Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Body in the Library” as Want to Read:
The Body in the Library
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  36,891 Ratings  ·  1,474 Reviews
Miss Marple endeavors to solve the murder of a misplaced dance hostess
Audio CD, 0 pages
Published May 7th 2003 by AudioGO (first published February 1942)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Body in the Library, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Barry Pierce
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, f ...more
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 ...more
Fatima kiyan
قبلا فکر میکردم رمان های پلیسی اونقدرها هم برام جذاب نیستن و نمیخوندمشون ولی با خوندن این کتاب نظرم به کلی عوض شد , از اون کتاب هایی بود که نمیگذاره کتاب روی زمین بمونه و دوست داری تا آخرش رو با دقت بخونی ببینی واقعا قاتل کی بوده و انگیزه اش چی بوده؟!
Jun 21, 2016 Desislava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mystery
The Body in the Library is about a body of a beautiful blonde girl had been found in the library of the Colonel and Mrs. Bantry. They have never seen the girl in their life and have no clue how did she got into Gossington Hall. The fact that no one knew who she was or how she got there is very intriguing and you know you're in for a good mystery.

Mrs. Bantry wanted to solve this case by herself, so she calls in her good friend Miss Marple to search out the truth before the neighborhood decides he
Mansuriah Hassan
Jul 18, 2016 Mansuriah Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess to absolutely loving Dame Agatha Christie's books. I find the coziness of them very soothing. Miss Marple's character becomes more 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 l
This was my first foray into the Miss Marple series of Agatha Christie mysteries, and I have to admit first and foremost that this story has one of the best setups I've ever read in a detective novel: one morning Colonel and Mrs Bantry, the owners of a big English country house, are woken by their staff and informed that a dead body is in their library. It's a young blond woman in a cocktail dress, strangled to death and sprawled on the library rug. No one recognizes her, or has any idea how she ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors when I want to read something light, entertaining and always well written. This book did not let me down. Miss Marple was at her very best, guessing who the murderer was quite early in the piece but of course not letting the reader know who it might be. As usual I had no idea but just kept happily reading, letting her do all the detective work and enjoying how smart she is.
Jun 18, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Agatha Christie novel. It's kind of a random one to start with. It's not Murder on the Orient Express or And Then There Were None or any of her other famous works. I chose it purely because I liked the cover. But you know what? I think it was a perfect choice.

Miss Marple is absolutely delightful. No ego, just a keen insight into the human psyche. She's also far more clever than me; I didn't spot the killer until it was too late.

It's almost a quintessential British village life/
Araz Goran
مغامرة جديدة في عوالم شيقة وممتعة ومليئة بالإثارة والمفاجآت .. المغامرة والرواية الثانية لي مع العجوز الثرثارة مس " ماربل " .. رواية عبقرية تضاف الى روائع أجاثا بالإضافة إلى أنني توصلت الى القاتل وهو أنجاز يحسب لي :) .. وهو ماجعلها تستحق الـ 5 نجمات..
I love listening to Agatha Christie books when it's cold outside. It's so cozy and comforting and British. This one didn't disappoint, although it's not my favorite of hers so far.

