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  1. Brina Brina says:

    Dame Agatha Christie is the ueen of mystery writers who all modern aspirants strive to emulate I enjoy reading her cases featuring detective Hercule Poirot because he knows the outcome well before the reader Christie's cases are multilayered and keep unraveling until a book's conclusion Enjoying these thought provoking cases I decided to introduce myself to her other famous sleuth Miss Jane Marple There is no better place to start than Murder at the Vicarage the book that introduced Miss Marple to the world Leonard Clement along with his wife Griselda run the vicarage in sleepy village St Mary Mead A hamlet that barely classifies as a town all people know everyone else's business and the vicar is looked to for guidance on all matters religious or not The case begins as Colonel Lucius Protheroe meets with Clement to discuss a pressing matter Yet before Clement can join Protheroe in his study he finds the Colonel murdered there As in Christie's cases featuring Poirot the police assigned to this case appear to be inept at best All of the old women in St Mary Mead believe that they can solve the crime better than the inspectors can No meddling spinster has much to offer Clement on this cases except for his neighbor the witty Jane Marple Miss Marple immediately declares that she has seven suspects but she is pretty sure she knows whodunit As in many modern cases featuring private eyes the police do not appreciate Marple getting in their way and beg her off the case Yet she has eyes and ears everywhere and early on it is obvious that Miss Marple will solve the case while the police are slugging through basic evidence Unlike the sophisticated Poirot Miss Marple appears as anyone's neighbor She is a sweet older woman yet feisty and would be interesting to get to know Whereas Poirot exercises his little gray cells Miss Marple snoops around her main objective to provide safety to the village that she lives in A forerunner to today's cozy mysteries Miss Marple appears to provide an easy reading contrast to Poirot's cases which have me thinking throughout A voracious mystery reader I did enjoy Miss Marple as a change because she could be any citizen who desires to solve a mystery As expected she does reach the case's conclusion before the police who are at a collective wit's end Dame Christie is still the standard bearer for all modern mystery writers and while I prefer Hercule Poirot I have a feeling I will be revisiting Miss Marple as well 375 stars

  2. Dita Dita says:

    This was a big huge honkin' snoozefest compared to my boyfriend PoirotMiss Marple your next one better be good or I'm sticking with my trusty side piece Hercule

  3. James James says:

    A solid 45 stars for Murder at the Vicarage the first novel in the Miss Marple cozy mystery series written by Agatha Christie in 1930 I've read ten novels by Christie and this one is near the top of the list for me From the characters to the setting and the plot to the tone it's an intriguing and immersive read It started out a bit slow for me as the scene was being set but once the murder happened it took off in uick force I can happily say that I had 2 potential guesses as the culprits and I was correct which doesn't always happen I also knew there was way too much reference to 'time on clocks' for it not to be important; someone messed with the spinning needles to change the appearance of when the murder happened But only by minutes and you'll never guess how important it wasFor many this will be too on the nose or over simplified when it comes to the layout at approach of Miss Marple's investigation Though she's responsible for solving it she's not the main character The vicar tells us the story of what happened to the deceased and he interacts with the detectives investigating the crime Another priest is nearly murdered but he's not very well liked so it's okay right? Some think so but not all the 'little old biddies' how the book refers to them are in agreement The gossip is out of control in this book but I adored it for what it was a clever plot techniue to reveal clues and keep us guessing Add in the very peculiar marriages between the different priests and their wives and it's baffling what life was like a century ago But I'd give nearly anything to be part of itWhat appeals to me most in these Marple novels is how she drops a few thoughts then scatters around She leaves mysterious notes for someone to come see her then won't reveal everything she's thinking She teases us But it's as much fun as it is frustrating She knows but she's not 100% certain how so she won't say it all at once until she's got every nasty little detail ferreted outThe poor vicar suffers in this one as the murder happens in his house everyone is up in his business We know it can't be him or his wife but wow do they look suspicious Add in the side stories and you've got one easy read It just makes me smile to absorb these uaint settings and stories I think even though this is the last in my April Agatha Christie Readathon I am going to keep reading one a month this year

