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Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1)

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Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one hea ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published October 1930)
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Jason Koivu
Dec 12, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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 more 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 sor
Who doesn't know the famous Miss Marple and her investigation talents? When it comes to well-known detectives in classic literature, along with Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot she will belong to those who are mentioned first. I can almost imagine the gossipy, annoying and very inquisitive lady snooping around the village, and it's easy to understand why a smart character like her earned such a recognition beneath crime and mystery novels. "Murder at the Vicarage" is called the first book in t ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Desislava rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, mystery
"I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalize. Generalizations are seldom if ever true and usually utterly inaccurate."

Murder at the Vicarage is a cozy mystery set in the small English village with an overflow of gossip and affairs, even the police force depend on tampering old women. The victim in this case is a highly intolerable man - Colonel Protheroe had a lot of enemies, even his second wife and daughter couldn’t stand him. When he is found murdered in the Vicar’s study,

"Ubistvo u parohijskom dvoru" je prva knjiga još jednog veoma popularnog serijala Agate Kristi o detektivu amateru - gospođici Marpl.
Gospođica Marpl je jedna sredovečna, radoznala dama koja me u mnogo čemu podseća na jednu moju komšinicu, a pre svega po tome što uvek zna šta se dešava "u tuđem dvorištu". Međutim, ta moja komšinica za razliku od glavne Agatine junakinje, nije ni približno toliko pametna, a nedostaje joj i poprilično njenog šarma :)
Sve u svemu, lako štivo koje se brzo čita, sa pov
Araz Goran

أجاثا كريستي ~ جريمة في مقر الكاهن

القضية الأولى ورحلة البداية لـ مس " ماربل "

لا أستطيع القول سوى أنها أجمل ما قرأت لأجاثا، رواية عجيبة مدهشة أذهلتني حقيقة لم أستطع أن أبعدها عن تفكيري، لقد شغلتني هذه الرواية خلال ثلاثة أيام ، فكرت فيها بجهد وحاولت الوصول الى القاتل وملابسات الجريمة ..

وكانت النتيجة أني توصلت للقاتل والحمدلله ^_^ وللعلم هذه هي المرة الأولى التي أصل فيها إلى القاتل فيما يتعلق بروايات أجاثا.. كنت مقتنعاً منذ البداية وبشكل شبه مؤكد بهوية القاتل.. الأمر لم يكن سهلاً طبعاً ولكن ينبغي أ
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Agatha Christie could have called this book a comedy as easily as she called it a mystery. She is so funny! This book had me chuckling from beginning to end.

Our protagonist, the Vicar, is married to a woman half his age and is always a little suspicious that she may be looking at other men. He's the long-suffering clergyman of the town - all the little old ladies come to him with their troubles and gossip - including the incredibly sharp Jane Marple.

Nothing even happens in the sleepy little town
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I'm giving it a 3 because I didn't hate it and I didn't love it and because I can.

I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel.

There, it has been said.

I received this audio free from the SYNC summer reading program last year. Apparently it’s the first book in a series. Yay SYNC. I usually pick up series books mid-series and only manage to aggravate myself and anyone unfortunate enough to be reading my reviews.

In the beginning, I very much enjoyed it despite the male narrator and his often grating/c
Jul 18, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
My admiration for Agatha Christie grows with each new book I read. I loved this interesting mystery and my introduction to the one and only, Miss Marple. I enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek humor and language from another time and place, with so many new words and phrases to look up. The investigation for the murderer progressed rather slowly, but I was constantly marking pages to keep new facts in mind. I liked the Vicar and his family and hope to meet them again someday.
Nov 24, 2008 Phayvanh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Phayvanh by: library book sale
After reading a couple Miss Marple mysteries, and suffering all those hints as to her background, I decided the first introduction to the lady would be most appropriate.

