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The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) (edició 2011)

de Agatha Christie (Autor)

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Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets- a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can't go on," but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone- as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.--From back cover.… (més)
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Títol:The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
Autors:Agatha Christie (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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The Moving Finger de Agatha Christie

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    El misteri del Pale Horse / Agatha Christie ; versió catalana de Sergi Sánchez de Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: The narrator of The Moving Finger, Jerry Barton, reminds me of the narrator of another Agatha Christie book. Mark Easterbrook from The Pale Horse. In both of these stories the urban hero goes to a small town and gets entangled in a spine chilling mystery. Another thing that these two books have in common is an unconventional old lady named Mrs. Dane Calthrop, one of the more unique creations of Christie.… (més)
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This book was recommended by a friend, and happened to be the first Agatha Christie mystery I ever read. Hoping to get a sense of Miss Marple, a character I always heard about, I was disappointed that she didn't appear on the scene until the last quarter of the book, and she played a minor role at that. Just not my cup of tea. ( )
  quietman66 | Mar 22, 2021 |
Slightly creepy entry (but maybe because I was listening to an old radio play rather than reading the novel). Miss Marple gets up to speed with a village gossiping about a suicide perhaps caused by a flurry of poison pen letters. A wounded airman becomes interested in a young woman who dresses like a child (rather unsettling for contemporary ears).
But an interesting puzzle that beat me. ( )
  LARA335 | Jan 16, 2021 |
This was a great story in a menacing, creepy way. The writing reflects a lot of issues about the times which would be considered horrific now but that adds to the interest. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Dec 4, 2020 |
Poison pen letters devastate idyllic Lymstock, but they’re only the beginning…

"The Moving Finger" has some issues - Maurice Disher’s contemporary Times review points out some flaws with the narrator’s voice – but it’s perhaps Christie’s best examination of the sinister undercurrent in these tiny hamlets. The brutal poison pen letters with their filthy insinuations, the blackmail and murder, are at their peak here, with the duality perfectly conveyed through the arrival of our narrator and his sister – a London society couple – who struggle to interpret the difference between the sincere and malicious actions of their new neighbours, in a world with different social mores, hiding all sorts of dirty deeds.

There’s a case to be made for Jane Marple as a fascinating detective – where her observational skills and taste for gossip can one-up the local constabulary – but much of the time she is a secondary figure in her own novels. The general technique of solving a Marple mystery – noticing the background inconsistencies in seemingly implacable facades of village elders – often means the mystery consists of a close reading of some blathering elderly folk. When it works, it works, but too often the Marple books come across as glacially paced. "The Moving Finger", though, is an example of all these elements working, and how.

Later in life, Agatha Christie came to feel very comfortable with Miss Jane Marple (that’s the other factor in the relative decline of quality: Marple books were primarily written after WWII, and thus in Christie’s more patchy era). The best Marple books are those in which – shock horror! – Marple herself does some investigating, and the clues prepared for us are logical… if only we could read them. What makes Poirot stand out as a detective in crime fiction is that – in retrospect – we kick ourselves for not having been able to see what should have been blindingly obvious. Marple is in fine form here: her status as a hawk-eyed gossip makes her a wonderful amateur detective when used well, and this time the clues and facts – gathered by the narrator, the police and our spinster – all make sense. With a comparatively strong narrator, and a nice array of characters, the novel focuses on all the potential suspects while also maintaining atmosphere. Unlike "The Hollow", Marple’s late entry doesn’t damage things: if anything, it allows us to gather clues and then watch Marple figure things out in a far more breezy fashion than usual.

"The Moving Finger" is a clear classic. There are only two flaws: the “ugly duckling” sequence is an unnecessary strain of melodrama (which also led to an embarrassing low point in the Joan Hickson adaptation ), and there is a curiously maligned gay dude. (Christie wrote a few touching lesbians in her time, but gay men seem to have failed her litmus test.) However, these are minor issues for a novel written when my grandparents were children. Great stuff.

Marple ranking: 2nd out of 14 ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
Lymstock, England, ca 1940.
Jerry Butler er pilot i RAF og efter et slemt styrt har han brug for fred og ro til at komme sig så han kan smide krykkestokkene. Han og søsteren Joanna flytter derfor til Lymstock, hvor de lejer et lille hus Little Furze af en sød ældre dame Miss Emily Barton. Efter en uges tid dukker et anonymt brev op, der påstår at de ikke er bror og søster. Da lægen lidt senere kommer for at checke op på Jerry, kan han fortælle at brevene florerer. En pudsig detalje er at brevene ser ud til at være skrevet af en ældre dame, men udmærker sig ved slet ikke at bruge noget af det autentiske skandalestof, der findes i den lille by. Affæren udvikler sig da sagføreren Mr Symmingtons kone Mrs Symmington begår selvmord efter at have modtaget et af brevene. Politiet skærper jagten på den anonyme brevskriver. En tjenestepige Agnes bliver brutalt myrdet og alle mistænker alle. Jerry har dog fået et godt øje til Symmingtons datter Megan af første ægteskab og tager hende med til London hvor hun bliver fikset op svarende til hendes 20 år. Joanna driller Jerry med at han er blevet lun på Megan og han må give hende ret. Joanna er til gengæld lun på lægen Owen Griffith og til slut bliver begge par viet.
Krimigåden løses med venstre hånd af Miss Jane Marple. De anonyme breve er atypiske, så hvis man nu ser bort fra dem, er der en død dame tilbage og ægtefællen er jo altid den oplagte at mistænke. Tilsæt at konen var lidt træls og at der er kommet en sød (men tomhjernet) guvernante i huset for nylig og sagen har opklaret sig selv. Symmington lokkes i en fælde og alt vender sig til det bedste.

Smuk personbeskrivelse, som stadig er gyldig selv om miljøet for længst er ædt af tidens tand.
Det er næsten en Miss Marple uden Miss Marple, for hun dukker først op til sidst ( )
  bnielsen | Nov 13, 2020 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Christie, Agathaautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Giacchetti, LoredanaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hickson, JoanNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Houm, LiseTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Savonuzzi, ClaudioPròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Siikarla, EvaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets- a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs. Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says "I can't go on," but Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone- as secrets stop being shameful and start becoming deadly.--From back cover.

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