The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) by Agatha Christie

The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) by Agatha Christie, published in 1930 and 1st book in the Miss Marple series

The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) by Agatha Christie, published in 1930 and 1st book in the Miss Marple series

The Murder at the Vicarage, published in 1930, is the first book to feature amateur sleuth, Miss Jane Marple of St. Mary Mead. Miss Marple is my favorite fictional character. Her hobby is human nature and a lot of what she says about people and drawing parallels that often gives her insight into other people’s behavior is realistic.  In a village where there hasn’t been a murder in the last 15 years, Miss Marple along with the vicar try to figure out who killed the unpopular Colonel Protheroe, the churchwarden, found shot to death in the study at the Vicarage.

I found this mystery rather difficult to suss out on my own but a joy to read anyway. For a small village it has a con man paying a visit, an embezzler, a secret love affair and a murderer. The story’s told in first person by the vicar, Leonard Clement. His role as clergy made him privy to gossip or inside knowledge and goings on in the village. Even with the police, he’s able to get  privileged information. The vicar as narrator worked well in providing the necessary details and acting as a go between the police and the villagers.  (More)

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True Detective S2, Episode 5: Other Lives

Pic Credit: The Independent, True Detective Season Two

Pic Credit: The Independent, True Detective Season Two

Just three episodes left and this episode much improved things.

Oh yeah, looks like somebody got played.

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Best of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

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Alfred Hitchcock

So, I proposed this challenge in a discussion on Twitter yesterday: rank all of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies from best to worst. No takers! But if you look on the web, you’ll find a list of his best films ranked by a host of people unafraid to throw their opinions out there and be ridiculed or praised for them. I had fun reading everyone’s opinion on why this film or that film ranked first.

Here are some of my findings from the internet by critics unknown to me to respected late film critic, Roger Ebert. Of course you are welcome to agree or disagree or rank your own. (more)

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