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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece Ed edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007120850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120857
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.”
Saturday Review of Literature

“Her gift is pure genius.” Observer

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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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Having seen and enjoyed the portrayal of Miss Marple by various people on TV and film over the years, I thought that I really should actually read one of the books. I chose the very first Marple book to be written by the queen of mystery.

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......
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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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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 servant, an unpredicable assistant (vicar) and just simply looks for the good in everybody and wants to enjoy a quiet life in the quiet village of St Mary Mead.

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.
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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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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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The first full-length Miss Marple, seen through a vicar's eyes. Too many bloop-holes to mention, but filled to the brim with the usual suspects - secret ex-wife, unloveable victim, over-loveable victim's wife, victim's wife's lover, nosey old women etc. Miss Marple is placed firmly in the nosey old women's set, but distinguishes herself admirably or unbelievably, depending on how you view the bloop-holes. Entertaining who-done-it, and worth reading, if only for the currently unfashionable notion of there being only one body.
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