Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
I'd never read a mystery novel before, which is rather surprising because my mom loves them, and our house was always littered with mysteries. They just never called out to me; there was always so much else I wanted to read. Last year, after reading Connie Willis's Blackout/All Clear, I read that one of her inspirations was Agatha Christie. In fact, she considers Blackout/All Clear to be her Agatha Christie novel. I loved Blackout/All Clear, so decided that I must read an Agatha Christie.
Then, of course, there was so much else I wanted to read that I did not get around to reading Agatha Christie. This year, because of my blanket knitting goal, I'm planning to listen to books on tape. So when I was at the library and saw the mystery section of audio books, lightbulb!
I chose this as my first Agatha Christie because it is the first appearance of Miss Marple. I'd read that she is less likable here than in later books, but I enjoyed her in the Vicarage. This was an easy listen: nicely written, appealing story, good reader. I enjoyed the first person narrator, the Vicar. Is that usual for Agatha Christie?
I'm sure I'll listen to another Agatha Christie in the future, but I did not love it so much that I'm ready to embrace the entire genre. There is just so much else out there to read.