But this book doesn't offer much more than any of the other stories, to Miss Marple's backstory. The genius of this novel is our narrator, the Vicar of St. Mary Mead. He is as transparent and honest a storyteller as one ever wants (what more could you expect from a parson?), in rendering the townsfolk in true color, in reflecting
This was Christie's 10th novel overall but the first to introduce the character of Miss Marple. She was a secondary character to the Vicar, and rightly so because the murder occurred in his study, but she ultimately does solve the mystery of "who done it". An entertaining and fun read but not considered one of her better novels.
Oct 07, 2016 Tarinee rated it it was amazing
Every great crime novel(say murder mystery) consists of three parts or acts.

The first part is called "The Pledge".

The writer shows you something ordinary: a murder is committed and motive ,clues ,circumstantial evidence all indicate a single person . The author shows you the crime scene . Perhaps he/she asks you to inspect it through his/her narratives , to see if it is indeed that simple and easy. But of isn't.

The second act is called "The Turn".

The author takes the ordinary some
I've read all the Agatha Christie stories way back at one time or other, so picking them up feels like reading for the first time.

I'm not sure what my impression was when I first read this one, but this time around it was all I could do to get through the story. I just couldn't get into it nor could appreciate any of the characters, either.

And, does ANYONE in St. Mary Mead have a clock that works right?? All that business of who was where and when down to the minute went on and on. I know many o
Nandakishore Varma
May 14, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the book where Miss Jane Marple makes her first appearance.

Even though I am a Poirot fan, I must confess that Miss Marple is more interesting - in fact, she must be unique in the world of fictional detectives. She uses her sharp intellect and unerring knowledge of human nature to arrive at her solutions. This is possible only to an old maid who had the opportunity to observe human nature close at hand for a whole lifetime.

This novel has as narrator a reticent vicar, married to a pretty w
May 31, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Murder at the Vicarage, aka: Miss Marple: Origins, is the first Miss Marple mystery by the indomitable Agatha Christie. Interestingly enough, this was written from the point of view of the eponymous Vicar and Miss Marple herself appears in only a minority of the book. Like any Miss Marple murder, this takes place in a small English village with a seething under current of gossip, hidden affairs, love, hate, envy, classicism (so much classicism), and a police force who simply cannot solve the mur ...more
I have seen groups and postings on Goodreads referring to "cozy mystery". I enjoy the mystery genre and often wondered which books I have read would qualify as a "cozy mystery". The Murder at the Vicarage I think is undoubtedly one.

Colonel Lucius Protheroe of St. Mary Mead is not well liked. Even the vicar says "that anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe would be doing the world at large a service". When the Colonel is found murdered in the vicar's study Miss Marple states she can think of seve
Good times with Miss Marple. I wish there would have been a bit more scenes with her, though.

Maybe it's just my own expectations of the role titular detectives should play in their own series, though. There is no written rule saying that the detectives must play the largest role in their books over other characters, it's just what we're used to. The vicar was a good pair of eyes to see this story through, after all. I admit it would be fun to see through Miss Marple's eyes, but Agatha Christie'
Nov 26, 2012 Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christie
One of Christie’s best. It is told in the first person by Len Clement, Vicar of Saint Mary Mead. He and his much younger wife, Griselda, are a charming couple. Griselda is irritating, laughs when she should be sober, is hopeless regarding cooking and household management, and is altogether an unsuitable wife for a vicar. Yet he absolutely adores her. I wish that Christie had written more of them. (My Christie encyclopedia says that Griselda appears, much older and a widow, in What Mrs. McGillicu ...more
Classic murder mystery investigation brilliantly solved by shrewd Miss Marple. What I liked most about the book is Agatha Christie’s humour. 3 stars

