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The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1)

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The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction.

“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 favor!”

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 l
Paperback, 285 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by William Morrow (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
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
Feb 14, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
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
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
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
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
Wart Hill

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Randee Baty
"The young people think the old people are fools; but the old people know the young people are fools!" And thus we are introduced to Miss Marple, one on the most famous amateur sleuths in literature.

When Colonel Protheroe is murdered in the study at the Vicarage in St. Mary Meade, suspects are many. No one, including his wife and daughter, cared much for the Colonel and he could make enemies at the drop of a hat. In a village the size of St. Mary Meade, everyone knows everyone's business and eve
The Murder of the Vicarage is the first of the Miss. Marple mysteries although from the way in which she is introduced in this book there is little hint of the fact that for many readers Marple will become inextricably linked with Christie. Marple does not narrate the book, the actions are not seen through her eyes and the narrator is not her sidekick. Her presence hovers at the edge of many scenes and she is the principle actor in few of them. So far most of Christies female narrators have been ...more
Mónica Silva
Mais uma vez, Christie desenvolve nesta obra uma estória de mistério e suspense extremamente intrigante. Contudo, desta vez o investigador é Miss Marple, uma velhinha amorosa e aparentemente inofensiva. Porquê “aparentemente”? Porque Miss Marple é, na verdade, uma mulher perspicaz e inteligente, que dificilmente se deixa enganar. Esta é sem dúvida uma das minhas personagens favoritas no universo de Christie, pois Miss Marple consegue ser encantadora e dissimulada ao mesmo tempo.

O criminoso, ao c
Justine Olawsky
This one is written in first person from the point of view of the vicar in whose house the murder victim is found. It is for his personality alone that I awarded the extra star that took the rating into the "really like" realm. His personality, which is a wry mixture of exasperation, tolerance, and benevolent good humour, was definitely the highlight of the book. As with most Christies, I did not read this for the mystery (which was far more neatly tied up in this, the earliest Marple, than in t ...more
Carolyn F.
I'm going to say I've read this book at least 4 times and have seen at least 2 TV adaptations. Now, I'm listening to the audiobook. I also have the paperback.

Loved this book and the BBC audiobook was fantastic. They had a male narrator which I thought odd since the book is about Miss Marple but the book is written from the vicar's point of view so it made sense. Also, he did a great job with the female voices so it wasn't a problem.

I had read this book a long time ago, I saw the PBS production
Lauren Stoolfire
I've always enjoyed Miss Marple, so when this became available for free through SYNC I knew I had to download it and give it a listen.

The thoroughly disliked Colonel Protheroe is found shot through the head at Vicar Len Clement's desk and multiple characters have alibis or confess for one thing or another while the police try to figure out what's going on. However, the head officer seems pretty incompetent. That's where old Miss Marple comes in! Miss Marple teaches the vicar a thing or two about
This is the third mystery I've done via audio and I think I need to switch to a different genre. Mysteries just aren't working for me this way.

Also, Miss Marple was a pretty minor character considering it's supposed to be her book. Looking at other reviews, I see this is normal for the series. That strategy doesn't really work for me.

That said, Christie did an excellent job with characterization, setting, dialogue, and even looking at such things as class. There was no lack of clues and red her
The story takes place in the quiet village of St Mary Mead, where an unexpected murder takes place. Since the villagers relish the daily gossip, the murder gives the inhabitants something to talk about. Amidst all the ivestigation, an unlikely Miss Marple begins to connect the dots.
The story is exciting and addictive, one of Dame Christie's best. I could not put this down. Filled with unexpected plot twists, fascinating characters and captivating discussions, this book keeps the reader hooked.
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