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C'è un cadavere in biblioteca

(Miss Marple #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  89,402 ratings  ·  5,544 reviews
It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks.

But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss
Hardcover, I grandi gialli di Agatha Christie, 191 pages
Published 2001 by Hacette (first published February 1942)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3), Agatha Christie

Original Publication Year 1942.

Characters: 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
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 figh ...more
Mansuriah Hassan
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
I figured it out! I knew whodunnit!
I was smugly chuckling and congratulating myself on finally beating Agatha Christie at her own game as I listened to the end of the book drawing near, knowing that I had beaten the Queen of Mystery.


She fooled me again.
I was all like, wait...whatthefuckjusthappened?! - as I listened to the actual murderer get hauled off to the pokey.


The gist is that Miss Marple's friend, Dolly, finds a body in her library. <--I know, right?
Yeah, some rand
Phoenix  Perpetuale
The body in the Library by Agatha Christie is one fantastic detective book that I have read in my youngest years. I still remember it so vividly. It shows the time between two wars in England. Miss Marple is a lovely old lady with tremendous observation skills where she finally connects clueless situations revealing the murderer.
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
When I read the first book of the Marple series, two years ago, I wasn't much impressed. It was, of course, entertaining, as any Agatha Christie would, but for some reason, it wasn't compelling enough to go through with the rest of the series. Perhaps, it was my fault, for, at that time, I was much engaged with the Poirot series to look anywhere else. But when my Poirot journey ended, I thought I should return to the Marple series and see if I can form a connection with it. And The Body in the L ...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
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BOOK 6 :- MAY 2019

Is it too early for me to declare this is my summer of Agatha Christie? Last year it was Steinbeck I gorged on and think now it will be Agatha Christie. Honestly, neither is a bad thing. So while looking for a buddy read with Dana I threw in The Body in the Library. We grabbed the audio and it was quite the ride.

The Body in the Library starts with just that.....a body in the Bantrys library. But you see, no one knows who the poor girl is and how she got there. Oh the travesty. Mrs. Bantry just b
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are an English village, and as one of your elderly residents is keen to say: "One does see so much evil in a village". She is far from wrong! Indeed, all the myriad examples of evil can be found in your snug and cozy confines. The soft evil of sloth. The hungry evil of lust. The tangy evil of pride. The righteous evil of wrath. The time-consuming evil of waiting for some geezer to kick the bucket so that cash can be distributed. And the evil fun of framing some very
Richard Derus
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 solid stars of five

The 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, so...American, you kn
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Bant
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

“No innocent person ever has an alibi.”

I keep mentioning that Christie’s books are my comfort reads. I was feeling a slump on the horizon and so I immediately picked up this book and voila, the slump went away.

After reading more than 15 books by Agatha, I just know that I prefer Poitot’s books to her other detectives; he is not only the smartest, the most bizarre and the funniest but he’s actually a detective! My problem with Marple’s books is that the narrat
December 2022 - Lunchtime Listen
(New edition narrated Stephanie Cole)

February 2017 - Miss Marple Group Read
An excellent and very enjoyable read. Despite reading the book many moons ago and seeing at least one version on TV I still didn't guess who did it. (SPOILER alert sort of " although I did get the clue about the fingernails eventually")

And so it's onto the next which I think is The Moving Finger which I believe is a quote from the Wine of the Mystic: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: A Spiritu
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Marple is called to Gossington Hall after a maid discovers a dead body of a young flashily dressed woman has been strangled.

This is only the second full length novel featuring Jane Marple, it’s a great little puzzle mystery with all the fun Christie tropes.
One of the shortest novels in the cannon, it’s a really quick read.

I really like Marple, I can’t wait to read more from this delightful character.
Jack Heath
4 Stars. Deep down, Miss Marple is a cynic about human nature. She proves it after the body of a young blonde is found in the library at Colonel and Dotty Bantry's Gossington Hall. Jane is a friend of Dotty and gets chauffeured over to comfort her friend. The police on the scene are soon asking about her, "Where have we seen that woman sitting in the corner?" The victim, Ruby Keene, was 18 and in the process of being adopted by Conway Jefferson, an invalid with a terminal diagnosis, who doted on ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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.”

Another excellent story! Having read it previously, I still remembered the key points, but on the other hand it allowed me to look at all the clues in a different way, and weirdly I ended up enjoying it more than the first time. I'
Ms. Smartarse
You're Dolly, wife of the respectable Colonel Bantry, living a charmed (if rather boring) life in the lovely little village of St. Mary Mead. They say, you should be careful what you wish for, but how could you be anything but excited when your very own library becomes the scene of a gruesome murder? If this isn't the news of the decade, you don't know what is. In any case, it's definitely prime discussion fodder with your dear friend Jane Marple. Funny how your husband doesn't share your enthus ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The dead body of a murdered girl is found in the library of Colonel Bantry.Another very entertaining Christie mystery.

Once again,money is the motive,and the fortune of a rich old man is at stake.Then,another girl is killed.

This is a very quick read,a page turner.It is a Miss Marple mystery,though her appearance is rather brief.The ending is pretty good,with some unexpected twists.
Piyush Bhatia
Murder was invented by Agatha Christie to sell more books:)

Ingenious, like any other detective novel by Agatha, this one had rather diffused interests. The red herrings present throughout the novel make the plot less phosphorescent.

3/5 from my side
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Update August 15, 2022: I had to read something that was going to get me out of a reading funk. Two other books I started this last week just put me in a mood. I love a good Miss Marple, and I am trying to get back into the flow of things for an upcoming book bingo that I start yearly from September through Halloween. I always loved the Bantry's and they appear in the "13 Problems" and Dolly appears in some later books in the Miss Marple series. I thought this whole thing was cleverly done and I ...more
Another great classic crime mystery! I really love how people constantly underestimate Miss Marple because she’s an elderly woman despite her having solved cases before. We see the characters learn to appreciate and value her opinion. And her being an elderly woman often gives her an advantage over others.

I also appreciate all the meta moments in this book. There’s a lot of mentions of how this kind of murder ‘only happens in books’ although for us as readers, we too, are reading a book. There a
Simona B

“My nephew Raymond tells me [...] that I have a mind like a sink. He says that most Victorians have. All I can say is that the Victorians knew a good deal about human nature.”
Dec 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 2nd Miss Marple story and it was FANTASTIC!

This time, the body of a young woman is found in the library of one of Miss Marple's close friends, Mrs. Bantry. Naturally, Miss Marple is called to solve the mystery as the coppers can't really be trusted to get to the bottom of things. *snickers*
From the dress and make-up of the dead woman (to say nothing of her actual identity) to all the gossip in town, Miss Marple has a lot of information to collect and sort through.
From gold diggers and girl gu
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mystery, 2017
Agatha Christie books are timeless! I always love reading her books when I want something entertaining, light and well written for a mystery. I’m always amazed at her writing but also her understanding of psychology and how good her books continue to be after all these years!

The Body in the Library did not let me down. Once again, I was surprised by the ending and enjoyed the ride. I enjoyed Miss Marple more in this book then the 1st one of the series, Murder at the Vicarage. She outwits everyon
Jul 10, 2014 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. ...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
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