The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage

Book - 2012
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Collins brings the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, to English language learners. Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language. Now Collins has adapted her famous detective novels for English language learners. These carefully adapted versions are shorter with the language targeted at upper-intermediate learners (CEF level B2). Each reader includes: * A CD with a reading of the adapted story* Helpful notes on characters* Cultural and historical notes relevant to the plot* A glossary of the more difficult words When Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the vicar's study, it seems that almost everyone in the village of St Mary Mead had a motive to kill him. This is the first case for Agatha Christie's legendary femaledetective, Miss Marple. She needs to use all her powers ofobservation and deduction to solve the mystery.
Publisher: London : Collins, ©2012, 1930
Edition: Collins English readers edition
ISBN: 9780007451579
Characteristics: 122 p. ; 20 cm. + 1 sound disc

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vitareader
Jul 04, 2018

This title is the first in the Miss Marple mysteries written by Christie. I read it over --yrs. ago and decided to revisit it this summer to see if it stood the test of time.
I was not disappointed. I did not know who the murderer was until Agatha revealed, the truth. I changed my guess of the Killer's identity many times. All the clues were there and yet ...The only thing obvious in this book was who was going to be "offed" as just about every character in the first 20 pages expressed a wish for the victim to die. My friend and I read this together and she was not happy with the way Miss Marple was seen by Slack and others as an elderly, nosy, spinster who can't possibly have a good mind. She is discounted by this view, that was not uncommon during that time. However, time and again Miss Marple disproves these notions. This is what makes her such a great character and a example that age does not make one useless .
I learned a lot from Agatha about observation etc. Also I did not know that so many people went to the Vicarage "packing heat" during Miss Marple's era. It seemed to me it couldn't be for the Vicar himself, as he seemed a nice chap.
It was a great read and a great way to start off the summer. Christie is still a Five star to me.

TFanC Jun 08, 2017

Adult interest.
Grade Level Equivalency: 4

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s390325
May 13, 2016

I think this is the first Miss Marple mystery. I wish she was not so often described as helpless or old when she obviously is smarter than many of the other residents. I read this many years ago and didn't remember the ending so I enjoyed reading it again... a classic example of Christie's plot and psychological twisting.

cals_peggy Oct 01, 2015

This is the first Christie novel to feature Miss Marple, a lovely old women who has insight into the character of those around her and uses it to solve murders. The novel was written in 1930.

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PegZ
Jun 20, 2014

BBC - very hard to understand; volume is not consistent.

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221b_GreenPanda
Sep 20, 2012

Typical to Agatha Christie, there isn't a lot of action, and the first mention of the murder is half-way through the book. Good for a long read.

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Pauld_a
Aug 09, 2011

I think this was a fantastic book. Some of the English is old fashioned, which make some parts hard to understand.Other than that this book was a terrific, thrilling mystery.

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TFanC Jun 08, 2017

TFanC thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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221b_GreenPanda
Sep 20, 2012

Coarse Language: Sadly, has some improper language usage.

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May 24, 2018

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