The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library Colonel Bantry Has Found The Strangled Body Of An Exotic Blonde Bombshell Lying On His Library Hearth And The Neighbors Are Beginning To Talk When Miss Marple Takes An Interest, Though, Things Begin To Move Along Nicely, And Its All Far Convoluted And Sordid Than The Genteel Bantrys Could Have ImaginedA Curmudgeonly Financier, His Self Absorbed Adult Children, A Couple Of Pragmatic And Clever Hotel Workers, Tons Of Money And Influence, A Wild Local Lad, Some Smitten Girls, The Film Business, Mix Into A Classic Christie Plot Filled With Twists, Turns, And Double Backs Galore Plus The Glorious Settings Of A Great House, A Fancy Hotel, And An Excessively Genteel Little Village, And Let S Not Forget Miss Marple

Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name

[Epub] ❧ The Body in the Library By Agatha Christie –
  • Hardcover
  • 191 pages
  • The Body in the Library
  • Agatha Christie
  • English
  • 13 July 2019
  • 9781579126261

10 thoughts on “The Body in the Library

  1. says:

    It had been a while since I read an Agatha Christie novel I combed through the list of her work and thought to myself I m not actually sure if I ever read this one And it turned out, I hadn t Now I want to watch a TV version to see how they interpret it.Great story So much has been re done from this early on work It s a must read for Christie fans and truly any mystery buff When you are rich, and you have people who take care of things and it s nearly 100 years ago what does one do when a body shows up in the library and you re not sure who it is How confusing But even so when there s another girl who is missing and they look alike Which is which And you know someone s lying But you can t quite tell Marple can tho I think this is one of the better Marple mysteries it s less about Marple and about the story And how the body got there Nothing is as it seems, but that s where Christie shows her strength The writing leads you to one conclusion based on how the facts are shown But it s not trickery The info is there, you just have to weed thru it The only issue here I m just sorry I waited so long to read this one About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators.

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    Last year the reading the detectives group read through Agatha Christie s Miss Marple mysteries as a yearly challenge Having joined the group late, I did not have a chance to read all of the Queen of Crime s cases featuring her famous spinster sleuth As I participated in the challenge when I could, I came to appreciate Miss Marple as an everyday detective who is a champion for the average person Using her quality of reading human nature to solve cases, Miss Marple became a favorite crime fighter of mine as the year drew on When this year s classic bingo board in the group catching up on classics featured a classic mystery square, I used this as an opportunity to once again catch up with the Queen of Crime and the village of St Mary Mead s resident detective Dolly Bantry is woken by what she thinks is a bad dream but is really one of her maids alerting her and her husband Arthur to the presence of a dead body in their library Immediately, the older couple notifies the local police, who are just as baffled by the young woman as the Bantrys are In a village as small as St Mary Mead, gossip spreads like wildfire, and Dolly fears that people would start to believe that her husband murdered the woman himself Immediately, she calls her close friend who happens to have a penchant for solving murders, Miss Jane Marple Not giving a choice in the matter, Miss Marple is dispatched to Gossington Hall to assist the Bantrys in solving this heinous crime.The cast of possible suspects expands at once to include local film star Basil Blake as well as the younger set of people vacationing at the nearby Majestic Hotel The police discover that the body is that of Majestic dancer Ruby Keene yet are addle brained as to suspect and motive Dolly Bantry and Miss Marple head to the Majestic in order to solve this mystery before the entire village suspects Arthur of wrongdoing As with previous cases that I have read, Miss Marple has put her facts together and pieces together the crime while the police are still shaking their heads She finds out that Conway Jefferson, a close friend of the Bantrys, is spending the season at the Majestic, alone with his son in law, daughter in law, and her son Jefferson is shaken by the death of Ruby Keene, who he had recently decided to adopt as a daughter, and phones his friend retired Inspector Henry Clithering to help solve this case Clithering has always had respect for Miss Marple, and the two join forces to work out the mystery, especially as they see the police stuck for ideas.As in many Christie mysteries, murders happen in threes Halfway through the book, another young woman is found murdered in a burning car At once, Miss Marple knows the identity of the murderer but has to verify the cause and alibi with the guests at the hotel as well as some residents in her village before the third murder occurs Miss Marple is indeed a shrewd judge of human nature whereas she notes that the police believe everything they hear at face value As a result, she is the detective who is left explaining the entire case to the police force time after time With all of Marple s cases, Christie has developed an older woman who is overlooked as a spinster and close to the scrap pile yet is still sound in mind and other body faculties Time and time again Miss Marple has proven to the police and readers alike that age is just a number and should not be used to inhibit living one s life to the fullest.I often read mysteries in between denser reads or when I feel that I might be going into a reading rut as a means of cleansing my mind in anticipation of involved books ahead With the enduring reputation as the Queen of Crime, Dame Christie s mysteries remain enjoyable to me as I often have to read an entire book to discover whodunit Even after completing this bingo square, I have a feeling that I will be reading through cases featuring both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot throughout the year, most likely alternating between the two each month These quick whodunits sharpen my deductive reasoning skills and put me in a better frame of mind to accomplish reading a wide variety of books that I have on tap Palette cleansed.3.75 stars

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    I confess to absolutely loving Dame Agatha Christie s books I find the coziness of them very soothing Miss Marple s character becomes rounded as we see her interact with her friends Even though there were 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.In the author s foreword 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 excellent Her writing is timeless She keeps you guessing right up to the very end The characters are well developed and detailed The Bantrys are warm and funny, but still have their own depth Conway Jefferson who seemed to be permanently in mourning, is one of the most interesting characters It was humorous when the author portrays the village s people and their gossip Very tongue in cheek PThe best thing about Agatha Christie is that she writes with typical British wit and humour, and also wry observations appearing here and there The skill of observation and drawing similarities between unrelated events of Miss Marple are unparalleled One of the most intricate of plots The Body In The Library is certainly a splendid read for cozy mystery fans

