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The Murder at the Vicarage: The first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction.
"Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe," declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, "would be doing the world at large a favor!"
It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later - when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman’s study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe - she of a sizeable fortune, and so recently remarried to a man 20 years her junior. When Emily's sudden heart attack is found to be attributable to strychnine, Hastings recruits an old friend, now retired, to aid in the local investigation. With impeccable timing, Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance into the pages of crime literature.
Make sure not to miss the rest of these detectives’ exciting adventures!
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By E. Jensen on 07-14-14
The beginnings of Marple and Poirot!
These first novels of the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series are very fun introductions to the world of Agatha Christie and the narrators are each great in their own way.
Despite the negative reviews of Joan Hickson's narration, I enjoyed her interpretation and felt she gave the characters the right inflections and life. She will always be the definitive Miss Marple to me after the brilliant BBC/A&E series and I loved her reading of 'Murder at the Vicarage', though she does sometimes almost slur/eat words.
Hugh Fraser does an even more excellent job reading 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'. I enjoyed his Captain Hastings in this story as well as in the PBS/A&E Poirot series. He has a lively voice adept at portraying each character distinctly and makes me want to listen to more Poirot stories just to hear him read these classic mysteries.
I would definitely recommend this combination to Agatha Christie fans; two unabridged novels in one purchase is a great treat!
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By Krystyn on 10-28-12
Strange choice for a narrator
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I am notsure why they chose to have a female reader for this Marple mystery. The narrator in the story is a man, and he is the primary investigator in the mystery. It was very confusing to keep hearing the narrator say "I" and then realize she was referring to a man. Normally that kind of gender swap doesn't bother me when the narrator is good, but in this particular case I would strongly recommend getting a different version of the audiobook.
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