The murder of Colonel Protheroe — shot through the head — is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one. Now even the vicar, who had declared that killing the detested Protheroe would be ‘doing the world at large a favour,’ is a suspect — the Colonel has been dispatched in the clergyman’s study, no less. But the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects. There is of course the faithless Mrs Protheroe; and there is of course her young lover — an artist, to boot.
Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: ‘a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.’ Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature’s private men’s club of great detectives will never be the same.
I have read many books by author, Agatha Christie, my favorite being Ten Little Indians, but I had not read this one so when I found it available through the Oklahoma Virtual Library system I downloaded and listened to it almost in one sitting.
It is a murder mystery in a vicarage in a tiny village where all the neighbors know what everyone else is doing and Miss Marple lives next to the murder scene so it’s a given that she will help solve the crime. This is the first in the Miss Marple Mysteries and it a real gem. If you love a good mystery, especially one can can’t be figured out til the very end, this is the book for you. It’s great.