Agatha Christie was already an accomplished author when she composed this, the first Miss Marple mystery. It is the story of a homicide at a vicarage in a small English village. It is clever and pleasant. Needless to say, there is no inappropriate language. I would call the style, post Victorian and civilized. There is a lot of wry humor. Personally, I really like Victorian and post Victorian literature. It does not appeal to all modern readers.
I read this book on Kindle while simultaneously listening to the work on audiobook. The narrator was Richard E. Grant. Mr. Grant was excellent. Mr. Grant was able to convey the wry humor that I certainly believe Agatha Christie wishes to convey.
I have been reading numerous modern detective stories. In the event that it matters, and it may not in this case, I am also a retired homicide detective. This story by Agatha Christie seems to depend more on clever twists and withheld bits of information. Early on I came up with a hypothesis about the homicide itself, but not the identity of the killer, and I was completely wrong, even on how the homicide occurred. There is a lack of scientific description of sounds which made it impossible for me to examine my own hypothesis.
I had no idea who actually did it, not even a "prime suspect". There are many personalities involved in the story. I had trouble keeping track of everyone and probably need to read the story again if I really want to fully understand it. There are also side stories that constantly throws one off the scent. I believe these are referred to as "red herrings". Agatha Christie made liberal use of red herrings in this novel. Between all the different personalities and all of the red herrings, when the inevitable solution finally occurred, I was neither surprised or not surprised.
I read a story awhile back with my book club and a lady there said she felt like she needed a "scorecard" to keep up with all the characters in that book. I sort of felt that way in this story. I may reread it, but not right now...
In summary, I really like this novel and plan on reading more Agatha Christie novels. Thank You.