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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Saturday Rave: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

This is my favourite of Agatha Christie's stories, and it's quite high up on my list of favourite books.

It's a murder story, of course, but it's a Cinderella story, too, and it has a hugely satisfying romance at its core.

And who did it? Well, lots of people did all sorts of things, as people do. But the murderer...

...well, the murderer is the only person who could possibly have done it, of course.

Word To Use Today: poison. This word comes from the Old French puison, a potion, and before that from the Latin word pōtiō, a drink (especially, my dictionary says, a poisonous one. Good grief, you'd have thought that was a distinction worth making absolutely clear) and before that from pōtāre, which means to drink.

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