40 Before 40 {Book #8}: ‘The Murder at the Vicarage [Miss Marple #1]’ by Agatha Christie

For years and years, I have heard about the wonderful and thrilling authoress, Agatha Christie. Still I was not enticed. Then earlier this year, I decided to a) create this 40 Before 40 list and b) watch ‘Dr. Who’ via Netflix by request of my slightly geeky but incredibly sexy husband. Since Agatha Christie was on several best female writers lists and featured on an especially fun episode of ‘Dr. Who’, I figured the universe was attempting to tell me something, and thus I was finally convinced to pick up one of her tales, and give her mysteries a go.

Well, thank goodness I did.

‘It’s so much nicer to be a secret and delightful sin to anybody than to be a feather in his cap.’

40 Before 40 {Book #8}: 'Murder at the Vicarage [Miss Marple #1]' by Agatha Christie
Map of St. Mary Mead aka Miss Marple’s Neighborhood
I chose the first tale of Miss Marple – ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’ – to begin my foray into the world of Agatha Christie. Miss Marple is an older, never-married, small-town woman who imagines herself an amateur detective. As you read through the thoroughly enchanting tale, you quickly realize that although Miss Marple is a bit of a busy-body, she is as astute as literary detective Sherlock Holmes and as instep with human psychology as the infamous Doctor Sigmund Frued.

‘I daresay idle tittle-tattle is very wrong and unkind, but it is so often true, isn’t it.’

And I daresay, Ms. Christie has found a new fan in me. Agatha Christie’s characters are vivid, realistic, honest, and just plain fun to get to know – and her stories have more twists and turns than the roller coaster at Las Vegas’s New York New York Hotel. Although I am unlikely to reread any of these tales over and over – because once the conclusion is shown the jig is most definitely up – I know for sure that I am very likely to read through the mass suite of Christie books at least once, and soon.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 2 {out of 5} stars | ★★☆☆☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆

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