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In the novel The Murder at the Vicarage, Mrs Archer is a cleaning woman. She came and worked for Lawrence Redding every morning. She is the mother of Archer, and is described as "a somewhat doddering old woman".

After the murder of Colonel Protheroe, Mrs Archer is questioned about the pistol that Lawrence owns. At first, she tells the police that she cannot remember when she last saw it, or whether it had been there in the morning on the day of the murder. However, during the inquest, she is able to identify the pistol as Lawrence's, and she says that she is quite sure it was there when she left at a quarter to one on the day of the murder.


Mrs Archer is not featured in the BBC 1986 adaptation of the novel which formed part of the Miss Marple series.

In the ITV 2004 adaptation of the novel (Episode 2, Season 1 of Agatha Christie's Marple), the character's name is changed to "Mrs Tarrant". She also cleans for Lawrence Redding and is the mother of the poacher whose name has been changed to "Frank Tarrant". This character is played by Ruth Sheen.