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C'è un cadavere in biblioteca

(Miss Marple #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  53,643 ratings  ·  2,579 reviews
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 more convoluted - and sordid - than the genteel Bantrys could have imagined.

A curmudgeonly financier, his self-absorbed adult children,
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Hardcover, I grandi gialli di Agatha Christie, 191 pages
Published 2001 by Hacette (first published February 1942)
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Brina
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3), 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 to Josie's job
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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
Kwoomac
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
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
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Susan
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
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Lata
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
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Anna
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το πρώτο βιβλίο της Αγκάθα Κρίστι που διαβάζω με αφορμή το Όριεντ Εξπρές που είδα στο σινεμά (και επίσης το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα!) Το διάλεξα αποκλειστικά για τον τίτλο (γιατί έχω βιβλιοθήκη και ίσως με βρουν κι εμένα κάποτε εκεί να έχω πεθάνει από αφυδάτωση και ασιτία - ΟΧΙ ποτέ, πάντα καφές δίπλα μου όταν διαβάζω και για το φαγητό δεν κάνω μ@λ@κίες!!)

Τελοσπάντων, το πτώμα ανήκε σε μια νεαρή κοπέλα και είναι σαφές ότι οι ένοικοι δεν είχαν ιδέα, με διαλόγους όπως "Η Μάρθα λέει ότι υπάρχει ένα π
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Obied Alahmed
بمقارنة الرواية مع روايات غير أغاثا تستحق ثلاث نجوم
ولكن بمقارنتها بما نعرفه عن أغاثا فتستحق نجمتين فقط
ولذا أعطيها ثلاث نجوم فقط

أصابني الملل حقيقة خلال الرواية رغم أنها عوضت الملل الطويل في البدايات مع حركة الأحداث أخيرا إلا أن التقييم عندي يخجل أن يرتفع أعلى من ثلاث

لا أدري ربما السبب أنني سبقتها برواية جريمة في قطار الشرق التي كانت مفعمة وحيوية

عكل حال لا يمل من أغاثا على المدى البعيد و لابد أن نجد في طريقنا منخفضات كما هناك مرتفعات
Ken
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.
AMEERA
Sep 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
💔💔💔'
Fatima
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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؟!
Rahma
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha
رغم إفتتاني بجرائم التي تحقق فيه Miss Marpel،
إلا أن هذه القصة خيبت آمالي،ليس من ناحية التشويق و الإثارة لأنها موجودة و لن تحزر القاتل سريعا .
لكن تسلل الأحداث و حبكة القصصية لم ترق بي رغم حرصي على قراءة الترجمة الصحيحة و الكاملة من دار نشر الأجيال. لكنها لم ترق لي.
Simona Bartolotta
3.5

“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.”
Veronique
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

“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'
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María
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-2019
#UnCadaverEnLaBiblioteca1AñoLE
Este libro me ha terminado gustando, pero no me ha llegado a enganchar como otros libros que he leído de Ágatha Christie y el final no me ha llegado a convencer del todo.
Normalmente el final de los libros de AC me suele sorprender un montón y suelo llegar a entenderlo, pero en esta novela el final no me ha sorprendido del todo y ha habido cosas que no me han cuadrado, por lo que "un cadáver en la biblioteca" no me ha llegado a convencer.
El principio parecía muy pro
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Shaikha
This book will hold your attention from the first chapter, it will impress you with the brilliantly crafted lines and take you straight into the murder scene. It’s a short book, but I assure you it will not affect the quality of it and you’ll enjoy this mystery which leaves you hanging until the end when all is explained.

Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, wealthy and upright citizens of St. Mary Mead, wake up one day to find the dead body of a mysterious young blonde woman in their library. This mysteriou
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Ginger
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
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Ms. Smartarse
You're Dolly, wife of the respectable Colonel Bantry, living in the lovely little village of St. Mary Mead. You live a charmed if a bit boring life. Isn't it rather frustrating when even winning first prize at the flower show is just a dream?

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
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Phrynne
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.
Madeline
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
Rachel Hall
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third instalment in the amateur detective encounters of Miss Marple and makes use of the great cliche of crime fiction - the “body in the library”. An author’s foreword explains the conditions that Christie imposed on herself to add to the intrigue; namely that the library is question would need to be a highly orthodox and conventional location and that the body, on the other hand, must be a wildly improbably and highly sensational victim. When Gossington Hall, home of Colonel Arthur ...more
Sushi (寿司)
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Attenti alle vecchiette che ne sanno più dei poliziotti. Penso che Miss Marple tra libri, serie TV (del 2004 e non quello schifo francese di Little Murders giusto per chiarire la cosa) e pure un anime (con Poirot) sia uno dei miei personaggi preferiti. Gli altri sono Poirot (con Suchet) e Tommy & Tuppence (solo libri per loro).
Nel drama del 2004 è il primo episodio.
Stephanie Anze
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"...there sits an old lady with a sweet, placid, spinterish face and a mind that has plumbed the depths of human inquity and taken it all as in the day's work....where crime is concerned, she's the goods."

When the body of a blonde young woman is found strangled in the library of Colonel Bantry, rumours start spreading rapidly. Colonel and Mrs Bantry are part of the upper class elite and considered with the upmost respect. Concerned for her husband (who assures her that he has never seen the vict
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Helen
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can rely on Christie to deliver a convoluted murder with wit and an understated charm.
Brendagarza
Continuo con mi maratón de Agatha Christie, específicamente mi encuentro es con Miss Marple, quien me ha robado el corazón, me encanta ese personaje

En esta ocasión las habilidades deductivas de Miss Marple se enfrentan a un verdadero reto, puesto que la buena mujer saca sus deducciones relacionándolos con situaciones vistas o vividas en su pequeño pueblo, todo parecería indicar que este caso es imposible para ella, pero es que tanto nosotros como lectores, como los personajes de la historia min
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Katie Lumsden
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Christie read. I love her writing style, love her characterisation and the mystery she weaves. Sometimes I'm just really in the mood for an Agatha Christie novel!
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
not one of her best i personally believe, but it was okay
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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.” 34 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.” 19 likes
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