Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Posted August 20, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 23 Comments

Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha ChristieSource: Kindle Freebie Book

Format: eBook

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Date Read: August 2012

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction.

“Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,”declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, “would be doing the world at large a favor!”

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later—when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman’s study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.

More Information:
Publisher: William Marrow
Series: Miss Marple #1



Read for Profiling Mysteries/BoutofBooks 5.0 (Kindle Freebie circa 2009)
Overall Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.25
Story Rating 3.75

First Thought When Finished: Miss Marple is a HOOT!  The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie was a great mystery filled with some old-fashioned sleuthing!

What I Thought of the Case: I will admit that the case started out a little slow for my liking but I think this has to do with this being a first in series. The first quarter was spent on introducing the characters. Once the case started though it was such a fun ride. Miss Marple is both very smart and a bit of a busy body. I love that Agatha Christie wrote her to be both. The case took a few twists and turns. With Agatha you are always on your toes never quite knowing where the story is going to lead.

What I Thought of the Characters: Miss Marple is a hoot! She is a fantastic combo of nosy busy-body coupled with one smart cookie. The rest of the town appears to either love her dearly or dreads her amazing observational skills. I would be scared of her quite frankly but secretly wish I could catch half the things she does!

“I really believe that wizened-up old maid thinks she knows everything there is to know. And hardly been out of this village all her life. Preposterous. What can she know of life?” I said mildly that though doubtless Miss Marple knew next to nothing of Life with a capital L, she knew practically everything that went on in St. Mary Mead.”

My dear young man, you underestimate the detective instinct of village life. In St. Mary Mead everyone knows your most intimate affairs. There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.

Final Thought: This was my first Agatha Christie book but it won’t be my last. I loved the old-fashioned case solving that can really only be found in the classics!

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Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
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23 responses to “Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

  1. Ruby

    I haven’t read this one, but I agree with you about Miss Marple. She’s definitely a hoot. Have you watched any of the TV adaptations? There are a lot, but I think my favorite was Geraldine McEwan. She played Miss Marple to perfection.

  2. Amy

    I think I have this one on my nook. Ms Marple sounds great. I need to have a nook only like 6 months to clear out & love all the things I’ve collected.

  3. I read some Agatha Christie in high school but that was awhile ago…I mean just a couple of years ago 😉 I downloaded some free titles for my Kindle on Amazon awhile back and I have every intention of reading some. I am glad you had fun with this one and I think it is awesome that the book stands the test of time!

  4. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed your first Agatha Christie book! YAY! Miss Marple is hands down my favorite of her characters. She’s just… fun. Nosy and incredibly intelligent and she *sees* things, you know? She SEES things!

  5. What a classic series to get into!!! My poor husband probably thinks I’ll end up like Miss Marple (minus the Miss) b/c I’m always up in all my neighbor’s business, like Samantha’s neighbor from Bewitched. I bet you’re on the money that the series gets faster after the world building is done and you just get to be blown away by Miss Marple 🙂

    • I figured as much! Miss Marple was so awesome and reminded me of every old bitty I knew from my small town growing up. I swear if you wanted to know anything in our town you just needed to hang out with my grandmother’s friends. 🙂

  6. Hey Felicia, you also have to make allowances for the time period in which something was written ofcourse. And I have to admit I have never read one of her books, except at school for English: 10 little niggers. And why do you ask? Because she has written so much! If I really like an author, I have to have all their books, and that would get so expensive!