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The Murder at the Vicarage | [Agatha Christie]

The Murder at the Vicarage

"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, "would be doing the world at large a service!" 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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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 service!"

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Frank London, United Kingdom 11-10-07
    Frank London, United Kingdom 11-10-07
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    "Joan Hickson is perfect"

    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

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    Linda Ormond, Australia 11-17-10
    Linda Ormond, Australia 11-17-10 Member Since 2010

    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?

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    "Murder at the Vicarage"

    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.

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  • Emilia
    London, United Kingdom
    10/9/12
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S Het
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    "Joan Hickson the perfect Miss Marple"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder at the Vicarage to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It really takes you right into the heart of the story. You're really there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder at the Vicarage?

    All of it !


    Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favourite?

    Always Miss Marple


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes if I'd had the time


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this again it was so enjoyable.

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