4.50 from Paddington

4.50 from paddington

Status: Read from Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 351
My rating: 5star/5
Author:  Agatha Christie


For an instant the two trains ran together, side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth witnessed a murder. Helplessly, she stared out of her carriage window as a man remorselessly tightened his grip around a woman’s throat. The body crumpled. Then the other train drew away.

But who, apart from Jane Marple, would take her story seriously? After all, there were no suspects, no other witnesses… and no corpse.


This is my second book by  author Agatha Christie. And i loved this as well. As usual Agatha’s novel has so many twists and turns and its difficult till the end to guess who is the criminal. I liked the way the story proceeds. Writing is very simple and the story narration holds the attention of the readers.

I loved the characters Miss Marple and Lucy Eyelesbarrow. The narration starts with the character Mrs. McGillicuddy. Mrs. McGillicuddy wakes from a nap on a train to see another train has pulled exactly alongside them for a moment, when a window shade snaps up she becomes the witness to a man strangling a woman before the other train sweeps the scene from sight. She reports the crime to the railway authorities as well as the police. The authorities thinks that this is some type of imagination of the old lady and after doing an investigation gives a report that no such incident has happened. And if any murder was committed, no dead body was located.

But Mrs. McGillicuddy’s friend Miss Jane Marple, takes this incident seriously and starts her personal investigation on this. For this she needs much of field work for which her body is no more capable. She hires her friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow for this job. From here the story takes so many twists and turn and becomes more interesting. I wish to read more of Agatha Christie’s books in future.


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