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4.50 From Paddington de Agatha Christie
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4.50 From Paddington (original: 1957; edição: 2020)

de Agatha Christie (Autor)

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For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses . . . and no corpse.… (mais)
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Título:4.50 From Paddington
Autores:Agatha Christie (Autor)
Informação:(2020), 244 pages
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In which a woman witnesses a murder on a passing train, leading Miss Marple to a feuding family.

"4.50 from Paddington" (or "What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw" in the US) is a strong Marple work written on the cusp of Christie’s middle and late periods. As with many of her best works, there’s an intriguing and unsettled family dynamic, which spits out suspects left, right and centre. Best of all, there’s a strong investigator character in Lucy Eyelesbarrow, a young woman who goes undercover for Miss Marple at Rutherford Hall, which allows Marple to play to her strengths without the novel coming across as laconic. (Lucy is also the best thing about the better-than-average Joan Hickson adaptation.)

Several late Christie works deal with “unclear murders”: a clue suggests someone died at some point somewhere, but with no clear information. (Witness the later Tommy and Tuppence books, for instance.) Most of the time, this leads to a confused narrative, relying too much on conflicting memories without the emotional strength that ties into the powerful nostalgia novels such as "Five Little Pigs". Here, though, there’s enough intrigue in the murder – occurring on one train, witnessed by a woman on another – and Rutherford Hall provides so many possibilities, that things just work.

"4.50 from Paddington" has elements of a classic, but doesn’t quite cut the mustard, for the simple reason that betrays many Marple novels: the limited, hazy clues simply don’t yield much fruit. In the climax, Marple is so certain of her case that she plants an elaborate – and very public trip – to catch the killer. Had she proven incorrect, this would surely have given the game away to the true murderer. Given that it’s so hard to see how Marple reaches her conclusions – or, rather, how she reaches them with so much certainty – this seems reckless. However, I’ll call this one a very solid read.

[Sometimes found under the title "Murder, She Said", to tie in with the 1960s adaptation starring Margaret Rutherford.]

Marple ranking: 3rd out of 14 ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
A Miss Marple that hardly has her in the book. Still I liked the mystery and the characters and it was a nice, fun read ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
Nothing out of the ordinary... just a pleasant "read" and it is always nice to have a full cast for the audio version! ( )
  yukon92 | Sep 11, 2020 |
I enjoyed this very much. I read it many years ago (under the title What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!) but did not remember any of it. I was going to just dip into it while in the coffee shop and leave it there, but it caught my interest quickly so I bought it.

Mrs. McGillicuddy was traveling on a train when she saw another train pulling alongside, going in the same direction. She watched while a blind flew up in one of the windows and a man, his back to her, strangled a young woman. Horrified, Mrs. Mc tried to interest authorities in the event but did not feel too successful. Fortunately, she then turned to her friend Mrs. Marple, who believed her. And who worked out approximately where the body must have gone.

While a competent Scotland Yard man, friendly with Mrs. Marple, investigated on the ground, Mrs. Marple continued to ruminate on the persons involved, comparing them to village people she had known. Her M.O.

We enter quite a thicket here, with no clear exit. Ultimately the case is wrapped up, but not before there are additional murders. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
I have to say that for any mystery enthusiasts out there you have to make sure that you read Agatha Christie. I cannot get over how many books this woman wrote and how she manages to surprise me every time with her endings.

4:50 from Paddington begins with Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy taking a train to visit a friend in St. Mary Mead (we all know who this friend is if you have ever read a Miss Marple novel before) for the Christmas holiday. After awakening from a nap, Mrs. McGillicuddy sees a woman being strangled to death in a train that is running parallel with her own. When she arrives at Miss Marple she is relieved to see that her friend believes her. Though Mrs. McGillicuddy has planned trips abroad and leaves, Miss Marple continues to investigate.

There was a unique cast of characters involved in this story and I was very happy to read the remarks made about previous cases such as "A Murder is Announced" and that we get to hear from previous characters from prior novels such as Griselda from "The Murder at the Vicarage".

Miss Marple through some more investigating determines that if someone did strangle a woman the only place that the body could have been thrown is at one particular stretch of land that is owned by the Crackenthorpe family. With some help from a companion that stayed with her years earlier, Lucy Eyelesbarrow is employed by the Crackenthorpe family and begins to investigate the family and grounds and reports back to Miss Marple.

I found that the main mystery of who the young woman was that was strangled and how was she connected to the Crackenthorpe family was very well done. I am going to say that the ending was a total surprise to me and I once again guessed the wrong person as the murder. There was a little intrigue left up in the air at the end of this novel which drove me bonkers.

Additionally, I thought that the introduction of Lucy was very good and I wish that we would have seen more of this character in subsequent Miss Marple stories.

I am very excited to get to the next book on my Agatha Christie list, "A Caribbean Mystery". ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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Christie, Agathaautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Barnard, RobertIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fox, EmiliaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Franceschini, PaolaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Griffini, Grazia MariaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hickson, JoanNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Himmelstoss, BeateNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Laine, Anna-LiisaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Orengo, NicoPrefácioautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Simonsen, HelgeTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Miss Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses . . . and no corpse.

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