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The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery - Reviews




The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery

Reviews of The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery

Reviewed by Kirby - Miss Marple

Really enjoyed reading this excellent whodunit. Miss Marple is always one step ahead of the police and me! Can hardly wait to read another!


Reviewed by Phyllis Wilkins - The Body in the Library

It kept me guessing from start to finish. I thought I knew but of course I was wrong. I have always loved reading Agatha
Christie books.


Reviewed by barbara campbell - The Body in The Library

I am a great fan of Agatha Christie! I would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery with intrigue and even a little humor.


Reviewed by Susan Graves - Body in the Library

It sure keeps you guessing about "who done it". It is a great book and would recomend it to anyone who likes mysteries.


Reviewed by linda a moseley - Agatha Chrisie

Anything written by Agatha Christie is great! If you like who dun it books...buy this one! It is hard to put this book down.


Reviewed by Mary K. Peluso - Agatha Christie Body in the Library

My first time to read her and will definitely do so again. I'm a Murder he Wrote fan and I see where they got their inspiration


Reviewed by Michele P. - Quick, enjoyable read.

A classic Christie that won't disappoint. Keeps you guessing right to the end. Miss Marple's clever sleuthing does it again.


Reviewed by Angela Brown - Good Book

Liked the book a lot. Very suspensefull. I remember reading it years ago, but it was just as good the second time around.


Reviewed by Donald Noore - Mystery

Good read for a cold evening alond the lines of the typical Agatha novel! I enjoyed the book and would recommend!


Reviewed by Christine Garnett - Brilliant.

It is an Agatha Christie - what else is there to say - brilliant as always. She will never be a boring read!!!!!!


Reviewed by Adria - What's not to love?

You can't go wrong with Agatha Christie. I read the book in one sitting and was kept guessing the whole time.


Reviewed by Susan - Agatha Christie at her best.

I have read almost all of Agatha Chritie's books and always enjoy them a lot. This one is no exception.


Reviewed by Lester N. Mayfield - We like her.

We do Love Her writings for a long time! Sure like my Kindle E-reader, it is great.Keep the mysteries coming.


Reviewed by Lee Bagby - Love Agatha Christie

Love all of her books. This one was one of her best. Miss Marple is a genius at human nature.


Reviewed by Kindle Customer - Always fabulous!

Agatha Christie never disappoints, excellent mystery, reading as fast as I can to reach the amswer! ❤ Treat yourself to this Miss Marple puzzler, I read it in one sitting! Next: And Then There Were None!


Reviewed by Leigh Keener - Love it!

I love Miss Marple stories, and I've enjoyed listening to the CDs in the car.


Reviewed by George Angus - It ain't rocket surgery

Agatha is the best at what she does and this book is a prime demonstration of that fact. I love the quaint style and vivid (but not boring) descriptions.

A first time Christie reader would do well with this one.


Reviewed by Faye - I love Miss Marple

I thought I had read all of Agatha Christie's work and am pleased to learn that I haven't. I am usually surprised at the solution to the crime as I was this time.


Reviewed by DON JAX - THE BEST PART IS THE MOVIE WAS ON TV LAST WEEK ...

THE BEST PART IS THE MOVIE WAS ON TV LAST WEEK AND I WATCHED IT AND IT ACTUALLY FOLLOWED THE BOOD TO THE LETTER.....


Reviewed by Carol Mohr - one of Christie's Best

Always a Miss Marple fan! She is a model for elderly shrewdness! Off to read another right now! Fast read!


Reviewed by Christopher - Five Stars

My daughter loves them, interesting and creative.


Reviewed by Guy Cornish - Five Stars

Love Poirot!!! and Miss Marple


Reviewed by Jennifer Jackson - Five Stars

Useful


Reviewed by Barnes Family - A good read for a rainy day...

There's a body in the library. That's one of the first things Mrs. Bantry hears when she wakes up from her happy dream.

When a young blond woman, strangled, appears at the Bantry mansion. Mrs. Bantry has no one to turn to, exert Miss Marple.

While police officers Colonel Melchett and Inspector Slack are off interrogating suspects, Miss Marple is asking questions, making connections, and finding clues. She apparently has a knack for murders, by making comparisons with the crime to other issues like it in her small village, St. Mary Mead. Apparently, the name of the victim was Ruby Keen, a dancer from a nearby hotel. As Miss Marple and the officers muddle the case, secrets are revealed, and hidden jealousy is found. The locals that have been interrogated have said that a they didn't really know her much, only that she came from a studio in London. At the hotel, they said she was close friends with a Mr. Jefferson, and invalid who hung around the hotel a lot. When they talked to him, he said he was planning on adopting her, and in his will was leaving her 50,000 pounds. (In U.K money.) They also talked to Jeffersons son and daughter-in-law. It turns out they both despised her, and, jokingly, admitted that they wanted to strangle her. But, as they put it, "would never do that to Jefferson, it would break him." As the mystery deepens, who is wrong, and who is right?

