Book review: The moving finger

Title: The moving finger

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Jerry injured his legs in an accident and was ordered by the doctor to recuperate in the countryside. His sister and him chose to stay in Lymstock, supposedly a quiet town, during the period. Shortly Jerry received an anonymous mail accusing that he and Joanna were not siblings. He later realized other townsfolks received something similar. Later, Mrs Symmington was found dead, the note found wrote “I can’t go on”. The coroner believed she committed suicide, while the folks believed she committed suicide because of the accusation in the mail she received. The police stepped in to investigate the sender behind those anonymous mails. One week later, one of Mrs Symmington’s maids was murdered. Not satisfied with the progress of the investigation, Jerry decided to track down the murderer himself. He went around to gather facts and clues, but made little progress. Miss Marple was later invited to assist with the case. Based on the facts and clues Jerry gathered, she laid a trap and nabbed the murderer.

When I got this book, I expected that since it is a Miss Marple mystery, it would be about how Miss Marple solved the mystery. But Jerry is the lead character in this story, and Miss Marple appears very late in the story. Nevertheless the plot and mystery do not disappoint. I must admit that when Miss Marple pointed out what Jerry missed out, those were also what I had missed out.

PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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