Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

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The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate whom everyone in town hates, has been shot through the head. No one heard the shot. There are no leads. Yet, everyone surrounding the vicarage seems to have a reason to want the Colonel dead. It is a race against the clock as Miss Marple sets out on the twisted trail of the mysterious killer without so much as a bit of help from the local police.”

Over the years I have bought many Agatha Christie books, but have read very few of them. Over lockdown I decided to make a start and so chose the first book that introduces us to Miss Marple.

It was a book that was simply written, but I found that I had to keep going back to re read bits to remind me which character was which. This is very rare for me to do as usually I can remember who I am reading about. I am not sure if it was because I just wasn’t as in to the book as I would have liked or if there were other things distracting me. After a while I did manage to get into the book and remembered who was who.

What I did enjoy about the book was that I wasn’t sure who the murderer was and kept changing my mind as I went along.

Overall I was a little bit disappointed with the book and how little Miss Marple actually featured. The case sort of resolved itself around her rather than her actively going out and investigating. I wouldn’t rush to read it again.

Rated 3/5

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