The Murder at the Vicarage, Paperback Book

The Murder at the Vicarage Paperback

Part of the Miss Marple series

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


Agatha Christie's first ever Miss Marple mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. 'Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,' declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, `would be doing the world at large a service!' It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later.

From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007120857

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When the Revd Leonard Clement is called out a sick parishioner, he is rather surprised to discover the parishioner is not sick and he wasn't called - but still more surprised when he returns home to find a body in his study. Still, even if the police don't seem to making much headway in their investigation, his next-door neighbour Miss Marple soon has a very strong idea who did it...I think this is one of Christie's better books, although not <i>the</i> best and perhaps not one of her better murder plots. It's a longer book than some, and as a result there is more to it. There are some good subplots, and (perhaps because this was the first full-length Miss Marple novel) there is a lot of background and context which is just taken for granted in some of the later books. The first-person narrative is interesting, and both the narrator and the rest of the village are well-drawn and well-developed characters. A good mystery - and one of the few where the (1986) film matches the book for quality. (I have obviously watched the film too many times, though, because I could hear Joan Hickson uttering every one of Miss Marple's lines in my head - and hear Paul Eddington doing the same for the vicar.)

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Miss Marple is my favorite of all Ms. Christie's detectives. Although Miss Marple appeared in two short stories published in magazines in 1927, this is the first novel in which Miss Marple is introduced. In this book she is not necessarily well liked by everyone. She's considered a busy-body and she thinks the worst of people. Here are some of the descriptions of Miss Marple taken from Murder at the Vicarage:*Miss Marple is a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.*Miss Marple always sees everything. Gardening is as good as a smoke screen, and the habit of observing birds through powerful glasses can always be turned to account.*In St. Mary Mead everyone knows your most intimate affairs. *There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.*I smiled. For all her fragile appearance, Miss Marple is capable of holding her own with any policeman or Chief constable in existence.The story of Murder at the Vicarage is told in the first person by the vicar, Len Clement. The village of St. Mary Mead is a quiet, pleasant place. Hardly anything happens there. But, there is one man whom everyone dislikes - Colonel Protheroe.One day he ends up dead, shot in the head, in the Vicar's study. The police are called to investigate all the clues but their job is much easier when someone confesses. Of course, the Vicar and his wife and their neighbor, Miss Marple don't believe the confession. They begin to gather their own information.Most confusing of all the clues is a note by the body and an over turned clock, as well as the comings and goings of so many people to the Vicarage. Miss Marple believes there are seven people who could have killed Colonel Protheroe. The mystery is - which one of those seven did it, or could it be an eighth person?This is definitely one of my favorites so far, and not just because I love Miss Marple. It's very light-hearted and often humorous. The characters of the Vicar and his wife are also appealing. Ms. Christie added drawings to the book to help in the understanding of where all the buildings lie, the layout of the Vicar's house and study. Very helpful.

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This is the first Miss Marple mystery. In typical Christie fashion, this one is excellent and leaves you hanging until the end. I adore Miss Marple!

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I loved this book, and it was worth every penny of the $2 spent to read it on my Kindle! I can't wait to read more of Agatha Christie's mysteries.

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okay -- went back to start at book #1 in the miss marple series. after reading #10 and #12 (i think?) heh.<br/>perfect books for recovery reading.

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