Mrs McGillicuddy is traveling by train when she witnesses a woman being strangled in the train traveling alongside hers She reports the incident and is promptly dismissed, leaving her to turn to her friend, the resourceful Miss Marple Strange as it seems, Miss Marple believes her Mrs McGillicuddy looked at her without comprehension and Miss Marple reaffirmed her judgment of her friend as a woman of excellent principles and no imagination I always forget about that brief section in 4 50 from Paddington that feels like the beginning of the dreaded story problem if two trains are traveling Luckily, Miss Marple soon discards that line of investigation in favor of looking for the body, because no one has been reported missing and no one was found dead on the train As it goes in the famous Breakfast Club episode of Psych, no body, no crime Elderly Miss Marple can t go scouring a country estate for clues, so she hires the very clever and resourceful Lucy Eyelesbarrow to take a post at the most likely spot the body was dumped What follows is classic Christie manor mystery, filled with the usual characters given enough shading to distinguish them The eccentric, miserly father, the dutiful daughter, and the three sons the artistic one from abroad, the posh London businessman and the youngest, a slick grifter Cast is rounded out by the impish grandson and his school friend, household staff, Yard Detective Craddock and, of course, Miss Marple and Florence , with guest appearance by Mrs McGillicuddy I m sure you will succeed, my dear Lucy You are such an efficient person In some ways, but I haven t had any experience in looking for bodies I m sure all it needs is a little common sense, said Miss Marple encouragingly Among Christie s creations, What Mrs McGillicuddy Sawthe original title stands out in character and plotting Published in 1957, rather late in Christie s career, she cleverly uses Lucy as a stand in for Miss Marple Lucy s position at the manor allows her to poke into all sorts of corners as well as getting to know the family sometimes, a little bit better than she would like I was particularly fond of the beginning chapters establishing Lucy s tenure and her initial attempts at poking around the estate Grandson Alexander and his friend Stoddart West livened up the search They discoursed gravely during lunch on events in the sporting world, with occasional references to the latest space fiction Their manner was that of elderly professors discussing paleolithic implements In comparison with them, Lucy felt quite young There s a couple bits that feel dated, particularly the investigative line spent pursuing any mental bends in the family tree The denouement too it might have surprised me the first time through, but as I ve slowly re read and cataloged my Christie reads, I realize it s an ending used before with Miss Marple, no less While it gets a bit silly near the end, it overall manages to maintain the air of suspense Ah well, a fun read anyhow. 4 50 from Paddington Miss Marple, 8 , original publication year 1957Characters Miss Jane Marple, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, Mrs McGillicuddy.Abstract Having done her Christmas shopping, Mrs McGillicuddy relaxes happily in a train Then another train, going in the same direction, draws abreast and for some minutes the two trains proceed side by side That has happened to all of us But in a first class carriage of the second train, Mrs McGillicuddy sees, to her horror, a man strangling a woman then the second train gathers speed and vanishes into the night Who was the woman Who was the man who strangled her And why is the body not found for so long As Mrs McGillicuddy is going to stay with her old friend Miss Marple, you may be sure these questions all get answered in the end 2006 4 50 1384 343 9643633268 20 4 50 1388 720 9789643636203 4 50 . Doamna McGillicuddy r mase ncruntat i vag nemul umit Oare conductorul avea s raporteze cele relatate de ea Sau spusese a a doar ca s o lini teasc Erau o mul ime de femei n v rst care c l toreau prin ar , pe deplin convinse c demascaser comploturi comuniste, c erau n pericol de a fi omor te, c au v zut farfurii zbur toare i nave spa iale secrete i raportau crime care nu avuseser loc niciodat Dac omul o considera drept una dintre ele Nu chiar, spuse Craddock E o idee foarte de teapt s spui ferm c nu i aminte ti Foarte mul i oameni nu i amintesc ce au f cut i unde au fost acum o s pt m n Este util ndeosebi dac nu vrei s atragi aten ia asupra felului n care i ai petrecut timpul. The truth is people are an extraordinary mixture of heroism and cowardice I don t really want to consider Miss Marple s character a flaw in itself, but not only I don t particularly connect with her, she wasn t even present most of the time Since the figure of the detective is one of the things I consider and value the most in a crime novel, I was disappointed Long story short, long live my favourite Belgian egghead This investigation ran so long It just dragged on and on for 200 pages without moving forward in the slightest It doesn t happen to me very often with this kind of books, but this time around I have no choice but admit that I was bored to tears Another thing about detective fiction that makes me fall head over heels every single time is the long explanation that takes place at the end of the story, whodunit style, the so called d nouement In Christie s novels, the d nouement is usually long and unbelievably satisfying I always enjoy it, even when I didn t like how the investigation was carried out In 4 50 from Paddington, the whole thing is explained in two measly pages I found it anticlimactic and underwhelming.Definitely not the best Christie s out there. An enjoyable quickie Fittingly, it s the sort of mystery quick fix you could finish on a train, say London to Yorkor better yet, London to Paris In 4.50 from Paddington