|Plot Summary of Murder At the Vicarage|
It should have been easy to find Colonel Protheroe's murderer. After all, half the village wanted him dead, and the other half certainly wouldn't mind his absence. It wasn't as if suspects were hard to come by! Yet when the Colonel is found shot in the vicarage, it's a shock to everyone. The obnoxious police, with the help of the vicar and clues from Miss Marple, investigate the crime. To their surprise, they find that the quiet town of St. Mary Mead is a hotbed of vice! Adultery, stolen identities, and burglary are just some of the things that turn up in the search for a murderer.
This synopsis report prepared by Christina Olson
'Murder at the Vicarage' is the story of an English village reverend, Len Clements, and Miss Marple, an elderly spinster, who search for the murderer of a local man, Lucius Protheroe. While the police continue to operate by the book, Clements and Miss Marple put their heads together to successfully find the identity of the killer.
|Chapter Analysis of Murder At the Vicarage|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- searching for $$$/treasure
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- religious figure
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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