Colonel Lucius Protheroe is probably the least-liked individual in St Mary Mead. All resent his superior and demanding attitude. So, when he is found dead in the vicarage study, there is no end of suspects. His wife Ann was having an affair with a local artist, Lawrence Redding. His daughter Lettice bridled under his strict rule. There is also the vicar and his assistant, whom Protheroe suspected of stealing church funds. Finally, there is the mysterious Mrs. Lester with whom he clearly had some previous connection. Jane Marple, recuperating at home from a sprained ankle, had a bird's eye view of all the comings and goings at the vicarage around the time of the murder and she gladly assists Inspector Slack in solving the crime.Written by
Miss Marple is shown reading Raymond Chandler's short story anthology "The Simple Art of Murder", which also contains his titular essay on the detective novel. In the essay, Chandler argues that, in real life, the most unsolvable murders are the simplest, and criticizes, among other writers, Agatha Christie for creating implausible, over-elaborate murder plots for her novels. See more »
At about minute 17 when the vicar greets Mrs. Lestrange she mentions the bible verse "to everything there is a season" which he wrongly attributes to Proverbs. It is actually from the book of Ecclesiastes. See more »
Having adored Margaret Rutherford and loathed Joan Hickson -- "cold fish" doesn't begin to describe her -- I was delighted to see Geraldine McEwen tackle Miss Marple and, astoundingly, humanize her. McEwen was, of course, the ultimate Mrs. Proudie in the adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novels "The Warden" and "Barchester Towers" that aired some years back, just as she was the ultimate Lucia in "Mapp & Lucia" with Prunella Scales. At this point I have only seen the first episode of "Murder at the Vicarage" but I am already caught up in its recreation of the ideal English village, St. Mary Mead. Tim McInnerny and Janet McTeer are especially good.
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