Page Count: 380 pages
Publication Date: November 1930
Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage.
Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.
Right, so this is the first book in which Miss Marple makes an appearance, and what a debut! That little old lady from St Mary Meade puts her observation skills to good use on Murder at the Vicarage.
I’m not sure it’s one of Agatha Christie’s best books (I mean, it wouldn’t be in my Top 5) but it does introduce the lovely Miss Marple and her village in the middle of a murder investigation, which we all love. Miss Marple is more like a secondary character in this book while the vicar plays a bigger role in the story, which makes complete sense since the murder happened at the vicarage… (This is not even a spoiler, right? The clue is in the title).
A great book if you’re looking for an easy-to-read, cozy mystery. I especially loved how we could get a glimpse into Agatha Christie’s sense of humour in this book. That lady was a true legend.
The reason why I’m only giving it 3.5 hearts is because there were quite a few characters involved which made the story a bit confusing sometimes, and also because I wish Miss Marple had a bigger role in the story. Great book overall, just not as good as some of Agatha’s other mysteries.