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The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries) Paperback – April 12, 2011
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“Genuine old-crusted Christie.” (Time magazine)
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“One of the most ingeniously contrived of all her murder stories.” (Birmingham Post)
From the Back Cover
It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to findthe body of a young woman in their library.She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup,which is now smeared across her cheeks. But whois she? How did she get there? And what is theconnection with another dead girl, whose charredremains are later discovered in an abandonedquarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marpleto solve the mystery . . . before tongues start to wag.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The novels featuring Miss Marple are:
1. The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple Mysteries)
2. The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Mysteries)
3. The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a classic book from Agatha Christie. I would recommend it to anybody who likes Mysteries and suspense. She really knew how to keep the reader interested.Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
I wasn't a super fan of the first entry, but how could everyone be wrong about Miss Marple so I gave it another shot. This time I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ARG
Typical high quality Christie mystery, with humor and keen observations.Published 3 months ago by Cubby
Outstanding Miss Marple mystery.
Fun characters, satisfying resolution, unexpected victim in an unexpected place.
Ms. Christie had an great understanding of human nature. "Who did it" was a surprise.Published 5 months ago by Patty A
Very entertaining, but not one of Ms. Christie's best. The ending is a bit abrupt.Published 5 months ago by Benarroe