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. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.
©1930 Agatha Christie; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Joan Hickson: You can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius." (Time Out)
Not perhaps Christie's best, being the earliest of the Miss Marple mysteries, but the puzzle is neatly constructed, and Joan HIckson is the perfect narrator - not simply because she IS Miss Marple, but because she can handle the range of voices, characters and scenes with extraordinary effectiveness
I really want to buy more books but too many US ones I love UK narrators. Can you get some more Eleanor Bron, Gwen Watford, Jenny Agutter?
Brilliant! Joan Hickson is a gem, speaks like a real upper class English lady and creates a wonderful atmosphere for this clever tale. Thoroughly recommended.
"Good book, just the wrong reader"
The only downside was the reader. She did a wonderful job but you got the impression that she was chosen to sound like Miss Marple, when in fact the story is told by a middle aged man - the vicar. A little more care could be taken in choosing a reader to match the person actually speaking, rather than acting on assumptions.
"Great Christie, strange choice of narrator."
This is a classic Miss Marple and a very enjoyable Agatha Christie. However, I found the choice of narrator quite odd. Joan Hickson has quite an old fashioned, lispy, wet voice which may suit people's idea of Miss Marple, but this book isn't written from the point of Miss Marple. It's written through the voice of a male vicar which I found therefore jarred with the reader.
Enjoyable none the less, but once again shows how crucial and I imagine difficult it is to appoint a narrator that will suit everyone!
No one can replace Joan Hickson as Miss Marple - perfect understanding and delivery of Agatha Christie's work.
"Murder at the Vicarage
I loved this story when I first read it now, listening to it, brings it alive, Miss Marple insists, that is at least 7 possible suspects, but refuses, to name them, although everyone is shocked by the murder they are also pleased but who & how was it done
"Wonderful introduction to Marple"
The fluffy old village cat shows her claws in this wonderful village mystery. Beautifully read by the incomparable Joan Hickson; you get a lovely sense of the cosy village atmosphere, and she gives Miss Marple just the right degree of deceptive vagueness when she finally unveils the solution to the baffled police force.
"Lovely performance and good story"
Was a little confused at first having never read a Marple but once I realised it's written in the voice of the vicar everything went swimmingly.
"Grows on you"
It not at all like the film or the TV series script it as. There are sense that surprise you!
"Joan Hickson the perfect Miss Marple"
Yes. It really takes you right into the heart of the story. You're really there.
All of it !
Always Miss Marple
Yes if I'd had the time
I will listen to this again it was so enjoyable.
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