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4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
Source: Public Library
Publisher: Signet Classics
This book was read as part of the Miss Marple feature, hosted at The Sunday Book Review.
This week’s discussion is centered around the Miss Marple novel: 4:50 From Paddington, or What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!
On a typical train ride to visit a dear friend, Elspeth McGillicuddy witnesses a most severe and heinous murder through the window into a train headed in the opposite direction. With no one believing what she saw, Mrs. McGillicuddy turns to her friend Miss Jane Marple for advice. Soon Miss Marple is on the case, leading us through a series of events and clues as she tries to solve the murder of the mysterious woman.
Following the classic mystery formula, I think fans of Dashiell Hammett will really appreciate this book because of its wit, humor, characters and the twisting plotline. I tried to guess who-dun-it numerous times and was wrong at each turn. I adored all the characters, especially Miss Marple. She reminded me of Angela Lansbury from the Murder She Wrote TV series I used to watch as a child. This was my first Agatha Christie book and I deeply regret I never read her work earlier. There were quite a few mentions of other mysteries that she solved sprinkled throughout this novel. I would have loved to known about those crimes and how she solved them.
Digging into the death of the mysterious woman, Miss Marple and her aides are led into the Crackenthorpe estate. This is a home of greedy children, a miserly old father, tension and frustration oozing throughout the family members. Anyone and everyone in associated with Rutherford Hall is a suspect, but just who is the suspect? That is cleverly disguised through various clues, alibis, subsequent murders taking place.
Join the discussion of 4:50 from Paddington at The Sunday Book Review and be a part of the Cooling Down with AC group this summer.
Book 26 of 2011
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Agatha Christie has always been one of those authors that I see in every nook and cranny of a library and bookstore. Dozens of books shelved in no particular order on the shelf, TV shows, movies and serials devoted to the much popular books.
Other than seeing the author’s name everywhere, I never really gave her much though until I got this e-mail, discussing all the awesomeness of this summer event. I plan on signing up for the Miss Marple feature, hosted at The Sunday Book Review.
Which will you join?
Book Club Girl, Booking Mama, Linus’s Blanket, The Sunday Book Review and Devourer of Books are proud to announce our Agatha Christie Summer Read-Along and invite you to join us!
Spend the Summer with Agatha – Cool Down with AC!
The read-along kicks off today and runs through Labor Day weekend – we’ll cap it off with a Book Club Girl on Air show with some special to-be-announced guests! Full details at this link: http://tinyurl.com/3bhnn9o
Julie from Booking Mama will explore the world of Hercule Poirot, Melissa from The Sunday Book Review will delve into the mysteries of Miss Marple, Jen from Devourer of Books will focus on Christie’s standalone novels and Nicole from Linus’s Blanket will focus on the four new Masterpiece Mystery films that will air on PBS this June and July. I will focus on Book Club Girl on her acclaimed short stories.
You can sign up at any one of our blogs and grab the overall tile ad and the one for Short Stories at Book Club Girl. You can pick up the individual tile ads that focus on the Marple, Poirot, Standalones and Masterpiece films read-alongs (or watch-alongs) at each of these blogs below!
Booking Mama – Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Devourer of Books -Standalone Mysteries
Linus’s Blanket – Masterpiece Mystery Movies on PBS
The Sunday Book Review – Miss Marple Mysteries
We hope you’ll join us for all or part of the read-along – the full schedule is below:
June 6th: “The Tuesday Night Club” on Book Club Girl
June 13th-June19th: 4:50 From Paddington: A Miss Marple Mystery on The Sunday Book Review
June 20th-June 26th: Three Act Tragedy: A Hercule Poirot Mystery on Booking Mama
June 20th-June 26th: Three Act Tragedy airs on PBS June 19th on Linus’s Blanket
June 27th: Endless Night on Devourer of Books
June 27th-July 3rd: The Clocks airs on PBS June 26th on Linus’s Blanket
July 5th: “Three Blind Mice” on Book Club Girl
July 4th-July 10th: Hallowe’en Party airs on PBS July 3rd on Linus’s Blanket
July 11th-July 17th: A Miss Marple Mystery on The Sunday Book Review
July 11th-July 17th: The Pale Horse airs on PBS July 10th on Linus’s Blanket
July 18th-July 24th: Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery on Booking Mama
July 25th: And Then There Were None on Devourer of Books
August 1st: “Witness for the Prosecution” on Book Club Girl
August 8th-August 14th: A Miss Marple Mystery on The Sunday Book Review
August 15th-August 21st: The A.B.C. Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery on Booking Mama
August 22nd: Ordeal by Innocence on Devourer of Books
August 29th-September 4th: Book Club Girl on Air Show to be announced!