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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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I'd read this book before a long time ago, so some aspects were familiar, although interestingly, I didn't remember who had done it! Some very interesting characters, and Miss Marple is at her inquisitive best, ready with the binoculars, just in case of rare bird sightings... ( )
  cazfrancis | Jul 9, 2015 |
An enjoyable cozy mystery. I loved following the vicar around town as he, Miss Marple, and the police got to the bottom of the murder mystery. I didn't even try to figure things out in advance; I was having too much fun meeting all the memorable characters.

My one complaint: The proceedings were perhaps a bit too staid. The tension created in And Then There Were None by the knowledge that there was a murderer among the group - and that they were all targets - is missing from this story. Here, it was just a matter of figuring out where the clues led. Miss Marple exhibits some very Sherlock Holmes-ian powers of deduction as she leads the bumbling police and the steadfast vicar to the proper conclusions.

All in all, a good book populated by some fun characters. ( )
  ScoLgo | May 5, 2015 |
The Murder at The Vicarage was the first book Agatha Christie wrote featuring small village sleuth Miss Marple. As such she has a somewhat minor, yet critical presence in the novel. The book is written in the first person point of view of the vicar, Len Clement. He is inexorably drawn into the murder because the victim was found slumped over on the vicar’s desk. The victim, Colonel Protherow was almost universally despised resulting in a large pool of suspects. My husband and I listened to the audiobook on a road trip and were kept entertained puzzling out the mystery. I did not suspect the actual villain — I would have been much happier if another had done it! The narrator did a great job creating the voices of the characters and setting the scene. All in all, The Murder at The Vicarage was an enjoyable way to spend some long hours in the car.

Recommended.

Audience: adults. ( )
  vintagebeckie | Apr 16, 2015 |
It's just so...British. I identified with the petty parish gossip and drama. The murder was interesting too. :P
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
The first of the Miss Marple series. Agatha Christie is one of the the best known mystery authors from the Golden Age. She was a prolific writer. The Miss Marple series features an old woman who has the knack of observation which leads her to solve mysteries. This murder occurs in the vicarage. The body is found sitting at the office desk with a gunshot to the head. As always there are many likely candidates for the murderer and it takes Miss Marple to help the police see the wisdom of her theory. Agatha Christie’s mysteries are always entertaining. ( )
  Kristelh | Dec 13, 2014 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coudert, RaymondeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grant, Richard E.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451201159, Mass Market Paperback)

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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