08/03/2001

4.50 from Paddington (by Agatha Christie)

Four books by the same author, one after another, is probably not a good idea. But having never read anything by Agatha Christie, I was determined to catch up. So the next one I tried was'4.50 from Paddington'.

This is the story of Mrs McGillicuddy, who sees a gruestome murder from a railway carriage as she's travelling along. She mentions it to her friend Miss Marple. Miss Marple, always interested in a mystery, enlists the help of a young friend, who discovers the body.

After various false starts, Miss Marple successfully unmasks the murderer.

A cleverly written book, though nothing special. Just as well I didn't try this one first, or I might not have become so enthusiastic about this author's work.

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