In The Series
The Murder at The Vicarage is the first in the Miss Marple series by author Agatha Christie. Colonel Protheroe is the local aristocrat in the village of St Mary Mead, home to Miss Marple. When he is murdered two people, his wife and her lover immediately confess to the crime, believing the other to have committed it and therefore wishing to protect them. As the investigation ensues it is discovered that neither could have committed the crime and there are a lot of other people who may have wished to see the Colonel dead.
My ReviewThis book is written in first person from the perspective of the local vicar, Len Clement, the body was found in his vicarage after all. It is actually he who seems to undertake more of the investigation alongside the police with Miss Marple taking more of a backseat role but offering seemingly excellent advice to the police at various points along the way. It is, though, Miss Marple, who realises who the killer is and she who convinces the police to set the trap to find the killer.
One wonders if the attempt to narrate the story from the vicar's point of view was an attempt by Christie to compete with the other famous detective of her time, GK Chesterton's Father Brown and was unsure writing this novel whether to go down this route or that of Miss Marple. Miss Marple is a very much different character in this books as to how she later appeared.
Christie manages to keep the writing entertaining throughout the novel and is perhaps given to suspect that she was rather critical of the characters and the type of people she writes about and who they reflected in real life. Christie is also a very humorous writer at times
Book Review: Agatha Christe The Murder at The Vicarage (Miss Marple #1) * * * *
Posted by John Forrester