Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Murder at the VicarageThe Murder at the VicarageThe Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie

As I slowly work my way through Christie’s books, I was wondering if I’d prefer Miss Marple to Hercule Poirot. Now after reading stories featuring each of them, I don’t think I do have a preference. I enjoyed them both, and am glad that Christie wrote lots of stories with both characters!

I’m so used to mysteries where the narrator is also the series “star” if you will, that it’s been especially enjoyable reading these where I’m learning about Miss Marple (and Poirot) through the eyes of someone else. Reading about the neighbors tut-tuting over the nosy Miss Marple amused me, as they gossiped about how much gossip she knew.

Once again I really liked Christie’s tight plotting and had fun trying to figure out the solution before it was revealed. I partially managed it, although there were some details that I hadn’t fully resolved.

I’m trying to not rush through her entire back-list of titles, and instead space them out one every few months. They’re so much fun to read though that it’s hard!

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Publisher’s Description:
The murder of Colonel Protheroe — shot through the head — is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Now even the vicar, who had declared that killing the detested Protheroe would be ‘doing the world at large a favour,’ is a suspect — the Colonel has been dispatched in the clergyman’s study, no less. But the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. There is of course the faithless Mrs Protheroe; and there is of course her young lover — an artist, to boot.

Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: ‘a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.’ Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature’s private men’s club of great detectives will never be the same.

Book Details

Title: The Murder at the VicarageThe Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
Author: Agatha Christie
Category: Fiction / Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. I am glad that you are enjoying Christie’s books. They are so much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh, I love Agatha Cristie novels! I don’t think I’ve ever read this one. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. This makes me smile. So, so glad you’re loving her books! She really is one of the best!

    • You get a lot of the credit for me reading her. My book club gets the rest of it though, since they picked a Christie book last year which was my first ever.

      Also, can you weigh in on Alyssa’s question below? Thanks!

  4. I’ve been wanting to read Agatha Christie for awhile now, but just beginning seems daunting. Are the books meant to be read in any sort of order?

    • I’ve only read two Poirot and one Miss Marple, so I’m not really sure. I’m just a stickler for reading series in order so I decided to read her that way (except for my book club’s pick which was out of order).

      Since my Christie experience is limited, I’ve asked Elizabeth to weigh in with her opinion on whether or not it’s important to read them in order. She’s read enough of them she should have a good idea if it matters.

    • For the most part… no, order does not matter.

      I have occasionally noticed a continuing backstory, but it’s usually just a sentence or two (like Miss Marple’s nephew came to visit and ask about something he read in the paper… which happened to be the case she’d just solved in the previous book). It’s never crucial to the storyline.

      I do understand following books in order, and generally try to do that myself, even if it means waiting 6 months to get the first book from the library! But not with Agatha Christie. Just dive in to whatever one sounds interesting! “Murder on the Orient Express” is a popular Hercule Poirot favorite, and “Murder at the Vicarage” is a popular Miss Marple favorite. There’s also other detectives, but those two were Christie’s favorite to write about. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks Elizabeth! That was what I thought, but wasn’t sure if I really knew that from hearing/reading it somewhere, or if I was just making it up. I certainly wasn’t confident enough to state it definitively. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks so much! The Orient Express is the one I hear about most often, so I think I am going to start there!

  5. I’m reading through the Miss Marple short stories now. They seem right in this cold weather. Poirot is next. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. There are a couple of Agatha Christie’s books that are more fun to read in order : A Carribean Mystery comes before Nemesis. Both are Miss Marple mysteries. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and reread at least a few almost every year. I am reading Charles Todd’s Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries now…I am glad I have so many left to read!

    • Thanks for the heads-up about the ones that are better if they are read in order!

      Have you read any of Todd’s other series? I just read the first one in that series and liked it quite a bit. And I also have a slew of the Rutledge series left to read, which is nice to look forward to. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I read the first three in the Bess Crawford series and enjoyed them all…I think there are some more but I got excited about all the other books by him I hadn’t read…think I am averaging about one a day….they are perfect reading for January since most of them take place in foggy, cold England.

  7. Agatha Christie is such an inspiring and terrific author. This must be one of the few books of hers I haven’t read. Definitely going to be picking this up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book.


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