The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – Book Review

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Published by Harper Paperbacks

When the widely disliked Colonel Protheroe is found dead in the vicarage, there is almost nobody in the village who is not a suspect. The vicar himself had remarked earlier the same day that “Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe would be doing the world at large a favor!” Still, he knows he did not do it; as vicar he should be beyond suspicion – and of course he has an airtight alibi. The problem is, the most likely murderers also seem to have confirmed alibis, leading to a mystery which only the ever-watchful Miss Marple can solve.

You guys, EVERY SINGLE TIME I read Agatha Christie I think I know who the murderer is. EVERY TIME. I have yet to be right even once. There was this one time that I more or less pegged the motive, but chose the wrong person, but I have yet to catch a killer. The Murder at the Vicarage is no exception. Suspects crop up left and right from the very beginning, but the only thing obvious is who the victim will be (and where he will be killed – it is called The Murder at the Vicarage, after all).

This was my first Miss Marple mystery, and it was interesting to me how she could be such a secondary character, but still so influential. While the vicar is doing a great deal of investigation on his own, many of his most important discoveries are made with Miss Marple’s guidance, and she is the one who is ultimately able to solve the mystery. She does add an interesting twist, and it is nice to change it up a bit from my standard fare of Christie standalones.

A fun and engaging mystery, but really, most of Agatha Christie’s are.

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9 comments to The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – Book Review

  • I love Agatha Christie and found this to be an enjoyable read as well. I didn’t figure out “whodunnit” either and very rarely do. Nice review!

  • Oh, I love Agatha Christie, especially her Miss Marple mysteries. One of them, along with a good cup of tea, and I’m set for an enjoyable afternoon.

  • You know what’s funny? Whenever I reread her books, I’m always positive I remember whodunit. And I’m still always wrong! Dame Agatha really knew what she was doing. :)

  • The only Christie where I got the murderer was Five Little Pigs-not sure if you’ve read it but I’d recommend it.

    In general I do prefer Miss Marples to Poirots so of course I loved this and I remember it as being a great, twisty story.

  • Fun – I’ve only read short stories so far with Miss Marple, but I love her. Good to hear you enjoyed this. I have this one but now I’m saving it for the “type of house” category for the 2012 What’s in a Name challenge.

  • I haven’t read any of Agatha Christie’s mysteries (hanging my head in shame here), but I do have plans to read some and think I would probably prefer Miss Marple over Poirot (just a guess). I am reading her autobiography right now and love how she writes, so I’m assuming I’ll like the mysteries too.

  • I can’t believe I have never read Agatha Christie before. I have been meaning to for years, but it just hasn’t happened yet… One day…