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4:50 From Paddington (Miss Marple #8)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  20,198 ratings  ·  778 reviews
Through the window of her first-class coach, Mrs. McGillicuddy sees a woman being strangled in a passing train. No one believes her except her good friend Miss Marple. Now the inimitable sleuth must find a body and match wits with a killer.
Mass Market Paperback, 262 pages
Published December 1992 by HarperPaperbacks (first published 1952)
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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
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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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.
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
Arman Mohammadi yazdi
زمان زيادي از آخرين باري كه ساعتي پنجاه صفحه كتاب ميخوندم گذشته بود. اولين كتابم از آگاتاكريستي.
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 (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
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
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
(3.5) You’d think that someone who has read 33 of Agatha Christie’s detective novels (most of them more than once) would be able to guess who the murderer was. Especially as the broken spine of this one told me I’d read it before. But I didn’t. I thought I spotted the red herrings and all her little devious tricks, but I’m apparently as big a sucker when it comes to guessing the murderer in Agatha Christie novels as I was some twenty years ago when I first started working my way through her nove ...more
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
A quick read and an engaging book.
Greg Z
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
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
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
Ich mag Miss Marple :)

So 'ne gemächliche und altmodische Murder-Mystery Story kann echt Spaß machen. Die skurrilen Charaktere waren äußerst unterhaltsam, gleiches gilt für den Plot. Dafür war der jetzt nicht gerade spannend, aber voller Charme und schön stimmig. Und obwohl ich, was den Mörder angeht, den richtigen Riecher hatte, hat mich die Auflösung dann doch noch überraschen können. Apropos Auflösung: deren Präsentation war mir etwas zu überhastet und kurz und auch ein bisschen wirr. Das ist
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)
3'5 en realidad

Por fin he cumplido conmigo misma y he leído algo de Agatha Christie. Es una autora que sin duda me llamaba la atención y quería comprobar por mi misma si lo que había oído de ella era cierto... y vaya si lo era.

En El tren de las 4:50 la autora nos presenta un crimen cometido en un vagón de tren y presenciado por una mujer que viajaba en el tren de al lado. Y lo más curioso de todo: un cadáver que no aparece por ningún sitio. Pero por suerte la testigo tiene como amiga a Jane Marp
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
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
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