The main characters in this story were: Miss Marple, Colonel Melchett, Colonel Bantry, Inspector Slack, and Sir Henry Clithering. Miss Marple is a quiet old lady who has a knack for solving murders by comparing them to local issues in her town. Inspector Slack is a intellectual detective who works with Colonel Melchett. Colonel Bantry is the husband of Mrs. Bantry, who comes with Colonel Melchett. He is a stern officer who helps discover the murderer. I think that the marl of this story is that with hard work, dedication, and a little bit of help, you can dig down and find the answer to anything. I think that this was a really good book, the plot was amazing, it wasn't all over the place, it wasn't confusing, and it's a book to have around when your in the mood for a chilling mystery.


Reviewed by D. BlankenshipHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER - THIS ONE REMINDS ME OF WHY I LOVE AGATHA CHRISTIE DETECTION NOVELs...What a delight!

This review in on the hardback edition pictured here. (Black Dog & Leventral Publishers) It is a library find. I love the new editions by this publisher and am grateful that our library can afford them as I cannot.

Anyway....

Reading `The Body in the Library' again after the passing of many years was a good reminder as to why I am such an Agatha Christie fan and why I have read and reread her books over the years. First let me give a very brief description as to the plot...there are other very fine reviews here that go into that aspect quite well.

The body of a young and pretty girl is found in the library, on a hearth rug in the home of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry...two thoroughly respectable British subjects and leading citizens of their well ordered little world in a small village. Now one know who the girl is, where she came from, why she was killed (Strangled) and most importantly - what on earth she is doing in the Colonel's library! And thus we have our mystery. As chance would have it, this murder happens in the village inhabited by the inquisitive and extraordinarily observant Miss Jane Marple, an armature sleuth of the first order.

As the police search widens and more and more suspects are introduced to the story, a second body is discovered nearby in a burned out car. This body, it turns out, is one that belonged to a local village girl. They mystery deepens.

Now there are those that claim that detection mysteries written by Agatha Christie are "formula" books; they follow a strict formula. I strongly differ from that opinion and suspect that those that make that claim simply have not read many of Christie novels. Mrs. Christie uses as many different methods of presenting her story as there are books she has written. Yes, there is a murder in each and of course an investigation but that is about all the "formula" there is. Christie set the standards for mystery writing; standards which are still with us to this very day.

While I am a bigger fan of Hercule Poirot I am never the less fascinated with Miss Jane and her little world in which she functions so well. I love the wit and understated humor that Christie inserts into all of her writing but more so in the Marple books than those feature the little guy with all the gray cells.

There are plenty of very credible red herrings in this work and it leaves the reader guessing right up to the end where Jane Marple, using her vast knowledge of human nature, solves this almost unsolvable set of murders.

This is a quick and relaxing read and very entertaining. To slip into Christie's world for a few hours is a delightful little trip for the mind.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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Reviewed by Vicki - This book has all the things I used to love about her books

I haven’t read a Christie book in a long time, so I decided to pick one up. This book has all the things I used to love about her books.

The characters are all interesting. Some are a little (or a lot) quirky and they each have their own personality traits that make the book a great read. Some are loyal, intuitive, adventurous, discreet, observant, imaginative, and of course Miss Marple has a keen eye that picks up things others disregard. Not all the characters have good qualities though, some are dishonest, rude, quarrelsome, self centered and/or sneaky.Add all those up and you have a very interesting book that will keep you wanting to read to the end.

As for the murderer, I never did figure out who it was and was a little surprised when they were found out. I loved this book and now I want to read more from Agatha Christie!

The book is short at only 192 pages, but is such a good story that it left a big impression on me. It’s one of those books that will be in my mind for a long time. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone whether they are a mystery lover or not.


Reviewed by L. M. KeeferTOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE - Vintage Miss Marple

This mystery is a quintessential Miss Marple mystery. It takes place in Miss Marple's village, there is a Colonel, a house, a touch of the exotic in the form of the identity of the victim, servants and Miss Marple herself. You may find yourself reading the dialogue in English accents as it seems very English. If you want an introduction to Miss Marple, this may be a selection to consider.


Reviewed by Fozzetti - One of my favorite Christies

The Body In The Library is one of my favorite Christies', and I love all of them, tho I choke a bit at her blatant racism and anti-semitism, as well as contempt for the "Lower Orders" (servants, etc. who, BTW NEVER are even suspected as murderers, although I bet in Real Life a lot of rich jerks were DONE IN by the help) in her earlier books. Its startling but gives one an idea of how everyday people thought of "others" whether religion, race, economic class, or "personality type".

