4:50 from Paddington

Miss Marple #7-8

Agatha Christie

fiction mystery
informative mysterious slow-paced

missing duration info | first published 1999

In Agatha Christie's classic mystery 4:50 From Paddington, a woman in one train witnesses a murder occurring in another passing one...and only Miss Marple believes her story.

For an instant the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy stared helplessly out of her carriage window as a man tightened his grip around a woman's throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away. But who, apart from Mrs. McGillicuddy's friend Jane Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there are no other witnesses, no suspects, and no case -- for there is no corpse, and no one is missing.

Miss Marple asks her highly efficient and intelligent young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow to infiltrate the Crackenthorpe family, who seem to be at the heart of the mystery, and help unmask a murderer.

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summary of 414 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

mysterious 80%
adventurous 20%
funny 20%
lighthearted 20%

Pace

medium 60%
slow 20%
fast 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

No: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 50%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Average rating

3.77