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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.

©1930 Agatha Christie (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"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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Wonderful reading

Joan Hickson does not pretend to be other characters but her reading makes it believable.

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Confusin

Although Joan Hickson's narration was beautiful, it was confusing that she was reading in the first person of a male character. It did my head in. I kept thinking SHE was Miss Marple. Didn't work for me - and the story itself was one of AC's worst.

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  • FJWynne
  • 10-11-2007

Joan Hickson is perfect

Not perhaps Christie's best, being the earliest of the Miss Marple mysteries, but the puzzle is neatly constructed, and Joan HIckson is the perfect narrator - not simply because she IS Miss Marple, but because she can handle the range of voices, characters and scenes with extraordinary effectiveness

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-2017

Like truly living the story.

Loved the audio book. Joan Hickson is the best story teller ever and she pulls us into the mystery and entangling us in the action.

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  • Amanda Lobo
  • 10-08-2017

Joan Hickson - the Eternal Christie Queen

Everything Joan Hickson touches turns to gold ♡
the command she has over her voice is incomparable and her performance with this Marple classic is as always - excellent. She brings the story alive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-2010

Murder at the Vicarage

Brilliant! Joan Hickson is a gem, speaks like a real upper class English lady and creates a wonderful atmosphere for this clever tale. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • JPH
  • 15-09-2017

Joan Hickson the consumate Miss Marple

A Classic Agatha Christie story with the wonderful narration from the consumate Miss Marple, Joan Hickson. If you want an escape from the every day drudgery then this is a must. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Ceripol
  • 15-08-2015

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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  • Brid
  • 28-08-2017

wonderful narration!

I've seen this many times on tv so I know the story well (including the whodunnit!) but I just loved this audiobook and am sorry to be finished. Joan Hickson was my favourite Miss Marple on tv and her narration here is just perfect.

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  • S Het
  • 30-10-2014

Joan Hickson the perfect Miss Marple

Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder at the Vicarage to be better than the print version?

Yes. It really takes you right into the heart of the story. You're really there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder at the Vicarage?

All of it !

Which character – as performed by Joan Hickson – was your favourite?

Always Miss Marple

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes if I'd had the time

Any additional comments?

I will listen to this again it was so enjoyable.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 15-05-2016

Superb

No one can replace Joan Hickson as Miss Marple - perfect understanding and delivery of Agatha Christie's work.

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  • Lorna
  • 03-06-2015

Good book, just the wrong reader

The only downside was the reader. She did a wonderful job but you got the impression that she was chosen to sound like Miss Marple, when in fact the story is told by a middle aged man - the vicar. A little more care could be taken in choosing a reader to match the person actually speaking, rather than acting on assumptions.

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  • Emilia
  • 09-10-2012

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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  • karenbowdler
  • 31-08-2018

Not my favourite

Too long and drawn out I really didn't care who had killed the Colonel. Not a fan of Miss Marple.

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  • iain
  • 28-08-2018

Excellent story, a real classic

Loved the story and loved the humour. It really captures English village life, even today. Wasn't mad keen on the narration.... She was an excellent actress for Marple but she uses the same voice for all of the characters and it is a little difficult to tell who is talking to who.

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  • Louise j.
  • 26-06-2018

Magnificent Marple!<br />

Brilliantly narrated by Joan Hickson. The voices and way she tells the story us second to none.
Would recommend to anyone.