The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple mystery

Redd Becker Book Review

In Agatha Christie’s The Moving Finger, a newcomer to the village receives a poison pen letter and finds The Moving Fingerthat many other villagers received them too. A maid who suspects the identity of the letter’s author is murdered before she can tell anyone.

I always enjoy Agatha Christie’s writing. Her style reads easily. She includes plenty of dialogue interlaced with setting descriptions. Equally important, she keeps you guessing with well placed clues as characters develop. The typical English village settings intrigue American readers, but her popularity demonstrates that English readers adore her stories equally.

The Moving Finger POV

Christie’s books, particularly her Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series, fascinate me. Both sleuths capture reader’s imaginations, yet they often don’t appear in a story until the ancillary characters become well established. In The Moving Finger Miss Marple hardly appears at all. The delay in the sleuth’s appearance may be due to the narrators Christie chooses to tell the story. She often writes in first person, but not from the sleuth’s point-of-view. 

Agatha Christie is well worth reading, even if you’ve seen the TV BBC dramas.

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie, Miss Marple mysteryThe Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4) by Agatha Christie
Published by Harper Collins on January 1st 1970
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 299

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 arrives from an unexpected quarter. The vicar's houseguest happens to be none other than Jane Marple.

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