The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery
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The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple #4)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  11,006 ratings  ·  512 reviews
The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna. But soon a series of vicious poison-pen letters destroys the village's quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide. The vicar, the doctor, the servants—all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arrive...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published January 1st 1942)
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Elisha Condie
Another Agatha Christie to pass the time. Mmmmm. Delicious. Only I do have the same complaint I had with another of her books that was listed as a Miss Marple Mystery. Jane Marple doesn't appear until the last 1/4 of the book and then she's just a cute little old lady who says a few words at the end. That doesn't count as a Miss Marple mystery for me!! I much prefer it when Miss Marple is the one solving the crime firsthand. The short stories featuring her are the way to go, I'm figuring out.

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أسمى.
رواية رائعة جدًا. كلّ محورها مثير جدًا وغامض. إضافةً إلى ذلك تلك الجوانب الرومانسية الحياتية اللذيذة.. كأول كتاب اقرأه للكاتبة العظيمة فهو بحق رائع وبصدد قراءة المزيد من كتب هذه الكاتبة إن شاء الله .
Chocolaa
اممممممممممم اعشق روايات اجاثا كريستي

وهاذي الرواية كانت فاتحة العشق والعلاقة الي بيني وبين اجاثا كريستي ... السبب الي يخليني احب اجاثا كريستي اني احس في رواياتها روح مرحة على الرغم من انها روايات جريمة

لا تسألوني شلوووون بس جذي ... روايات اجاثا كريستي فيه روح مرحة لا تخطأ ... شخصياتها فيهم غرابة اطوار عجيييبة

يعني مس ماربل مثلا ... عجووووز غير متزوجة تعشق حديقتها الصغيرة...و تدس انفها في كل المشاكل والقضايا ...وكل شخص تقابلة تلاقي له شخص يشبهه في قريتها الصغيرة سينت ميري ميد ... وكل قضية تواجهها...more
Lou Robinson
I haven't read an Agatha Christie for years, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, as I'm an avid fan of Joan Hickson as Marple, only a couple of paragraphs in, I remembered which episode was based on The Moving Finger and therefore whodunit! Never mind, was still an entertaining and (thankfully following on from Wolf Hall) a quick read.
Durdles
I must have read this as a teenager in Devon during the 1970s but the fact that it was so obviously set down the road on the edge of Dartmoor completely passed me by at the time. I did see Agatha Christie in her garden at Greenway while on a boat trip down the river Dart from Totnes around that time - she was pointed out by the man on the public address system causing the whole party to swing round and stare in unison - but I was more concerned by the fact that my mother had somehow mixed up my...more
Ririn
4.5 stars

Actually, maybe the book really deserved a 5 stars from me, since it managed to spin me around too! But I was upset because I was so sure of my suspect from the beginning that I was put out when it turned out otherwise. Haha...speaking of ego here. Think I am so clever this time to spot the right villain. After all the Agatha Christie's books that I read, seems that I still haven't learn my lesson :( which is never suspect the obvious!!
Lobstergirl
May 13, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rand Paul
Silly and misogynistic, relievedly short. My moving finger moved rapidly through the pages.
Adela C.
"Una dintre cărțile mele de care am rămas atașată este „Mâna ascunsă”. Unele romane nu trec testul timpului – pentru mine, însă, acesta îl trece cu brio."
Agatha Christie

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La recomandarea doctorului, Jerry Burton se mută pentru câteva luni în liniștitul orășel Lymstock împreună cu sora lui, pentru a se recupera după un accident aviatic. Doctorul îl sfătuiește să se implice în bârfele locale și să-și bage „nasul cu interes și curiozitate în treburile vecinilor” săi. Dar Jerry va găsi orice, numa...more
Mike
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Duncan
You know what, everybody? When I started obsessively reading Agatha Christie/Miss Marple books about about a month ago, I was embarrassed. I knew you people would look down your noses at me for reading "Mystery novels." The kindest thing you might have said was, "Oh, well, Teater is in a beach reading phase -- hope he's back to the classics by September." More likely, you would have wondered what happened to me -- maybe some sort of swimming accident that deprived my brain of oxygen just long en...more
Mohamed Ateaa
رواية في الريف
ومس ماربل هذه المرة
والطيار الذي يتعافي في قرية في الريف الانجليزي
واخته المهووسة
ورسائل الفضائح المشينة
ورواية اخري من روايات اجاثا كريستي
هي ممتعة لكنها ليست الافضل

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يناير 2014
فنافن
لا أملك ما أقول بخصوص المؤلفة البارعة ..
ولكن هذه الرواية جميلة جداً لأن أحداثها انعطفت في مسار غير متوقع أبداً ..؛
تُفاجئنا أجاثا كريستي دائماً في حبكتها المتقنة ..

