Friday, January 13, 2012

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie


“There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.”   When my sister sent this quote, I knew I had to read the book. 

Murder at the Vicarage introduces one of Christie’s most popular sleuths, Miss Jane Marple.  Marple would appear in eleven more novels and numerous short stories.  In this book Colonel Protheroe is murdered and just about everyone has a motive.  Even the vicar's wife looks suspicious!

Christie writes an engaging tale with colorful characters; she succeeds in keeping you guessing right up to the end.  Good writing, a darling heroine, and British witticisms all add up to an enjoyable read.

5 comments:

Melinda said...

I read this one too . . . and I'm pretty sure I liked it. It's been a while though since I read it. I enjoy her writing . . . but it's kind of hit and miss with Agatha Christie. Some of her books are good . . . and others aren't.

Glynn said...

This was one of the first Agatha Christie novels I read - almost 50 years ago. I've read it twice since then.

Amy said...

I've read this and most of AC's novels multiple times over the last 30 years. Love all the Miss Marples!

Woman of the House said...

I like Miss Marple more than Poirot, and this is such an enjoyable murder mystery! One of my favorites.

the Ink Slinger said...

I need to pick up Agatha Christie sometime. Several of her books have been recommended to me by various people.