#Murder Goes to Church in this #Podcast for #PrivateEyeJuly: The Murder at the Vicarage by #AgathaChristie

Welcome back, my fellow creatives! July is nearly at an end, and alas, that means bidding farewell to Private Eye July.

Last week, I mentioned how my husband likes to poke fun at me for not reading a certain detective.

“Let me get this straight,” he’d say. “You’ve read all the Poirot.”

Yes. At least twice.

“But you’ve never read a single Miss Marple?”


He’d furrow his brows and say, “Yet you say you enjoy Agatha Christie.”


“You’ve read And Then There Were None and some plays and stuff, not just the Poirot.”


“But not…not Miss Marple? Her other most popular character of all time?”



Simple: I already had my sweet-older-lady-detective fix.

Bo would then bring up the Magnum/JB Fletcher crossover, and then we’d argue about which detective was better (they changed who solves the case for syndication, those stinkers!), and then the conversation would spiral from there.

Today, however, I stop ignoring Miss Marple. Today, at long last, it’s time to consider The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie.

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Next month I’ll dive into some recommendations from you as well as Blondie. Blondie has a LOT for me to cover, lol. x

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

17 thoughts on “#Murder Goes to Church in this #Podcast for #PrivateEyeJuly: The Murder at the Vicarage by #AgathaChristie

  1. How odd. Only a couple of days back we took coffee very near The Grand Hotel in Folkestone, a hotel adored by Ms Christie herself. Shirl and I were discusing her at the time. It was there she wrote Murder on the Orient Express…at that time she stayed in one of the suites before the war, still came regularly. Folkestone is in the county of Kent in South East England. I think I’ve mentioned before, when we lived in Dartmouth, Devon, in South East England, across the River Dart was Agatha’s home named Greenway. It seems we follow her. My wife has read and reread her books a thousand times, at least. A small world, we have.

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  2. Way to step into the unfamiliar! Poirot is my fave (partially because of David Suchet I’ll admit) but I always enjoy Miss Marple’s unexpectedly devious mind. She reminds me of some of the feisty older ladies I’ve known- though I don’t think they took up detecting…

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  3. I’m still giggling, Jean! What a treat that was. I’ve not read so much AC, mostly because I’ve faithfully watched all the wonderful BBC TV adaptations for as long as I can remember – Poirot (obviously) and Jean Higson’s Miss Marple, too. But I’ve always known that Christie is a mistress of dialogue, and that was a particularly good example. Only within the past few years have I come across her Tommy and Tuppence novels too – I love those 2 characters. Try them sometime if you haven’t read them.

    I like your point about not liking everything an author has written (does this give me a justification for genre hopping?) but anyway, Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin, is one such. I adore his Rebus detective books, but I’ve never got on with any of his others, not that there are many, and maybe they’re more his earlier work.

    Okay, I could go on… but I won’t. Just to say I’d really like to read your memoir of ‘church shenanigans!’ That would be splendid. And oh, I guess I’m going to have to read Murder at the Vicarage too. πŸ˜‰

    Keep well, Jean xxx

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    • LOL! Aw, thank you, Chris–and THANKYOU for your point that one doesn’t have to like, let alone own, everything by an author/artist. Like, why oh why does Bo have every Ernest Borgnine movie? I don’t know. There are some awful duds in there, but it’s Ernest, so we *have* to have them… I hate following that logic, BUT I do appreciate his point that if one likes something an author wrote, there’s a chance one will like other things that author wrote. It never hurts to at least try, right? Thank goodness for libraries! πŸ˜‰ xxxxxxxxx

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