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

Available at the library

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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TBR Thursday!

It’s TBR Thursday again! Hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, my TBR this week is:

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Goodreads Book Description “Promoted on both sides of the Atlantic as Agatha Christie’s 50th book and published in 1950 by William Collins, A Murder is Announced is a staple of crime fiction and is often considered the best of all the Miss Marple novels. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn, including Jane Marple, are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.’ A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, a crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out…”

Years ago I started collecting Agatha Christie Miss Marple books and am embarrassed to say that I have only read a couple of them. There was nothing wrong with them, just life and other books got in the way and now here we are.

Has anyone else read this one? What did they think?

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First Line Friday

I was having a look to see what other blogs were doing for Friday, and I came across First Line Friday at Readerandom : https://readerandom.com/2021/09/24/first-lines-fridays-8/, hosted by Wandering Words: http://emmairl.co.uk/ :

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  Here are the rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR pile) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

So here is my first line:

In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in The Times.

And the next two lines:

He laid the paper down and glanced out of the window. They were running now through Somerset.

Any Ideas?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie!

Did anyone guess it correctly? It seems pretty mundane for what ends up being a murder mystery!

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