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The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  72,039 ratings  ·  1,408 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, 230 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Berkley (first published January 1st 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

"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
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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
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مقتطفات :
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
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
Cheryl Kennedy
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
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
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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
Col. Smith
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
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
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
Recomendado pela Carol no GoodReads e emprestado pelo Celso Sá, Crime no Vicariato é o segundo livro que leio da série Miss Marple.

Mais uma vez, Agatha Christie presenteia-nos com um crime complexo, intrincado e completamente surpreendente...pelo menos para mim que falhei todos os meus palpites relativamente ao autor(a) do crime!

Aliado a isso, temos um grupo de idosas mexeriqueiras cujo maior interesse é coscuvilhar e falar da vida alheia, entre as quais encontra-se a astuciosa Miss Marple, que
This book was great. I just couldnt guess the murderer till the very end. I always thought it was some other person. This was my first Miss 'Jane' Marple book and I enjoyed it. Pretty convoluted plot.
But my biggest complaint from the book is that: most of the observations and inferences are drawn by the Vicar and there is very less involvement of Miss Marple in the case, except at the very end.

Updated: I watched the old TV series and it wasn't good. They left out lot of details and it was diffi
Ich erkläre das Buch bei 52% für fertig und das Projekt mit Codenamen "Christie" als gescheitert. Nein es ist nicht schlecht geschrieben und ich würde schon gerne wissen, wer den alten Lucius umgebracht hat. Aber diese Aneinanderreihung unwichtiger Dialoge und Floskel kann nicht über das Substanzlose in dieser Geschichte hinweg täuschen. Ich versuche Frau Christie nochmal später mit einem anderen Buch in der Hoffnung, das es besser wird.
When I was a kid, I read a lot of Agatha Christie – although, racking my brain, it’s telling me that the ones I read mostly featured Hercule Poirot, and so I’m fairly certain that this was my first Miss Marple. And you know what? I really quite enjoyed it! This probably means that it’s finally time for me to hang up my leather jacket and put on a twinset instead.

St Mary Mead is a small village where nothing much happens – or so it initially seems. But when Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in
Feb 17, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of decent detectives
Recommended to Mark by: Agatha Christies writing
While I started reading I could not shake the idea that I had read this book before but as it turns out I did see the tv-movie by Granada Television in 2004 with Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple.

This is the 1st time Miss Marple was written into existance by Agatha Christie, and she is perhaps a better rounded character than Hercule Poirot, whom was even detested by Christie herself after some time but his continued succes kept paying the bills. Having read the 1st Marple story immediately after
"Formamos parte de una humanidad de mente estrecha y que cree ser buena, ansiosa de juzgar aquellas cosas acerca de las cuales nada sabemos"

Muerte en la vicaría de Agatha Christie fue bastante tediosa de leer. Hubo partes en las que no pasaba nada, y otras donde se condensaba todo lo "bueno". También me parece que retrasa demasiado que el lector sepa quién es el asesino. Hay demasiados personajes que intenta que a los ojos del lector sean sospechosos.

En cuanto al final, me ha gustad
Bill  Kerwin

The first Miss Marple mystery. The usual red herrings and mechanical Christie plot. This early Miss Marple is more acerbic and less endearing.
Um Crime no Vicariato foi o livro que deu a conhecer Miss Marple, uma pacata senhora de idade que vive num meio pequeno e que tem uma especial propensão para resolver mistérios. Já a tinha encontrado em Um Corpo na Biblioteca, que não ficou na lista dos meus livros preferidos da Rainha do Crime, mas a vontade de voltar a Miss Marple era grande e por isso decidi pegar no primeiro livro que protagonizou.

St. Mary Mead é uma típica aldeia do interior, um meio muito pequeno onde toda a gente se conhe
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880
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