The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2007
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I enjoyed the book and was fascinated by this early portrayal of Miss Marple, in which she is quite an irritating busybody rather than the delightful old lady that we are more familiar with. However, the vicar's appreciation of her grows as she solves the crime whilst everyone else, including the detective, is floundering and by the end of the book his final words are "Really Miss Marple is rather a dear....", paving the way for future stories.
On the more negative side, I was a bit disappointed in the writing style. I found the characters largely one-dimensional as the author concentrates almost entirely on the development of the plot, with its various red herrings and multitude of suspects who have good reason for wanting the murdered man out of the way.
I would call it a gentle (or perhaps genteel) book, despite the subject, with none of the amazing twists and turns that I have come to expect in detective stories. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer watching Miss Marple to reading about her and will continue to tune in to the excellent Geraldine McEwan whenever her portrayal comes on TV. I might have a go at reading Hercule now......
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.
However that doesn't happen with Colonel Protheroe found dead in the Vicar's study chaos descends on the quiet village St Mary Mead, and then along comes Miss Marple who tries to sooth troubled waters by solving the crime. Various people claim to have murdered the Colonel, others just fulfill their own adgenda by other dishonest means.
A very good read. Would recommend.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book in the 70s. Re-reading was just as enjoyable as the first time. Well constructed thought out plot though at times rather slow.Published 17 days ago by Nicholas Glazier
Always fun, never scary, just the thing for escaping stresses. Comfort reading at its best.Published 2 months ago by astronomer