4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie
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  • The problem is that no one believes what she saw (except her friend) and no body has been found

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      It is hard to believe that the 4.50 From Paddington was first published over fifty years ago. The current copy in my house proclaims it is an eighteenth impression and it is certainly not the first copy that has graced the library.

      Mrs McGillicuddy is travelling to see her friend Miss Marple by the 4.50 train from Paddington station. As two trains slow and run parallel for a few minutes Mrs McGillicuddy witnesses a murder on the other


      train. The problem is that no one believes what she saw (except her friend) and no body has been found.

      Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple adventures are these days widely known. Jane Marple is a spinster who may look like a sweet, dithery old lady but she has wits as sharp as a razor and when she smells a rat discreetly pokes her nose into things to ferret out the truth - often with startling results.

      This story is no ...


      • different, and after ascertaining where a body may be likely to be found, Miss Marple engages the help of Lucy Eyelesbarrow to prove her theories right and find the body.

        Successfully located by Lucy, it is then up to Inspector Craddock of Scotland Yard (by chance an old friend of Miss Marple) to identify the body and reveal the murderer. This proves rather more difficult but a joint effort brings the criminal to light and it is only

        after the murderer is revealed that we learn who the body belongs to.

        A fan of Agatha Christie or Miss Marple will relish in this book. Well written to keep us guessing until the end, any fan of whodunits should deem this worthy of a read. Not necessarily a huge fan of either this book is in my collection because of its railway theme.

        It has been read many, many times and the most recent occasion most certainly won’t be the last.




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