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The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3)

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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 Mar ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published February 1941)
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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
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
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.
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/
Noha Basiouny

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
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.
Heena P.
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!
*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
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.
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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
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.
A Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie, THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY grabs you from the beginning when a young woman's body is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, wealthy, upright citizens of St. Mary Mead. To squelch the town gossip and to enjoy the investigation into the only murder that will happen in her home, Mrs. Bantry calls on her friend, Jane Marple to solve the mystery and save her husband's reputation.

Agatha Christie is not a linear writer, as any reader of her more than ei
Agatha Christie knows a thing or two about creating an interesting mystery with a cast of characters a mile long. In the murder of a young, pretty girl the suspects are many and all are suspect in some respect, but only Miss Marple will solve the crime.

Unfortunately, compared to my previous experiences with Miss Marple, this book was a disappointment. The murdered girl was unspectacular, the characters were all somewhat unspectacular, and the way everything came together would have me interested
While reading this I had no effing clue who to suspect or what had actually happened. So that was very well done, one of the more intriguing mysteries, especially because it involves some of Jane's old friends, so you know they can hardly be suspects, but then how the hell did they end up with a body in their library?

It actually starts with one of the greatest opening chapters, where the husband of the house doesn't believe there's actually a body in the library, because that doesn't happen in r
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
Zu diesem Buch kann ich eigentlich nicht viel sagen. Wer Miss Marple mag, wird dieses Buch mögen. Es ist ein klassischer Fall, sehr mysteriös, verstrickt und Miss Marple hat natürlich sofort eine Spur. Man konnte ab einem gewissen Punkt recht schnell darauf kommen, wie der Fall zusammenhängt, trotzdem hat es Spaß gemacht bis zum Ende zu warten und die Auflösung zu lesen.
Il primo giallo di Agatha Christie che leggo e l'ho amato (e divorato!)
Bello, intrigante, per nulla scontato e ben scritto, cercando di capire chi fosse l'assassino ho accusato tutti i personaggi del libro (anche se poi era realmente la prima persona a cui ho pensato).
Una lettura veloce e intrigante, perfetta per l'estate. Sicuramente non sarà l'ultimo libro della Christie che leggo.
Ashley John
I really enjoyed this Christie novel! It was my first Miss Marple and even though I was expecting more Marple in the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I really didn't see the twist coming at the end either!
Classic Agatha Christie mystery starring Miss Marple, a sweet, unassuming elder who is very observant and known to be of great help solving mysteries. This starts with a great setup -- a young woman's body has been found in the library of a very well-to-do household, yet, no one there seems to know know who she is. (I *love* the description of the library! I would love to have a library like this one!)
ثامر الحمدان
فتاة وجدت مقتولة في مكتبة عائلة بانتري الذين يزعمون أنهم لم يروها من قبل !
رواية تبدأ إثارتها في نصفها الأخير ونهاية غير متوقعة كعادة أجاثا كريستي
Like usual, Agatha Christie's novels provide such a delightful read.
My second Miss Marple.

This time we can see Miss Marple getting more active role in the investigation, compared to the first one where she was only monitoring everything from her own garden!

A light reading for a mystery novel, but excellent nonetheless. Miss Marple using her expertise in human behavioral and her unique source of investigation - the village gossip - to put things together and come to the right conclusion. Cozy, but still beat me in every turn!
I don't remember many details about this story, except that it was entertaining enough to distract me from increasingly sharp labor pains during the very early hours of June 18, 1987!
Well this one was kind of an experiment to me, bevause I wasn't too sure if I would be able to enjoy something other than my typical fantasy or YA-Genre. But it was quite a nice surprise that this one was a pleasant read and I guess I will read more from Agatha Christie in the future.

Although I thought of it as a book for a light read inbetween (visits at the doctor, short lunchbreaks, trainrides and stuff like that) once I started this book, I found myself always reading more than I actually i
I'm feeling a little torn with this one. It's Agatha Christie, so I love her easy and clever writing style. I liked this mystery and its solution well enough, but I felt it was a little convoluted.

Basic premise: Mysterious body in a library. Christie deliberately chose a stereotypical murder set up. I really like the idea of experimenting with this.

This was my first Miss Marple book. I've read a bunch of Poirot, and seen the Marple TV series. I'm curious as to if all the Marple books bounce bac
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.
I gave this Miss Marple novel (the last of this series for me to read) three stars, although really I would've preferred if there was a 3.5 star option.
The plotline is interesting and the original concept is neatly set up - a body is found in the library of a young girl who the house owners don't recognise - but there's something about some of the characters that irritated me. Miss Marple is the same as she ever is and I still liked the Bantrys (the homeowners) and the rest of the residents of
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“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.” 20 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.” 13 likes
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