ولكن هذه الرواية لها نكهة مميزة؛
Shannon
Hats off to this one. Entertaining -- village gossip, anonymous letter writer -- I had thought up to the end that the mystery was quite transparent. Murder mysteries do have archetypes and tend to follow a set formula, but Christie delivers pure entertainment. One must get past the archaic love affairs - she seems awkward when bringing two lovers, one of them usually very stiff and reserved in emotion, together. Not a lot of the title character, either. I find that her novels that allow for a na...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
It was a nice story alright but not a good detective story. There was a shade of excitement in the background but it's not much audible. There isn't much detection in the normal sense. But I liked the love story of Megan and Burton. It was sweet romance. And Miss Marple appears almost to the end of the story,and not much importance is given to her. So this book seems to have been developed more like a normal story than as a thriller. It seems to be something Agatha Christie has been doing in man...more
David
I guess I'm getting frustrated with Agatha Christie and her "Miss Marple" series. "The Moving Finger" is the third in that series. I have no idea why. "Why what," you ask? Well, why it's called a "Miss Marple Mystery," I answer. There is no reference to Miss Marple until the end of Chapter 9 (about 69% of the way through the book -- and note that the book ends where my Kindle says 93% complete since there's the usual filler at the end). She makes her first appearance in the next chapter where sh...more
An Odd1
http://books.google.ca/books?id=UMgk5... Sample. Screen version starts trashy, booze and bare skin, but later costumes are lovely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMoTOn...

I'd forgotten how funny is this introduction to eternally elderly Miss Marple, even to the last words "Joanna's little joke" p181. (view spoiler) Page one, I remembered who penned vicious letters that...more
Cheryl
Agatha Christie wrote THE MOVING FINGER during the horrific long nights of bombings in nineteen forty-three. The circumstances may have influenced her choice of narrator, Jerry Burton, an RAF pilot injured in a crash that would require six months recovery in a quiet, provencial town away from London. Doctor's orders!

Jerry's sister, Joanna, chose Lymstock and Little Furze as the ideal town and rented home for the convalescent. Upon arrival, two plot lines came to the new address: one was an anony...more
Christine
Siblings Jerry and Joanna move to the country to help Jerry recuperate from an injury. As they adjust to the slow country life, they receive an anonymous letter accusing them to be lovers. They soon discover that many residents are receiving anonymous letters (with incorrect accusations). Things become serious when the solicitor's wife commits suicide after the paternity of her son is challenged. The local police try to figure out what is going on, but when the vicar's wife calls in her old, dea...more
Patrick Hayes
A short mystery where the famous detective, Miss Marple, doesn't even appear until the last 50 pages! This was a neat story of gossip run amuck in a small village in 1942 England. The protagonist is convalescing, from a plane crash, Jerry Burton, who with his sister Joanna have rented a house in Lymstock, so that he can relax. In the first chapter, Joanna receives an annoymous letter full of slanderous comments. The letter is thrown away, but when other characters are introduced, it seems that t...more
Nancy Oakes
I must say, I didn't like this one as well as I thought I would. For one thing, Miss Marple has only a very small role here. On the other hand, it is only the 3rd full-length novel featuring Miss Marple so maybe her creator hadn't really fleshed out her character yet.

Brief synopsis: This story is told in first-person mode by one Jerry Burton, who was a pilot for the RAF and crashed his plane. He is prescribed quiet rest, so he rents a house in the small village of Lymstock along with his sister...more
Patricia Rodrigues
Mais um livro que leio de Agatha Christie, que me prende a leitura, na ânsia de querer descobrir o culpado, mas sou fraca "investigadora".