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Feb 23, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to see the birth of Miss Marple, where she isn't even the main character of the book though she is an acknowledged force in the village of St. Mary's Mead. The reasoning skills are already in place. All that was needed was a murder and that was provided quickly enough. I plan to read/re-read more over time just to enjoy the stories, unless/until they become tiring in their similarities. I read too many at a time in the past.
May 26, 2016 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Agatha Christie so far, although I really liked And Then There Were None too. I enjoyed getting to know Miss Marple and the small town setting of this book. It was a fun and interesting read, which caused me to giggle out loud on a few occasions. I didn't figure out who the baddie was, so I guess I'll have to read another of her books to see if I can get it right for a change.
Aug 04, 2016 Wilma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love British detectives!! Alhoewel gedateerd...ik heb genoten van de typische Engelse sfeer in deze detective van Agatha Christie met natuurlijk Miss Marple...lekker kneuterig, ongecompliceerd!!
Jun 27, 2016 Gaetano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In un piccolo e remoto villaggio inglese facciamo conoscenza con la simpatica vecchietta Miss Marple, qui alla sua prima apparizione ufficiale sulla scena del crimine.

Agatha Christie ci regala un altro piccolo capolavoro della letteratura gialla che coinvolge il lettore attraverso indizi e personaggi implicati, in qualche modo, nel delitto avvenuto.

E tra pettegolezzi e tresche amorose ci descrive le zitelle del paese dicendo che:

Non c’è agente investigativo in tutta l’Inghilterra, che potrebbe
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Author: Agatha Christie
Published: 01/09/2006 (first published 1930)
Recommended for: fans of murder mystery novels

A really great Miss Marple novel, no matter how many time I read Miss Marple books I can never guess who was the one that did it. They are expertly written and such brilliant novels! I thought that this was an amazing first book in the Miss Marple series you get such a great sense of who Miss Marple is and how her mind works to piece everything together. I love the character of Miss M
Ashley Arthur
Sep 18, 2012 Ashley Arthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I had never read anything by Agatha Christie until this book. I had heard of the “Miss Marple” mysteries, and I assumed that these stories would be narrated by Miss Marple herself. I surprised to find that the story is narrated instead by the vicar of St. Mary Mead. I felt the same way reading this book as I feel watching reruns of “Keeping up Appearances” or “Are You Being Served Again?” on BBC America. There is so much of the charm of the British village where everyone goes to the same church, ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Poonam rated it really liked it
This was the 1st book by agatha christie that I have read and it was a good one as I could not suspect the murderer or the way it was carried out.

The setting is in early 1900's in a small village where everyone knows everyone's business. There is a murder and everyone is a suspect. Thoroughly enjoyed how at the end of each chapter there is a new suspect.

Even though this is Miss Marple series the story is narrated by the vicar. As this is my first read of this author I am not sure about the oth
Oct 04, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amber by: Charbel
In the village of St. Mary Mead at the Vicarage of Vicar Len Clement everything is quiet except for the gossip of the town. When Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the Vicar's study, everyone begins to accuse themselves at the murder. The Vicar with the help of Miss Marple and the Inspector and the Police Chief must figure out who the culprit is. Will they succeed? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read and the second Agatha Christie novel I've read. If you enjoy myste
Tiffany Reisz
Sep 20, 2015 Tiffany Reisz rated it it was amazing
Fantastic mystery! Christie is a brilliant writer. "Tea and scandal at 4:30."
Oct 08, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio, 2016
I'm on an Agatha binge! Thoroughly enjoyed this audio edition. And it was fun to "meet" Miss Marple for the first time. I read all these as a teenager and never really took to the Miss Marple stories but revisiting this as an adult I can appreciate her a lot more (now that we are closer in age!!)
Sara Steger
Feb 05, 2016 Sara Steger rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, bingo-2016
Interesting to read Christie's introduction of Miss Marple. I think she had no idea what would come with this character and just used her as a device to help solve a complicated mystery. I enjoyed the who-done-it, and was duly surprised at the end, having swallowed a few red herrings.

I did not read much Christie when I was younger. Can't think why--she was popular, I liked intrigue. I'm not feeling that "oh my I need to read all of these" feeling, but a Christie thrown in here and there would no
Ace ⚓
May 25, 2016 Ace ⚓ rated it liked it
Well it wasn't the butler, but it did keep me guessing the whole way through. I found this book to be a bit too dated in its treatment of women but obviously Miss Marple comes out smarter than everyone. I wish we had more of her in the earlier parts of the book, she has quite the sense of humour.
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