The dead body found in the library conceit was old even back in 1941 when The Body in the Library was first published. Good old Agatha got ahold of it and decided to make it her own. There is indeed a body found in a library at the start of this book, but in quite different circumstances than you'd expect. The Bantry's
Noha Basiouny
Jan 17, 2012 Noha Basiouny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كالعادة تقف الترجمة حائلا ثلجيا بين الإثارة والتشويق المميزان لقصص أجاثا كريستي.
لم تكن بهذا السوء بالطبع ولكنها إشارة إلي أفضلية قراءة الروايات الأجنبية بلغتها الأصلية.
ما علينا ... القصة لجريمة قتل تتعقد خيوطها منذ اكتشافها وما أن تلبث الأحداث بالانسياب حتي تكتشف جريمة أخري يتبين ارتباطها بخيط أرفع من الشعرة بالجريمة الأولي.
الآنسة ماربل عجوز عانس تتميز بذكائها وقوة ملاحظتها وكثيرا ما تساعد الشرطة في فك طلاسم القضايا المعقدة وهي بالطبع الشخص الذي سيتسني له حل لغز هذه الجريمة. الكاتبة أكثرت من ال
Jun 01, 2016 Kati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In der Bibliothek von Colonel Arthur Bantry, wird die Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden. Das erdrosselte Mädchen liegt im Abendkleid, äußerst dekorativ drapiert, vor dem Kamin der Bantrys und diese sind komplett entsetzt: „Wie konnte die Leiche denn bloß in ihr Haus gelangen?“ Arthur kann seiner Gattin Dorothy glaubhaft versichern, dass er die attraktive Frau noch nie gesehen hat, doch die Nachbarn im kleinen Örtchen St. Mary Mead beginnen bereits zu tuscheln. Hatte der Colonel, dieser alte Lüst ...more
Jennifer Girardin
The Body in the Library is classic Agatha Christie.

The story is smooth and flows well, and the characters are lively and engaging.

I particularly enjoyed the character of Dolly Bantry, who is funny and adds a touch of flair to the story.
Jun 23, 2016 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Specialized knowledge is her claim.

"Downstairs in the lounge, by the third pillar from the left, there sits an old lady with a sweet, placid, spinsterish face and a mind that has plumbed the depths of human iniquity and taken it as all in the day's work. Her name's Miss Marple. She comes from the village of St. Mary Mead, which is a mile and a half from Gossington; she's a friend of the Bantrys and, where crime is concerned, she's the goods, Conway."

Talk about character development!

Miss Marpl
Heena Rathore P.
Oct 14, 2014 Heena Rathore P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
After reading 4:50 from Paddington, I was expecting much more from this one, but unfortunately it's not as good as other Christie's books. It was a quick read and I guess that was the only good thing about it. As I'm planning to read all the books in Miss Marple series, I really hope that the rest of the books are better than this one.

Personally I won't recommend it to anyone. This book is definitely not for me!

You can read this review at The Reading Bud
oh isn't Miss Marple delightful with her cast of suspects. I enjoyed this one!
Ace ⚓
Miss Marple does it again, so clever, but it does make me feel quite dumb! I enjoyed this book right up until the end when I was totally surprised by facts that were not mentioned earlier on, but there were definitely a lot of clues along the way which I ignored LOL. That will teach me!
منى سلامة
Dec 14, 2015 منى سلامة rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
القراءة الثانية في روايات أجاثا كريستي
عمل شيق
Dec 02, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
للأسف مضطرة أخرج عن النقد الأدبي ، رأيي في القصة العبقرية دي اللي كنت عارفه تفاصيلها كاملة قبل أن اقرأها
و أتكلم عن فيلم " القناص " 1984 تأليف و إخراج يس إسماعيل يس ، بطولة سمير و غانم و شهير .. قصة الفيلم باختصار ..
شرويت راقصة تعمل في فندق مع ابنه عمها نجوي ، نجوي متزوجة سرًا من علوي أرمل ابنه أحد رواد الفندق الذي يحب شرويت و يعتبرها كأنها ابنته الراحلة ، ترث شرويت مبلغ ثلاثين ألف جنيها من أمها الراحلة كما يوصي لها الراجل ثلاثين ألف جنيها ، فتقرر نجوي التي تحب المال قتل شرويت و يشترك معها زوجها
*Maxine's Review*

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 Th
Sophie Hannah
Mar 07, 2015 Sophie Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Agatha's finest. The writing is clear, elegant and sparkling; the plot is fantastic: unguessable but perfectly simple once everything is explained. Miss Marple is in it from the start too, so we get to see more of her and hear more of her words of wisdom, which is always a good thing!
bibliophile (Romance Addict)
Going to hold reading this for a while. It's not my cup of tea at the moment.
 photo tumblr_mv8v4hHRAi1s6rdz2o1_r1_500.gif
Aug 11, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Embarrassed to say I've never read an Agatha Christie novel. But since there are 80 of them and everyone I've spoken to says one is pretty much the same as the next, why not start here?

