Title: The Moving Finger
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Ms Marple #4
The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna. But soon a series of vicious poison-pen letters destroys the village’s quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide. The vicar, the doctor, the servants—all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arrives from an unexpected quarter. The vicar’s houseguest happens to be none other than Jane Marple
Oh this was an interesting one. To call it a Ms Marple book is a real misnomer, while she is in it she is only appears in the last few pages, instead working her Marple crime solving knowledge behind the scenes only revealing to the narrator at the very end. The book doesn’t really need Marple. We follow Jerry Burton who thinks he has escaped the big city to recover in the country to find more than just devious goings on in the sleepy village. The mystery its self is just as well paced as any other Christie’s, letting you think you have guessed who-dun-it just to pull the rug out from under you later.
I really enjoyed how this one evolved and how different it was from other Christie’s I have read.