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Classic Christie: Miss Marple – Murder At The Vicarage – Audiobook

06/08/2019

Classic Christie with the first appearance of Miss Marple in a novel. Various film,TV and radio adaptations have appeared over the years

Wikipedia

The Murder at the Vicarage is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in October 1930 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $2.00.

It is the first novel to feature the character of Miss Marple, although the character had previously appeared in short stories published in The Royal Magazine and The Story-Teller Magazine, starting in December 1927. These earlier stories would later appear in book form in The Thirteen Problems in 1932.

In St. Mary Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Lucius Protheroe. Even the local Vicar has said that killing him would be doing a service to the townsfolk. So when Protheroe is found murdered in the same Vicar’s study, and two different people confess to the crime, it is time for the elderly spinster Jane Marple to exercise her detecting abilities. According to Miss Marple, there are seven suspects, including the Vicar himself. After some juggling of clues and events, Miss Marple, using her excellent detective skills, determines the facts of the crime.

At the end, she finds that the two people who confessed were, indeed, the real murderers and simply wanted to evade suspicion. Mrs Anne Protheroe, wife of the deceased, and Lawrence Redding, her lover, committed the crime. The Vicar and his wife, Leonard and Griselda Clement, who made their first appearance in this novel, continue to show up in Miss Marple stories: notably, in The Body in the Library (1942) and 4.50 from Paddington (1957)

Characters

 

  • Jane Marple — brilliant mastermind, who fancies herself as a detective
  • Colonel Lucius Protheroe — the churchwarden and the local magistrate, who lives in Old Hall
  • Anne Protheroe — Colonel Protheroe’s second wife
  • Lettice Protheroe — Colonel Protheroe’s teenage daughter from his first marriage
  • Leonard Clement — the Vicar
  • Griselda Clement — the Vicar’s wife
  • Dennis Clement — the Vicar’s teenage nephew
  • Mary Adams — the Vicar’s housemaid
  • Gladys Cram — the secretary to Dr. Stone, an archaeologist
  • Mr. Hawes — the curate
  • Dr. Haydock — the village’s doctor
  • Lawrence Redding — a painter
  • Mrs. Lestrange — the mysterious woman who rents a house at the back of the Vicarage
  • Mrs. Price-Ridley — lives next to the Vicarage
  • Raymond West — Miss Marple’s nephew, a writer
  • Rose — a maid at Old Hall, Colonel Protheroe’s house
  • Bill Archer
  • Inspector Slack — the local police
  • Colonel Melchett — the Chief Constable
  • Dr. Stone — an archaeologist who digs at Colonel Protheroe’s land
  • Miss Hartnell
  • Miss Wetherby — lives next to Miss Hartnell

 

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