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Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) (original 1930; edition 2006)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (2006), Hardcover, 288 pages
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The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)

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Another stellar mystery by my favorite mystery author - this one is the first in the series introducing Miss. Marple. I thoroughly enjoyed being there with the sardonic vicar, his cute young wife, playful nephew, other eccentric characters, and of course, Miss Marple. I am proud to say that I guessed the killer right, though I had another character too in mind, fitting the bill of the murderer. The gist of the story involves the murder of a pompous well-hated church warden while he was visiting the vicarage and vicar was out of station. Miss Marple and a few other neighbours of the Vicar started meddling in the case, and finally the case was solved by Miss Marple to the consternation of the local police. ( )
  Hanneri | Feb 28, 2014 |
According to LT, this is the first of the Miss Marple Mystery series by Agatha Christie. I saw a BBC version on PBS several years ago, but didn't remember anything about it, so the murderer was a surprise as the story unfolded. The unlikeable Colonel Protheroe has been found murdered in the vicar's study, and it seems that everyone in St. Mary Mead is suspect, including the vicar. The story is told from the point of view of the vicar, and is quite amusing. Miss Marple's character is introduced with her well situated garden, and her birdwatching binoculars, and an uncanny sense of the nature of people. Lots of gossipy neighbors throw suspicion in many directions - in fact, many of the characters that will show up in later Miss Marple stories are included. Several of the characters become suspect as Christie throws out red herrings left and right. For Christie fans, this one is a must, and you can see how Miss Marple's character evolves in later books. ( )
  NanaCC | Jan 5, 2014 |
Excellent mystery as usual but I just prefer the Poirot books. ( )
  CCleveland | Nov 27, 2013 |
Well this is by far one of Christie's funniest books. The story's told in the point of view of a vicar, which may seem frustrating since this is really a Marple story but I found his voice surprisingly engaging and his remarks about the eccentric set of characters that appear in this book are insightful and hilarious. The psychological study and the character study is really good here, you can tell Christie's really building the path for Miss Marple's technique (she says herself her hobby is really obversing people) and it works well. I was disappointed in the solution to the mystery, it was a little too convoluted for me and it lacked tension, but the tone of the book is very different from the Poirot books (which I'm more familiar with) and perhaps in a way the low-key setting suited the slightly far-fetched conclusion. I really enjoyed this. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
This was much more enjoyable than the Hercule Poirot book I read a bit ago.
Part of that might have to do with the fact that Miss Marple is not the main character. A Vicar is. A laid back, keep the peace kind of guy. Easy to get along with and to read about.

Miss Marple is just a side character pointing out clues throughout the story. She isn't overbearing, arrogant and pushy.

Of course, Christie does seem fond of her villains trying to get caught to prove their innocence to cover their guilt. We'll see if that continues in other books. ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
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late 1920s
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    KILL AND TELL

It came as no great shock when Colonel Protheroe was found shot to death. The Colonel had earned the hatred of almsot everyone in the village. The question was: Who had gotten to him first?

The police relaxed when their first suspect confessed. They became uneasy when their second followed suit. By the third confession, they were tied up in knots - and only the sure hand of the remarkable Miss Marple could unravel the tangled skein of deception spun by a maddeningly elusive murderer.
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    WHO KILLED THE COLONEL

Was it Lawrence Redding the brilliant young artist who had fallen in love with the Colonel's beautiful wife?
Or Anne Protheroe, who had decieved her husband one time too many?
Or the glamours, mysterious Mrs Lestrange, upon whom the Colonel had had so strange a hold?
Or even Leonard Clement, the good vicar himself, with his gnawing suspicious about his too-young, too-lively wife?

It was hard for Miss Marple to believe all these nice people had such nasty secrets. But a much more unpleasant surprise awaited her when she learned the answer to all her questions.
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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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