Hard Cover. London: Crime Club by Collins, 1957. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth, titles in black to spine; original red and black dust jacket with titles in white. Light spotting to text block edges and endpapers, else fine book; near fine lightly spotted unclipped dust jacket, with a small closed tear to bottom of rear panel, a tiny chip to head of spine, and tiny closed tears to hinges of foot of spine. Overall, a handsome copy. In 4.50 From Paddington, Elspeth McGillicuddy is traveling by train to meet her friend, Miss Marple, when she witnesses a woman being strangled on a parallel train. Deducing that the woman's body must be somewhere on the Rutherford Hall estate, Miss Marple enlists her friend, Lucy Eyelesbarrow, to assume a false identity and investigate. While on the premises, Lucy discovers a deeper plot as, one by one, heirs to the estate meet suspicious ends. 4.50 From Paddington was published in the US with the alternative title What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! due to predicted confusion about the British title's railway lingo. In a review of the book, The Times stated: "Perhaps there is a corpse or two too many, but there is never a dull moment."