Tuesday, November 30

Book Review: Murder at the Vicarage

Title: Murder at the Vicarage

Author: Agatha Christie

Pages: 288

Summary: When Colonel Protheroe is found dead from a single gun-shot wound to the head, none of his neighbours in the village of St. Mary Mead is much surprised. So many people wished this local official would say farewell - if not so quite permanently.

Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple, whose keen insight into human nature and intricate knowledge of the goings on in St. Mary Mead land her at the very center of the investigation. Scandal lurks just under the quite surface of this English village, and the suspects abound, including the vicar and his young and flirtatious wife, and Mrs. Protherose and her lover, the artist Lawrence Redding. Everyone it seems, has something to hide. With the local police stymied, it is up to Miss Marple to root out the killer.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Another book, I’m just not to sure of. I didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t enjoy it either. I’ve read four Agatha Christie books now, and I have to say I’m not that impressed. She’s not a horrible author, actually the writing is exceptionally well done, but the content just doesn’t excite me, and this book was no exception.

For a murder mystery, not a lot of interesting things happen, mostly it seems to focus on the people around the murder, and how they all fit together in this small community, and less about the mystery solving and snooping around. I didn’t like the characters, and the story of behind the murder and surrounding it just bored me. There wasn’t much that kept me into the book except it was a quick and east read, and had some quality writing to it. Not my favourite book.

Would I recommend it to read: I’m not sure, although this is better than The Body in the Library, it wasn’t better by much. If you want to read an Agatha Christie book I’d try Murder on the Orient Express as a starting spot.

What to read next: Sherlock Holmes are great books to read if you want a good old fashioned mystery, and Murder on the Orient Express was also a good book to read.

Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, Hercule Poirot Holmes Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge

1 comment:

  1. After reading this review, I am not sure that Christie is for me. I have read a lot of praise on her writing, but ultimately I think I would be bored with her books. I don't think it helps that I am not a big mystery lover either! Thanks for giving my your honest opinion on this book!