The Murder at the Vicarage is Agatha Christie’s first mystery to feature the beloved investigator Miss Marple—as a dead body in a clergyman’s study proves to the indomitable sleuth that no place, holy or otherwise, is a sanctuary from homicide.
Miss Marple encounters a compelling murder mystery in the sleepy little village of St. Mary Mead, where under the seemingly peaceful exterior of an English country village lurks intrigue, guilt, deception and death.
Colonel Protheroe, local magistrate and overbearing land-owner is the most detested man in the village. Everyone--even in the vicar--wishes he were dead. And very soon he is--shot in the head in the vicar's own study. Faced with a surfeit of suspects, only the inscrutable Miss Marple can unravel the tangled web of clues that will lead to the unmasking of the killer.
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.
Murder and Miss Marple
Perhaps not as intriguing and clever as some Agatha Christie mysteries, it was entertaining nevertheless. Of course l am a devoted fan of the author!
A very skilllful and complex story with many characters which all contribute to the mystery.
A Marple Murder Masterpiece
One of Agatha Christie‘s masterpieces. Here we truly get to spend quality time with Miss Marple in her first novel, and while we may be able to enjoy Miss Marple in film and television, here in Agatha Christie‘s own unaltered words, we get to form our own enchantment with her.
Agatha Christie’s genius in creating Marple allows us all to fancy ourselves as the amateur sleuth, unlike some of her other more beloved “professional” sleuths.
This masterpiece is timeless, a beautiful study in the culture and vocabulary of rural English villages of their time, and a comfy, elegant piece where no word is out of place.