The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)

By Agatha Christie

The Queen of poser has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the stated mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth leave out Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her whole oeuvre of inventive whodunits, locked room mysteries, and puzzling puzzles to Harper Paperbacks… together with The relocating Finger, which issues omit Marple to a small city and its shameful secrets and techniques, and to a such a lot suspicious “suicide.”

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It’s maddening,” I stated, “not to understand. ” “We can nonetheless bet, Mr. Burton. first of all, it can’t be something very defionite. It’s obtained to be this type of factor that you simply imagine over, and as you're thinking that it over, your uneasiness grows. you notice what I suggest? ” “Yes. ” “Actually, i feel i do know what it used to be. ” I checked out him with admire. “That’s strong paintings, superintendent. ” “Well, you spot, Mr. Burton, i do know whatever that you just don’t. at the afternoon that Mrs. Symmington devoted suicide either maids have been imagined to be out. It used to be their time out. yet really Agnes got here again to the home. ” “You be aware of that? ” “Yes. Agnes has a boyfriend—young Rendell from the fish store. Wednesday is early final and he comes alongside to fulfill Agnes they usually opt for a stroll, or to the images if it’s rainy. That Wednesday that they had a row virtually once they met. Our letter author were lively, suggesting that Agnes had different fish to fry, and younger Fred Rendell was once all labored up. They quarrelled violently and Agnes bolted again domestic and acknowledged she wasn’t popping out except Fred stated he used to be sorry. ” “Well? ” “Well, Mr. Burton, the kitchen faces the again of the home however the pantry appears to be like out the place we're having a look now. There’s just one front gate. you return via it and both as much as front door, otherwise alongside the trail together with the home to the again door. ” He paused. “Now I’ll inform you whatever. That letter that got here to Mrs. Symmington that afternoon didn’t come by means of submit. It had a used stamp affixed to it, and the postmark faked fairly convincingly in lampblack, in order that it'll appear to have been added by way of the postman with the afternoon letters. yet really it had no longer been in the course of the submit. you notice what that suggests? ” I acknowledged slowly: “It signifies that it was once left by means of hand, driven during the letter field it slow sooner than the afternoon put up was once added, in order that it may be among the opposite letters. ” “Exactly. The afternoon publish comes around a couple of area to 4. My conception is that this. the lady used to be within the pantry searching through the window (it’s masked through shrubs yet you'll discover via them relatively good) looking at out for her younger guy to show up and express regret. ” I stated: “And she observed whoever it was once bring that be aware? ” “That’s my bet, Mr. Burton. i'll be fallacious, in fact. ” “I don’t imagine you're… It’s simple—and convincing—and it implies that Agnes knew who the nameless letter author was once. ” “Yes. ” “But then why didn’t she—? ” I paused, frowning. Nash stated speedy: “As I see it, the lady didn’t discover what she had obvious. now not at the beginning. anyone had left a letter on the condo, yes—but that someone used to be no one she could dream of connecting with the nameless letters. It used to be a person, from that time of view, relatively above suspicion. “But the extra she considered it, the extra uneasy she grew. Ought she, maybe, to inform an individual approximately it? In her perplexity she thinks of omit Barton’s Partridge who, I assemble, is a slightly dominant character and whose judgment Agnes may settle for unhesitatingly. She makes a decision to invite Partridge what she should do.

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