The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery

The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery

by Agatha Christie


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The Murder at the Vicarage is Agatha Christie’s first mystery to feature the beloved investigator Miss Marple—as a dead body in a clergyman’s study proves to the indomitable sleuth that no place, holy or otherwise, is a sanctuary from homicide.

Miss Marple encounters a compelling murder mystery in the sleepy little village of St. Mary Mead, where under the seemingly peaceful exterior of an English country village lurks intrigue, guilt, deception and death.

Colonel Protheroe, local magistrate and overbearing land-owner is the most detested man in the village. Everyone—even in the vicar—wishes he were dead. And very soon he is—shot in the head in the vicar's own study. Faced with a surfeit of suspects, only the inscrutable Miss Marple can unravel the tangled web of clues that will lead to the unmasking of the killer.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073600
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Series: Miss Marple Mysteries , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 44,358
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


Home schooling

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“Agatha Christie taught me two things: that plotting mysteries was an art, and that a woman detective could be as strong a character as a male detective.”

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Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 801 reviews.
TNJed More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this 2 weeks ago in an e-book from our library. Written in the thirties, Christie's wry humor and wonderful vocabulary make this a great read! I enjoyed reading mysteries and challenging my vocabulary when I was young, so this is a good book for 11 to infinity. For Anglophiles, a Christie mystery is great with a cup of hot tea and a biscuit (cookie to you Yanks). I'm more familiar with Poirot, but I loved reading the first Miss Marple.
tara rios More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and I was thrilled to see it as a Free Friday download. These children giving bad reviews because it is not a child's book should have mommy and daddy go buy them a nook book! I agree with other reviewers. I worked hard for the money to buy this. I would be upset it Barnes & Nobles started catering to these spoiled, whiny, illiterate brats. Great book, great download.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to "get into" this story, perhaps because of the British-isms or the older style of writing. I'm glad I persevered, though. The characters are interesting, the plot has great twists and turns, and Miss Marple is a gem. A very good read, worth your time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of Miss Marple books are very good, this one was a little slow for me. Could be because it had been a while since I had read one of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were parts of the book that I liked, but it didn't leave me with wishing to read another one of Agatha Christie books too soon. I love a good murder mystery, but found this one sort of silly.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I've read an Agatha Christie, and somehow I had never got around to this one (she wrote over 80 novels.) What I remembered about Christie was her incredible plots and twists, but I didn't remember her for great style or characterizations. Well, she may not be an Austen or a Faulkner (or a Sayers), but she is incredibly fun to read--smooth, well-paced, a fine observer of human nature and witty. This novel published in 1930 was the first mystery with Jane Marple. Narrated by the vicar, Len Clement of St Mary Mead in "Downshire," he describes the indomitable sleuth this way: Miss Marple is a white-haired old lady with a gentle appealing manner. Miss Wetherby is a mixture of vinegar and gush. Of the two, Miss Marple is much the more dangerous. Underestimated as an old bitty, a inconsequential spinster who "knows nothing of life," Miss Marple hides under her unassuming manner sharp observations and an even sharper mind. Moreover, by the end of the novel I was quite fond of the vicar and his wife. If you haven't read Agatha Christie, you're missing something special, although I wouldn't number this one as one of her best. Of the novels by her I've read, the ones that are my favorites include Death Comes at the End (set in Ancient Egypt), And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
ReadingKnitter01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
very old fashioned-I don't care all that much for the story from the Vicar's perspective
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Jane Marple novel and is classic Christie. Her specialty is complex plots and mysteries within mysteries and this is a prime example of her craft. She is also often ingenious in her selection of narrator¿in this case it is the Vicar. Although sometimes is seems a little improbable that the police would confide in him¿especially Inspector Slack¿his selection as narrator adds a vivid dimension to the story and because of his vocation it is very plausible that the inhabitants of the village would confide in him. It gives a masterful way of getting confusing data to the reader.
aarondesk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie weaves an interesting story about a murder that takes place at vicarage. I found myself wanting to keep reading, just to see who committed the crime. The first book in the Miss Marple series, so there is some buildup of material at the beginning that seems to slow the pace of the book a little, but the ending is gripping.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Agatha Christie I¿ve read in full, rather than listen to the BBC audio production. Right from the start, you are reminded that Christie is a master. The best way to describe her story-telling is 'effortless'. You¿re instantly pulled into the story, and charmed by her characters, from the vicar¿s unusual wife to the Colonel¿s spoiled and shallow daughter, to the visiting artist, to the overly observant elderly ladies of the village. This is the first Miss Marple mystery, but she isn¿t the narrator. Instead, we are told the story by the village vicar, Len Clement. Miss Marple is seen a little as the village busybody, though she is usually right. There¿s a lot of red herrings thrown into the story, and I actually fell for a rather subtle one. Again, mastery!
Schmerguls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is the first novel in which Agatha Christie has Miss Marple, a snoopy smart old spinster, as a character. An unliked man with a wife who does not like him and is in love with an artist, is shot in the vicarage library. The vicar is the "I' character, and is an admirable person. The book moves along fairly sprightily, and while when one has finished the book it does not appear as a great story, I do not regard reading it as a mistake. It is the 9th Christie book I've read and I think I have read her best ones.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great mystery with a great twist to it. I guess that should be expected, but the ingenuity of it is so impressive. Reading the Christie mysteries is like eating a bag of those awesome orange Circus Peanuts candies. With a Hires root beer in a glass bottle.
NellieMc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Ms. Marple -- what's not to love?
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Great read!
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
This is my first encounter with Miss Marple, and what a thrill! I adore the sense of logic and understanding of human character of Miss Marple. The story turns and twists around the suspects and the motive for the murder. Agatha Christie presents seven suspects in this busybody town where no secret may hide. The vicar, Leonard Clement narrates the story and aids Jane Marple investigating the murder of Colonel Lucius Protheroe. I enjoy the descriptions of the village and the many inhabitants. The story comes to a delightful conclusion with all the strings neatly tied.
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Always have loved Agatha's books...always will!
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Typical Agatha Christie Style. Written in the 1920's some of the remarks about women are not politically correct but certainly in keeping with the time frame of the story. Plot gets a bit confusing at times due to the many characters involved. Overall, a good book. Worth reading..
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