The Classic Corner Review: Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062073605
ISBN-13: 978-0062073600
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Miss Marple – Amateur Detective
Colonel Protheroe – Victim
Griselda Clement – Wife to Vicar Clement.
Leonard Clement – Vicar and Narrator of the story.
Lettice Protheroe – Colonel’s Daughter – Angry over father for banishing her boyfriend.
Lawrence Redding – Artist/Photographer – Thrown out of mansion.
Anne Protheroe – Colonel’s Wife. Caught in a compromising position with Lawrence Redding.


Colonel Protheroe is dead. His body was found slumped over a desk in the vicarage, a bullet hole in his head. Miss Marple, amateur investigator and professional busybody takes it upon herself to figure out the case. The suspect list is long, will Miss Marple find the killer, or will they get away with murder.


I’m a huge fan of these classic mystery novels. I like the puzzle solving aspect, and trying to figure out who did it, and why before the investigator. So far, I’ve been unsuccessful in this task. Murder at the Vicarage is no different. There’s a broad range of suspects, multiple motives for killing, and plenty of false leads to keep you guessing. In the end, the story makes complete sense, and the murderer fits the murder.

If there is one drawback, I would say that due to it’s age and time period that more contemporary readers might have difficutly with the language and writing style. While it’s a bit distracting at first, once you get into the flow of the story, you find that it gets easier.

I wouldn’t know how to rate this. On one hand, there is a murder, but on the other the book is very old. I think I’d probably put a PG-13 on it just because of described violence and the fact that there is a murder. If you like writers of old though, check this one out. I’m not sure if it’s one of Ms. Christie’s best since I’ve only began reading her recently, but it was enjoyable. If you read it, drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920).

She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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2 Responses to “The Classic Corner Review: Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    I have never read a book by Agatha Christie before.
    I will definitely have to pick one up.
    Thanks for the review.

  2. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Marjorie said:
    I have never read a book by Agatha Christie before.
    I will definitely have to pick one up.
    Thanks for the review.
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