Jerry Burton, após ter tido um grave acidente de aviação, e por recomendação do médico, decide ir para uma aldeia pacata, juntamente com Joanna, a sua irmã, para se restabelecer. Os dois partem então para Lymstock, uma sossegada vila, no entanto, o que eles julgavam ser um meio calmo, acaba por se tornar num grande mistério, com o recebimento de cartas anónima...more
Ahmad
The Moving Finger (Miss Marple #4), original publication year 1942
Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Jerry Burton, Joanna Burton, Megan Hunter, Aimée Griffith, Owen Griffith, Richard Symmington, Elsie Holland, Agnes Woddell, Mrs. Dane Calthrop, Emily Barton, Mr. Pye.
Abstract: Jerry Burton, wounded pilot narrator, recuperates in quiet Lymstock with loyal fashionable sister Joanna, until vicious letters spread suspicion, then death. Mrs Symmington is not the type to panic, but drinks cyanide and leaves...more
Rachel
This was a fun Agatha Christie read. She has a lot of different "flavors" to her novels, and I would say that this was enjoyable, lighthearted, and short. It had a conversational tone and I enjoyed reading through the main protagonist. The mystery was not very deep or surprising and it wasn't suspenseful, but it was interesting enough to enjoy.

I'd like to add that I've been wary of reading Miss Marple books (I love Poirot!) because I'm not sure I like the image of a meddling old woman, but that...more
Sun
The Burton siblings, Jerry and Joanna, move to the peaceful village of Lymstock where nothing ever happens so that Jerry can recover from a flying accident. The tranquility is disturbed by a poison pen whose venom is directed at everyone in the village. The townspeople are disturbed but Jerry and Joanna are sophisticated enough to laugh it off - that is, until one note provokes a suicide.

Miss Marple gives a guest appearance but is a more or less perfunctory character. The story is given the grea...more
Mónica Silva
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Inicialmente, Lymstock parece a típica aldeia pacífica e sossegada. Contudo, o leitor depressa se apercebe que algo muito sinistro se passa por detrás desta fachada de perfeição rural. Que mistérios esconde esta pacata aldeola?


Como é óbvio, cabe à velhinha adorável – mas assustadoramente perspicaz – Miss Marple deslindar este enigma aparentemente insolúvel. Como grande fã desta personagem, tenho pena que esta tenha sido um interveniente di...more
Briar Rose
I found the mystery in this one somewhat lacking, especially after the last Miss Marple, the brilliant Body in the Library. The solution was disappointingly humdrum, and there were a few details that were sloppy; however, the characters and setting are wonderful, and the story unfolds beautifully. The real pleasure of an Agatha Christie novel is not in the mystery, but in her funny and beautiful characters, and the quiet observations she has on life. By that measure, this novel holds its own wit...more
Michael A
Another high-class Marple novel here.

Christie still had her wits about her when she wrote this one -- this effectively pulls off a major red herring that distracts and the murderer is a complete surprise. The atmosphere of a poison pen responsible for the two murderers heightens the tension wonderfully. It's fantastic in the flow of the narrative -- the narration is great, the interference of Marple at a later point helps it come to a smooth end, and the writing and dialogue are wonderfully econ...more
Stacey
I loved the main character and the fact that this story was told in first-person POV from his perspective. And kudos to the dame for once again including some artful weaving of realistic romance into the essential story lines. Most significant for me, though, is that while this story can count as yet another illustration of why Christie is given so much well-deserved cred for her masterful mystery spinning, what I relished most is something she is simply not given enough credit for: complex and...more
Andrea
Of all of Christie’s detectives, Miss Marple is the one I’ve read least so this was something new. That being said, I am not sure if was just this book or what, but Miss Marple didn’t even show up until well over 70% of the way into the book. Interesting little mystery set in a small town with all the typical small town claustrophobia and judgementalism when suddenly folks start getting nasty anonymous letters. I liked the main character, a sister and brother looking for a quiet unexciting town...more
Felicity
This was a departure from the usual format of Miss Marple as Jane Marple didn't appear until the last few chapters to solve the mystery. Instead the main protagonist was Jerry Burton who was renting a house in the village of Lymstock with his sister Joanna to convalesce from a flying accident. Jerry was a good protagonist as he was an outsider which meant he viewed everyone in the village with suspicion when someone started to send poison pen letters. After Someone commits suicide the plot moves...more
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