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El tren de las 4:50 (Miss Marple #8)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  27,178 Ratings  ·  1,149 Reviews
Mrs. MacGillicuddy es testigo —durante su viaje en tren de regreso a casa— de una escena horrible: en el tren que corre paralelamente al suyo, alguien estrangula a una mujer. Al llegar a su destino, cuenta la historia a la policía y a su amiga Jane Marple. El comisario ordena una investigación rutinaria, pero no descubre nada y acaba por atribuir los hechos a la imaginació ...more
Paperback, Booket, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Planeta (first published November 1957)
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Carol.
Sep 26, 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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Simona Bartolotta
Sep 21, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
"The truth is people are an extraordinary mixture of heroism and cowardice."

•I don't really want to consider Miss Marple's character a flaw in itself, but not only I don't particularly connect with her, she wasn't even present most of the time. Since the figure of the detective is one of the things I consider and value the most in a crime novel, I was disappointed. (Long story short, long live my favourite Belgian egghead.)

This investigation ran so long. It just dragged on and on for 200 pages
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Reckoner
Σατανικά απλό....μωρή τρέλα Μάρπλ μας έχεις πάρει το μυαλό ♥
Jason Koivu
An enjoyable quickie. Fittingly, it's the sort of mystery quick-fix you could finish on a train, say London to York...or better yet, London to Paris!

In 4.50 from Paddington an old lady witnesses what she believes is a murder on another train traveling alongside hers. The police have nothing to go on besides her story and they're disinclined to believe her. In steps Miss Marple, that aged busybody. With the help of a young acquaintance, Marple strings together the evidence from the sidelines.

In
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Nadin Adel
Jan 22, 2017 Nadin Adel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
رواية جميلة ، بالرغم ان أحداثها شتتني في بعض الأمور، الا انني كنت تكهنت القاتل، وقد كان.
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 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!
Susan in NC
Feb 13, 2017 Susan in NC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've seen the BBC Joan Hickson version of this very enjoyable mystery, and I thought I had read it, but now I'm not so sure...well, it was a five-star mystery for me! I started reading Christie in middle and high school and my library had more Poirots than Marples, and I was hooked. I still enjoy Hercule and his little grey cells, but I've come to appreciate Miss Marple for her ruthless grasp of the darkest side of human nature and her mind "like a sink", as she admits. Miss M. is sharp as a tac ...more
Cassandra
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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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Julie Davis
Jun 24, 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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Clara
Jan 02, 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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Emily
Mar 13, 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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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.

Leah
Sep 13, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016
24-carat Golden Age...

When Elspeth McGillicuddy glances out of the window of her train carriage, she can see straight into another train that is running parallel to her own. As a blind flies up on the carriage opposite her, she is horrified to see a woman being strangled by a tall, dark man. Unable to do anything to prevent it, she reports it to the conductor. He suspects she's just been napping and has dreamt the whole thing, but he's a conscientious man so he reports the matter at the next sta
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Maria
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
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.
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.
Helen
Jan 13, 2017 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typically Christie. I remember the story to well from watching a TV adaptation. Enjoyable with an entertaining cast. Audio.
Issa Deerbany
Jan 18, 2017 Issa Deerbany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ان ما يجعل أجاثا كريستي اعظم مؤلفة روايات بوليسية انها لا تكرر حبكاتها
فلكل رواية حبكة جديدة واعتقد انه نادرا جدا من يستطيع ان يتوقع المجرم في قبل نهاية الرواية

استمتعت جدا بهذه الرواية
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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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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Book Concierge
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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Greg Z
Apr 24, 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
fenrir
May 16, 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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Nadia
Aug 11, 2011 Nadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
I love stories about Miss Marple. This one was about railway murder and then about not-so-innocent family in a strange old mansion in a middle of town.
Here Miss Marple acts with help of her former employee Lucy, who is a very smart young woman and helps first to find the body and then to figure who the murderer is. I liked boys very much :)
Arman Mohammadi yazdi
زمان زيادي از آخرين باري كه ساعتي پنجاه صفحه كتاب ميخوندم گذشته بود. اولين كتابم از آگاتاكريستي.
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Gavin Abdollahi
"I'm too old for anymore adventures."

As if.

So, 4:50 Paddongton is my second Marple Mystery, and also my very first buddy read.
The story revolves around a murder.
Miss Marple's friend, Elsepeth or something like that, rides a train.
For a moment, her train passes by another train, and she witnesses a horrible view within one of the train's windows.
She witnesses a man choking a woman.
She reports this to the train people and the police.
Oh, and she also tells her dear old friend, Miss Marple, whom
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Karen ⊰✿
Jan 10, 2017 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very clever Christie mystery which kept me guessing (incorrectly) until the end!
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