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Murder at the Vicarage

(Miss Marple #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  115,273 Ratings  ·  2,784 Reviews
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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Brina
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dame Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery writers who all modern aspirants strive to emulate. I enjoy reading her cases featuring detective Hercule Poirot because he knows the outcome well before the reader. Christie's cases are multilayered and keep unraveling until a book's conclusion. Enjoying these thought provoking cases, I decided to introduce myself to her other famous sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. There is no better place to start than Murder at the Vicarage, the book that introduced Miss ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هل تعرف تلك الجارة الكبيرة في السن، التي تعيش وحدها فلديها الكثير من الوقت فتتسلي بأن تري (تراقب) كل جيرانها، تعرف كل شئ عن الجميع وتحركاتهم

هكذا قررت أجاثا كريستي تقديم أول بطلة نسائية لسلاسل التحقيقات البوليسية..ميس ماربل

هي ليست "محققة" كهيراكول بوارو او شيرلوك...فقط هي الجارة العانس الفضولية دقيقة الملاحظة بقرية سانت ماري ميد

وكما ذكر بالرواية، فإن موهبة كتلك تضاهي، بل تفوق خبرة أي محقق في إنجلترا
او علي الاقل هي كذلك في روايتها الأولي، جريمة في بيت الكاهن

كاهن القرية نفسه في البداية كان يتمني أ
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Jason Koivu
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
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James
A solid 4.5 stars for Murder at the Vicarage, the first novel in the Miss Marple cozy mystery series, written by Agatha Christie in 1930. I've read ~ten novels by Christie and this one is near the top of the list for me. From the characters to the setting and the plot to the tone, it's an intriguing and immersive read. It started out a bit slow for me as the scene was being set, but once the murder happened, it took off in quick force. I can happily say that I had 2 potential guesses as the culp ...more
Susan
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This first Miss Marple mystery is deceptively gentle, with much of the story narrated by the mild mannered vicar. When he returns to the vicarage to find the body of Colonel Protheroe shot in his study, the vicar becomes involved in the murder investigation, aided by his neighbour Miss Marple. There is a wonderful list of suspects, motives and false trails along the way, until Jane Marple untangles the threads and makes everything clear.

Not only is this a masterfully plotted story, but it introd
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Councillor
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
Jadranka

"Ubistvo u parohijskom dvoru" je prva knjiga još jednog veoma popularnog serijala Agate Kristi o detektivu amateru - gospođici Marpl. Lično, više mi prijaju dogodovštine gospođice Marpl od avantura mesje Poaroa. Daleko od toga da mi se ne sviđa šarmantni Poaro, ali gospođica Marpl me je kupila nekako "na prvu loptu".
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,
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Carol  ꧁꧂
I pondered (and pondered!) my rating but have decided to go enjoyment and how good this was for the first in a series - The Divine Christie had me completely fooled!

There are faults - too many characters (some very similar) and the characterisation of Miss M is very uneven - she is a right old bat at the start, but by the halfway point she is the amateur sleuth I love. The trademark fluffiness hides great powers of observation and deduction.

Like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4) by Agatha Christie there is a lot more humour in this novel than mo
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Adrian
What a marvellous book, I had forgotten how enjoyable it is to read Agatha Christie's books. I read this many years ago but only remembered the Joan Hickson TV adaptation, and even then I didn't guess who did it prior to the denouement. Every time Miss Marple is mentioned I just see Joan Hickson (not Geraldine McEwan, nor Angela Lansbury, nor Margaret Rutherford, nor Julia McKenzie), always Joan Hickson, I can see her hesitating and saying "oh well" in a self deprecating manner as she does in th ...more
Wilma
Jul 22, 2016 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!!
Bill  Kerwin
Jun 15, 2007 rated it it was ok

The first Miss Marple mystery. The usual red herrings and mechanical Christie plot. This early Miss Marple is more acerbic and less endearing.
Ms. Smartarse
All appearances point to St. Mary Mead being the usual English small town. It has its share of colorful inhabitants, but for the most part it's a rather peaceful place.

