Wounded war vet Jerry Burton and his sister Johanna arrive in Lymstock just as an outbreak of poison pen letters ruffles feathers in the town. Most don't take them seriously—until Mrs. Symmington apparently kills herself after receiving one. A scrawled note reads, "I can't go on," but Miss Marple is none too sure about the coroner's verdict of suicide in this 1942 novel, here in a handsome new edition that should be in everyone's mystery library. The star of a dozen novels and twenty short stories, the shrewd and curious Jane Marple was inspired by Agatha Christie's grandmother and her cronies in the leafy London suburb of Ealing. Miss Marple's independent mind and acute sense of human nature—not unlike Christie's own—have made her an enduring prototype in detective fiction.
"Beyond all doubt the puzzle in The Moving Finger is fit for experts."—Times (London)