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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
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The Body in the Library (1942)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Miss Marple (2), Miss Marple: Chronological (7)

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A classic a rainy day read. Agatha Christie set herself the challenge of using the trope of "a body in a library" and planted a highly sensational dead blonde into the library of Miss Marple's friends the Bantrys. The fluffy cosy atmosphere hides some very nasty goings on that only Miss Marple's experience can correctly interpret (and as always with classic Aggies, we get an interesting insight into culture and class in the UK in the early 20th century). ( )
  Figgles | Aug 8, 2018 |
This is only the second Christie novel I've read, but I'm definitely hooked. The body of a young platinum-dyed blonde is found in the Bantry's library. She been drugged and strangled. The Colonel calls the police, but the Lady of the house calls in Miss Marple to help solve the crime. It all circles back to the Majestic Hotel, where the unfortunate young woman worked. Was it the artists next door, Basil Blake? Could it be the children of Conway Jefferson, and elderly man who was prepared to "adopt" the young woman? The mystery takes a deadly twist when another young girl turns up dead. What did she know? The mystery was enjoyable, with a colorful cast of characters and multiple suspects.

Though she appears cliche in a post Murder She Wrote world, Miss Marple came first! This was a very quick, but excellent read. ( )
  jshillingford | May 25, 2018 |
This is the first of Christie's Miss Marple Mysteries that I've read and I think I liked the character of Miss Marple more than the mystery itself, although that didn't disappoint either. The way that Christie managed to write mysteries that were both simple and complex makes reading them satisfying in a way that contemporary mysteries just can't fulfill. I enjoyed this one & look forward to discussing it with my book club. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 25, 2018 |
Another great Agatha Christie novel featuring Miss Marple. Loved it. ( )
  Tiffy_Reads | Mar 19, 2018 |
This book was the first of my 2016 Reading Challenge books--a book you can read in a day. By the time opened the cover and got started, it took about 3 hours to get through this. This was also first Agatha Christie. Reading it was like stepping back into a very quaint time and place, like the original Downton Abbey. I especially enjoyed the self-depricating humor that ran throughout the story, with Christie even mocking her own "intricate plot". A fun and enjoyable book. Warning: you might want a dictionary. The vocabulary is quite learned. ( )
  MsKathleen | Jan 29, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alamagny, Jean-MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cole, StephanieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
des Tombe, S.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heller, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Postif, LouisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tedeschi, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Five Complete Miss Marple Novels: The Body in the Library, A Caribbean Mystery, The Mirror Crack'd, Nemesis, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! by Agatha Christie

A Miss Marple Quartet: The Body in the Library, A Pocket Full of Rye, A Murder Is Announced, The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

Neiti Marplen murhat by Agatha Christie

The Moving Finger [and] The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple Omnibus (Volume 1) by Agatha Christie

Murder in Our Midst: The Body in the Library, The Moving Finger, The Murder At the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Starring Miss Marple: A Murder is Announced, The Body in the Library, Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library [and] After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Crime Collection: The Body in the Library, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie Mystery Collection: Three Mysteries plus Companion Guide by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library [and] The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Sleeping Murder / Nemesis / The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple Novels: The Murder at the Vicarage / The Body in the Library / A Pocket Full of Rye / Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

The Best of Miss Marple Boxed Set (The Body in the Library/Nemesis/Murder with Mirrors/The Mirror Crack'd) by Agatha Christie

The Complete Miss Marple Collection (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie

N or M? [and] The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library [and] The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library [and] 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library / Five Little Pigs / Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library [and] At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library [and] They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library / A Murder Is Announced / A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library / Cards on the Table / After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

The Folio Society Miss Marple Novels by Agatha Christie

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Approximately 18 months after Murder at the Vicarage.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157912626X, Hardcover)

A young, blond woman is found dead on the floor of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry’s library. Nobody seems to know who the woman is, let alone how she wound up murdered in the Bantry’s home. Jane Marple is called in and the chase is on.

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It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what's the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery before tongues start to wag.… (more)

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