A lot of the fun of reading Christie is the feeling of plunging into another universe, perhaps one based on reality, but not really real. I enjoy re-reading them knowing who the murderer(s) are and seeing if I can spot the clues this time around.

I've noticed the Kindle books have not beed edited as most of the US published paperbacks I read (1075-current) have been. Hence the occasional startling racist comments, or the implication that one character loves money because he has a semitic nose, while the (non semitic) murder actually did the deed for- money! Not much anti feminism though,the female characters aren't too terribly stereotyped.

Body In The Library is at the top of my list, along with "The Pale Horse" and "Secret of Chimneys". I'd say "The Pale Horse" is her best, though.


Reviewed by Lana Michaels - Classic

Yet another wonderful whodoneit by a masterful writer. The plot twists kept me guessing, and Jane Marple had her work cut out for her. She solved the case, though, by adhering to the facts, by not trusting testimony from those who did not prove trustworthy. I also enjoyed the interactions between the strong (but insensitive) character of Mrs. Bantry and her sweet but clueless husband. Christie is also a masterful stylist: in her novels, not a single word is wasted. A delightful read.


Reviewed by Ellen Rappaport - Relax & Enjoy

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie.

This is a cozy mystery worth enjoying while relaxing on a do nothing week-end.

Characters are well detailed as is their involvement with one another. The mystery is who and why was a murdered victim left in Mr. & Mrs. Bantry's library. No sooner are the local police called in to the Bantry residence to investigate then Mrs. Bantry notifies her long time friend, Miss Marple, and requests her assistance in the matter.

As the investigation proceeds and the acquaintances of the identified victim are questioned then another body is discovered in a burnt car.


Reviewed by C. M Mills - The Body in the Library is a convoluted and mesmerizing murder mystery by the Queen of Crime at the height of her powers

The Body in the Library is an Agatha Christie murder mystery. The short novel was published in 1942. It is the second of the full length Miss Marple novels.
The plot involves the finding of the corpse of Ruby Keene a young dancer in a British resort.Ruby is found in the library of Gossington Hall the tony estate home of Colonel and Mrs. Dolly Bantry. The Bantrys are old, conservative and well respected in their neighborhood. How in the world cold a dead body show up in their home?
The possible murderers interviewed by the local constabulary and Miss Marple include:
Colonel and Mrs Bantry. Was the Colonel carrying on an affair with Ruby?
Basil Blake-A rich and amorous actor who is filming nearby and has rented a cottage in St. Mary's Meade.
Conway Jefferson-A wealthy invalid who who wanted to adopt Ruby Keene.
Mark Gaskell and Adelaide Jefferson: The spouses of Conway Jefferson's children who were killed in an accident several years before the action in the book occurs. Did they murder Ruby to inherit all the money in Conway Jefferson's will? Did they suppose that Conway had given Ruby the bulk of his extensive fortune?
Josephine Turner-A relative of Ruby's who has a forceful personality. She got Ruby the dancing job at the Majestic Hotel. She is a worldly and forceful woman.
Raymond Starr-a good looking fortune hunter who danced with Ruby Keene prior to her disappearance and murder.
Pamela Reeves-a star struck teenager who wants to break into the flickers. She is a member of the Girl Guides
George Bartlett He lends Pam Reeves his car on the night the Girl Guide goes missing. He does not report the vehicle's disappearance unto the police until the following morning.
Miss Marple's sharp eyes and sleuthing genius solve the case. This is one of Agatha's Christie's finest mysteries. Enjoy it and see if you can guess whodunit!


Reviewed by Misha - Review from "My Love Affair With Books"

The people of St. Mary Mead get hold of some juicy gossip when a body of an unknown young blonde woman is found in the library of the respectable Bantrys. As the suspicion falls on Colonel Bantry, Mrs. Bantry calls on Miss Marple to help solve this perplexing case. Investigations performed by Colonel Melchett and Inspector Slack of Radfordshire force lead them to the rich invalid, Conway Jefferson. With the inclusion of Conway Jefferson in the case, the investigation spans to The Majestic Hotel in the neighbouring county of Glenshire. But as the number of suspects grows, the police seem to have no headway in the case. Maybe the clever but practical mind of Miss Marple is what they need to solve this complex case.

When I read the title of `The Body In The Library', the first thing that popped up into my mind was the boardgame, Cluedo (Have your played it? It's quite fun actually). Maybe it was because of the clich├ęd setting of the murder in the library of the large house of the Bantrys. Reading the foreword of the author, I think Agatha Christie had the same thing in mind while writing this novel. The Body in the Library is Agatha Christie's take on the conventional setting of a murder mystery novel. But the `conventional' element of the novel does not prevent it from being ingenious.

