About the republication of Agatha Christie by Harper:

 

HarperCollins is proud to now be Agatha Christie’s global publisher and will be reissuing all of her books in beautiful trade paperback editions.

These wonderful authentic editionsare exactly as Christie wrote them using the original UK texts. Read all of the Christie mysteries including the Hercule Poirot Mysteries, the Miss Marple Mysteries, and the Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries. And don’t miss a single one of Christie’s stand-alone novels and short stories.

Follow the discussion on twitter with hashtag: #agathachristie

Jen from Book Club Girl will be hosting Agatha Christie short stories

Jen from Devourer of Books will be hosting Stand-alones

Melissa from The Sunday Book Review will be hosting Miss Marple

Nicole from Linus’s Blanket will be hosting movies

Julie from Booking Mama will be hosting Hercule Poirot

 

 

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BOOK 1 – 4.50 From Paddington

“A man strangled a woman!  In a train.  I saw it.”

Mrs. McGillicuddy – 4.50 from Paddington

Elspeth McGillicuddy was not a woman usually given to hallucinations.  But when she witnesses a woman being strangled on a train, no-one believes her.  With no other witnesses and no corpse, she turns to the one person who can help, but how can Miss Marple solve a murder that appears not to have happened?

4.50 from Paddington (1957) is one of Christie’s most celebrated novels.  It was here she introduced Miss Marple’s great-nephew, David, to assist her in the investigation.  This was also the only time Christie would introduce a female ‘sidekick’ for Miss Marple; Lucy Eyelesbarrow, the young girl who infiltrates the Crackenthorpe family.  Critics lauded the appearance of Lucy though this would be the only time she appeared in a Marple novel.

4.50 from Paddington was published in America under the title, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! MGM adapted the novel into the film, Murder She Said in 1962.  Starring Margaret Rutherford, a friend of the Christie family, it is loved by fans the world over.  In 1988 it was adapted by the BBC in a more faithful adaptation starring Joan Hickson.  In 2004 it was filmed with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple.

In all the American editions of this book the train time given is 4.54 rather than 4.50.  The original title was going to be 4.54 from Paddington but at the last minute the UK publishers changed it to 4.50 from Paddington. It was too late for Dodd Mead to make these changes as the manuscript had already gone to press.

4.50 from Paddington is included in The Complete Miss Marple – a world record breaking book of over 4000 pages.

 

Book 2 – The Murder at the Vicarage

The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction.

“Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,” declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, “would be doing the world at large a favor!”

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later—when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman’s study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

 

 

 

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