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The Body in the Library (Miss Marple) (original 1942; edition 2010)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:The Body in the Library (Miss Marple)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Harper (2010), Edition: Masterpiece ed, Kindle Edition, 227 pages
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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (1942)



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When the body of an unknown young blonde woman is found in the library of Gossington Hall both Colonel and Mrs. Bantry are completely baffled about how she came to be there. While the police do their investiagtions, Mrs. Bantry solicits the help of Miss Marple to determine just who did commit the murder. The case will bring them to a seaside resort and to the old friend of the Bantrys, Mr. Jefferson, whose complicated relationships may just be at the heart of the matter.

Agatha Christie always hits the spot for me and this one was no exception. Miss Marple's detecting skills are top notch as ever, the mystery is well crafted, and I'm always a sucker for any book that involves a library of any kind. I appreciated that this book used the limited omniscient viewpoint which allowed for the plot to follow multiple characters at once and, of course, leave Miss Marple's conclusions hidden from the reader until the very end. Again, I always enjoy the humour Christie uses in her novels. I particularly got great glee from one of the characters, an afficionado of detective novels, mentioning he had autographs from several mystery writers including Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. An excellent Marple mystery and just great fun all around. ( )
1 vote MickyFine | Feb 4, 2015 |
The Body in the Library is an entertaining and easy to read book. Near the end the book rushes to finish as Miss Marple starts jumping to conclusions without sharing most of her insights until the coda chapter. But it's still a fun read. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 18, 2014 |
Humor combines with mentation here successfully. ( )
  Oskar_Matzerath | Aug 16, 2014 |
Even though I'd read this book before in a Miss Marple collection, it had been enough time in the past that I didn't remember the big answer to the mystery. Having Stephanie Cole do the narration was another reason I listened to the book. It was excellent for a road trip. ( )
  sriemann | Aug 11, 2014 |
When I first read The Body in the Library, I gave it three and a half stars. The audio version is more difficult to rate. I bought it because of the narrator, Stephanie Cole, whom I like from her other TV and radio work. Her narration was good, very clear with some accents used to try to distinguish some of the characters. But what the audio version pointed out to me, simply by virtue of being an audio, is how repetitive the first few chapters are. They consist of a variety of people all finding out or being told that there's a body in Colonel Bantry's library and then speculating on who it could be and why the body was there. The repetitiveness must have been easier to skim over in print; in audio it was very obvious.

Overall, the book was pleasant to listen to and the ending in particular had me shutting myself up in another room to finish the book in peace, so I shall rate it three stars for the content (knocking a half star off my original rating, for the repetitive beginning) and an extra star for Stephanie Cole's narration. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 29, 2014 |
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Alamagny, Jean-MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cole, StephanieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
des Tombe, S.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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