The characters of the book were intriguing, especially Mr. Conway Jefferson. Unable to cope up with the death of his children in a plane crash, he keeps his daughter-in-law, Adelaide, and son-in-law, Mark, close to him. This obligation to remain continuously close to him does not only make Mark and Adelaide a little bitter towards him but also makes them feel trapped. Then there is the dead girl's cousin, Josie who rather than being sad at her cousin's death is actually angry at her for being dead. Even Mrs Bantry is an interesting character. Instead of being disturbed by the discovery of a dead body in her house, she decides to enjoy the situation. Another unusual thing about the book was the number of detectives working on the case. Surprisingly, the characters of the detectives were exact carbon copies of each other, so much so that I had often difficulty in distinguishing them. Maybe this was intentional as Agatha Christie wanted to show the readers that the all the detectives involved in this case, wholly depended upon the circumstantial and forensic evidence to solve the case. On the contrary, Miss Marple chooses to closely study the characters and habits of the suspects and the victim while trying to find the murderer.

Though I had heard a lot of praise about Agatha Christie before reading this book, but this is the first Agatha Christie I have ever tried. After reading The Body in the Library, I must say that Agatha Christie is truly the Queen of Mysteries. The suspense that she builds up by the end of the novel is almost unbearable. Your hand will continuously twitch to turn to the last chapter to know the murderer. So, now I am ready to gobble up the rest of the Agatha Christie mysteries. It's a good thing that my sister owns almost 50 of them!!


Reviewed by Damaskcat - Classic crime novel

The body of a young woman is found in Colonel Bantry's library. Mrs Bantry immediately sends for her friend Miss Jane Marple and the Colonel sends for the police. It seems the victim is working temporarily at the Majestic Hotel as a dancer and has inveigled her way into the affections of one of the guests to the extent that Mr Jefferson wants to legally adopt her.

This is of course means there are plenty of people who might have wanted Ruby dead including her fellow workers at the Majestic and Colonel Bantry's neighbours who are starting to mutter about there being `no smoke without fire'. Can Miss Marple discover the murderer even though the police are baffled before the Colonel is completely ostracized by his friends?

This is an intriguing mystery which will definitely keep the reader guessing right up until the end. Of course the solution is obvious when you look back on it but at the time it seems far from clear. This well written mystery shows Miss Marple at her best as she displays her inimitable knowledge of human nature.


Reviewed by S. Davidson - Great Miss Marple Mystery

A charming mystery that entangles several members of a small bucolic township in England when a body is found in the library of a manor. Miss Marple is invited by a friend to investigate the crime and she uses her well learned knowledge of human nature to solve the murder The clever, modest, unassuming Miss Marple uses her special knowledge to perceive answers to the murder mystery.


Reviewed by frumiousb - "a wildly improbable and highly sensational body"

In the author's foreword to The Body in the Library Christie writes: "I laid down for myself certain conditions. The library in question must be a highly orthodox and conventional library. The body, on the other hand, must be a wildly improbably and highly sensational body."

Christie kept to her conditions, and the results were very nice indeed. Whenever I read a Miss Marple book that I really like, I say that "this is my favorite Miss Marple". But I really think that The Body in the Library may well be my actual favorite Miss Marple. I have read that Christie herself thought that it was the best opening she ever wrote.

What makes it a favorite? The contrasts between a flashy dead girl and the house in which she clearly does not belong are a part of it. It allows for a very nice exploration of life in St. Mary Mead. The characters are also top notch. The Bantrys are warm and funny, but still have their own depth. Conway Jefferson, permanently in mourning, is one of the most interesting characters in the Christie body of work. Still very nice to read after all these years.


Reviewed by Nina Jon - Just how did that body get in the library?

Just how did that body get in the library?
I bought this book after watching the recent ITV adaptation of it, which left me suspicious as to whether the ITV denouement was as penned by Agatha. My suspicions proved correct.
I'm not sure why ITV felt the need to change the original ending. Agatha Christie's is better and far more credible.
I know she has her detractors, but I still think her plots are far cleverer than people give her credit for. With its twists and turns, its subplots, mazes and red herrings, The Body in the Library is up there with the best of Mrs Christie.

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Reviewed by Amazon Customer - The Body in the Library

Oh, ma'am, oh, ma'am, there's a body in the library!

