Title: The Moving Finger
Author(s): Agatha Christie
No. of pages: 199
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publication date: July 1942
Date read: August 16th 2018
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.
Just another nice little murder mystery that takes place in an, seemingly, idyllic British village. How I love those. And I actually came to love some of the characters as wel – Jerry, Joanna and Megan. I didn’t really know the ages of both Jerry and Joanna, but I guess they were still quite young. Jerry seemed to be a caring person and Joanna seemed like a free bird. Megan, however, was a little weird at the start, but that came mostly because she wasn’t really taken care of by her family and was quite the misfit in the village.
I thought to know who’d dunnit right from the start and I only came to know that I was wrong right at the ending of the story! It wasn’t the most brilliant solution to a Christie mystery, but it was a good one.
There was one thing I missed though: Miss Marple herself. Although this is officially a Miss Marple murder mystery, I wouldn’t really call it that myself. Miss Marple only appears right at the ending and suddenly comes with the solution to the mystery, after only being in Lymstock for a couple of days. Nevertheless, it was still an enjoyable story to read! I think it may have been even better if I discovered what the meaning behind the weirdly numbered chapters was, because there must be more to those. Internet couldn’t make me any wiser, so if any of you know the secret behind it – I’d love to know!