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Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
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Mar 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, series, classics, agatha-christie

What can I say? Another keep-you-on-your-toes mystery.

The characters mess with the head. The clues and ‘Peculiar Things’ clarify and bewilder. And the story certainly shows the aggravations of finding oneself stuck in a small, cozy village that has just suddenly borne out its first murder in a long, long while.

Smack in the middle is the village’s highly likeable, dryly humorous, and long-suffering vicar who has the inconvenience of finding the village’s least favorite member slumped dead in his own study, of trying to prevent his incompetent housekeeper from quitting just to appease the missus, of hearing out in a day-to-day basis the suppositions, observations, and indignations of the more well-meaning, elderly women of his parish, and of agonizing if his younger, vivacious wife is actually having an affair…

All the while doing a not-inconsiderate amount of sleuthing on his own – with the valuable aid of the redoubtable Miss Marple, whose spot-on observations and insights on the village folk has made her a point of disgruntlement for the police constables.

With one or two more incidental plots thrown in into the mix, The Murder at the Vicarage is a story that subtly lures one to keep a wide-open eye on everything said or done – coz you have no idea which of these are really worth paying attention to.

I have to admit being near-driven bonkers with trying to keep up (especially when the ‘time’ aspect is factored in), but that just really makes me more glued to the pages.

The ending and exposition of what all the fuss is about may come out as a bit anticlimactic…but still, the entire detective-experience of getting into that point was well worth it. Another enjoyable read.
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message 1: by Aia (new) - rated it 3 stars

Aia The clue where the a in Barton was changed to Burton was not explained, and I'm still thinking why it's significant. The Poison Pen trying to economize the use of the envelopes?

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