but it's bugging me now. Other than that I really enjoyed the audiobook. Emilia Fox did a great job with the narration - young woman, young boys, older man, 30ish man - all were great.
fenrir
May 21, 2015 fenrir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bello, ma lo ammetto sono un po' delusa dal finale.
Da una scrittrice come Agatha Christie mi sarei aspettata un'uscita migliore, invece sono piuttosto sicura che nessuno sia riuscito ad indovinare chi era il colpevole prima che Miss Marple lo stanasse, e questa è una cosa che nei libri gialli per me è una grossa pecca. Non intendo il non capire personalmente chi è l'assassino ovviamente! intendo magari non capirlo però una volta scoperto chiedersi: "ma come ho fatto a non notarlo?! guarda gli i
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Martini
Hm... With books I seem to enjoy Hercule Poirot a bit more than Jane Marple, which is just the opposite of what I feel regarding the related movies.
Greg Z
Nov 08, 2015 Greg Z rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally don't read "bestsellers" but prefer instead to wait until I get a recommendation. So, in honor of "The Girl on the Train" which is sitting atop the NYTimes bestseller list, I thought I'd read my go-to favorite author of all time: Agatha Christie. She has done several train mysteries beautifully, including her magnificent "Murder on the Orient Express." In "What Mrs. McGillicudy Saw," we have an older girl who sees a murder. And in 'Christiie-Cozy' tradition, there is little to no bloo ...more
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
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
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Arman Mohammadi yazdi
زمان زيادي از آخرين باري كه ساعتي پنجاه صفحه كتاب ميخوندم گذشته بود. اولين كتابم از آگاتاكريستي.
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Mitticus
May 13, 2016 Mitticus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Leido para el reto Popsugar: #27. Un misterio que involucre un asesinato*

Providence had willed that she, Elspeth McGillicuddy, should be a witness of the crime.



Es vispera de navidad, y mientras dos trenes convergen en forma paralela, una anciana que va sola es testigo de un hombre ahorcando a una mujer en el otro tren. Nadie parece creerle, excepto, claro esta, su amiga Miss Marple.

El problema es que el cuerpo no aparece después. Ya saben, sin cuerpo no hay crimen. Pero Jane hace cálculos que
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Laura Verret
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
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Helen
May 05, 2010 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom
Aug 18, 2009 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Philip
Jun 22, 2011 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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☯Emily
This is one of my favorite books by Agatha Christie, but not because of the solution which seemed forced and completely unrealistic. I love how Ms. Christie was able to show us different personalities with just a few sentences. There is no boring description anywhere in her novels. Lucy Eyelesbarrow, all the Crackenthorpes and the two boys, Alexander and James, are all realistically portrayed. Can I assume that if Lucy married, it was (view spoiler)
Zoe
Jan 18, 2016 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up a huge Miss Marple fan. I love anything that is remotely Miss Marple-y. Murder She Wrote, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, you name it, I have loved them. :D
Cecilia
Nov 29, 2015 Cecilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read, favorites
Min första bok om Miss Marple och redan ser jag fram emot att få läsa fler berättelser med henne!
Mo
Mar 23, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read and an engaging book.
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