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The Moving Finger

(Miss Marple #4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  22,755 ratings  ·  1,434 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
Paperback, 299 pages
Published 2012 by Harper Collins (first published July 1942)
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Amalia Gavea
“There is too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will. I must concede you the Devil. God doesn't really need to punish us, Miss Barton. We're so busy punishing ourselves.”

Summer and winter are begging for an Agatha Christie masterpiece. Well, any season is fine, really, but extreme heat and extreme cold make most us seek a nice, cozy atmosphere, a good mystery (and what Agatha mystery isn’t good?) and the lovely Miss Marple. Every July and August I re-re
"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."

verse 51 of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám

“It's rather like Happy Families, isn't it? Mrs Legal, the lawyer's wife, Miss Dose, the doctor's daughter, etc. ... So sweet and funny and old-world. You just can't think of anything nasty happening here, can you?”

But nasty things do happen ... even in such an in
Ahmad Sharabiani
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
Andrei Bădică
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi-a plăcut!

"În viața fiecăruia există capitole ascunse care, sperăm noi, nu vor fi dezvăluite vreodată."
"Cât de multe știm la un moment dat? Mult mai mult - sau, cel puțin, așa consider - decât credem că știm! Dar nu putem ajunge la acele cunoștințe ascunse. Sunt acolo, dar nu le putem atinge."
Ms. Smartarse
Lymstock is the quintessential definition of the peaceful English countryside: just ask any of its inhabitants. Everything is so utterly uneventful here, that one might be tempted to attribute its inhabitants' main cause of death to boredom, rather than old age. In other words: the perfect place for Jerry Burton's rehabilitation needs. Doctor's orders. So when the first libel-induced suicide happens, our hero is obviously first in line to flex his sleuthing muscles.


In true Agatha Christie fashi
Elisha Condie
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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.

Sara Kamjou
داستان از جایی شروع میشه که جری برتون و خواهرش جوانا برای استراحت به یه روستا میرن و اونجا نامههای ناشناس توهینآمیزی برای افراد مختلفی میره و ...
کتاب معمایی خوبی بود ولی انسجام داستان یه کم پایین بود و شخصیتپردازی متوسطی داشت. نقش خانم مارپل توی کتاب خیلی حاشیهای بود. کلیشههای عاشقانه کتاب کمکی به جذابتر کردنش برای من نکرد.
یادگاری از کتاب:
افکار و احساسات آدمها روی در و دیوار تأثیر میگذارند.
Jess (Primrose)
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This on audio completely blew me away. It was the perfect introduction to Agatha Christie. I've already scooped up a few more of her books to dive into this year. Richard Grant has established himself as one of my favorite book narrators on audio. He makes the story come alive and reads with enthusiasm. The voices he creates for each character are unique and sure to draw a smile at times. Highly recommend this one in audio.

My Reactions:
-The brother and sister duo are stellar and I loved their
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Pros: I liked the main character brother-sister duo of Jerry and Joanna, and it was an interesting variation on the traditional poison-pen mystery. Most of the characters were less hateful than is often the case in Golden Age British mysteries, which made it a relaxing read for a sick day.

Cons: Why is this a Miss Marple mystery? She hardly appears and there's no reason, in terms of the plot, that the case could not have been solved in exactly the same way by the police, who seemed competent. I w
Simona Bartolotta
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, in-italian, 1900
“Most crimes, you see, are so absurdly simple.”

My edition features a beautiful afterword by Claudio Savonuzzi, in which this novel is called “a black fairytale” complete with a Cinderella and a Prince properly dressed for the occasion, and where it is noted how this is the only Christie detective novel where the detective where the detective almost lets the readers forget she (this is a Miss Marple mystery) is there. Our old (not to say ancient) Queen of Busybodies, in fact, appears only in the
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth Miss Marple mystery, although the narrator is Jerry Barton, while Miss Marple does not appear until late into the novel. Recovering from a serious injury, it is suggested that Jerry spend some time in the country to relax and so he takes a house called Little Furze, in Lymstock, and moves there with his sister, Joanna. Shortly after they arrive, a poisonous pen letter arrives, making all sorts of foul accusations and it soon appears that many others in the village have also re ...more
Mahdi Lotfi
در این داستان خانوادی بارتون برای رسیدن به آرامش از لندن به روستایی کوچک و آرام پناه می برند؛ اما به زودی متوجه می شوند که در این روستای کوچک بیش از لندن تشویش و نگرانی به آن ها می رسد. ماجرا وقتی شروع می شود که شخص ناشناسی اقدام به فرستادن نامه های آزار دهنده به اهالی روستا می کند و در آن، روستاییان را تهدید به افشای راز های زندگی شان نزد دیگران میکن و به آن ها افترا های بیهوده می زند. ماجرا وقتی پیچیده تر می شود که یکی از ساکنان روستا بر اثر دریافت یکی از همین نامه ها دست به خودکشی می زند و .. ...more
Iryna *Book and Sword*
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As you can see I've been on a diligent Agatha Christie kick. I think that the month of November makes me want to read mysteries - must be all that grayness and rain.

