The Murder at the Vicarage : Miss Marple

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Joan Hickson
  • Series: Miss Marple
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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 service!"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. From seven potential murderers, Miss Marple must seek out the suspect who has both motive and opportunity.


What the Critics Say

"The acknowledged queen of detective fiction." (Observer)
"When she really hits her stride, as she does here, she is hard to surpass." (Saturday Review of Literature)
"Joan Hickson: You can't beat her, you know. So enjoy this not-so-fluffy old lady doing her Marple thing. Genius." (Time Out)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful introduction to Marple

The fluffy old village cat shows her claws in this wonderful village mystery. Beautifully read by the incomparable Joan Hickson; you get a lovely sense of the cosy village atmosphere, and she gives Miss Marple just the right degree of deceptive vagueness when she finally unveils the solution to the baffled police force.
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- Polly

Great Christie, strange choice of narrator.

This is a classic Miss Marple and a very enjoyable Agatha Christie. However, I found the choice of narrator quite odd. Joan Hickson has quite an old fashioned, lispy, wet voice which may suit people's idea of Miss Marple, but this book isn't written from the point of Miss Marple. It's written through the voice of a male vicar which I found therefore jarred with the reader.

Enjoyable none the less, but once again shows how crucial and I imagine difficult it is to appoint a narrator that will suit everyone!
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- Emilia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-11-2006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited