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Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  76,367 ratings  ·  1,495 reviews
El cuerpo sin vida del coronel Protheroe es hallado en el despacho del vicario y Miss Marple no está satisfecha con los resultados de las investigaciones que realiza la policía, ya que esa muerte, al parecer, beneficia a más de una persona en el pueblo. El párroco y la segunda esposa del coronel son cosiderados los principales sospechosos.
En Muerte en la vicaría. Agatha Ch
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 1930)
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Jason Koivu
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 tea-totalling biddies. The high manners and speech abound, aside from that of the occasional parlor maid, flatfoot, or old age pensioner. Beyond primal embarrassment, this
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

"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
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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
Nov 24, 2008 Phayvanh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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'
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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Ashley Arthur
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
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
Fantastic mystery! Christie is a brilliant writer. "Tea and scandal at 4:30."
With all the suppositions, concern for the souls, and gossipy renditions projected over the telephones, back gates, and parlor teas, you'd think there would be no more mysteries to be solved in St. Mary Mead, the English village home of Jane Marple!

You'd be wrong, for in the study of Vicar Leonard Clement, slumped on the desk is the dead body of Colonel Protheroe, shot through the back of the head. Two people confess, but their willing sacrifices only prove that all are suspects.

The Vicar is bot
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
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ص44 : ترددت ، ثم قررت الكلام فقلت : لقد كنت أفكر بأنني عندما يأتي أجلي سيؤسفني ألا يكون لدي من عذر أبذله ساعة الحساب إلا العدالة ، لأن ذلك قد يعني أنه لن يكون لي من جزاء إلا العدالة وحدها

ص110 : و لكنها طريقة سليمة تماما في الوصول إلى الحقيقة ( أن تتذكر شيئا من شئيئ مختلف تماما ) إنها في الواقع ما يسميه الناس حدسا و يختلفون فيه كل هذا الاختلاف ، إن الحدس أشبه بقراءة كلمة دون الاضطرار إلى تهجئتها بصوت عال ، لا يمكن للطفل أن يقوم بذلك لأن خبرته قليل
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I love to listen to an audiobook with a cast of characters.

This is Miss Marple's first story in her series. A murder has been committed at the Vicarage, could it be the Vicar?
No en arvannut kuka se oli.
Đorđe Bajić
"Ubstvo u parohijskom domu" (1930) je prvi od dvanaest roman u kojima se pojavljuje i misteriju rešava gospođica Marpl. Agata Krsti primenjuje dobro oprobanu taktiku preuzetu od Dojla – priču pripoveda radoznao ali nedovoljno promućuran lik (umesto Hejstingsa, ovoga puta je to vikar Klement), dok misteriju, na kraju, razrešava genijalni detektiv (u ovom slučaju: detektiv-amater). Agatu Krsti je za lik Džejn Marpl svakako inspirisala Hofmanova gospođica Skideri, još jedna pronicljiva stara dama k ...more
1930, #1 Miss Jane Marple, St. Mary Mead, rural England
wise elderly spinster lady solves a tricky murder; truly deserves the label "classic cosy". Tame, quiet, and sweet, but there are some interesting edges to it as well. Not to be missed.

When Colonel Protheroe, irascible church deacon and Big Wig in Town, gets himself messily murdered at the vicar's own desk in his beloved study, it seems things can't get much worse for our kindly narrator the vicar and his young wife. But the villagers are s
FINALLY, a Miss Marple mystery where the title sleuth is actually present for more than half the book! It was really starting to irritate me how the police would always hog the spotlight and ignore Marple for the majority of the story.

Of course, this book is the first time Miss Marple is used as a character, so I guess it wouldn't make sense for Christie to ignore her as badly as she does in all the other Marple stories. That's why this one is my favorite so far: Miss Marple is introduced in th
A most enjoyable introduction to the Miss Marple series of mysteries. I particularly enjoyed how the story was presented, with the Vicar being the story teller. Miss Marple is almost in the shadows, as the Vicar wanders around town on his own or with the police inspector, chatting with people, hearing the ideas and thoughts. Miss Marple is a watcher, a wise lady, who observes and figures things out. The Vicar meets with her regularly, discussing ideas, clues and gaining her insight. I loved the ...more
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I used to want to be Miss Marple. Seriously. Old, lots of time on my hands, sharp mind, great deductive reasoning. I’d get lots of crocheting done as I tried to solve mysteries. Hell, I still would love to be as awesome as Miss Marple when I grow up :)

Murder at the Vicarage is quite the mystery, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, and a shrewd Miss Marple solving it because it’s Miss Marple and that’s what she does. I really enj
I'm a Hercule Poirot fan, so I've never actually read a Miss Marple mystery. I've owned this for a while but didn't realize Marple was the "detective" until I started to read it. I actually didn't mind, though. I like the nosy little lady that solves mysteries just by thinking about "human nature," being logical, and noticing everything.
This story is very interesting, a little twist, and a reference to how murders are committed in "real life" compared to how they're committed in books, which was
Another stellar mystery by my favorite mystery author - this one is the first in the series introducing Miss. Marple. I listened to the audio version and was mesmerized. I thoroughly enjoyed being there with the sardonic vicar, his cute young wife, playful nephew, other eccentric characters, and of course, MISS MARPLE. I am proud to say that I guessed the killer right, though I had another character too in mind, fitting the bill of the murderer. The gist of the story involves the murder of a pom ...more
Livro lido em férias! ;D

Sem sombra de dúvida que este é mais um belo exemplar da coleção Agatha Christie. Um mistério cheio de emoção, onde todos parecem ser suspeitos...

Uma história repleta de surpresas e dificuldades que, contudo, não escapam à caricata Miss Marple, que prova saber imenso sobre a moralidade humana! ;)

Recomendo!! ;D
The Murder at the Vicarage is the first book in the series and an introduction to the famous Miss Jane Marple. It’s set in her hometown of St Mary Mead; a sleepy and inactive town, where local busybodies like to fill there time with idle gossip. However confusion breaks out when the towns Vicar finds the local Magistrate, Colonel Protheroe in his study, shot dead. As the investigation unfolds, we discover that Protheroe is loud, obnoxious character, and many of the town folk voiced their outrigh ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This book is one-part Clue, one-part Doubt, and one-part Murder She Wrote (Angela Lansbury happens to be one of the actresses that played Miss Marple), stirred together into a first-rate mystery. It's not as good as Sherlock Holmes, but it's pretty close.

A few quick thoughts:

- I find it very interesting that Agatha Christie was able to acknowledge all the prejudices of the time against women -- with the male characters calling the female characters silly, foolish, troublesome gossips -- and sub
3.5 stars

First of the Miss Marple mysteries, and I liked it a lot. The small-town setting of St. Mary Mead was very entertaining, especially since it came with a cast full of gossiping old ladies, amiable townspeople and some slightly suspicious characters with their own little secrets (served up as a side dish of smaller mysteries to the main murder mystery). With murder only the beginning of all the happenings in this village, its calm and quiet atmosphere turns out to be only appearances afte
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