The Murder at the Vicarage


Title: Murder at the Vicarage

Writer: Agatha Christie

Publishing House: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Date of Publication: September 1st 2006 (first published 1930)

Rating: 5 stars

“The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.”


In the tale that started it all, Miss Marple doesn’t need to move away from her lovely sanctuary in St Mary Mead. Colonel Lucius Protheroe is a loathsome creature. No one likes him, no one wants to even look at him. Therefore, the suspects are plenty once he is found murdered in the study of the local Vicar. A young artist, a flighty daughter, a troubled priest, an isolated wife, a rather posh newcomer, an archaeologist, strange clocks, portraits and paints.

My favourite novel out of all Miss Marple’s adventures, and as always, a glorious TV adaptation (ITV 2004) where you can see the crème de la crème of British Theatre.

“What they need is a little immorality in their lives. Then they wouldn’t be so busy looking for it in other people’s.”