The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage

A Miss Marple Mystery

Paperback - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2011
Edition: 1st Harper paperback
ISBN: 9780062073600
0062073605
Branch Call Number: CHRISTIE A
Christie, A
PR6005.H66 M642 2011b
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 21 cm

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When Colonel Protheroe, one of the most unpopular residents of the small village of St. Mary's Mead is found murdered in the vicar's study, Miss Jane Marple, Christie's quintessential sleuth, must use her wits, and all her village-honed skills of observation and deduction, to solve the crime. The... Read More »


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TFanC Jun 08, 2017

Adult interest.
Grade Level Equivalency: 4

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s390325
May 13, 2016

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.

cals_peggy Oct 01, 2015

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.

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221b_GreenPanda
Sep 20, 2012

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.

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Pauld_a
Aug 09, 2011

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.

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TFanC Jun 08, 2017

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221b_GreenPanda
Sep 20, 2012

Coarse Language: Sadly, has some improper language usage.

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