2008: 184. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!


“Mrs. McGillicuddy panted along the platform in the wake of the porter carrying her suitcase.”

What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!* Agatha Christie

This is a really good Miss Marple mystery.  Her friend, the aforementioned Mrs. McGillicuddy is taking a train back from London to St. Mary Mead when another train drives along side.  Looking out of the window, Mrs. McGillicuddy sees a murder happening in the adjoining train.  The people at the train station discount her as a hysterical old lady, but Jane Marple, who knows Elspeth McGillicuddy, believes her.**  When nothing shows up in the papers about a dead body on the train, Miss Marple takes things into her own hands.  A little deduction with maps and train schedules tells her a likely place that the body might have been thrown and hidden, and then she sends a spy, Lucy Eyelesbarrow (who has that common Christie career of the really bright woman who might have been in business but decides instead to provide really good domestic service - talk about a pipe dream***) to nose around.  When Lucy finds the body (just where Miss Marple deducted it might be), the fun begins!  

An elaborate set up for a nice domestic murder with an unexpected and satisfying conclusion.  I forgot how much I liked this one until I re-read it, but it is great fun.

*A.K.A. 4:50 From Paddington

** Now, if it had been Dorothy Cartwright, that would have been another story!

*** And if such people DO exist could one come and be my nanny, please?

Date/Place Completed: 11/14/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read, Agatha Christie Project

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017