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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (12 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007208421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007208425
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.6 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘Joan Hickson – you can’t beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius.’ Time Out

“The acknowledged queen of detective fiction.”
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“When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass.”
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“Any book by Agatha Christie attracts attention but when she really hits her stride, as she does in Murder at the Vicarage, she is hard to surpass.” Saturday Review of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's no secret that no one in St. Mary Mead likes Colonel Protheroe. He is strict, somber, and by the numbers. But when the vicar returns home late for a meeting, he's surprised to find Colonel Protheroe shot through the head. The local police are called in and two people confess. Yet something doesn't seem quite right. Fortunately, Miss Marple lives next door. With her sharp mind talent for learning gossip, she just might make sense of everything that's happening.
Ok, I confess. I love a good cozy mystery but have yet to read much Christie. I can tell I need to change that. This book had me confused from the get go. There were so many red herrings it was hard to tell what was really happening. Yet it all came together at the end in a logical conclusion.
Agatha Christie is a class mystery writer for a reason. Anyone who loves a good puzzle with a surprising conclusion will love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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 introduces us to St Mary Mead and a cast of characters who will become familiar friends in later books. There are surly housemaids, ne'er do well poachers, gossipy old ladies and crotchety old men in abundance. As Miss Marple is keen to point out, you can see all of life quite well in a small village and nobody understands the undercurrents of life quite like she does. Wonderful fun, well written and utterly delightful, if you have never tried this series, this first book is a great place to start.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2009
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I love Agatha Christie and have a particular fondness for this book which, I think, is the first outing for Miss Marple. It's 1930 and someone has shot the unpleasant churchwarden, Colonel Protheroe, in the vicar's study. But is it his ethereal daughter? His wife with her own secrets? The sexy young artist? Or the organist who might have been embezzling the church funds? Not even the vicar and his ditzy young wife are immune to suspicion and we shouldn't forget the mysterious and possibly sinister stranger in the village, or the local archaeologist who appears to know less about his profession than he should...

As usual Christie keeps all her balls in the air, and here adds to the fun with a chorus of nosy old village spinsters. And she still manages to pull the rug out under our feet with clues, red herrings and a final solution which only Miss Marple can see. Wonderful stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Rashid on 17 Jun. 2010
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The Murder in the Vicarage is one of the most perfect mysteries ever written. It not only introduces Miss Jane Marple but also introduces the reader to Miss Marple's beloved village. Not only are you reading about an almost unsolvable mystery but you are also discovering the village life where Miss Marple has honed her detective skills.

Colonel Protheroe, a person universally disliked, has been murdered. Whilst we try to follow the plot and untangle the suspects, you can't help sympathising with the gentle vicar. You also can't help being amused by the industry of Inspector Slack. The main magic of this story lies in the charm of the village which is beautifully depicted. This is one of my favourite Agatha Christie mysteries and I re-read it every year. It never loses its enchantment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Parkin on 3 Oct. 2011
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Miss Marple has spent years observing people in her village Saint Mary Mead and this makes her a great amateur detective. It comes in useful when Colonel Prothero, an unpopular resident of the village is found shot dead at the vicarage by the vicar.

Next door to the vicarage lives Jane Marple who was working in her back garden when the murder took place. The vicar, Len Clement starts to look into the case and keeps Miss Maple updated on what he discovers.

This is a well written murder mystery. It introduces a lot of characters who live in the village and there are several red herrings to keep you guessing who the murderer is.

The book was published in 1930 and it does show its age. It describes village life where everyone knows each other and some have servants, which is not the case in most parts of the country now.

Although the story is dated I enjoyed reading the book. Miss Marple is a great character and it is interesting to read how she links the clues to human nature in order to unveil the murderer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Miller on 4 Feb. 2013
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I went back to this after reading the norwegian novel 1222 which is pithced at a homage to miss marple (among others) it is the first miss marple book, which I'd not read before. It suffers a bit for that reason - it later books she is such a clear and well defined character. here there is a lot of setting the scene and introducing her when as a reader you (probably) feel you know her quite well already. but you can't beat the book for the good old classic english country village feel. a step back into the past and, of course, a very easy read.
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