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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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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 |
A Miss Marple story, perhaps not of quite the same tone as the Joan Hickson portrayal on telly, and therefore occasionally slightly jarring, but basically comports with the adaptation. A girl is found murdered in the library of a local squire, but is unknown to everyone in the household. She is, however, known from a nearby hotel, and a cast of characters with their various motivations and jealousies is assembled. An additional murder complicates matters. A solidly plotted and enjoyable tale from Christie. 4 / 5 stars. ( )
  Bill_Bibliomane | Dec 27, 2013 |
Not one of Christie's best, I think, essentially because the conclusion is extremely convoluted, the characters aren't developed enough for us to care much about any of them and Miss Marple barely makes an appearance. It was a pleasant read, but no more than that. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
When Dolly Bantry and her husband, Colonel Bantry, wake to the news that the body of a strange woman is in their library, Colonel Bantry calls the police. Dolly calls her friend, Miss Jane Marple, because Miss Marple is “good at bodies”. Actually, Miss Marple is good at reading character, and her ability to see similarities between the behavior of strangers and the behavior of the inhabitants of St. Mary Mead helps her to solve a case that has the police baffled. The suspects with the best motive for murder had no opportunity, and the suspects with opportunity had no motive.

Dolly Bantry is one of my favorite characters from the Miss Marple mysteries, so I've always had a fondness for this book. Miss Marple has a bigger role in this book than she did in The Murder at the Vicarage, but she's still absent during much of the police's investigation and the questioning of witnesses. She learns all she needs to know to solve the murder in a relatively short space of time. Even with the advantage of listening in to the police's interviews with suspects and witnesses, Miss Marple still beat me to the murderer's identity! This time around I listened to the audio version narrated by Stephanie Cole, who might be familiar to many listeners as Diana from the British sitcom Waiting for God. I had high expectations for the audio version, and I wasn't disappointed. ( )
  cbl_tn | Sep 19, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Agatha Christieprimary 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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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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