the vicarage

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The Vicarage, Edensor, Chatsworth Estate

Home of the late Debo, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire after the death of her husband, the Duke

Photos: Sotheby’s Auction House

Happy Miss Marple Monday Everyone!

Joan as Miss Marple in The Murder At The Vicarage (1986) with Paul Eddington as Reverend Leonard Clement

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“We’re all very ordinary in St. Mary Mead, but ordinary people can sometimes do the most astonishing things.”

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“Grantchester Meadows is a Roger Waters song, originally performed solo on the ‘Ummagumma’ album, that celebrates the English countryside, as in other compositions such as ‘Time’. This special group performance, taped for the BBC, with acoustic guitars and vocals from Roger Waters and David Gilmour, plus additional piano from Richard Wright and taped songbirds, successfully evokes a summer’s day in Grantchester, a small village close to Cambridge, England. Grantchester’s famous former residents include the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke, who moved there and subsequently wrote a poem of homesickness entitled ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’. Taken from ‘The Early Years 1965 – 1972’.”
Creative Director: Aubrey Powell, Hipgnosis. 2016 footage directed and edited by Nick Edwards. Performance footage director: John Coney for KQED, San Francisco 1970.
Audio recorded for BBC Radio, 12 May 1969.
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Happy Miss Marple Monday Everyone!

Joan as Miss Marple in The Murder At The Vicarage (1986)

Hi, 

I love crime novels and I’ve made it my mission to get others hooked too, so here are some of my favourites! My favourite authors are bolded, and if they’ve written more crime stories than the ones listed here, I’ll put a + after their name. 

  • The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton+
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie+ (Hercule Poirot)
  • Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot)
  • The Broken Jug by Heinrich von Kleist (german)
  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle+
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe+
  • The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (italian)
  • The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers+
  • Milchgeld by Volker Klüpfl/Michael Kobr+ (german)
  • Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec+ (german)
  • The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
  • Murder in the Rue Dumas by Mary L. Longworth+
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith+
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell+ (swedish)
  • Mademoiselle de Scuderi by E.T.A. Hoffmann (german)
  • The Crime at Lock 14 by Georges Simenon+ (belgian)
  • Schwarze Piste by Andreas Föhr+ (german)

It was really hard to choose these, but I hope this final list contains some good beginner’s recommendations for people who don’t quite know where to start. There are classics and modern novels, humorous and serious ones, novellas and series… Most of these have been translated into numerous languages (I’ve given you the original language in brackets!). 

!: None of these are thrillers or otherwise completely gruesome and hardcore stories, because I certainly wouldn’t want to read any of those (hence why there’s no Simon Beckett, Ferdinand von Schirach, Adler-Olsen etc.). All of the books listed here also have humorous aspects and hopefully won’t leave you sad and scared at the end! :)

Let me know what your favourite crime novels are, if you also like any of these listen here or if you think there’s something missing! I’d love to hear your recommendations! :)