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Very enjoyable read that does indeed stand the test of time. Miss Marple is always a pleasure because her unassuming nature, curiosity, and intelligence make her an aggravation for the local law enforcement. There are regular references in the story to the silliness of women, in general, which leads to this aggravation when Miss Marple solves the crime. The vicar was also a pleasure in this story. He did not share the dismissive view of women and thoroughly believed that if anyone solved the crime, it would be Miss Marple. His was an enlightened view of women for a man in the 1930s.
This is the first of many novels by Agatha Christie to feature the amateur sleuth Miss Marple. Like Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple believes her knowledge of the types of people who commit crimes helps her solve the murder of Colonel Protheroe. Intricately plotted, with over 20 characters, it is a wonder that anyone would be able to guess whodunit before the mystery is revealed. Red herrings, fake confessions, and an impostor make this an interesting read.
What can you say about Christie? She is a master and her Poirot and Miss Marple books are my "go to" books. I never tire of re-reading them and how I wish I could write like that!
i read this book to fulfil the goal read a book set in an abby, cloister, monestary, vicarage, or convent. it was interesting not too predictible, and made me laugh out loud a couple of times. very enjoyable.
The first stand alone novel to feature Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's "The Murder at the Vicarage" withstands the test of time and delivers an immersive mystery with vivid characters and storytelling that make it hard to be able to put this book down until you see it through to the end. This story was particularly interesting for me as all the clues and characters are not revealed early on which made it tricky to be able to guess what would come next, this allowed myself to be more fully engaged in the book and to work diligently in getting to the reveals and twists rather than feeling I could guess the ending myself within the first segment of the book. Beyond the story-line Christie also provides a good dose of self aware humor throughout the book that felt ahead of its time and took me pleasantly by surprise. This added greatly to the book as the humor added in by many characters across the board helped to make the story feel more alive and true to life. Overall this was a highly enjoyable novel to read, and it is simply amazing that after being first published in 1930 it still remains a refreshing and engaging murder mystery thriller.
This title is the first in the Miss Marple mysteries written by Christie. I read it over --yrs. ago and decided to revisit it this summer to see if it stood the test of time.
I was not disappointed. I did not know who the murderer was until Agatha revealed, the truth. I changed my guess of the Killer's identity many times. All the clues were there and yet ...The only thing obvious in this book was who was going to be "offed" as just about every character in the first 20 pages expressed a wish for the victim to die. My friend and I read this together and she was not happy with the way Miss Marple was seen by Slack and others as an elderly, nosy, spinster who can't possibly have a good mind. She is discounted by this view, that was not uncommon during that time. However, time and again Miss Marple disproves these notions. This is what makes her such a great character and a example that age does not make one useless .
I learned a lot from Agatha about observation etc. Also I did not know that so many people went to the Vicarage "packing heat" during Miss Marple's era. It seemed to me it couldn't be for the Vicar himself, as he seemed a nice chap.
It was a great read and a great way to start off the summer. Christie is still a Five star to me.
Grade Level Equivalency: 4
I think this is the first Miss Marple mystery. I wish she was not so often described as helpless or old when she obviously is smarter than many of the other residents. I read this many years ago and didn't remember the ending so I enjoyed reading it again... a classic example of Christie's plot and psychological twisting.
This is the first Christie novel to feature Miss Marple, a lovely old women who has insight into the character of those around her and uses it to solve murders. The novel was written in 1930.
Typical to Agatha Christie, there isn't a lot of action, and the first mention of the murder is half-way through the book. Good for a long read.
I think this was a fantastic book. Some of the English is old fashioned, which make some parts hard to understand.Other than that this book was a terrific, thrilling mystery.