Saturday, December 12, 2020

Murder at the Vicarage - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Rating: Loved It!
Source:  Purchased

Description:  ‘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 favour!’ 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 was 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.

Genre: Mystery - Classic
Why I Picked This Book:  I just finished the Hercule Poirot books so it was time to pick up the first Miss Marple.

My Impression:  I could have clapped for joy when Miss Marple first appeared on the page.  It has been a long time since I read a Miss Marple book and it was like running into a beloved aunt that I haven't seen in far too long.  And really could there every be a cozier Miss Marple-y title?  

Not only is this Miss Marple's first time on the page but unlike Poirot she has never been involved in a murder investigation before.  She is, however, an expert on human behavior and more then up to the task of observing and piecing together clues.  And what an entertaining and intriguing bunch of clues there are!  As is fairly common in Christie books Miss Marple is a side character with Mr. Clement, the Vicar, taking the front and center place.  However, she is definitely the star of the book always dropping just the right observation or giving a nudge here and there when needed.  

This is a delightful mystery with a well done stream lined plot and just the right amount of cozy feels.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  Christie is without question one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to see Miss Marple again.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy classic cozy mysteries then this is an absolute must read!


  1. Thank you for this enthusiastic recommendation of Agatha Christie novels. How fun to be able to read our first introduction to Miss Marple.

  2. This is one of my favorite Miss Marple's. I just sometimes get confused between this one and The body in the Library. Don't really know why!

    Glad you started with the Miss Marple books. I also love her so much. The mirror crack'd from side to side is one of my favorite books. Not only a favorite Agatha Christie.

  3. I need to try this one as I just finished a short story, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding with H. Poirot which was fun.

  4. Oh! I can just picture your excitement at "seeing" Miss Marple again. :-) I should read this.

  5. Oh it does sound perfect and I am so happy you love Miss Marple and I like that she is a keen observer of human beings.

  6. I started this one but put it down then it had to go back to the library but I need to grab it again. :)

  7. I just read a locked house type mystery and for some reason this holiday season I feel like those. I need to read some christie soon.

    Hope you guys are well! Happy holiday!!!!

  8. I love the series and this one in particular.

  9. One of the few Christie books I've read! Well, I listened to the audio and slept through part of it. I had to go back about an hour and catch up.

  10. It's wonderful you have your Christies to read. ❤