Mary, the usually calm maid, is unfortunate enough to find the body of a dead girl in the middle of the Bantry's library. Nobody recognizes the murdered girl. She doesn't belong in the sleepy town of St. Mary Mead. Miss Jane Marple, the inquisitive investigator, whose forte is the ability to draw connections in human nature between suspects and villagers in St. Mary Mead, is brought into the case by her friend Dolly Bantry. The local police are also hot on the trail of the suspects. The body is identified as that of Ruby Keene, a young dancer at the Majestic Hotel. The list of suspects include: Basil Blake, an obnoxious young man; Mark Gaskell and Adelaide Jefferson, whose inheritance would be in jeopardy if Ruby Keene was adopted by Conway Jefferson, their father-in-law; Josephine Turner, Ruby's distant cousin; George Bartlett, a guest at the Majestic where Ruby worked; and Raymond Starr, a dancer at the Majestic.

Agatha Christie, the author of this book, takes us on an exciting adventure to unravel the mystery of Ruby Keene's murder. In her usual fashion, Agatha Christie keeps us in suspense until the very end. I've read several of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries, and I was not disappointed with this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.

Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are two of Agatha Christie's unforgettable characters. Miss Marple stories revolve in and around St. Mary Mead, a quaint little English town. Poirot on the other hand, travels all over Europe to solve mysteries.


Reviewed by Jeanne TassottoVINE VOICE - Miss Marple to the rescue

Dolly Bantry was slowly waking to the usual sounds of her well run household. Her peaceful, predictable life was thoroughly disrupted when her maid entered, bringing not the expected morning tea, but news of a body in the library! Not only a body, but a young woman! Platinum blonde no less! When her husband could supply no explanation for this occurance Dolly did the only sensible thing - she called her friend and neighbor, Jane Marple.
Miss Marple set about her inquiries and, aided by the police, began to sort out the mess. The trail led to the film industry and then to the nearby seaside resort of Danemouth where the wealthy guests and the staff of the Majestic Hotel become embroiled in the mystery. Ultimately Miss Marple solves the crime, bringing the culprits to justice and saving her friends from a life time of suspicion.
This 1941 work reflects small town English life and morals of the time. The reader needs to keep this mind and not try to see the story in a more contremporary light. It mattered very much at that time whether or not a couple was married or living in sin, teenage girls could be convinced that a talent scout could pick them out of a crowd and the suspicion of a middle-aged man's daliance with a young woman would lead to social exclusion for the whole family.
The plot is, as always in a Christie mystery, fairly laid out with all the clues available to the reader. While the reader may get a suspicion of a red herring and even narrow the field of suspects I doubt that any will arrive at all the answers before Miss Marple reveals all.


Reviewed by Sydney Crumley - classic Christie, beautifully interpreted by Stephanie Cole

This is a well-written story, with an interesting but not overwhelmingly intricate plot line, and it is really enhanced by Stephanie Cole's reading. Her voices for the characters are different enough so that you know who's speaking, but not at all overdone. It's quite amazing that she can believably personify so many characters of varying ages, genders, and classes.

As for the story, it is classic Christie. Even though it takes place in a very different world from the present one, you care about the characters and what they're going through. It's always fun to guess at the murderer as the story goes along, but Christie once again manages to come up with a surprising ending.

Excellent entertainment!


Reviewed by F. BehrensHALL OF FAME - Another good Christie reading from Audio Partners

Many readers and critics have commented that the opening of Agatha Christie's "The Body in the Library" is not merely lighthearted but really funny. A sleeping couple is informed by an hysterical maid that there is a body in the library, a fact first the wife's and then her spouse's sleepy brain refuses to accept. Since neither of them have a clue who she is, we know we are off on a typically atypical Christie jaunt.
The tongue-in-cheek feeling you will detect in the first chapters is utterly proven when a young lad includes Christie's own name in a list of mystery writers who sent him their autograph. Even the detective's inappropriate name, Inspector Slack, adds to the humor of this lovely little mystery.
I notice that while the David Suchet television versions of the Poirot mysteries stray from the details of their sources, the Joan Hickson Miss Marple ones are fairly faithful. Therefore if you can get your hand on the HBO recording of this episode, you would probably enjoy reading the book first and then watching the video.
Or perhaps better still, you can now hear the entire novel read on Audio Partner tapes or CDs by that stalwart British actress, Stephanie Cole, who is best known as the crusty Diana Trent in "Waiting For God." Her deep voice can capture those of the male and female characters quite nicely; and while she does not go in for any grand displays of voice characterization (a problem when Christie does not identify the speaker during long exchanges), she is never less than arresting and a good choice for this sort of reading.
The playing clocks in at 5 hours, 23 minutes.


Reviewed by Dan Blankenship - A Solid Murder-Mystery

A Solid Murder-Mystery

This Agatha Christie novel is a solid story with some very interesting characters. And best of all, it jumps right into the intrigue when Dolly Bantry, Mistress of Gossington Hall, is informed by her housemaid that a body has been found in the estate's library. From that point on, the cast of characters is introduced, and one-by-one they are added to the possible list of suspects - or at least people of interest.

