The Murder at the Vicarage : Miss Marple

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Richard E. Grant
  • Series: Miss Marple
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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I grew up reading only the Agatha Christie mysteries featuring my favorite detective, Hercule Poirot, but my husband, keen on Miss Marple from his early youth, urged me to give that deceptively benign-looking old lady a try. So I started with this, allegedly the first installment in the series. While I did enjoy listening, I was not bowled over. The story is just so-so; there's some humor to lighten the mood, but overall this is just the typical cast of villagers (and almost too many of them for a casual listener to keep track of), many benign-seeming but most of them acting suspiciously in one way or another, and lots of clues and red herrings but not a lot of what could be called real action. The killer, it turns out, is just who you'd have suspected if you'd been the detective. Also: Maybe because Christie didn't know at the time she wrote Vicarage that she was going to make Miss Marple a recurring character, Miss Marple actually plays a fairly small part in the story.

But the narrator, Richard E. Grant (who happens to play the shrewd butler in that fabulous Robert Altman/Julian Fellowes period mystery film Gosford Park), is out-of-this world fantastic. So that's what elevates the whole experience from three stars to four. He's one of those rare narrators who can do a distinct voice for each character and have them all sound great, entertaining, and intelligible, and without ever mixing them up. I sure will be looking for more titles narrated by him!

Grade: B.
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- Gretchen SLP

Christie's Story+Grant's Performance = Great Book!

Would you listen to The Murder at the Vicarage again? Why?

I would certainly listen to it again. The story was brilliant and had me second guessing everything I thought. The clues were all there, but I missed them. I enjoyed trying to piece them together, and the brilliant humor that Christie manages to weave into her books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really loved the vicar and his wife both! They were great characters and had lots of commentary and humor. All of the characters,m however, were wonderful.

Have you listened to any of Richard E. Grant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes! I would have to say that this was just as brilliant as the first one to which I listened, "The Moving Finger". He has a wonderful range in his characters and, once again he has proven that he understands Christie's style of writing. It is often hard to fall in love with a book when you aren't reading it yourself, but Mr. Grant makes this possible by his wonderful interpretation.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Running a church can be murder"

Any additional comments?

A definite must-read!!!

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- Scaramouche239

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio