The Moving Finger Review

E-Book, 299 Pages
Mystery/ Crime
By: Agatha Christie
Ratting: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2

โ€œIn everybody’s life there are hidden chapters which they hope may never be known.โ€

So the general rule is that Miss Marple stories are around 3 stars for me whereas Poirot generally is 4 or more stars. I think the formula used in Poirot stories works better for me but this was still enjoyable and smart and I will never stop reading Agatha stories at this point.

Actually this is hardly even a Miss Marple story because she comes to the story at around 70% of the novel which is a bit weird. The main protagonists are Jerry and his sister Joanna who goes to the village to chill a bit according to Jerry’s doctor advice after an accident and then they receive an anonymous letter accusing them of having an affair. Then everyone in the village start receiving them making someone commit suicide in the process which means an investigation is opened after that.

Writing wise I don’t have any complaints. I will always cherish these stories and I think the more time passes, the more I will love them because the story is almost a century old and still works perfectly well. My problem is mainly with the characters, I don’t like it when someone from the general population is the protagonist because we can’t get all the tea that an investigator can such as Poirot. Usually Poirot interviews each character which gives us a lot of info to think about and then he orders everything looking for motives and alibis and it all makes me feel like an investigator all of this which I can’t find in this story.

On the other hand, this story just flowed and I think I read it in 3 hours without thinking too much about the whodunit and I liked how things were resolved at the ending so I can’t really complain.

โ€œThere are questions that you don’t ask because you’re afraid of the answers to them.โ€

Summary: A Good Miss Marple story that I just accepted will never be as good as Poirot stories due to the format. The plot line is intriguing and the characters are okay and I loved how it ended. I just wanted to be put in the shoes of an investigator which was not very applicable here.

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