an old lady witnesses what she believes is a murder on another train traveling alongside hers The police have nothing to go on besides her story and they re disinclined to believe her In steps Miss Marple, that aged busybody With the help of a young acquaintance, Marple strings together the evidence from the sidelines In fact, Marple appears in this book very little Scenes play out, red herrings are dropped about the reader commingled with the real story, and Marple stitches them together or assists with helpful advice from afar before arriving on the scene to deliver the decisive blow in the end I believe this is only my second Miss Marple and as I said, it was quite enjoyable Sure, it s a tad quaint in a Murder She Wrote way, but it s a nice change from the bloody minded crime novels I d give it perhaps 4 stars if it had a touchdepth and ingenuity But the premise is good and on the whole it s a perfect diversion for a short journey. So let s say you are an elderly Scottish woman While you are returning from a day of christmas shopping in the city you happen to glance out the train window and see something quite unsettling in a neighboring train A MURDERNo one else is around and when you report this terrible, unsettling crime you are met with severe skepticism What is one to do You ve just seen a woman killed, you have no idea what the murderer looks like, and you are afraid you one will believe the rambling of a silly old Scottish woman.Well, if you are Mrs McGillicuddy which I think we can all agree is an AMAZING name you confide your fears to your good friend Miss Jane I have caught so manymurderers than you Marple This dame knows how to get things done.Witness never saw the murderer Not a problem.No body was ever found Hardly an inconvenience.No idea which train it was that the murder took place on She has people for thatToo old to actually go sleuthing about She ll just use her inherent awesomeness to convince an equally awesome woman to go undercover and prove my brilliant theory was right she ll just chill on the background and let the youngfolks run about while carefully processing all the clues and catch YET ANOTHER murderer because she is that awesome certainlyawesome than any of us will ever be I haven t even caught one murderer.But in all seriousness Christie constructed both a very neat murder mystery and some pretty fascinating characters to go along with it She weaves a story of an overbearing patriarch, ungrateful and rather wretched children well not all, most the majority of them , some mysterious letters, and a body whose origins are unknown Like most of her mysteries I had no idea who the killer was and the solution to the murder was elegant and followed logically from all the information the reader has been exposed to.Interestingly there was actually very little Miss Marple in this story She shows up in the beginning, but, recognizing how old and frail she has become, enlists the aid of one Lucy Eyelesbarrow to do the footwork of tracking down Miss Marple s hunches The chapters tell the story from different characters perspectives and provides a wide view of the mystery for the reader The plot is brisk but well paced and Christie does a wonderful job giving all of the characters depth and purpose All in all a smashing mystery that was engaging and rewarding.It should be noted I consumed this book in audio form The narrator, Emilia Fox who could not beof a British thespian, seriously, look at her family tree , did a stupendous job with the voices It was very clear from her tone, pacing, and accent what character was speaking at a given time and her voice in no way distracted from the story she was narrating I would definitely listen to another Christie audio book if she was the one doing the narration. Elspeth McGillicuddy Is Not Given To Hallucinations Until She Witnesses A Murder At Paddington Station But Did She No Victim, No Suspect, No Other Witnesses In Fact No One Believes It Really Happened At All Except Her Friend Miss Jane Marple, And She S Returning To The Scene Of The Crime To Discover Just Exactly What Mrs McGillicuddy SawAlso Published As What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw An excellent Miss Marple, with her at her very best, ably assisted by Lucy Eyelesbarrow A great story, very original, with a large cast of possible suspects or are they possible victims Well woven as ever by the Mistress of Crime into a story with a number of red herrings and a wonderful denouement Certainly worth a read. . Mrs Elspeth Gillicuddy is returning from Christmas shopping to visit her friend when a train, going in the opposite direction to the one she is travelling on, stops opposite her carriage and she witnesses a murder Nobody believes her story, but, of course, the friend she is visiting is Miss Marple, who is very willing not only to believe her, but to investigate Having deduced the likely place for a body to be left, Miss Marple involves the super efficient Lucy Eyelesbarrow to take work at Rutherford Hall, home to the miserly invalid Mr Crackenthorpe and his his daughter, Emma Then she tasks her to investigate the grounds, to see whether she can discover the mystery woman that Mrs Gillicuddy saw strangled on a train This is one of the most enjoyable Miss Marple novels I have read With Miss Marple ensconced in a nearby boarding house, Lucy embarks on her investigation Mr Crackenthorpe rules the house by controlling the money given to his daughters and sons businessman, Harold, artist, Cedric, black sheep, Alfred and his son in law, Bryan There are possible heirs, a missing victim, poison, lots of clues and a great cast of characters An excellent read, which confirms that Christie is, indeed, the ultimate Queen of Crime.
Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name
- 288 pages
- 4.50 from Paddington
- Agatha Christie
- 15 October 2017 Agatha Christie