The Moving Finger

The Moving Finger

by Agatha Christie


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ISBN-13: 9780007451630
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: Collins English Readers Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

Richard E. Grant is a British Swazi actor, screenwriter, and director. A prominent figure on television and film since the 1980s, he achieved international recognition as John Seward in the 1992 blockbuster film Dracula.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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The Moving Finger (Miss Marple Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
robroy More than 1 year ago
This is a truly fascinating plot, very twisty, and the nice little romance, along with period atmosphere and setting, makes it a treat for the English mystery-lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, overall, was not bad at all. I personally prefer Christie's Poirot-centric novels but this one was entertaining enough. The plot was clever and the ending definately satisfying. It's definately worth picking up while at the library or book store.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Never fails to deliver Agatha has done it again with a another classic mystery.
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Anonymous 22 days ago
A lot of fun solving this mystery!
BookishRuth on LibraryThing 29 days ago
¿Such a peaceful smiling happy countryside ¿ and down underneath, something evil¿¿-- The Moving Finger, p. 28After a wartime plane crash, Jerry Burton¿s doctor advises him to find a nice, quiet country village and ¿live the life of a vegetable¿ to speed along the recuperation process. Jerry and his sister Joanna settle in Lymstock, an idyllic country town that is three miles from a main road. It is a place where, as an astonished Joanna observes, ¿People really call ¿ with cards!¿ Jerry¿s peaceful, vegetative life in Lymstock is, however, soon shattered. A few days after their arrival, Jerry receives a malicious anonymous letter. The letter alleges that the Burtons are not brother and sister, but an unmarried couple living in sin. Jerry and Joanna are initially quite amused by the novelty of receiving such a letter, but they soon view the letter as a sign of something much more sinister.All of Lymstock, it seems, has been receiving these letters. When a woman apparently commits suicide after receiving a letter, the search for the writer intensifies. After another character is murdered, presumably by the anonymous writer, a palpable fear settles over the community. Neighbor suspects neighbor and the whole of Lymstock wonders who amongst them could be capable of such despicable acts.The indomitable Miss Marple makes her first appearance in the last quarter of the novel. For a less skillful writer than Dame Christie, the lack of the primary character could have made this story very tedious for the reader, but Christie¿s characters are so well-drawn and compelling that the reader does not notice the loss. The primary sleuthing has been done by Jerry and a few of the other residents of Lymstock, but only Miss Marple is able to connect the myriad of clues and bring the killer to justice.The Moving Finger was originally published in the United States in 1942. For a novel that is over sixty years old, it has aged incredibly well. Agatha Christie¿s extraordinary understanding of human nature gives her characters and her stories a timeless quality. One of my favorite Christie novels, The Moving Finger is a compelling read that will keep you guessing until the end.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 3 months ago
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 Joanna. No sooner do the two of them settle in than they receive a "poison pen" type letter making derogatory comments about Jerry's relationship with his sister. Well, it turns out that as he's talking to people in the village, he finds out that most everyone has been sent the same type of vitriolic letter. Sadly, after one woman receives one, she commits suicide by drinking cyanide. Another death soon follows, and the situation is out of hand. The vicar's wife decides she's had enough and calls in none other than Jane Marple, who she says is "someone who knows a great deal about wickedness." Surprisingly, Miss Marple only enters toward the end, and doesn't display much of her wonderful talent in this novel. I was a little disappointed but the story itself was quite good, with a kind of unique look at the characters who comprise an English village.I wouldn't start with this one if you are contemplating reading a story about Miss Marple, but it is a decent story and one I'm proud to keep in my home library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a slightly unusual Christie mystery. Miss Marple doesn't show up until page 86 of a story with 122 pages. Even so, the story works. Christie's mastery of human nature and plausible red herrings combine to form a solid mystery. One reader complained there was too much romance. I disagree. Romance and love, plus all the wonders and complications associated with both, are integral parts of Christie's works. They may be used to explain motivation behind the mystery, or to create red herrings, or to add versimilitude to a character, or some combination of all these things.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I begin my rant about romance I'll say that it is a very good book mostly because I like books in the first person. I did not like the romance. It was a bad idea. This is supposed to be a murder mystery, not a romance! I personally think that the romance ruined this and most other books. It would have given it five stars if it had not been for the romance, which cut off two stars. I'm not surprised this had Miss Marple. In most of the books by Agatha Cristie I've read Miss Marple was in it. Like 'Murder At The Vicarage' she plays a small part, because we're always with Jerry, the narrator. She still solved the mystery, but she came in near the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read like 20 or 25 Christie's books, and this is the first one I found dreadful. Too romantic, TOO SILLY, and where is Miss Marple?