Murder at the Vicarage

Murder at the Vicarage Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie s unflappable and much beloved female detective Miss Jane Marple With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature Miss Mar

Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head No one heaMurder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head No one heard the shot There are no leads Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.

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  1. Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande

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  1. Dame Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery writers who all modern aspirants strive to emulate I enjoy reading her cases featuring detective Hercule Poirot because he knows the outcome well before the reader Christie s cases are multilayered and keep unraveling until a book s conclusion Enjoying these thought provoking cases, I decided to introduce myself to her other famous sleuth, Miss Jane Marple There is no better place to start than Murder at the Vicarage, the book that introduced Miss Mar [...]


  2. Murder most proper Agatha Christie s Murder at the Vicarage was my first Miss Marple Now that I ve had her I can say with the experience of knowledge, she ain t half bad Still, I m not sure I d want to be caught by my macho, football playing friends reading a tea cozy mystery The characters are dapper dandies and old teetotaler biddies The high manners and speech abound, aside from that of the occasional parlor maid, flatfoot, or old age pensioner Beyond primal embarrassment, this sort of thing [...]



  3. Who doesn t know the famous Miss Marple and her investigation talents When it comes to well known detectives in classic literature, along with Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot she will belong to those who are mentioned first I can almost imagine the gossipy, annoying and very inquisitive lady snooping around the village, and it s easy to understand why a smart character like her earned such a recognition beneath crime and mystery novels Murder at the Vicarage is called the first book in the Mi [...]


  4. This first Miss Marple mystery is deceptively gentle, with much of the story narrated by the mild mannered vicar When he returns to the vicarage to find the body of Colonel Protheroe shot in his study, the vicar becomes involved in the murder investigation, aided by his neighbour Miss Marple There is a wonderful list of suspects, motives and false trails along the way, until Jane Marple untangles the threads and makes everything clear.Not only is this a masterfully plotted story, but it introduc [...]


  5. Ubistvo u parohijskom dvoru je prva knjiga jo jednog veoma popularnog serijala Agate Kristi o detektivu amateru gospo ici Marpl Li no, vi e mi prijaju dogodov tine gospo ice Marpl od avantura mesje Poaroa Daleko od toga da mi se ne svi a armantni Poaro, ali gospo ica Marpl me je kupila nekako na prvu loptu.Gospo ica Marpl je jedna sredove na, radoznala dama koja me u mnogo emu podse a na jednu moju kom inicu, a pre svega po tome to uvek zna ta se de ava u tu em dvori tu Me utim, ta moja kom inic [...]


  6. I pondered and pondered my rating but have decided to go enjoyment and how good this was for the first in a series The Divine Christie had me completely fooled There are faults too many characters some very similar and the characterisation of Miss M is very uneven she is a right old bat at the start, but by the halfway point she is the amateur sleuth I love The trademark fluffiness hides great powers of observation and deduction.Likethere is a lot humour in this novel than most of her later one [...]


  7. What a marvellous book, I had forgotten how enjoyable it is to read Agatha Christie s books I read this many years ago but only remembered the Joan Hickson TV adaptation, and even then I didn t guess who did it prior to the denouement Every time Miss Marple is mentioned I just see Joan Hickson not Geraldine McEwan, nor Angela Lansbury, nor Margaret Rutherford, nor Julia McKenzie , always Joan Hickson, I can see her hesitating and saying oh well in a self deprecating manner as she does in the boo [...]


  8. All appearances point to St Mary Mead being the usual English small town It has its share of colorful inhabitants, but for the most part it s a rather peaceful place There s the vicar, whose day job of local sounding board is an excellent starting point for his newly discovered amateur sleuthing hobby He is frequently accosted by several of the old cats, as the local busybodies are lovingly dubbed by the younger generation And of course, we cannot forget Colonel Protheroe most respected magistra [...]


  9. Turned out that this was a re read Like with many of Agatha s books, as I read tons of them a few years back and can t remember which ones I did read Also, for such a short book it took me ages to read it Mostly, because I was very busy But also because I was so bored It seems that last time I read it, I ve enjoyed it But this time around there was just too much going around the bush and useless plot twists for my liking I still enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoy some of her other works My [...]


  10. I love British detectives Alhoewel gedateerdik heb genoten van de typische Engelse sfeer in deze detective van Agatha Christie met natuurlijk Miss Marplelekker kneuterig, ongecompliceerd



  11. My dear young man, you underestimate the detective instinct of village life In St Mary Mead every one 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 It s no mystery that I am no aficionado of Miss Marple s, but with Murder at the Vicarage, her very first adventure, I found myself gradually warming toward her in a way I didn t expect This happened, I believe, because in this novel Miss Marple is no diffe [...]


  12. The first Miss Marple mystery The usual red herrings and mechanical Christie plot This early Miss Marple is acerbic and less endearing.


  13. Agatha Christie could have called this book a comedy as easily as she called it a mystery She is so funny This book had me chuckling from beginning to end.Our protagonist, the Vicar, is married to a woman half his age and is always a little suspicious that she may be looking at other men He s the long suffering clergyman of the town all the little old ladies come to him with their troubles and gossip including the incredibly sharp Jane Marple.Nothing even happens in the sleepy little town of St [...]


  14. It is thanks to my friend, Roman Clodia, that I am belatedly coming to read Agatha Christie and what an utter joy she is The debut appearance of Miss Marple in 1930 is a plotting masterpiece and full of wit and tongue in cheek observations which prove a delight for readers More interesting still is the proliferation of suspects and with all and sundry in the sleepy village of St Mary Mead having expressed their antipathy to the deceased churchwarden, Colonel Lucius Protheroe, often very vocally, [...]


