The Body in the Library, Paperback

The Body in the Library Paperback

Part of the Miss Marple series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Agatha Christie's world-famous Miss Marple mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

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 is 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 8 illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007120833



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Compared to the first Miss Marple novel (The Murder at the Vicarage), The Body in the Library had its flaws. The original murder plan is not bad and I had no justified idea who did it until the end, but the story itself was too stiff in the center section. Christie’s characters are not really believable this time even though the ones like George Bartlett are interesting and humorous. The work of Melchett, Harper and Slack isn’t really entertaining and you immediately know that they will miss the point of the case and go just for the red herrings. Miss Marple’s reasoning in the final stages is really good though and one feels a bit stupid for not seeing it her way beforehand. But then even Miss Marple’s skills are not solely based on rational decisions; for example how she deceides to talk to Florence Small again is a bit lame and constructed. The Body in the Library isn’t as good as the first Miss Marple novel and if it weren’t for Christie herself I would give a 4.5 out of 5 rating. But compared to other Christie masterpieces this one is just not as good as it could have been.

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"The truth is, you see, that most people - and I don't exclude policemen - are far too trusting for this wicked world. They believe what is told them. I never do. I'm afraid I always like to prove a thing for myself" -Miss Marple (198).When a friend calls, having discovered a body in her library, Miss Marple is only too pleased to meddle and gossip her way to the truth of the matter. Chock-full of anecdotes about the St. Mary Mead townsfolk, and set on solving the crime, Miss Marple is a deceptively cunning old maid. Who wouldn't trust a sweet old lady? As a devoted fan of Murder, She Wrote, it is a natural fit that I would enjoy this character so much. Recommended to mystery fans anywhere!

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