The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage

A Miss Marple Mystery

Paperback - 2011
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The murder of Colonel Protheroe -- shot through the head -- is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Now even the vicar, who had declared that killing the detested Protheroe would be 'doing the world at large a favour, ' is a suspect -- the Colonel has been dispatched in the clergyman's study, no less. But the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. There is of course the faithless Mrs Protheroe; and there is of course her young lover -- an artist, to boot. Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: 'a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.' Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature's private men's club of great detectives will never be the same.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2011
Edition: 1st Harper paperback
ISBN: 9780062073600
0062073605
Branch Call Number: PR6005.H66 M642 2011b
Christie, A
CHRISTIE A
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 21 cm

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When the unpopular Major Protheroe's murdered body is found in the vicar's study in the small English village of St. Mary's Mead, Miss Marple must use all her considerable powers of observation and deduction to solve the mystery. The first entry in Christie's popular Miss Marple series.

When Colonel Protheroe, one of the most unpopular residents of the small village of St. Mary's Mead is found murdered in the vicar's study, Miss Jane Marple, Christie's quintessential sleuth, must use her wits, and all her village-honed skills of observation and deduction, to solve the crime. The... Read More »


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vitareader
Jul 04, 2018

This title is the first in the Miss Marple mysteries written by Christie. I read it over --yrs. ago and decided to revisit it this summer to see if it stood the test of time.
I was not disappointed. I did not know who the murderer was until Agatha revealed, the truth. I changed my guess of the Killer's identity many times. All the clues were there and yet ...The only thing obvious in this book was who was going to be "offed" as just about every character in the first 20 pages expressed a wish for the victim to die. My friend and I read this together and she was not happy with the way Miss Marple was seen by Slack and others as an elderly, nosy, spinster who can't possibly have a good mind. She is discounted by this view, that was not uncommon during that time. However, time and again Miss Marple disproves these notions. This is what makes her such a great character and a example that age does not make one useless .
I learned a lot from Agatha about observation etc. Also I did not know that so many people went to the Vicarage "packing heat" during Miss Marple's era. It seemed to me it couldn't be for the Vicar himself, as he seemed a nice chap.
It was a great read and a great way to start off the summer. Christie is still a Five star to me.

TFanC Jun 08, 2017

Adult interest.
Grade Level Equivalency: 4

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s390325
May 13, 2016

I think this is the first Miss Marple mystery. I wish she was not so often described as helpless or old when she obviously is smarter than many of the other residents. I read this many years ago and didn't remember the ending so I enjoyed reading it again... a classic example of Christie's plot and psychological twisting.

cals_peggy Oct 01, 2015

This is the first Christie novel to feature Miss Marple, a lovely old women who has insight into the character of those around her and uses it to solve murders. The novel was written in 1930.

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PegZ
Jun 20, 2014

BBC - very hard to understand; volume is not consistent.

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221b_GreenPanda
Sep 20, 2012

Typical to Agatha Christie, there isn't a lot of action, and the first mention of the murder is half-way through the book. Good for a long read.

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Pauld_a
Aug 09, 2011

I think this was a fantastic book. Some of the English is old fashioned, which make some parts hard to understand.Other than that this book was a terrific, thrilling mystery.

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TFanC Jun 08, 2017

TFanC thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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221b_GreenPanda
Sep 20, 2012

Coarse Language: Sadly, has some improper language usage.

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May 24, 2018

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