Page Count: 351 pages
Publication Date: November 1957
(This summary is from my local library’s website)
Elspeth McGillicuddy is down from Scotland for a holiday and boards the 4:50 train from Paddington station to visit her friend, Miss Marple. During the journey, another train pulls alongside, and through the window Mrs McGillicuddy witnesses a tall, dark man strangling a blonde woman.
Only Miss Marple believes her account, and realising that the body must have been thrown off the train, with the help of maps and train timetables she pinpoints the exact spot where the body must be.
With the help of her young friend Lucy Eyelesbarrow, she goes about the tricky task of uncovering a murder – and a cunning murderer…
Ok, so everyone has heard of the legend that was Agatha Christie, right? If not, you’re missing out on one of the best mystery writers ever to be published. Seriously! Make an emergency trip to your local library and “check her out”… (Lame library joke. Haha!)
I’ve just listened to the audiobook version of 4:50 from Paddington (originally published in the United States as: What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw) and let me tell you, it was brilliant! The pace of the story was just right (classic Agatha Christie) and the conclusion of the mystery was completely unexpected! Even though the book was written and published in the 1950s it’s still a relevant story, and 21st century readers can easily relate to.
The whole story was very cleverly written, with a few twists to get the reader (or in this case, the listener) thinking and trying to figure out “who dunnit”. PLUS, you get to go on a train ride through the English countryside! What more could you ask for in a book?
This story was so intriguing and exciting, I can’t wait to read/listen to my next Agatha Christie classic!
You can find Agatha Christie’s 4:50 from Paddington on