Agatha Christie uses just the right touch of humor and suspense in this book. I consider it a classic that should be read by most school children. It is short enough to not intimidate the average reader, yet long enough to be a memorable read.

The motive and suspects are just vague enough to keep the reader guessing at "Who-dunnit?" the whole story. The only flaw in this book is that the reader is never really given enough information about one of the characters - Dinah Lee. Other than that, this is another must-read by Agatha Christie.


Reviewed by Deborah M - FANTASTIC Audio Book!

I first read Agatha Christie's The Body In the Library several years ago, and to be honest, I really didn't like it very much (a rarity for a Christie book, as I am a huge fan of hers). On a whim, I decided to check out the audio edition (read by Stephanie Cole) at the library. I *loved* it! Cole does an absolutely marvelous job with all the characters, giving each a different inflection and filling each word with the appropriate emotion and feeling. Her Miss Marple is gentle yet spunky, and you can almost see the twinkle in her eyes. I became so engrossed in this audio book that I found myself sitting in my car several times, not wanting to get out because I wanted to continue to listen! I really, really recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Kudos to Stephanie Cole for such a fantastic reading!


Reviewed by Randy - Spellbinding Book

Agatha Christie's the Body in the Library is truly a great mystery book. Of course, Agatha Christie does not need any additional praise from humble me to boost her reputation as an unparallelled author of mysteries. In this book, the corpse of a young woman is found in the library of Gossington Hall, the home of a well-to-do colonel and his wife. Miss Marple, in conjunction with the police, sets out to investigate. She comes upon many discoveries, and it can be seen that many parties benefit from the death of the woman in the library and/or have the opportunity to kill her. As the investigations progress, a possibly related incident occurs: a car burned to shrapnel in a neighboring region. Miss Marple, of course, with her impeccable investigative prowess and sharp eye for detail, solves the mystery methodically and impressively. The outcome is dazzling and this book is a great read for all mystery-lovers out there.


Reviewed by Shane - Miss Marple at her best!

This book is a great starter for Miss Marple-readers. Though many will disagree and say that MURDER OF THE VICARAGE is (considering it was published as the first Miss Marple-book), THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY introduces an interesting plot, multiple settings, and suspects with multiple motives. It introduces the usual blueprint that surrounds Miss Marple mysteries. There is a detective or inspector who goes around asking initial questions and such. There is a chief who gives updates on a daily basis. Usually, they all have something to do with(or know about)Miss Marple.

Miss Marple's great friend Mrs. Bantry and her husband Colonel Bantry wake up to a shocking sight: a blonde girl murdered brutally at Gossington Hall. The plot thickens, doesn't it always! Expect this book to give twists and turns at every corner and make you want to read every single one. This was in fact my first Miss Marple book, so I might be kind of bias. Buy this book with THE MIRROR CRACK'D {{sometimes referred to as THE MIRROR CRACK'D...FROM SIDE TO SIDE}} as Mrs. Bantry is introduced once again in this book and there's a new murder. Miss Marple is also involved in this one.


Reviewed by C. Schaub - Miss Jane Marple at her Best

Many Agatha Christie fans love Hercule Poirot and detest Miss Jane Marple. I love them both, and after many re-readings of the Christie canon, I think overall I prefer Miss Marple. "The Body in the Library" is one of the books that nudges me toward the Miss Marple camp.

The plot is one of Christie's best. Characters are above average. The pacing is excellent. The humor sparkles. This is definitely a "fair play" detective story. I don't want to spoil the plot by giving out any clues, but Miss Marple herself states that you shouldn't believe what people say. Even with Miss Marple's warning I let Miss Christie lead me down the garden path.

Agatha Christie is the best, and "The Body in the Library" is one of her best. Read and enjoy.


Reviewed by Carver Green - WILL SOMEONE LET THE WOMAN SPEAK?

What "improvements" have been made for the Black Dog & Leventhal edition? There are already major differences in punctuation, word choices, and scene breaks between the original Collins and Dodd Mead editions of this novel. There are further differences between the Dodd Mead editions republished by Random House/Avenel and the Dodd Mead editions republished by Simon & Shuster/Pocket. There are further additions still in the Signet, Bantam, and Berkley editions. For every publishing house putting out her works, there seem to be a new batch of editors altering Agatha Christie's words and the sound of her voice. What's the matter with these publishers? Whose voice do they think we want to hear when we sit down to a novel by Agatha Christie? And what will she sound like twenty years from now? It's frightening that her estate has failed to see the importance of guarding her words as she wrote them. Please tell me I'm not the only one here who senses that a crime has been committed.


Reviewed by Bonnie Cooper - Agatha never fails to entertain

This is a most enjoyable book, as are all Agatha Christie books. I believe I read them all when I was a teenager; I was enthralled! I am now (as is my husband) re-reading them and we remain delighted with them all!

