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Agatha Christie
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12 Sep 2005 Miss Marple

A facsimile first edition hardback of the Miss Marple books, published to mark the 75th anniversary of her first appearance and to celebrate her new-found success on television.

When The Murder at the Vicarage was published in October 1930, little did the literary world realise that Agatha Christie, already famous for her early Poirot titles, was introducing a character who would become the best-loved female sleuth of all time. The 14 Marple books would appear at intervals over the next 49 years, with Miss Marple's Final Cases published in 1979, three years after Agatha's death.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Miss Marple's first appearance, and to celebrate her renewed fortunes as a primetime television star, this collection of facsimile first editions will be the perfect way to enjoy these books in their original form – 12 novels and two short story collections. Reproducing the original typesetting and formats from the first editions from the Christie family's own archive copies, these books sport the original covers which have been painstakingly restored from the best available copies, reflecting five decades of iconic cover design.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (12 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007208421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007208425
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,965 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.”
Observer

“When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass.”
Saturday Review of Literature

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It’s a historic event in detective fiction as the unflappable sleuth’s passion for gossip – and cheerful recognition of the worst side of human nature – leads her to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, St. Mary Mead’s most loathed magistrate, has been found shot through the head. But it isn’t the “pompous old brute’s” murder that raises eyebrows, but rather the scandalous secrets it exposes. Those secrets are about to put St. Mary Mead on the map – and send Miss Marple on the trail of a killer with something to hide. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle but brilliant 24 Feb 2004
By Suzanne Moore VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This isn't the most widenly known Agatha Christie book but it is one of my favourites.
A cleverly thought out plot that is full of red herrings! I love the way Miss Marple is always figuring things out just before the police especially Inspector Slack!
Even though this is a gentle story with no big shocks or gun battles this story keeps me hooked as well as keeps me coming back to it time and time again.
It's clever enough to keep a person intrigued but not so clever that you have to really concentrate to know what is going on.
This book is a fantastic at showing how observant and how well Miss Marple knows 'human nature'. A must read for all Agatha Christie fans!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie at her best! 2 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best books so far which I have read by Agatha Christie. The omnipresent Miss Marple notices every little detail about the persons around... but in the end, the mystery turns out to be planned with this in mind. The story is based in a small English village where a murder has been committed. The local police, with the help of the vicar and, of course, Miss Marple, investigate the case. This book is one which you surely won't put away till you've read it: it keeps you holding your breath. If you want to read only one Agatha Christie book, make it The Murder at the Vicarage. You'll thoroughly enjoy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mystery as You'd Expect 12 May 2005
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Mystery 17 Jun 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder at The Vicarage 27 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This version of Murder at the Vicarage is a tie-in to the recent programme starring Geraldine Mcewan. It contains extra features and photographs relating to the programme and therefore is a must for all Christie fans and those who enjoyed the show. It gives incite to Geraldine Mcewan's take on playing Miss Marple and the way that the prgramme makers have tried to develop her character.
The text of the story is 100% Christie so will satisfy all Christie fans and purists. It is one of the classic Miss Marple stories, probably the most famous along with The Body in the Library. It features a delightful cast of Christie characters, and has more red herrings than many of her other stories. It also establishes St Mary Mead as the centre of Miss Marple's world, its inhabitants are the template on which Miss Marple solves all her cases, through village parrallells.
The story flows at a fair pace and is a good read and this delightful edition may become a collectors item of the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at the Vicarage 18 Feb 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is how it's done! 4 Feb 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
A good holiday read. No depth to the characters, including Miss Marple, but this is one of her early appearances so hers as not yet been developed. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Myreview
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to get hooked on.......couldn't put this one down, even though i know the plot inside out!!
Published 28 days ago by louise78
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
could read time and time again. Agatha always painted a great picture. Story telling at its best. Have read all her books.
Published 1 month ago by sue macleod
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christie
She may be dated, her language old fashioned and her world-view limited but Agatha Christie has that ability (in buckets) to draw in her readers, confuse and tease them and yet... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claudia Saatchi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple)
First Miss Marple book I have read although I have seen many productions of this book on television. Every production on television has not had the vicar telling the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roy Shone
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of mystery
Thoroughly enjoyable and another well deserved five stars.Agatha is definitely the best of all time. Recommended to all Kindle readers.
Published 4 months ago by gary c atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I love Agatha Christie and thought i would give a Miss Marple book ago but i could not really get into this one which was a shame i will try another one but i am more of a Poroit... Read more
Published 8 months ago by cup cake
3.0 out of 5 stars It is not what I though
I order this paper book by mistake.I though I had ordered the DVD for my brother who is blind. I have kept it though becasue I like Agatha Christie myself and will read it.
Published 9 months ago by Colleen Broadwell
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st Marple
Murder at the Vicarage was mentioned on a TV documentary as the first Miss Marple story, but she barely gets a mention until the last few chapters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. A. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at the Vicarage
This is the first Miss Marple novel that Agatha Christie wrote. It is about a quiet unassuming vicar who has married a lady 20 odd years younger than himself, has a hopeless... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
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