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    The Body in the Library Miss Marple 3 , Original Publication Year 1942Characters Miss Jane Marple, Inspector Slack, Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry, and Abstract Bleached blonde girl clad in not new spangled evening gown is found strangled in the library of old Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry, best friends to Miss Jane Marple The village spinster, expert in human nature and motivations for murder, notes closely clipped nails, commonly bitten at that age, unlike talons usual to Josie s job of professional Hotel dancer 2011 1371 224 1388 220 12 19 9789643635817 1389 334 9789649915364 1371 1388 1389

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    There s a small note to the reader at the very beginning of this novel in which Agatha Christie basically writes, the trope of the body in the library is very common throughout detective fiction so I wrote this novel to fuck shit up Good old Agatha This is a Miss Marple story well I think it is, because our beloved Miss Jane Marple is in fact missing from quite a lot of this novel Thankfully the crime is exciting enough for us to overlook that minor setback It s a classic Christie, foolproof and sturdy plot with a cast of both memorable and useless characters However there are scenes in this that I did find rather graphic for your typical Christie novel I won t spoil it but there is a scene set in a quarry and it is quite out there for Agatha Overall, I enjoyed this, like I do with most of Christie s books She really can t do any wrong

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    Someone here on Goodreads has a shelf called cozy mysteries and I think this is a perfect description of Agatha Christie s Miss Marple series.You can t get much cozier than a tea drinking elderly spinster in a tiny English village The Body in the Library is a clever little book Miss Marple is called in to investigate when her friend finds a dead body in the library What I enjoy about Christie is she doesn t take her mysteries too seriously There s lots of room for humorous little bits I loved the way she describes the relationship between Mrs Bantry and her husband, Colonel Bantry.They are pure upperclass silliness personified There s a brief little chapter when the news of the murder runs through St Mary Mead, gaining momentum and inventiveness with every repetition And when young Peter approaches the detective saying he s collected some famous autographs including Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie, I couldn t help smiling.Plus, I really want this library The library was a room very typical of its owners It was large and shabby and untidy It had big, sagging armchairs, and pipes and books and estate papers laid out on the big table There were one or two good old family portraits on the walls, and some bad Victorian water colors, and some would be funny hunting scenes There was a big vase of flowers in the corner The whole room was dim and mellow and casual It spoke of long occupation and familiar use and of links with tradition.

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    Rating 4 solid stars of fiveThe novel, surprisingly, holds up well to a 21st century re read I was so pleased not to find anything shouting at me, oh dear gawd please don t say that Slut shaming, a huge component of the novel, isn t something unique to the times it is set in It was a pleasure not having anything other than that and class snobbery to overlook But goodness me, what a lot of it there was The film people were ever so louche, my dear, just Not Our Sort, soAmerican, you know The dead girl A Platinum Blonde, one ofThose Girls chicken s ass face and doubtless not one smidgen better than she should be Later it is revealed she was a virgin, you old cow But what divine fun An actual fictional Body In The Library Cliche central, send up a cheap one Then Dame Agatha does her magic, the sort that turns things inside out, and it s the library that s the red herring, the body that s the clue, and the mystery itself isn t about ANY of those things.Divine fun.In 1983, ITV s Miss Marple turned the book into a good, faithful adaptation starring Joan Hickson headache face It was a bit grave dusty for me, as were the other Hickson Marple outings I simply don t get the lady s appeal in the role In 2004, Agatha Christie s Marple did it over and made significant character changes to the evergreen plot I won t spoiler them for you because I think you should watch it The changes are fun, I ll say that What a lark, and pace you Hicksonians, I think Geraldine McEwan makes a damned good Marple But the biggest and best casting delight is the ever joyous to watch Joanna Lumley as Dolly Bantry Delicious.

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    What a pleasure it was to reread this book The first time I read a Miss Marple mystery story,l I was in my early teens and did not appreciate just how smart the woman is She s very observant, and remembers little things about people, and draws parallels between different people to figure out who could have done it the murder, that is And I don t remember Agatha Christie being quite so funny the first time I read this I found myself laughing out loud at the dialogue between Mrs and Mr Bantry at the beginning of the book There are also little descriptions as the story progresses that are amusing.Though I figured out who one of the murderers was and suspected the other, I had fun reading as the story unfolded and Miss Marple did her thing, quietly watching everyone involved, and figuring out who was responsible.

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    When a peroxide blonde is found dead in the library at Gossington Hall, Colonel and Mrs Bantry are perplexed However, Mrs Bantry is determined that the crime should be solved, aware that suspicion will fall on her husband no smoke without fire and wisely calls in Miss Marple When the body is identified as Ruby Keene, a dance hostess at the Hotel Majestic in Danemouth, Dolly Bantry and Miss Marple head off for a short break to do a spot of sleuthing.This is a classic Christie novel and the second, full length, Miss Marple mystery, after The Murder at the Vicarage It sees Miss Marple in fine form, making her usual comparisons between the various suspects and locals she has known there is, she says shrewdly, so much evil in a village As always, Christie utilises the setting expertly, with the hotel housing a great array of suspects, including a rich invalid, professional dancers and tennis coaches There is also local Basil Blake, who works in the film industry and causes a great deal of gossip in St Mary Mead Miss Marple manages to solve the crime and put all to rights with her shrewd judgement and common sense great fun.

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