St Mary Mead
St Mary Mead is a fictional small, quaint English village somewhere about twenty-five miles south-west of London. At the end of a lane that branches off the one road passing through the village lies the vicarage, home to the Reverend Leonard Clement and his wife, Griselda. On the other side of the lane are three cottages, all occupied by spinsters whose life purpose revolves around knowing everything that is going on and gossiping about it. The cottage opposite the vicarage is called Danemead , the occupant, Miss Jane Marple.
"Miss Marple always sees everything. Gardening is as good as a smoke screen, and the habit of observing birds through powerful glasses can always be turned to account.".......until by the time the murder mystery has been solved he has come to the conclusion that " Really, Miss Marple is rather a dear."
First published in 1930 The Murder at the Vicarage was the first full length novel that featured Miss Marple. It's entertaining reading with the village dynamics and the introduction to what will become very familiar characters adding as much to the story as the mystery. A twist with a difference threw me right off the scent although it didn't fool Miss Marple.
What's In A Name Challenge 5 - a type of house.