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The Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection) (original 1930; edition 1984)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Berkley (1984), Mass Market Paperback, 230 pages
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The first Miss Marple. I love her depiction of a deeply organized predictable society throuwn into disarray. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
This was the first Agatha Christie book I've read and loved it. I look forward to read more of her books. ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
Years ago, I read and enjoyed "And Then There Were None," and just this year I finally read "Murder on the Orient Express". But for some reason, I have never read another Christie novel until now. It was sheer coincidence that I picked up the very first Miss Marple mystery.

Colonel Protheroe is not well liked by anyone. Many have a motive for killing him including a dashing young painter who may or may not be involved with his daughter, his young wife who is not much older than that daughter, or any of the men he has harshly punished through his role as magistrate. Even the Vicar himself was overheard to say the world would be better without the old man! Inspector Slack is dogged, but totally inadequate for solving the crime. But, Miss Marple is nosy and well versed in human nature. Her acute observations, offered intermittently throughout the story, will get to the truth.

Though she surely inspired the hit series, "Murder She Wrote," Miss Marple is actually less hands on than Jessica Fletcher. I was surprised to find that the mystery is actually told from the point of view of the Vicar. Miss Marple only appears occasionally, almost like a sage, to point our investigators in the right direction. The resolution was clever, if not ground-breaking like "Murder on the Orient Express." But, unlike that novel, readers get to know these characters much better and so the ending feels better earned. I enjoyed the mystery and look forward to reading more by Christie. ( )
  jshillingford | Aug 27, 2018 |
My first Agatha Christie novel! This omission pointed out by my retired teacher buddy, Sharon! ( )
  CSKteach | Jul 20, 2018 |
Interesting to read Christie's introduction of Miss Marple. I think she had no idea what would come with this character and just used her as a device to help solve a complicated mystery. I enjoyed the who-done-it, and was duly surprised at the end, having swallowed a few red herrings.

I did not read much Christie when I was younger. Can't think why--she was popular, I liked intrigue. I'm not feeling that "oh my I need to read all of these" feeling, but a Christie thrown in here and there would not be a bad thing. ( )
  phantomswife | Jul 6, 2018 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coudert, RaymondeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grant, Richard E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickson, JoanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paytuví de Sierra, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennanen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pierre-Langers, ClaudeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Savonuzzi, ClaudioContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saxon, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taddei, GiuseppinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vermeys, John M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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A Miss Marple Quintet: Murder At The Vicarage; A Murder Is Announced; A Pocket Full Of Rye; The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side; At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

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Miss Jane Marple's passion for gossip leads to the investigation of a local man's murder. The victim was not liked in the least, and his death isn't raising eyebrows. But his recently revealed secrets are.

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Colonel Protheroe, local magistrate and overbearing landowner, is the most detested man in the little English village of St. Mary Mead. Everyone, even the vicar, wishes he was dead. And very soon he is--shot in the head in the vicar's study. A visiting artist confesses to the murder, but residents saw him elsewhere when the Colonel was shot. If he didn't do it, than who did? Is he protecting the Colonel's wife whom he loves? Faced with a surfeit of suspects, only the inscrutable Miss Marple can unravel the tangled web of clues.… (more)

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