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.
This is a re-read for me and it wasn’t all that long ago since I read it but I had completely forgotten how it all played out. To call it a Ms Marple book is a real misnomer, while she is in it she is only appears in in chapter ten and only really has any input in the last few pages of the boo,k 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 like how suspicion builds in this book and how we as the reader get just as sucked into the village gossip as Jerry. All the various goings on behind the scenes does make the final reveal a little lack lustre as I feel we were not as privy to information as we could have been but overall its a fun read