I feel very comfortable recommending this book, and any Agatha Christie book, to the lover of mysteries!

Wonderful books, all!!!


Reviewed by Monica Wyant - Do you want your own Library?

This is my first Agatha Christie book. I have been informed by many people that I would love Agatha Christie's books. I admit that is true. I started The Body in the Library this morning. Every free moment I had I was reading the book.

How would you react to finding a body in your library? I don't know if I would be as calm as the woman in this book. Mrs. Bantry was thrilled with finding a body in her library. This was her chance to be a sleuth. That is what she was eager for.

The Body in the Library is a Miss Marple Mystery. Miss Marple is the sleuth in the village of St. Mary Mead. Mrs. Bantry calls Miss Marple up to the house when the body is found.

I enjoyed the book except for the parts that were written in French. Since I have never taken French some of the jokes were lost on me. Ms. Christie's writing style is one that is new to me. The book was a nice easy week end read.

5 stars since I didn't know until the very end who the murderer was..


Reviewed by Margaret Magnus - Miss Marple -- enlightenment British style

As a teenager, I devoured one Miss Marple mystery after the other, feeling all the time slmildly uneasy for wasting my time on such fluff. But as I grow older and read more and better, and as I'm less influenced by the opinion of the powers that be, Agatha Christie grows in my mind.

Miss Marple is one of the most popular literary figures of the 20th Century, and yet she does not have the literary status of Sherlock Holmes. She's not required reading in high school literature courses, and she should be.

Agatha Christie created an entire litererary genre, which is not the same as the genre created by Conan Doyle (whose unabridged Sherlock Holmes I'ver read with great pleasure cover to cover three times). I think it's fair to say that in some significant way, her mysteries are more similar to the novels of Jane Austen than to those of Conan Doyle. Austen and Christie are fundamentally all about the motivations in human psychology. Where Holmes looks at a person's fingernails and deduces she is a musician, Christie watches a couple quarrel, and deduces they are really married, though they pretend otherwise. For her, such evidence is as solid as a footprint, and based on it, conclusions can be drawn.

Nevertheless, she does revert to simple forensic evidence before convicting anyone. Her plots are always complicated, but Christie always provides a unique solution. If she did not, she would not be great. In th case of the Body in the Library, there is as usual all sorts of evidence floating around to confuse you and occupy your mind, but 3 pieces of evidence in the end identify the murderer uniquely.

An inattentive reader might finish the book concluding that had Christie modified the plot just a little, the outcome might have been different. Not so. Not any more than Dorothy could have stayed in Oz or Hamlet survived. Christie creates an entire self-consistent and carefully planned microcosm of motivations. However, in this case, the identities are veiled, the dynamo which drives the plot is the who-done-it. In this regard, her genre, of course, is in Doyle's tradition.

And I so much like Miss Marple as a literary figure -- the enlightened being, British style. She lives in British society with its commoners and gentry, but is somehow neither. She easily consorts and sympathizes with both. She seeks neither wealth nor fame. She is content, fearless. Her mind and emotions are steady without being cold. And she does not pass judgement on her fellow man, though she stands unflinching in the face of justice -- Nemesis, she is called in one novel. She always knows who did it at the precise moment when all the evidence is in. In this case, that happened when the little boy showed her the clipped nails. Inspector Slack dismisses him as irrelevant. Marple does not. To her all men are created equal. Yet each is unique and understood on his or her own terms. Best of all, Christie accomplishes this through a truly endearing personality -- one with a penchant for tea and herbaceous borders, and a tendency, like most of us, to slip a stitch, though most of hers are literal rather than metaphorical
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Reviewed by Patricia A. Carlin - I loved this and a few others of Ms

There's a reason Agatha Christie's mysteries were so popular and remain so. I always chuckle at how she describes her characters' thinking and behavior. When I need something light to read I often turn to Miss Marple. I loved this and a few others of Ms. Christie's creations


Reviewed by M. Heiss - Outstanding

Outstanding Miss Marple mystery.

Fun characters, satisfying resolution, unexpected victim in an unexpected place.


Reviewed by A customer - Great Miss Marple

A unknown blonde female body is found in the library of a wealthy colonel. As the cops are called so is the old detective, Miss Marple. again she catches the murderer i thought was innocent. I enjoy her so much, especially the way she trappes the killers in mental games to make them slip. In this book she does it and the murder doesn't know what is coming. I like her alot better then Mr.Hercule Poriot. that is my opinion. it is great to see a women solve a crime once in a while. This is a great book for just about any age, especially those interested in murder mysteries.


Reviewed by Cubby - Five Stars

Typical high quality Christie mystery, with humor and keen observations.