  4. Anne Anne says:

    Miss Marple's 1st bookBut beyond that this is really just a fabulous example of Agatha Christie at her bestThis was my first time reading actually listening The Murder at the Vicarage and I was blown away by how enjoyable it was Especially considering I've read a ton of her books and pretty much knew what to expect out of her mysteriesI knew I didn't know who did it but I swear I thought I knew who didn't do itI was as always dead wrongSo the gist is that the town Vicar gets caught up in a murder mystery that happens in his home while he's out visiting a sick parishioner Whodunnit?Well if the police can't figure it out just leave it to the nosey little old lady who lives around the corner Joan Hickson narrated the audiobook I listened to and she was fabulousHighly recommended

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Murder At The Vicarage Miss Marple #1 Agatha ChristieOriginal Publication Year 1930Abstract Debut of Miss Jane Marple village busybody who applies human nature to crimes Colonel Protheroe magistrate universally despised was shot in his study unheard His wife Anne admits newly arrived artist Lawrence Redding is an old flame and both confess to murder The local inspector and Jane sort through to the truthCharacters Miss Jane Marple Inspector Slack Lawrence Redding Len Clement Griselda Clement Colonel Protheroe Anne Protheroe Lettice Protheroe Dr Haydock Mrs LeStrange Dr Stone Gladys Cram Dennis Clement Mary a maid Hawesتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و پنجم ماه نوامبر سال 1993 میلادیعنوان قتل در خانه کشیش، نویسنده آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم فرزانه طاهری، تهران، طرح نو، 1372؛ چاپ دوم، ‏‫1387،‬‬ ‏در ‏‫372ص،‬ ‏شابک ‏‫‭9789644890895‬؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 20معنوان سه قتل در خانه کشیش، نویسنده آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم مجتبی عبدالله‌ نژاد، نشر تهران، کتاب هرمس، کتابهای کارآگاه‏‫، 1388؛ در 307ص؛ شابک 9789643635756؛کشیش «لئونارد کلمنت»، راوی حوادث ناگواری است، که در «سنت‌ ماری مید» روی می‌دهد، و باعث مرگ یکی از اهالی روستا یعنی «کلنل پروترو» می‌شود؛ «کلنل پروترو»، در «سنت‌ ماری مید» شخص منفوری است، و حتی مرد محترمی مثل «لئونارد کلمنت» اعتراف می‌کند، که «هرکس کلنل پروترو را بکشد، به همه دنیا لطف بزرگی کرده»؛ حرف‌های درگوشی مردم آبادی، محور گفتگوی مهمانی چای، در اتاق پذیرایی خانه کشیش است؛ یکی از مهمانان هم «دوشیزه مارپل» است، ؛ «قتل در خانه کشیش»، نخستین ماجراهای «دوشیزه مارپل»، و نخستین تصویری است که از روستای محبوب «سنت‌ ماری مید» ارائه می‌شود؛ «کریستی» در زندگینامه‌ اش نوشته «قتل در خانه کشیش، در سال 1930میلادی انتشار یافت؛ ولی یادم نمی‌آید کی، کجا یا چطور آن را نوشتم، یا اصلا چرا دست به نگارش آن زدم، یا چه عاملی باعث خلق شخصیت داستانی جدیدی مثل «دوشیزه مارپل» شد، و چرا چنین کسی را به عنوان کارآگاه انتخاب کردم»؛ «کریستی» گفته، دنبال خلق رقیبی برای «پوآرو» نبوده، و در ابتدا قصد نداشته داستانهای دیگری با حضور «دوشیزه مارپل» بنویسدتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 22041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  6. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea says:

    “The young people think the old people are fools but the old people know the young people are fools” THIS In the tale that started it all Miss Marple doesn’t need to move away from her lovely sanctuary in St Mary Mead Colonel Lucius Protheroe is a loathsome creature No one likes him no one wants to even look at him Therefore the suspects are plenty once he is found murdered in the study of the local Vicar A young artist a flighty daughter a troubled priest an isolated wife a rather posh newcomer an archaeologist strange clocks portraits and paintsMy favourite novel out of all Miss Marple’s adventures and as always a glorious TV adaptation ITV 2004 where you can see the crème de la crème of British Theatre “What they need is a little immorality in their lives Then they wouldn't be so busy looking for it in other people's” My reviews can also be found on

