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The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Mysteries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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Book Description

Agatha Christie's genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart—or the dark passions that can stop it—better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.

The Body in the Library

The body of a beautiful blonde is found in the library of Gossington Hall. What the young woman was doing in the quiet village of St. Mary Mead is precisely what Jane Marple means to find out. Amid rumors of scandal, Miss Marple baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

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    “Agatha Christie has made it awfully hard for the rest of us, because whenever we think of a clever twist—she’s already done it.” (Elizabeth Peters, New York Times bestselling author of the Amelia Peabody novels)

    “Genuine old-crusted Christie.” (Time magazine)

    “Professional detectives are no match for elderly spinsters… it is hard not to be impressed.” (Times Literary Supplement (London))

    “One of the most ingeniously contrived of all her murder stories.” (Birmingham Post)


    "The best opening I ever wrote." Agatha Christie "Genuine old-crusted Christie." Time "Professional detectives are no match for elderly spinsters! it is hard not to be impressed." Times Literary Supplement "one of the most ingeniously contrived of all her murder stories." Birmingham Post

    Product Details

    • File Size: 841 KB
    • Print Length: 224 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062073613
    • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 16, 2003)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000FC10WU
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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Mystery January 3, 2007
    The well-ordered world of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry is turned on its ear one morning when the body of a young woman is found in their library. Neither the Bantrys nor their staff knew the young woman, Ruby Keene, a dance hostess at the nearby Majestic Hotel. Fearing what the whispers in the village will do to her husband's reputation, Dolly Bantry calls her friend and sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. She and Miss Marple check in to the Majestic Hotel and begin investigating. They meet Conway Jefferson, an old man who had been planning to adopt the victim, and his young in-laws, all survivors of an accident that killed Jefferson's children. Ruby's cousin Josie also works at the hotel, having gotten Ruby the job when she hurt her ankle. Additional suspects are the too-handsome dance instructor, a poorly-spoken young guest of the hotel, and a neighbor of the Bantrys who throws too many film industry parties his neighbors do not approve of. In the end, Miss Marple has the whole thing figured out well in advance of the police, who fall for an obvious red herring before she straightens them out.

    Christie writes with typical British wit and humor, wry observations appearing here and there, such as a reference to a woman who regularly ministered to the poor, no matter how hard they tried to avoid her. Miss Marple's character is smarter than everyone else, but not in the least arrogant about it, finding effusive praise somewhat trying and deflecting any boastful claims about her abilities.

    An enjoyable read, I recommend this book for a quiet afternoon or evening when it can suck you right into polite English country society and amuse with its light sense of humor. It's easy to see why Christie's books have such timeless appeal.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "a wildly improbable and highly sensational body" June 5, 2007
    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.
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    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of Agatha Christie's finest stories. November 19, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I like Jane Marple August 3, 2001
    By Gray
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I don't know why anyone would buy a book by Agatha Christie expecting sex and violence. Her style was to create the atmosphere of an English village before 1935 and to create a puzzle involving the death of someone in the village. Her detectives don't beat anyone up or make love to the suspects. Her detective is given the same clues that the reader sees, and in the last chapter, the detective weaves the relevant clues into the solution. In The Body in the Library, the detective is Jane Marple, an elderly spinster who uses a sharp mind so solve the puzzle. I like the early Jane Marple mysteries; The Body in the Library is fairly typical. You might find this book more enjoyable if you first read The Murder at the Vicarage.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple is always a good 'un! August 27, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I confess to absolutely loving Dame Agatha's Miss Marple books; I suppose I find the coziness of them soothing, or something. I especially enjoy this one because of the presence of Col. & Mrs. Bantry. Miss Marple's character becomes more rounded as we see her interact with her friends. I agree with those readers who noted less "action" in this book, but I don't think that dooms it to being a bad book--it's just a change of pace, which is often refreshing.
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    25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!! September 25, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Don't listen to those people who said this was wasgreat!!!! I never suspected the ending, even though I know thatChristie always has the most unlikely person as the murderer. Read it!
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This was the Winner October 10, 2001
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The Body In The Library was a very appealing novel. It caught my attention and kept my interests. The author, Agatha Christie did a wonderful job of portraying the character Miss Marple. She did a great job of keeping the curiousity of the reader. I am not a big reader and this novel captured my attention right away. The body of the beautiful blonde found in the library was a great way to introduce mystery. The fact that no one knew who she was or how she got there was personally intriguing. Marple's techniques in finding the killer were smartand sharply thought out. She reminds me of Matlock because she tricks the accused into leading her to the truth. I think this novel is a great mystery for all students to read. I recommend it to all who enjoy thriller novels.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
    An enjoyable read, though not her best. The first half is a little slow paced, but it picks up. Worth the read.
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    Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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