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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library (original 1942; edition 2002)

by Agatha Christie

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When Colonel and Mrs. Bantry find the corpse of a beautiful girl in their library, they rely upon their good friend Miss Marple to solve the crime.
Title:The Body in the Library
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:HarperCollins (2002), Paperback
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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (1942)



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Reading these short stories is like spending time with an old friend. The stories are intriguing, complicated, and completely obvious if you stop to think about it. Some of the stories remind me of the stories of Miss Seeton. ( )
  DrLed | Nov 20, 2018 |
This was only the third Miss Marple book (and the second novel) in the first twenty years of Christie’s career. As Poirot waned in the 1940s, Marple became her preferred investigator, fitting Christie’s slightly more sedate style, and her gradual feelings of disconnection from the modern world. My preferences lie with Hercule Poirot, but a good Marple novel can be very socially astute, and – with the contrast between Marple’s personality and the more direct methods of the younger police – can be very wryly written.

"The Body in the Library" is an average Marple, and a slightly better-than-average Christie, buoyed a little by the moments that it plays with the detective story form. (The title comes from a fictional detective novel which Christie had referenced in an earlier work.) In spite of decades of the Golden Age detective tradition, Dame Agatha manages to make the idea of a body in a country house library somehow genuinely disquieting. The solution is interesting, in that it shies away from the usual revelations about citizens of a manor house, but it’s a bit hazy. As with many of the Marple books, it’s an enjoyable read, but isn’t one that will stay with you.

Marple ranking: 8th out of 14 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
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 |
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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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Mrs Bantry was dreaming.
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WorldCat has ISBN 9504916759 for BOTH Un cadáver en la biblioteca (Translation of The Body in the Library) AND El atroz encanto de ser argentinos by Marcos Aguinis.
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Approximately 18 months after Murder at the Vicarage.
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