Review: A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie

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Title: A Murder is Announced
Author: Agatha Christie
Publication date: January 3, 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780007191024
Length: 415 pages
Genre: Mystery
Age group: Adult
Source: Purchased
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Synopsis

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.’

A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, the crowd begins to gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out…

My thoughts

A Murder is Announced was the very first Agatha Christie book I’ve ever read and also the reason why I fell in love with Dame Agatha’s writing all those years ago and why I’ve been a huge fan of hers ever since. It must have been about five years ago when I read this book but I remember it almost as if it were yesterday. I keep saying that I don’t think I’ll ever find a book as atmospheric and as flawless and well-plotted as And Then There Were None, which I literally read in one sitting, holding the book with shaking fingers (no, I’m not exaggerating here), but A Murder is Announced is no doubt my favourite Marple story.

I suppose one of the reasons why I loved this book so much was the fact that I had a feeling who the murderer might be from quite early on in the story (while the usual scenario would involve me guessing right until the end and suspecting every single one of them) and it gave me a certain amount of satisfaction to see that indeed, I was right. Oh yes. And the murderer happened to be my favourite character, which made it even more interesting.

Another thing that made the story even more appealing for me was that it felt so real. Even the murders themselves felt real and not at all far-fetched or out of the ordinary. Everything was totally believable, from the setting to the locals’ reactions… everything.

If you enjoy mysteries or you’ve been planning on giving one of Christie’s books a try, please, please read this one. I can assure you that it’s brilliant and it’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat all along. Great plot, great writing, an absolute must-read for any crime fiction fan looking for a gripping story.

Teaser

“Between 7.30 and 8.30 every morning except Sundays, Johnnie Butt made the round of the village of Chipping Cleghorn on his bicycle, whistling vociferously through his teeth, and alighting at each house or cottage to shove through a letterbox such morning papers as had been ordered by the occupants of the house in question from Mr Totman, stationer, of the High Street.”


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24 Responses to “Review: A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie”

  1. This sounds really good. I need to give it a try. The very first Agatha Christie book I read was the Mousetrap and it’s been a favorite ever since.
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  2. Anne says:

    I haven’t picked up an Agatha Christie book in a long time. Thanks for the reminder – she always has a good read.

    • Vicky says:

      She does! Have you read The Man in the Brown Suit yet? That’s the next one on my list. (It’s been sitting on my bookshelf since last year, actually, but I’ve yet to pick it up)

      • Anne says:

        No, I haven’t read that one. I know I have an Agatha Christie book on my ereader – can’t remember the title right at the moment – but I’ll have to get to it.

  3. And Then There Were None is the reason I love Agatha Christie’s writing! I, unfortunately, haven’t read too many of her books thus far (a situation that I plan on rectifying ASAP) and I think this one would be perfect! So classic.
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    • Vicky says:

      I agree, ATTWN will always be my favourite AC book. It wasn’t the first book I’ve read by her but it’s the only one which, even after reading it at least 3 times, sends shivers down my spine. This one is great! I tend to prefer Poirot’s stories but funnily enough, two of my favourites (ATTWN and Murder is Easy) don’t feature either Marple or him, and the third one is a Marple story.

      It’s a good one – I’d definitely recommend it :)

  4. Philippa says:

    I’ve seen the tv adaptation of this one, but can’t for the life of me remember exactly how the story went and how it ended. But your review has made me very curious to actually read it, because even though I don’t remember the story very well I do remember really loving it. So it’s going on my to read list :D
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    • Vicky says:

      It has a bit of a shocker ending, I would say :D But that’s all I’m saying – I don’t want to ruin the surprise. I hope you enjoy the book just as much as the TV adaptation! (I don’t think I’ve seen that one yet – I might have to check it out)

  5. Melissa says:

    Love Marple…I should check this one out when next I’m in a mystery mood! Great review!
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  6. Great review. I’m not sure if I have this one, but now that I’m not moving out I don’t have to cancel my magazine subscription :D So I should have it at some point lol.

    Glad you liked it xx
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    • Vicky says:

      Yippee! :D It’s a good one! I guess you haven’t read Murder is Easy yet, have you? I know you got it last week – that’s another favourite of mine and another book where I was almost 100% sure who the murderer would be (which is v. rare when it comes to me and Agatha’s books :D). xxx

  7. Cindy says:

    I love Agatha Christie and will definitely have to check this one out, it sounds awesome. Your favorite character is the murderer? That’s pretty interesting :) I wonder if I would be able to figure it out too…? Great review :)
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  8. Megan K. says:

    I actually haven’t read MANY of Agatha Christie’s books (I preferred NANCY DREW more!), but I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this! And I agree with Cindy – it’s quite interesting to see that the murderer was your favorite character. :) I’m not sure if I have this book in my library, but I’ll go check. Definitely will give this one a go, since I enjoyed her MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS a lot!

    Great review, Vicky!
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  9. Farah says:

    hmm.. im not into adult books at all, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s great that the story felt real to you! Lovely review!
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  10. C. Lee McKenzie says:

    I always love her mysteries: Mousetrap and Death on the Nile are among my favorites, but it’s hard to choose favorites from her long list of super books.

  11. kit says:

    I definitely need to read this – like I said on twitter the other day, I’ve never been as big as fan of Miss Marple, but this might change my mind a little bit, it sounds like a good one (and I’m intrigued now to see if I could figure out the murderer… I’m normally pretty bad at guessing correctly, at least with Christie!)
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  12. Cayce says:

    A Murder is Announced is not my favorite Agatha Christie (my top three is And Then There Were None, The Seven Dials Mystery and Taken at the Flood), but I enjoyed it enough. :)
    I’m usually good at guessing the murderer, but almost always failing when it comes to an AC novel. She is the QUEEN :)
    Great review!
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  13. Yay for Agatha! I love her work, it’s been a while since I read a Poirot, have to remedy that :)
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  14. Petra says:

    I haven’t read this one! But it sounds amazing, I think I’m going to order it now! ;D
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  15. Tina says:

    Just checked out your site! I really like it! Would love it if you checked out mine as well :)

  16. Wonderful review, I love Mrs. Marple. The hubs and I just watched a series of her mysteries on BBC’s Master Piece Mystery they were quite fun.
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  17. This sounds really good. I’ve read a few of her books and I don’t think that there has been one that I didn’t love. Great review!
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