  15. My admiration for Agatha Christie grows with each new book I read I loved this interesting mystery and my introduction to the one and only, Miss Marple I enjoyed the tongue in cheek humor and language from another time and place, with so many new words and phrases to look up The investigation for the murderer progressed rather slowly, but I was constantly marking pages to keep new facts in mind I liked the Vicar and his family and hope to meet them again someday.


  16. This was Christie s 10th novel overall but the first to introduce the character of Miss Marple She was a secondary character to the Vicar, and rightly so because the murder occurred in his study, but she ultimately does solve the mystery of who done it An entertaining and fun read but not considered one of her better novels.


  17. I m giving it a 3 because I didn t hate it and I didn t love it and because I can.I ve never read an Agatha Christie novel There, it has been said.I received this audio free from the SYNC summer reading program last year Apparently it s the first book in a series Yay SYNC I usually pick up series books mid series and only manage to aggravate myself and anyone unfortunate enough to be reading my reviews.In the beginning, I very much enjoyed it despite the male narrator and his often grating cring [...]


  18. Nobody knows a thing about it except you, Padre My dear young man, you underestimate the detective instinct of village life 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 The Murder at the Vicarage was the first Christie I have ever read, and although this was a long time ago, my recent re read of this book still held the same enchantment as my first encounter with the book Ther [...]


  19. After reading a couple Miss Marple mysteries, and suffering all those hints as to her background, I decided the first introduction to the lady would be most appropriate.But this book doesn t offer much than any of the other stories, to Miss Marple s backstory The genius of this novel is our narrator, the Vicar of St Mary Mead He is as transparent and honest a storyteller as one ever wants what could you expect from a parson , in rendering the townsfolk in true color, in reflecting on the inves [...]


  20. Every great crime novel say murder mystery consists of three parts or acts The first part is called The Pledge The writer shows you something ordinary a murder is committed and motive ,clues ,circumstantial evidence all indicate a single person The author shows you the crime scene Perhaps he she asks you to inspect it through his her narratives , to see if it is indeed that simple and easy But of course isn t The second act is called The Turn.The author takes the ordinary something and makes it [...]


  21. For some reason I ve never read much Agatha Christie, even though I love many of her contemporaries I m now putting that right by reading the Miss Marple mysteries with the Reading the Detectives group at , starting off with this first in the series.As someone who tends to love first person narration, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story is told by the vicar of St Mary Mead, who is an appealing character and would probably have made a good series detective himself Miss Marple doesn [...]


  22. This is the book where Miss Jane Marple makes her first appearance.Even though I am a Poirot fan, I must confess that Miss Marple is interesting in fact, she must be unique in the world of fictional detectives She uses her sharp intellect and unerring knowledge of human nature to arrive at her solutions This is possible only to an old maid who had the opportunity to observe human nature close at hand for a whole lifetime.This novel has as narrator a reticent vicar, married to a pretty woman muc [...]


  23. This was the 1st book by agatha christie that I have read and it was a good one as I could not suspect the murderer or the way it was carried out The setting is in early 1900 s in a small village where everyone knows everyone s business There is a murder and everyone is a suspect Thoroughly enjoyed how at the end of each chapter there is a new suspect Even though this is Miss Marple series the story is narrated by the vicar As this is my first read of this author I am not sure about the other bo [...]


  24. January 2017 review Just as good this time around June 2014 review Richard E Grant did a fine job narrating this Christie classic, the first Miss Marple book His Irish accent for the artist was especially good at least to this American s ears.I had read this than once in paperback, but although parts of it were familiar, I didn t recall the solution, so this audiobook version really held my attention One thing I particularly liked was the way the vicar who is the first person narrator of the bo [...]


  25. 3.5 rounded to 4St Mary Mead is a small, quiet village Everyone knows everyone else s business, wether they like it or not When Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the vicarage, suspicion falls on just about all as he was widely disliked The police get on the case but make little progress Miss Jane Marple, who lives next to the vicarage, has a theory and at least, seven possible culprits The police refuse her help This, however, does not deter Miss Marple and she gets involved anyway.Having r [...]


  26. Good times with Miss Marple I wish there would have been a bit scenes with her, though Maybe it s just my own expectations of the role titular detectives should play in their own series, though There is no written rule saying that the detectives must play the largest role in their books over other characters, it s just what we re used to The vicar was a good pair of eyes to see this story through, after all I admit it would be fun to see through Miss Marple s eyes, but Agatha Christie s storyte [...]


  27. One of Christie s best It is told in the first person by Len Clement, Vicar of Saint Mary Mead He and his much younger wife, Griselda, are a charming couple Griselda is irritating, laughs when she should be sober, is hopeless regarding cooking and household management, and is altogether an unsuitable wife for a vicar Yet he absolutely adores her I wish that Christie had written of them My Christie encyclopedia says that Griselda appears, much older and a widow, in What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw Miss [...]


  28. I ve read all the Agatha Christie stories way back at one time or other, so picking them up feels like reading for the first time.I m not sure what my impression was when I first read this one, but this time around it was all I could do to get through the story I just couldn t get into it nor could appreciate any of the characters, either.And, does ANYONE in St Mary Mead have a clock that works right All that business of who was where and when down to the minute went on and on I know many of Chr [...]


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