  7. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Murder most proper Agatha Christie's Murder at the Vicarage was my first Miss Marple Now that I've had her I can say with the experience of knowledge she ain't half bad Still I'm not sure I'd want to be caught by my macho football playing friends reading a tea cozy mystery The characters are dapper dandies and old teetotaler biddies The high manners and speech abound aside from that of the occasional parlor maid flatfoot or old age pensioner Beyond primal embarrassment this sort of thing is just a little too uaint even for meand I've read all of James HerriotI always say I'm not into the mystery genre but whenever I read one I'm riveted Murder at the Vicarage has some clever misdirection The murder is plausible the details creditable and the solving of it all rewardingly confounding I found the writing style reminiscent of PG Wodehouse A uick bit of research showed that they were contemporaries living through and writing within the same era I tally this as a positive as I am a big Wodehouse fan His work is light handed making for airy reading The same can be said of the few Christies I've read Mostly stress free highly enjoyable stuff that won't tax one's emotions too deeply

  8. PorshaJo PorshaJo says:

    Fiddledesticks How could you not enjoy a book where the word fiddledesticks is used I'm a fan of Agatha Christie I read her a lot when I was much much younger But I don't remember most of the books I read So every now and then I plan to pick up one of her books and indulge And what a better place to start that the first in the Miss Marple seriesMurder at the Vicarage tells the story of well a murder in the vicarage St Mary Mead is a sleep town where not much happens However the ladies of the town know everyone's business and it's routinely gossiped about Leonard Clement is the vicar and his wife Griselda well let's just say she's not much of the lady of the vicarage house She doesn't cook doesn't clean drives her husband mad but she loves Len and he truly loves her despite the big age gap of the two Anyway Len returns to vicarage one night after being called away to find none other than Colonel Protheroe dead Murdered I doubt many of the townsfolk are upset by this news as Colonel Protheroe was not well liked and was uite mean But seems there are uite a number of people who might have wanted him dead So murderenter some bumbling police who provide great entertainment but no chance of solving this crime But luckily there is Miss Marple with her keen eye well that comes along with being a nosy busy body Miss Marple is uite sharp and along with the vicar she works to solve this crimeWhat a wonderful story I grabbed the audio and the narrator Richard E Grant did an awesome job I loved his narration and can still hear the voice of the vicar in my head I liked the characters of Len Clement and his wife Griselda I'm happy these two appear again in later Miss Marple books But I had to knock it just a bit hence 4 stars It was so predictable I guessed early on what happened Though it did not take away my enjoyment of this read Also there were a lot of characters to keep track of And if I'm going to be totally honestI prefer Poirot over Marple But an entertaining read and great audio narration I look forward to my next Christie book and narrations by Mr Grant A uick fun read for any Agatha Christie fan

  9. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I am amazed I have not read this before Or maybe I have but it was so long ago I have forgotten Anyway it was really good as good if not better than any of the other Miss Marple stories I have readIt was certainly an interesting look at Jane Marple as she appeared for the first time and really as a lesser character The main character and story teller was the Vicar an apparently honest and caring man if a little too serious and unemotional at times None of which prevented him being in the running as a suspect Christie managed to make me suspect almost everyone except the eventual culpritsNo one was fooling Miss Marple though but she kept her suspicions very close to her chest and did not declare them until every fact had fallen into place She was a pleasure to watch as she let people assume she was a foolish old woman while actually pegging everyone's characters and behaviours very accurately Very little gets past herI love the rural English setting of these novels and the fact that they are so well written A very pleasant way to spend a few reading hours

  10. Tim Tim says:

    So I finished this one and I've come to a conclusion I'm not a Miss Marple fan Yes yes I know I'm one of those basic Christie fans that she couldn't stand that delights every time Poirot says something wittyarrogant and looks at all her other characters with a that's very nice could you write Poirot now? stance Sure I would have been polite enough not to say that but the thought would have occurred that said my favorite Christie novel is Crooked House which does not feature any of her recurring charactersNo let me get this out of the way the book wasn't bad It was entertaining enough and while I was pretty sure I knew who did it I was right I couldn't figure out how it was done view spoilerWhile we're on this topic the clues were there it felt like I must have missed a vital one somewhere because I sat there feeling like it wasn't exactly a fair play mystery upon the reveal hide spoiler

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Murder at the Vicarage ➞ [Epub] ❥ Murder at the Vicarage By Agatha Christie ➨ – ‘Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe’ declared the parson brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef ‘would be doing the world at large a favour’ It was a careless remark for a ‘Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe’ declared the parson brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef ‘would be doing the world at large a favour’ It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later – when the colonel was found shot dead in the clergyman’s study But as Miss Marple soon discovers the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.