Reviewed by Jeffrey R. Bednar - Outstanding Who-Dunit!

Ms. Agatha and Miss Marple stumped me again. Disregard the negative reviews written previously, this is vintage Christie when she was at a peak. Miss Marple and her ability to spot when people are lying, once again save the police from making the obvious error. Basically she doesn't believe anyone and begins to weed the facts thus. And I DO NOT OVER EMPHASIZE that the many suspects tell many lies in attempt to cover up anything that may humilate them. Fascinating study of human character.


Reviewed by ron johnson - I LOVE A MYSTERY!

I'm a Christie addict. I've seen the Suchet video many times. I I hadn't read the book for some years, but after reading again I'm very glad I did.


Reviewed by Alessa Elizabeth - Random Read

I picked this up, half-way kidding to show my mom (who is going to be a librarian) when I was looking for a book for my sophomore English class. I decided to check it out with about 10 other books and I eventually chose it to read. I ended up really enjoying it. Her plot is so interwoven and threw me off the trail of the murderer many times. The characters felt real to me and I am looking forward to reading another one of her novels.


A Kid's Reviewon December 6, 2005 - Dive Into Her World

Body in the Library is just another book from Agatha Christie and, as the others, it is amazing.

The body of a young blond woman is found in Ms Bantry's library. That's when Miss Maple comes to action in order to solve the mistery.

Agatha has the gift to transport her readers to a misterious atmosphere, in a way that few authors do. You will feel just as if you were inside the book. You will devour it instead of reading it, without stopping.

Her characters are truly fascinating for the way they can be close to reality and are usually alegoric. The end is, as usual, extremely surprising. It's worth reading every page of it.


Reviewed by Kindle Customer - Any Miss Marple is great….

Love all the Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and Poirrot stories. They are also well acted on PBS.Think I have read almost all.


Reviewed by B. Middleton - Five Stars

I love Miss Marple!


Reviewed by Sheila Gallagher - Forgot how good she is

It has been awhile since I have read a Miss Marple mystery. I enjoyed this one very much. I forget how humorous Agatha Christie is as she portrays a village's people and their gossip. Very tongue-in-cheek. I like the lightness of her prose. This is a fun read.


Reviewed by Bookworm - Agatha Christie is the master

This book had so many red herrings, I couldn't believe it. Agatha Christie proves once again why she's the Queen of Mystery. This one kept me gussing right up until the end. Clever, well-written mystery, multiple suspects, multiple motives...what more can you ask for?


Reviewed by Amazon Customer - Suspenseful,Amazing

It was amazing that how a body is found in a library and then how Miss Marple twists you and then when you think you know who did it you're wrong. You start to think that the characters are real and by the way Agatha Christie weaves the plot to make it different. Great suspenseful book!


Reviewed by Laurrie Iceman - The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie

I've read most of Agatha Christie's books and I haven't been disappointed with any of them! She is a great author.


Reviewed by joan fawler - Entertaining addition to this fun series!

I have been following this series with a lot of excitment. I love this writer and have enjoyed all of her books. I know you will too. If you haven't tried one of her great mysteries you should. You have no idea what an entertaining time you are missing.


Reviewed by SarahStarFlower - Surprisingly, my favorite.

One of my favorite Agatha Christie books! It's kind of slowpaced, but nonetheless, had my head spinning in circles, just like any other of Dame Agatha Christie's books. I enjoy this kind of book, less action filled and more... realistic.


Reviewed by Sarah Sammis - Typically entertaining Miss Marple

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.


Reviewed by A customer - This is one of Agatha Christie's finest stories.

This story has lots of characters and plot twists. Readers will find Miss Marple and her investigation of the crimes to be highly involving. A classic story that will be enjoyed by every Agatha Christie fan.


Reviewed by Johanna Gremillion - mysterybuff

This is Agatha Christie at her best. It was a great read. I couldn't put it down. I wish I had read the book before I saw it on T.V.'s Mystery! Her original ending was better.


Reviewed by Clare Gunning - A classic

wonderful as all the Agatha Christie books are


Reviewed by A customer - Great!!!

Don't listen to those people who said this was boring...it wasgreat!!!! I never suspected the ending, even though I know thatChristie always has the most unlikely person as the murderer. Read it!


Reviewed by Alex - A must read for anyone who loves mysteries

This was the very first Dame Agatha Christie book that I ever read. Although it is not one of the very best, it is still great, and deserves five stars. Being the first Christie book I ever read, it gave me my first impression of Christie's writing style-a great one. You really had to pay attention to every detail to solve this mystery along with Miss Marple-my favorite amateur sleuth. THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY is a great book and I recommend it to any Christie fan.


Reviewed by Mary - Grows on you--love Mrs. Bantry; a great character

Great stuff. Dolly just grows on you....


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