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Of poison pens and poisoning: a gripping Miss Marple mystery.

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 said ‘I can't go on'.

Only Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?

©1942 Agatha Christie (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Beyond all doubt the puzzle in The Moving Finger is fit for experts" ( The Times)

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Best narrator ever!

Loved, loved, loved this book. Far exceeded my hopes as I really enjoyed the Tele-movie - but the book is SO much better! Richard E Grant’s narration is superb. The book is written in the first person from Jerry’s perspective and Richard was thoroughly convincing. I will listen this more than once.

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Richard E Grant did a fantastic job narrating this book. One of my favourite of Christie's novels, he definitely did it justice.

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Disappointing

It’s disappointing because I had hoped miss marple would be with Richard E Grant but it was just Richard. I know the story so well that it was flat.

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Richard E. and Agatha

Is there a better combination? Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Richard E Grant? Well crafted characters, intriguing plot and brilliant characterisations. A wonderful way to begin my winter holiday.

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Loved it!

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I loved this book. Richard E Grant did a wonderful job reading this book. It was easy to follow and incredibly engaging. Even though Miss Marple only appeared for a few short minutes at the end of the book, it was still a great story. :)

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  • MargfromTassie
  • 29-05-2017

Reduced the chore of painting.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Moving Finger to be better than the print version?

Can't say - haven't read the print version.

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I really loved listening to this early Agatha Christie book. MIss Marple doesn't make an entry until well into the story. The identity of the killer, as always isn't easy to pick, but Miss Marple does it of course. Was a good story set in an English village (where else), very easy to listen to and perfectly narrated at a perfect pace. I hate painting skirting boards and woodwork but this took my mind off the job and before I knew it it was done!

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  • Anniebligh
  • 09-12-2013

An early Christie


And not a lot of Miss M, though she does show up with her knitting.

I did find myself wondering 'who did it?' when my main suspect was ruled out, only to be reinstated later.

Richard E Grant did read quite nicely thank you. A few fluffs at times though that really did not detract very much, More perhaps that a real live person was reading me a story and that is always a treat.

All up a lovely Christie I had never read before and enjoyed very much.

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  • CJ
  • 18-09-2019

Armchair detectiving at it's best

Excellent plot, excellently read. Agatha Christie brilliantly creates the atmosphere of an exaggerated English village of the 40's filled with caricatures who are not too outlandish to be believable. From poison pen letters to budding romance to murder Christie created a plot that is neither too strenuous to listen to nor dull. Richard E Grant makes for a very pleasant listen. He is one of the UK's forgotten treasures. Grant brings each character to life with well chosen inflections and accents. Overall, a highly recommended listen.

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  • Mrs. J. Peel
  • 03-02-2019

Loved it !!

As a lover of all things Christie I thought I would try this on Amazon Audable , and I wasn't disappointed . Richard E Grant was excellent as the narrater . As a disabled person I listen to a lot of radio . Up to yet I have listened to this 3 times !!!!

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  • Olivia Woodward
  • 27-12-2020

Alright but not thrilled

I wasn't a huge fan of this one, I do love a good mystery but this just didn't grab me. It is quite dated, which is to be expected, but I didn't enjoy it so much because of that. I did like the concept of anonymous letters though and the writing was good for the most part.

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  • timeout
  • 15-12-2020

Very Disappointing

I got this audiobook as, even for it's faults, this is probably my favourite Marple story (Even though she's not in it much). I preferred to get this version as whilst Joan hickson was great in the tv role, her narration isn't. Also, given the story is told from the main male character, it made sense for a man to narrate it. The fact it was Richard E Grant gave me confidence as well. How wrong I was. When her just talking as Jerry, it's ok if a little monotone, but the rest is awful. firstly, his pronunciation of the name Aimee is just downright annoying. Then there's the supposed Yorkshire accents. They were so bad is was almost laughable. He didn't seem to have much range in other voices either. I know it's a fine line for narrators to get a good balance between interesting or accurate to almost becoming caricatures but there didn't even sam to be an attempt here. I managed to slog on until the end,mainly because I knew the bits I really disliked weren't in the story as much after about halfway. I'll be returning it as I know I'll never listen to it again. If you like Marple, especially this story, get the BBC radio adaptation with June Whitfield. Aside from her being in it all the through and from the beginning, it's very true to the story and the performances are excellent.

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  • S. Donnellan Jones
  • 25-07-2020

‘Up North’

Has Richard E. Grant ever been to the North of England? The way he thinks we speak is laughable! The rest of his narration is excellent.

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  • NK
  • 22-07-2020

Excellent story and the best Miss Marple performer

Not only is this one of the great Miss Marple stories, but Richard E. Grant is clearly the best of all the Miss Marple performers, a joy to listen to. It is such a shame he hasn't done more of them, preferably all. An excellent listen and highly recommended.

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  • Ele
  • 06-03-2020

Richard E Grant is brilliant as ever

The story is thrilling and the characterisations second to none. On top of that you have Richard E Grant's fabulous voice acting.

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  • Jane
  • 29-03-2018

Great performance, great story

I really enjoyed this book, very well read by Richard e grant. I was wondering when miss Marple would make an appearance, which she does in the last few chapters.

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  • Ms A Dennehy
  • 17-09-2017

Beautiful narration

One of my favourite Agatha Christie books, supposedly a Miss Marple story, although she makes only the briefest of appearances in the later parts of the story. Instead we have a gripping tale of love and murder narrated by the hero, here beautifully and humorously portrayed by Richard E Grant

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  • Slawitian
  • 28-08-2016

too much of a good thing

What made the experience of listening to The Moving Finger the most enjoyable?

Personally, I think this is one of Christie's best stories. I couldn't really describe why I am so fond of t but I am. The characters of brother and sister and how they fit into the slightly alien world of the little village, somehow makes an excellent addition to the crime story itself.

What does Richard E Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Well, here is where I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Richard E Grant is an institution. The undisputed champion of male stately voices. His reading of James Bond stories is excellent. However, for this type of story, I find his voice too posh. If there would have been a version read by Emilia Fox, I would have bought that straightaway. I do feel guilty for not entirely liking this but I can't help it.

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