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

  • Title: Murder at the Vicarage
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9780451201157
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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. 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 [...]

    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 more 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 sor [...]

    3. هل تعرف تلك الجارة الكبيرة في السن، التي تعيش وحدها فلديها الكثير من الوقت فتتسلي بأن تري (تراقب) كل جيرانها، تعرف كل شئ عن الجميع وتحركاتهمهكذا قررت أجاثا كريستي تقديم أول بطلة لسلاسل التحقيقات البوليسيةميس ماربلهي ليست "محققة" كهيراكول بوارو او شيرلوكفقط هي الجارة العانس [...]

    4. 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 t [...]

    5. 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 introd [...]

    6. "Ubistvo u parohijskom dvoru" je prva knjiga još jednog veoma popularnog serijala Agate Kristi o detektivu amateru - gospođici Marpl. Lično, više mi prijaju dogodovštine gospođice Marpl od avantura mesje Poaroa. Daleko od toga da mi se ne sviđa šarmantni Poaro, ali gospođica Marpl me je kupila nekako "na prvu loptu".Gospođica Marpl je jedna sredovečna, radoznala dama koja me u mnogo čemu podseća na jednu moju komšinicu, a pre svega po tome što uvek zna šta se dešava "u tuđem dv [...]

    7. 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 more humour in this novel than most [...]

    8. 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 th [...]

    9. 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 ma [...]

    10. 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 more. 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 [...]

    11. 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!!

    12. أجاثا كريستي ~ جريمة في مقر الكاهنالقضية الأولى ورحلة البداية لـ مس " ماربل "لا أستطيع القول سوى أنها أجمل ما قرأت لأجاثا، رواية عجيبة مدهشة أذهلتني حقيقة لم أستطع أن أبعدها عن تفكيري، لقد شغلتني هذه الرواية خلال ثلاثة أيام ، فكرت فيها بجهد وحاولت الوصول الى القاتل وملابسات ا [...]

    13. “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 i [...]

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

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 vocal [...]

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. 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 grati [...]

    20. ‘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 wi [...]

    21. 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 more 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 more could you expect from a parson?), in rendering the townsfolk in true color, in reflecting [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 doe [...]

    24. 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 more 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 w [...]

    25. 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 oth [...]

    26. 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 (more 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 nar [...]

    27. 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.H [...]

    28. Good times with Miss Marple. I wish there would have been a bit more 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' [...]

    29. 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 more of them. (My Christie encyclopedia says that Griselda appears, much older and a widow, in What Mrs. McGilli [...]

    30. 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 o [...]

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