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The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage

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by Agatha Christie

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Miss Jane Marple's passion for gossip leads to the investigation of a local man's murder. The victim was not liked in the least, and his death isn't raising eyebrows. But his recently revealed secrets are.


Miss Jane Marple's passion for gossip leads to the investigation of a local man's murder. The victim was not liked in the least, and his death isn't raising eyebrows. But his recently revealed secrets are.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
James Saxon delivers a memorable and absolutely masterful performance of Christie's first Miss Marple mystery. When the wildly unpopular Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the vicar's study, it seems that everyone—his unhappy wife, his daughter, a visiting artist, an embittered poacher, the vicar—has a motive in a mystery that confounds the authorities, consumes the village and can only be untangled by observations and deductions of our heroine: the elderly gossip-cum-sleuth Miss Marple. Saxon's artful and enthusiastic portrayal of a host of characters—male and female, guilty and innocent, young and old—will delight Christie fans, mystery lovers and anyone lucky enough to listen. (June)
Library Journal
These are the initial eight volumes in what will grow to 24 over two years in Black Dog's new "Agatha Christie Collection." The books are all decent-quality hardcovers for a bargain price. If you're regularly replacing your Christies, gives these more durable editions a try. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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HarperCollins UK
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Collins English Readers Series
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5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

Richard E. Grant is a British Swazi actor, screenwriter, and director. A prominent figure on television and film since the 1980s, he achieved international recognition as John Seward in the 1992 blockbuster film Dracula.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Home schooling

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The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 803 reviews.
TNJed More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this 2 weeks ago in an e-book from our library. Written in the thirties, Christie's wry humor and wonderful vocabulary make this a great read! I enjoyed reading mysteries and challenging my vocabulary when I was young, so this is a good book for 11 to infinity. For Anglophiles, a Christie mystery is great with a cup of hot tea and a biscuit (cookie to you Yanks). I'm more familiar with Poirot, but I loved reading the first Miss Marple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a seventh grade English project and I loved it! This is Christie at her best, and definitly my favorite of all. I prefer Miss Marple over Hercule Poirot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! Jane Marple is truly in a class by herself! I personally prefer her over Hercule Poirot! She's not only quick and clever, i found at times she is also often quite humorous!! Agatha Christie is definatley one of the greatest writers ever, and as far as characters go, Miss Jane Marple is also one of the best!! Readit! i doubt you will be dissapointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first story Christie wrote that includes Miss Jane Marple. My Christie-reading career began with the Hercule Poirot series. After reading something like 6 Poirot books in a row I felt I'd give Miss Marple a try. This was a fantastic choice on my part. Miss Marple is extremely clever and cunning. I read this book in only a couple of days--because it was that fantastic and it was only 250 pages. When I first began reading I had made the mistake of thinking that Miss Marple, like Poirot, was a retired detective who was being asked favors by her friends.... But i was wrong: Miss Marple is just an old lady who observes human nature; and because of this she is able to find the murderer. This, in a sense can be better and worse than Poirot. The solution to the murder is nothing short of surprising. Christie delivers twists and turns like she does in all of her books. Nevertheless i recommend this book to all Christie fans and to those who, like me, want to deviate from the professional styles of Hercule Poirot.
tara rios More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and I was thrilled to see it as a Free Friday download. These children giving bad reviews because it is not a child's book should have mommy and daddy go buy them a nook book! I agree with other reviewers. I worked hard for the money to buy this. I would be upset it Barnes & Nobles started catering to these spoiled, whiny, illiterate brats. Great book, great download.
Japee More than 1 year ago
The characters were good. The plot is awesome. I was even thrilled a bit and kept me guessing who the murderer was. I love the writing style. Agatha Christie have always originality. It is a bit dramatic and romantic. The ending was so surprising. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to "get into" this story, perhaps because of the British-isms or the older style of writing. I'm glad I persevered, though. The characters are interesting, the plot has great twists and turns, and Miss Marple is a gem. A very good read, worth your time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of Miss Marple books are very good, this one was a little slow for me. Could be because it had been a while since I had read one of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were parts of the book that I liked, but it didn't leave me with wishing to read another one of Agatha Christie books too soon. I love a good murder mystery, but found this one sort of silly.
poodlemagic More than 1 year ago
Out of all the stories I have read, or in this case listened to, this one is my least favorite. The writing is good but doesn't seem up to par to her normal but I think that maybe reading the book myself might have been better. The person they used to narrate the story really wasn't right for it and his way of talking was disjointed. I think that may be why it seemed so "bad". My daughter got this one and I got Nemesis, then we exchanged and she told me that this one wasn't as good as normal and she was very right. Now, Nemesis was excellent and definitely in the "best" category of the ones we have gotten on audio and listened to. Between my daughter and I we have a6 of them. I could suggest many others of hers over this novel for sure! Understand though, Agatha Christie was a superb writer and her "bad" is better than some peoples "good" writings. It is just that comparing her work to her work, this one was by far my, and my daughter's, least favorite.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great read!
Delphimo 9 months ago
This is my first encounter with Miss Marple, and what a thrill! I adore the sense of logic and understanding of human character of Miss Marple. The story turns and twists around the suspects and the motive for the murder. Agatha Christie presents seven suspects in this busybody town where no secret may hide. The vicar, Leonard Clement narrates the story and aids Jane Marple investigating the murder of Colonel Lucius Protheroe. I enjoy the descriptions of the village and the many inhabitants. The story comes to a delightful conclusion with all the strings neatly tied.
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Always have loved Agatha's books...always will!
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glauver More than 1 year ago
This Miss Marple story had more humor than I expected from an Agatha Christie novel. The vicar made a good narrator. Of course, the mystery was the usual implausible tangle that Christie specialized in and her characters were incapable of acting in a believable way. Everyone but Miss Marple was a nitwit. Read Raymond Chandler's essay The Simple Art Of Murder for an excellent explanation of why the English cozy mystery became a literary dead end.
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Typical Agatha Christie Style. Written in the 1920's some of the remarks about women are not politically correct but certainly in keeping with the time frame of the story. Plot gets a bit confusing at times due to the many characters involved. Overall, a good book. Worth reading..
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