The Murder at the Vicarage 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!
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.
Title: The Murder at the Vicarage
Author: Agatha Christie
Category: Fiction / Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars
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