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Book Title: The Moving Finger|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.56 MB
v The author of the book: Agatha Christie
Date of issue: September 12th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780007208456
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Read full description of the books The Moving Finger:This on audio completely blew me away. It was the perfect introduction to Agatha Christie. I've already scooped up a few more of her books to dive into this year. Richard Grant has established himself as one of my favorite book narrators on audio. He makes the story come alive and reads with enthusiasm. The voices he creates for each character are unique and sure to draw a smile at times. Highly recommend this one in audio.
-The brother and sister duo are stellar and I loved their banter!
-Jerry's views on women are both archaic and sweet at times. Which is so rare to see!
-Megan is a unique, gem of a character that made me laugh out loud a few times.
-I loved to see Joanna's evolution from "painted trollop" (Poison Pen's words not mine) to something more. It was exactly what I hoped for!
-I was surprised that this is a Miss Marple story but we don't meet her until the last quarter of the book; in which she tidily puts things right.
-The cast of Lymstock residents will not disappoint you with their gossip, antics, and focus on the ordinary acts of the life that most people would not comment on nor notice.
-A well crafted mystery. I was fascinated that for the simplicity of a storyline; a complexity was underfoot. The murderer seems quite obvious but keeping with the theme "there's no smoke without fire" Christie creates a smokescreen that had me fooled for most of the book as well. Masterful.
What's It About:
Jerry Burton has been injured in a flying accident. On doctor's orders, he is to find a nice quiet country town to recover in. He is to relax, join in a the mild local gossip, and prepare for mild boredom while he recovers. His sister, London maven Joanna accompanies him as she is sure this is going to such a lark of fun. When they arrive to Lymstock, both are amused by the small town life, its characters, local culture, and its quirks. Until Jerry receives his letter from the local "Poison Pen" which accuses the pair most vulgarly of being in an illicit relationship and not brother and sister at all! Jerry is miffed and begins to see that Lymstock has some darker underworking. He isn't accustomed to the sharp gossip of women and finds himself becoming more discomfited as he learns "there's no smoke without fire". The Poison Pen's letters increase in frequency and ultimately lead to a suicide. Or is it a suicide? A subsequent murder suggests there is more to this story than meets the eye.. and after all.. there's no smoke without fire, is there?
Read information about the authorAgatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.
During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.
In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.
In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.
Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.
Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.
During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.
To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande
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