The Murder at the Vicarage is Agatha Christie’s first Miss Marple Mystery. So far, I’ve read three or four Miss Marple Mysteries and greatly enjoy them, however, this book was my least favorite. It started out so boring and the plot seemed to take forever to develop. Generally, the story begins with the murder (as in the murder has already occurred or is currently occurring) or the murder happens at some point during the first couple of chapters. In The Murder at the Vicarage, Colonel Protheroe is not killed until chapter six or seven. This is hard to handle and makes for a boring story when one has already read the back summary and knows that the character is to die. It’s absolutely horrible, but I found myself in my favorite reading chair, with a cup of Earl Gray, wishing the Colonel dead so that the story would pick up.
I will admit, that toward the middle of the book (page 150 or so), the story did become rather interesting and did catch my attention. In fact, I stayed up until 12:30 one night to finish it – on a school night, no less! I was very surprised by the ending, as I had pegged one of the characters almost definitely.
Agatha Christie is a master (mistress) at writing mysteries.
- “THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE” (1986) Review (rosiepowell2000.typepad.com)