“Where do one's fears come from? Where do they shape themselves? Where do they hide before coming out into the open?”

Once again this turned out to be a re-read for me, and once again I couldn't remember anything from my first time reading. I only knew that I've read it, because it felt ver
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Στην αυτοβιογραφία της η Αγκάθα Κρίστι δηλώνει πως τούτο δω είναι το καλύτερο από τα μυθιστορήματα απ όσα έγραψε με την μις Μαρπλ. Πιθανόν. Ένα πάντως είναι το σίγουρο. Ένα κλασικό της βιβλίο που θα το διαβάσουν ευχάριστα αλλά και με αγωνία, όχι μόνο οι φίλοι της αλλά και όσοι αγαπούν τα αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα. Τα οποία βέβαια δεν έχουν καμία σχέση με την σημερινή πολύπλοκη ζωή μας και τα πολυσέλιδα (τούβλα...) ακριβά βιβλία! ...more
Nandakishore Varma
This one has romance and mystery in equal amounts: for a change, I found the mystery only so-so, but I loved the romance!
Hadeer Khaled
لا أحب كتابة مراجعات عن نوعين من الكتب: الروايات البوليسية و كتب العلوم الشرعية، لذا سأكتفي هنا بتوضيح بعض الأمور المُستفادة من هذه التجربة.

قرأت لأجاثا الكثير من أعمالها و لكن كنتُ محظوظة هذه المرة لِأنِّي قرأت هذا العمل و قد خرج من دار الأجيال، و هي الدار الوحيدة التي أخذت الحقوق القانونية بشكل رسمي لترجمة و طبع أعمال أجاثا في الوطن العربي، لذا لم أعانِ من أي سوء في الترجمة و لا اقتصاص فجّ للأحداث و الفصول، بل استمتعت بلغة رصينة مضبوطة فصيحة و واضحة، كما أن جودة الورق و نوع الخط كانا عامليْن جو
The fourth Miss Marple, and again an excellent read. Yet again, despite seeing multiple TV and film versions, I had forgotten who the culprit(s) was (were), and didn't guess until very close to the end (I think it was about 20 pages behind Miss Marple resolving it).
The story is well woven, with some very lively characters and strangely it is not until a long way through (around 3/4) that Miss Marple appears to solve the problem. Even with her late appearance it is still a thoroughly enjoyable an
Mahdi Lotfi
ه نظر میرسید که روستای آرام لیمستوک محل مناسبی برای آرامش جری بورتون تحت مراقبت و خواهرش جووانا بعد از تصادف باشد. اما خبر نامهای آغشته به سم در میان مردم پخش شد که رابطه نا مشروع، بین جری و جووانا را بر ملا میساخت، شوک آورتر اینکه نامه کریه در سرتاسر روستا میچرخید. وقتی خود کشی صورت گرفت روستا در شوک عمیقی فرو رفت. چندی بعد شخصی را برای تحقیق به روستا فرستادند که کشیش، دکتر و خدمتکاران را در معرض اتهام قرار داد، میهمان خانه کشیش کسی نبود به جز دوشیزه ترشیده، کارآگاه جین مارپل... ...more
Maruf Hossain
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who love classic mystery and agatha
Day by day I am becoming Agatha freak.
মিস মারপলের পূরণাঙগ উপনযাস দয মুভিং ফিঙগার ওরফে বেনামী চিঠির সাথে আরও ছয়টা ছোটগলপ নিয়ে এই সংকলন।
পরথম গলপ রকতের দাগ/The Bloodstained Pavement পড়ে একদমই ভালো লাগেনি। শারলকের মতো আকাশ-বাতাস থেকে কলু এনে হাজির করে রহসযভেদ করা হয়েছে। বাকি ৫টা গলপের মধযে খুব ভালো লেগেছে সনদেহ আর নীল ফুল -- আর বাকি ৩টা মোটামুটি ভালো লেগেছে।
তবে আসল জিনিস, অরথাৎ উপনযাস বেনামী চিঠি/The Moving Finger সময় পুরো উশুল করে দিয়েছে। করিসটির সবভাবসুলভ গলপ-বলার ভঙগিমা আর রহসযের মারপযাঁচে ভালোই
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, stars-4-0
“There are questions that you don't ask because you're afraid of the answers to them.”

