Murder at the Vicarage is the first written (and my first read) in the Miss Marple series.
While it was an okay read, it won’t go down as one of my favorites. I think my biggest issue is that Miss Marple is really a secondary character. It is written in the Vicar’s POV and the reader follows him in the search for the killer. Jane Marple isn’t investigating — instead she is just a nosy neighbor who says that she is interested in ‘human nature’ and has theories about the murderer’s identity. My guess is that in future books she does play a larger role but here it just didn’t quite work.
Also, I know some readers consider the Christie mysteries to be cozies. For the most part, I haven’t agreed and thought them to be more robust and, well, deeper than a modern-day cozy. However, Murder at the Vicarage fits into that genre pretty well as an enjoyable read without a lot of depth.
3/5 stars – required reading if working through Christie’s library but not one of her best.