A really funny introduction to one of the most unique amateur detectives in the entire mystery genre. Miss Marple has spawned numerous copycats, none of whom quite match her cheerful revelation of her neighbors' most intimate (and dirty) secrets. A must-read.
Superb book, great fun. This is the debut Miss Marple novel, told from the point of view of the village vicar who's always the last to know everything. It makes for a great narrative device as the murder mystery and various minor village mysteries unfold. Entertaing characters and dialogue,quite humorous at times. Fun introduction to Jane Marple and her unique processes of bumbling and reasoning.
This is Agatha Christie - what more is there to say?!
Well, just this: I read MANY mysteries (and enjoy a good amt of them), but no one comes close to Ms. Christie's expertise in writing (and characters!).
If you've read her work, you know what I mean. If you haven't read her work - by all means start now...
This is a delightful who-done-it. Miss Marple's first case and she solves it in grand style. A good mystery without the blood and gore and heart-thumping plots of today. Agatha Christie is a master at keeping the reader guessing.
From the back cover: The murder of Colonel Protheroe was a shock to everyone in St. Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Even Vicar Clement had declared that killing the hated Protheroe would be a service to the world. Not only the vicar, but his young wife, the object of endless village gossip, could be considered suspects. And what about the faithless Mrs. Protheroe, or her lover, the young artist Lawrence Redding? The baffled police are even more astonished when a demure spinster, Miss Jane Marple, confidently announces her plan to capture the murderer - and blithely solves her first case.
If you want a good mystery, but need a break from the edge-of-your-seat books of this genre, visit Miss Marple and the people of St. Mary Mead. You won't be disappointed.
This is a typical Christie book that's handy to have with you if you have to wait in line somewhere. Being prepared to wait by bringing a book entertains you and annoys the people who are making you wait.
In "Murder at the Vicarage", we are introduced to the elderly, seemingly unworldly Miss Marple. In reality this mild mannered spinster has a mind like a steel trap and sees life through her knowledge of people and their foibles and idiosyncrasies who live in her small English village. Col.Protheroe , who is disliked by almost all who knew him, is found dead, shot thru the head. Many suspects...In typical Christie fashion, we are given all the clues to figure out the solution, but we usually don't.