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The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Murder at the Vicarage: A Miss Marple Mystery

"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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1930 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Molly Washington, DC 08-14-14
    Molly Washington, DC 08-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Richard E. Grant?

    I would not buy another audiobook with Richard Grant as the narrator. He adores putting emphasis on completely innocuous words and phrases and making things sound sinister at the wrong moment. I'm buying the book with another narrator.


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    Scaramouche239 06-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Christie's Story+Grant's Performance = Great Book!"
    Would you listen to The Murder at the Vicarage again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to it again. The story was brilliant and had me second guessing everything I thought. The clues were all there, but I missed them. I enjoyed trying to piece them together, and the brilliant humor that Christie manages to weave into her books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really loved the vicar and his wife both! They were great characters and had lots of commentary and humor. All of the characters,m however, were wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Richard E. Grant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! I would have to say that this was just as brilliant as the first one to which I listened, "The Moving Finger". He has a wonderful range in his characters and, once again he has proven that he understands Christie's style of writing. It is often hard to fall in love with a book when you aren't reading it yourself, but Mr. Grant makes this possible by his wonderful interpretation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Running a church can be murder"


    Any additional comments?

    A definite must-read!!!

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    KARA 04-17-14
    KARA 04-17-14

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    Thankfully this was not my first experience with Agatha Christie. My first was actually The Body in the Library, which was SO good, it made me want to get into the Miss Marple series. Though the performance by Richard E Grant was extremely well done, I found the story slow moving, uneventful, and really difficult to finish. I don't really enjoy Miss Marple as a character, but I love mysteries and Agatha Christie is one of the best to write them. I plan on listening to one more at least before giving up. I would say that if you start with this book as your first taste of Miss Marple or Agatha Christie and find it uneventful, give both another shot. Im holding on to hope that they just keep getting better, which is why The Body in the Library was so good. Perhaps Miss Marple will not be for me, but there are so many other books Agatha Christie has written I'm not too worried. In sum, not the worst book, but certainly not the most exciting. Decent twist in the end with a few unexpected nuggets, but for me it was a tad painful getting there.

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