There's the vicar, whose day job of local sounding board is an excellent starting point for his newly discovered amateur sleuthing hobby. He is frequently accosted by several of the old cats, as the local busybodies are lovingly dubbed by the younger generation. And of course, we cannot forget Colonel Protheroe: most respected ma
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Iryna (Book and Sword)
Turned out that this was a re-read. Like with many of Agatha's books, as I read tons of them a few years back and can't remember which ones I did read.

Also, for such a short book it took me ages to read it. Mostly, because I was very busy.
But also because I was so bored.

It seems that last time I read it, I've enjoyed it more. But this time around there was just too much "going around the bush" and "useless plot twists" for my liking.

I still enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoy some of her
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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
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Rachel
Yet again Christie manages to craft a mystery so intricate it’s all you can do to keep up, never mind get ahead of her. 4 stars instead of 5 as it took me ages to get invested in these characters for whatever reason, and because I got tired of Clement remarking upon how clever Miss Marple is (we get it). But the resolution was fantastic and I thought the humor in this one in particular was great.
Simona Bartolotta
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, in-italian, 1900
“My dear young man, you underestimate the detective instinct of village life. In St. Mary Mead every one knows your most intimate affairs. There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.”

It's no mystery that I am no aficionado of Miss Marple's, but with Murder at the Vicarage, her very first adventure, I found myself gradually warming toward her in a way I didn't expect. This happened, I believe, because in this novel Miss Marple is no
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Carmen
Feb 01, 2014 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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Piyangie
It was difficult to rate this book. I wanted to do more justice to Agatha Christie and her brilliant mind, but my conscious nags at me; it tells me that in honesty I was not drawn in to the story as I normally do when I read her novels. So here I'm divided and trying to justice to her and me both.

It was a good plot although not a novel one. The setting is a small village in England where life is slow and stagnant. In such a small village, it is not surprising that everybody knows everybody's bu
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Duane
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.
Gary
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 1st book in the Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie.
A great quick read with lots of twists and turns keeping you guessing until the very end.
Rachel Hall
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is thanks to my Goodreads friend, Roman Clodia, that I am belatedly coming to read Agatha Christie and what an utter joy she is! The debut appearance of Miss Marple in 1930 is a plotting masterpiece and full of wit and tongue-in-cheek observations which prove a delight for readers. More interesting still is the proliferation of suspects and with all and sundry in the sleepy village of St Mary Mead having expressed their antipathy to the deceased churchwarden, Colonel Lucius Protheroe, often v ...more
Cherie
May 02, 2016 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.
Bark
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
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
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BrokenTune
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
‘Nobody knows a thing about it except you, Padre.’ ‘My dear young man, you underestimate the detective instinct of village life. In St Mary Mead everyone knows your most intimate affairs. There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.’

The Murder at the Vicarage was the first Christie I have ever read, and although this was a long time ago, my recent re-read of this book still held the same enchantment as my first encounter with the b
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Eda
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitap diğer kitaplarına göre bence biraz daha durağan başladı. Başlarda sevmeyecekmiş gibi hissettim hatta yarım bırakacaktım neredeyse. Fakat sonra kafama koydum ve bitirdim. İyiki bitirmişim. Sonu daha etkileyici geldi bana son 100 sayfada olaylar açılmış olsa da bence gayet güzel açıldı. Çokça keyif aldım. Tek sıkıntım Miss Marple’in çok çok az olması. Evet o çözüyor ama kitap boyunca kendisini çok göremiyoruz. Bir de içerisinde çok fazla cinsiyetçi itham vardı fakat yazıldığı yıl düşünülü ...more
Phayvanh
Nov 24, 2008 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
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Tarinee Prasad
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 course...it isn't.

The second act is called "The Turn".

The author takes the ordinary some
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Ashley
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'
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Judy
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I've never read much Agatha Christie, even though I love many of her contemporaries. I'm now putting that right by reading the Miss Marple mysteries with the Reading the Detectives group at Goodreads, starting off with this first in the series.

As someone who tends to love first-person narration, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story is told by the vicar of St Mary Mead, who is an appealing character and would probably have made a good series detective himself. Miss M
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Nandakishore Varma
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
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