The Murder at the Vicarage
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The Murder at the Vicarage : A Miss Marple Mystery

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The Murder at the Vicarage is Agatha Christie's first mystery to feature the beloved investigator Miss Marple--as a dead body in a clergyman's study proves to the indomitable sleuth that no place, holy or otherwise, is a sanctuary from homicide.

Miss Marple encounters a compelling murder mystery in the sleepy little village of St. Mary Mead, where under the seemingly peaceful exterior of an English country village lurks intrigue, guilt, deception and death.Colonel Protheroe, local magistrate and overbearing land-owner is the most detested man in the village. Everyone--even in the vicar--wishes he were dead. And very soon he is--shot in the head in the vicar's own study. Faced with a surfeit of suspects, only the inscrutable Miss Marple can unravel the tangled web of clues that will lead to the unmasking of the killer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 285 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062073605
  • 9780062073600
  • 420,444

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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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"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, Agatha Christie is hard to surpass."--Saturday Review of Literature
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