The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery

The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery

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It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the 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 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 Marple to solve the mystery … before tongues start to wag.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504762410
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: Miss Marple Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

Stephanie Cole, OBE, began her career by joining the
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at the age of fifteen, making her debut on stage two years later. She is well known for her roles in the British television and radio series Doc Martin, Cabin Pressure, and Waiting for God, for which she received the Best TV Comedy Actress
Award. She was given an honorary master of arts degree from the University of
Bristol, located near her current residence in Somerset, England.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


Home schooling

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The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie never disappoints. I always fail to find out "who done it" until the very end when she finally explains it all. Love her! Love Miss Marple!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested throughout the novel! Great book that makes you the detective too!
firedog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm embarrassed to say that I can't remember ever reading an Agatha Christie book before. I'm certainly glad that I chose this one, a Miss Marple mystery.This body was found in the library of the Bantry's, a proper English couple, so I suppose it should have been easy to dismiss the possibility of their involvement in the crime. This novel certainly fits the whodunit category of crime fiction. This is usually a category that I don't seek out. I'm more interested in the hard-boiled genre.I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. It is a very fast read. It certainly kept my interest. It's written with a good deal of humor as well. I will have to read more Miss Marple mysteries. I might have to try Hercule Poirot as well.
RaucousRain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My son gave me a few seemingly library-themed books for Christmas, and The Body in the Library was one of them. I enjoyed it, despite the fact that it had little to do with libraries. I particularly liked the cadence of the dialogue, as well as the terms and vocabulary which helped to transport me to that time and place. In addition, it was a good mystery with enough twists to keep me guessing `til the end.One other thing, not related to the text or to author Agatha Christie, is that whoever selected the image for the cover illustration must not have read the book. The dead gal on the hot-pink-&-gray cover is not the victim in this book.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another delightful mystery by a true master. This one was a quick one night read and very satisfying. Christie has a knack for quickly developing characters and keeping interest levels high. I have a feeling that each time I wander off to the library I'll grab another of her mysteries, but not too many and overdo a good thing.
JulieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A body is found in the library of a country house of a retired military man and his wife. To help clear his name his wife enlists the help of a local sleuth Miss Marple. Where the motives and alibis of a full range of characters is questionable will she be able to find the ones responsible before the innocent suffer.Although I do not read much in the mystery genre it was an enjoyable quick read. As we are used to more complex plots these days it is reflective of the time and I conceive it as quite reserved according to today's standards.
michellnaki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
love the plot so much !! this book is one of my favorite case of miss maple , although Im more into poirot story .
crazy4reading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first Agatha Christie book. I have been informed by many people that I would love Agatha Christie's books. I admit that is true. I started The Body in the Library this morning. Every free moment I had I was reading the book.How would you react to finding a body in your library? I don't know if I would be as calm as the woman in this book. Mrs. Bantry was thrilled with finding a body in her library. This was her chance to be a sleuth. That is what she was eager for.The Body in the Library is a Miss Marple Mystery. Miss Marple is the sleuth in the village of St. Mary Mead. Mrs. Bantry calls Miss Marple up to the house when the body is found.I enjoyed the book except for the parts that were written in French. Since I have never taken French some of the jokes were lost on me. Ms. Christie's writing style is one that is new to me. The book was a nice easy week end read.5 stars since I didn't know until the very end who the murderer was..
BookPurring on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great mystery, an Agatha mystery in true fashion. I remember being a bit confused by the solution though, the only reason I'm rating it a bit lower than what I usually rate Agatha Christie books.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The body of a beautiful blonde is found in the library of Gossington Hall. What the young woman was doing in the quiet village of St. Mary Mead is precisely what Jane Marple means to find out. Amid rumors of scandal, Miss Marple baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.This is an early, and therefore, good, Ms. Marple book. It's very, very English, and very very much of the period between WWI and WWII, and either you like that type of mystery or you don't.
marsap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The body of a young blonde is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry. The Bantry's call in their old friend, Miss Marple, to investigate the crime and Miss Marple is her brillant, shrewd self. It is discovered that the murdered girl was a young dancer at the resort in Danemouth. The cast of characters included a family with a tragic past, the tennis pro and a partying film producer. Only Miss Marple, with her knowledge of human nature and her suspicion of all, is able to sort it out. Even though this book was written in 1924, it felt fresh, fun and full of surprises. A great read; 4.5 out of 5.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY saw Miss Marple's third appearance (she had already appeared in THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE (1930) and THE THIRTEEN PROBLEMS (1932) which was actually a collection of connected short stories).Various characters apart from Dolly and Arthur Bantry also appear in other Marple titles including Sir Henry Clithering and Jane Marple already has a reputation of a puzzle solver. Her method is to compare situations to those that she has already encountered in village life and she is full of anecdotes. All those who first meet her see is that she is an old lady who merges into her background. Others like the Chief Constable know better. Dolly Bantry on the other hand is disappointed when Miss Marple can't solve the murder when she first sees the body in the library.A couple of things struck me. First of all Christie is not very complementary about the police force, from the way Police-Constable Palk answers the phone with his "Hallo, 'hallo, 'hallo", to the name of Inspector Slack.THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY is full of people who aren't quite who or what they seem. Appearances are deceptive. People who don't look nice quite often are, and vice versa. This provides quite a bit of misdirection and a number of red herrings.The other thing that struck me is that we the readers know what the police know and we know most of what Miss Marple knows. But she doesn't know all that the police know. She has only partial knowledge. But we rarely "see" what she is thinking. That makes it all the more puzzling when she eventually nods her head and tells Dolly that she knows who the murderer is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down, I kept guessing, but you can't surpass Miss Marple!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.
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Cool book..
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
If you love reading Agatha Christie, you will enjoy this one. Keeps you guessing. Well edited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The new arrival in the agatha christe series takes place in the well known england. Christe has doen a great job yet again of hinting for readers at the answer to the mystery.
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Borrow then buy a print used for reread
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jhigbie More than 1 year ago
She is one of the most published mystery crime writers of all time, only surpassed by the Bible itself or so I'm told. However, I always come away feeling cheated at her endings which require hidden information, things you weren't told and couldn't have known. Too bad.