I do wonder why Christie turned this story into a Marple. After all, it would have worked fine without her, since she has such a small role. Especially since we are totally involved in Jerry’s point of view, the narrator.

Weirdly, it wasn’t so much the murder that captivated me (I had an inkling who it was), but rather Jerry’s interactions with his sister, Megan, and indeed the rest of the village. What a n
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Gossip Girl and Miss Marple. Someone is on to everyones hidden secrets. But are they true? And who is the author of the letters? Luckily it doesn't take 6 seasons to find out. (By the time the Gossip Girl was revealed did we even care?)
Stephanie Anze
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna move to the quiet village of Lymstock. Having suffered an accident, Mr. Burton's doctor recommends that he goes to the countryside, where his recovery should be more peaceful. But shortly after their arrival, Jerry and Joanna receive a rather unsavory letter accusing them of an absolute lie. Thinking it a prank, they burn the letter and forget about the incident. That is until they learn that most people in the village have received similar letters. When one of ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen ⊰✿
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno_2018
Another delightful Christie mystery where the answer is staring you in the face.
The main characters are siblings Jerry and Joanna who have only just moved to Lymstock to then discover there is a poison-pen writer at large. And the letters don't even seem to have a hint of truth to them.
Naturally poison pen letters can only be written by middle aged spinster women (I love that this is the second book I've read from this time period recently with this assumption!!) and so that narrows down the fie
Jan C
I've read this several times and have seen the videos - but, of course, they always seem to change the story. It is enjoyable. Probably one of the few books where Miss Marple doesn't come into the picture until the book is three-quarters done. But, enter she does, to solve the murder.

Much of the book is consumed by the problem of anonymous poison pen letters. Then the bodies start falling.

Enter Miss Marple.
Sophie Hannah
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of Agatha's best, I think. A very clever, simple solution that makes you look back on everything that's gone before and see it in a different light. Miss Marple's hardly in it, so it doesn't really feel like a Miss Marple book, but there's so much good stuff in it, you don't really mind. Mrs Dane Calthrop, the vicar's wife, is a wonderful character.
Bom para passar o tempo mas muito fraco quando comparado com outras obras da autora. Faltou-lhe alguma ação, a Miss Marple só aparece nas últimas 50 páginas...
Opinião mais detalhada em breve.
David Evans
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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
Maria Gad
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
من المؤسف انه عند اعادة طباعة روايات أجاثا كريستى يتلاعب المسئولون بالنشر بالعناوين, فلقد قرات هذة الرواية من سنوات تحت اسم "جريمة فى القرية" و مازلت أتذكر بعض التفاصيل و ان تحيرت بين قاتلين محتملين لذا اكملت قراءة الرواية. هذة الرواية هى أضعف روايات أجاثا مقارنة بباقى كتاباتها, و لكنها تظل متفوقة على بعض الروايات الحديثة التى تجذب القراء هذة الأيام. تظل أجاثا كريستى هى أجاثا كريستى حتى و هى فى أسوء حالاتها
تبدأ الرواية بانتقال الأخوان جيرى و جوانا برتون الى قرية لامبستوك للبحث عن الهدوء. أنقشع ه
I am slowly rereading the Miss Marple books this year. This 3rd one barely qualifies as a Miss Marple as she doesn't make an appearance until about 80% of the way through. Of course, she quickly solves the case once she appears on the scene! It is almost as if Christie's publisher talked her into adding in a familiar sleuth rather than making it one of her stand-alone mysteries...

Richard E. Grant is marvelous in his narration of the audiobook. I really appreciated all the different voices he
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.” 86 likes
“There is too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will. I must concede you the Devil. God doesn't really need to punish us, Miss Barton. We're so busy punishing ourselves.” 48 likes
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