the vicarage


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! :) 

“Musgrave. The ancestral home, where there was always honey for tea.”

Oh, is the water sweet and cool,
Gentle and brown, above the pool?
And laughs the immortal river still
Under the mill, under the mill?
Say, is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths, and pain?… oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea? 
~From The Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke

“One of Brooke’s most famous poems, its references can be overly obscure because of the many specific Cambridge locations and English traditions to which the poem refers. Some have seen it as sentimentally nostalgic, which it is, while others have recognized its satiric and sometimes cruel humor.” [x]


Greg Lestrade is a City boy suffering an intense case of burn out that threatens both his job and his mental health.  On orders from his boss, he takes time off to relax and, returning to the small village where he grew up for a taste of the well-remembered peace and quiet, he meets the new vicar, Mycroft Holmes who has a room to rent in his home.  Finding more than peace and quiet in his new situation, Greg has a hard decision to make when his boss calls and offers him a highly-lucrative and long worked-for promotion.  What to do when life hands you the two things you’ve always wanted - wealth and love… but you can only choose one…


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



This abandoned vicarage was built in the second half of the 18th century. The neoclassical gatehouse and coach house were built around 1800. The vicarage was protected as cultural heritage in 1975. The building has been the object of a bitter discussion on rights of ownership between the local authorities and the church council. Due to this endless discussion the necessary restauration of the property has been postponed for many years now. The state of the building has increasingly deteriorated, to the point even that it was deemed uninhabitable. Pieces of the cornice have already collapsed. Due to a prolapse in the gatehouse floor, there is also visible damage inside the building.

We didn’t make it easy on ourselves on this first own find. It was quite an operation to get inside the building without breaking anything… The house was virtually empty, apart from a cluttered little office. There were however two beautiful stained glass windows, one above the main entrance and one halfway up the stairs, that made the visit worth while. And then there was the bust of christ on the window sill that gave us the inspiration for the name ‘Manor of the Christ’.


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

tagged by @ravnclaw, thank you! 

rules: list ten of your favourite people from ten different fandoms and then tag ten people!

(i took liberties with the word “fandom”, some of these are just from books lmao)

  1. Will Solace (PJO/HOO)
  2. Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter) 
  3. Raphael Santiago (Shadowhunters) 
  4. Chandler Bing (Friends)
  5. Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts) 
  6. Inspector Lestrade (BBC Sherlock) 
  7. Vicar Leonard Clement (Murder at the Vicarage) 
  8. Detective Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)
  9. Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) 
  10. Inspectors Kadeg & Riwal (Murder on Brittany Shores)

tagging @unicorn-studying, @candiestudyblr, @pennyfynotes, @loveconquersall (because I really want to read yours lmao) and anyone who reads this and wants to do it! just say that i tagged you, i’d love to read your list! 

athenastudying  asked:

hey, i highly recommend the classic agatha christie books (if you haven't read them yet)! for starters i'd go with the murder of roger ackroyd, murder on the orient express, murder at the vicarage (the last two are by far my favourites!) :)

+ some anons~

For the book recs illuminae is amazing! It’s in a really unusual format which makes it even better!

(my study blog is latinlangblr) red dragon is my absolute favorite book i’ve read! i lov it. also silence of the lambs, interview with the vampire, misery, and the shining

thank you guys!! i’ll check all of these out x