I didn't guess who the murder was. I was a little said there wasn't more Ms. Marple because the novel coasted brilliantly when she was onscreen. But mostly I was impressed as hell and how much ground AG covers in just 160 pages. A dozen main characters, a setting real enough to touch, a detective I'd follow into h
May 15, 2016 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A really enjoyable mystery with all the elements I love - interesting characters, witty dialogues and a very clever plot!
Feb 25, 2016 SiMo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il giallo perfetto e il più bel romanzo della Christie letto finora. Naturalmente non ho capito la modalità del delitto (o meglio, dei delitti) finchè Miss Marple non l'ha spiegata, nè chi tra i vari personaggi fosse davvero coinvolto: ho sospettato di tutti.
Aug 26, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I had no idea who the killer was in The Body in the Library. The reveal was a complete surprise, but made sense when thinking back. Still, I never would have considered the possibility of the mystery ending this way.

Miss Marple truly shines in The Body in the Library. I loved the village life comparisons she used to point out possible reasons why a suspect may be behaving as they were. And of course, she outwits everyone in the end. Luckily the police know to take this little old lady seriously.
Mar 01, 2016 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is my third read from Miss Marple series. It's quite hard to write a long review of Agatha Christie's books because I feel like I'll just repeat myself for saying how beautiful her works are. The characters are fascinating, the plot twists are brilliant and the writing style is incredibly amazing. I adore Miss Marples' unique way of "investigating" and for being exceptionally clever. As usual, I didn't guess who the real suspect is. I told myself to stop guessing but I can't help it. I also ...more
This might be my favorite Miss Marple book. I love how cynical she is in this book, and I really enjoyed the play on a familiar plot used in many history books. Dead body in the house (honestly could be any room) yet they don't know who the dead person is. For the past week I've been terribly busy -- from school to work to homework I've barely had free time to really relax and wind down -- so this was read, for the most part, at my job when I had downtime and at school between classes when I did ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Jose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como sempre, é uma leitura viciante e que surpreende no final! Nem sequer me passou pela cabeça essa explicação do crime...
No entanto, Miss Marple ainda não me cativou... Continuo a preferir Poirot :P
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Agatha Christie L...: December 2013 - The Body in the Library 45 143 May 06, 2016 04:16PM  
The Agatha Christ...: April 2014: The Body in the Library 12 38 May 01, 2015 06:06PM  
2016 Reading Chal...: A Body in the Library by Agatha Christie 1 20 Feb 27, 2015 07:51PM  
Klub Buku Sel-Sel...: Januari 2015 - Mayat Dalam Perpustakaan 5 21 Feb 06, 2015 05:15PM  
Literary Adventure : The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie 2 8 Jun 23, 2014 10:26AM  
Adding to Bookshelves 12 40 Jun 17, 2014 01:17PM  
Mystery 21 123 Dec 10, 2013 03:46PM  
  • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Lord Peter Wimsey, #5)
  • Enter a Murderer (Roderick Alleyn, #2)
  • No Wind of Blame (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #1)
  • Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, #3)
  • The Franchise Affair (Inspector Alan Grant, #3)
  • Original Sin (Adam Dalgliesh, #9)
Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
More about Agatha Christie...

Other Books in the Series

Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
  • They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6)
  • A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7)
  • 4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple, #8)
  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9)
  • A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10)
  • At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple, #11)

Share This Book

“What I feel is that if one has got to have a murder actually happening in one's house, one might as well enjoy it, if you know what I mean.” 25 likes
“Downstairs in the lounge, by the third pillar from the left, there sits an old lady with a sweet, placid, spinsterish face and a mind that has plumbed the depths of human iniquity and taken it all as in the day's work....where crime is concerned, she's the goods.” 16 likes
More quotes…