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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive facsimile reprint of the first edition - and a very good Miss Marple mystery
[This review is for the HarperCollins facsimile reprint edition, published in 2005]

First published in 1942, The Body in the Library is the second Miss Marple Mystery (after Murder at the Vicarage, 1930). It's very good - easy read, wry, witty, twisting plot, only takes a few hours to read - perfect for a holiday mystery, or a quick read when you want a good...
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by S. Barnes

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From a reader and fan from Bath. Good but a bit boring.
This book was very good but I was not very impressed by most of the book until the end. It is about a body that is found in a wealthy couple's library, but it is a body they have never in their life seen before. The story goes on to solve the mystery, with Miss Jane Marple featuring in it. Not one of her best books. In the middle it was very boring cos nothing happened...
Published on 17 Aug 2000


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive facsimile reprint of the first edition - and a very good Miss Marple mystery, 7 Aug 2010
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S. Barnes (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Body in the Library (Miss Marple) (Hardcover)
[This review is for the HarperCollins facsimile reprint edition, published in 2005]

First published in 1942, The Body in the Library is the second Miss Marple Mystery (after Murder at the Vicarage, 1930). It's very good - easy read, wry, witty, twisting plot, only takes a few hours to read - perfect for a holiday mystery, or a quick read when you want a good book, but not one that's too in-depth. I was guessing right up until the end in this Miss Marple and didn't manage to guess the right murderer at all, so hats off again to Agatha Christie.

A note on the edition: I love these HarperCollins facsimile reprint editions of the First Editions (the original Collins Crime Club editions). The dust jacket covers are so much more appealing and iconic than most of the paperback versions that came afterwards (1960s and 70s covers would often have a pool of blood, murder weapon, bottle of poison, or whatever else was relevant to the plot adorning the front cover). These covers are more suitable to the story - gentle Golden Age crime and mystery writing at its best - not gory, not graphic, just good old-fashioned honest detecting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Murder in Chapter One, Brilliant Amateur Detecting and Wonderful Village Gossip, 18 Nov 2009
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The title `The Body in the Library' kind of gives away just what is coming in the opening pages. Yes that's right, the Bantry household awakes to find that there is indeed a body of an unknown platinum blonde in their library. No one in the household has seen the young girl before and it takes some time for the police to track her down. However it doesn't take that long for Miss Jane Marple to appear on the scene as Mrs Bantry, a close friend, sends a chauffeur round for her pronto phoning ahead before `the recognised time to make friendly calls to neighbours'.

The police having met Miss Marple and her amateur sleuthing naturally want her gone as soon as possible. She doesn't leave until she overhears that the victim was a dancer at the Hotel Majestic in Danemouth and before long Mrs Bantry and Miss Marple just so happen to take a small holiday there. So who was this girl, how did she end up in a strangers library in St Mary's Mead and who took her there and killed her? Well you will have to read this joyous romp to find out and revel in the village gossip and brilliant characters as you go. I didn't know Christie was so rye and witty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, shame this reading is abridged, 23 Jun 2008
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Ian Masters reads competently, but you really need the full text to appreciate the setting and the characters. The action mainly takes place in an upmarket seaside hotel in the 30s that provides bridge and dancing partners. The characters range from the wealthy Bantries through the louche film industry hanger-on Basil Blake to the dancers themselves (one of them is the body). Christie turns a beady but not unsympathetic eye on their "cheap finery" and attempts to make a living while fawning on their rich customers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 13 Aug 2007
This is a highly enjoyable book and I think it was a great read. Unfortunately, I read a review on amazon.com ( not .co.uk ) that spoilt the ending for me.

The case is a great one but the police can't solve it on their own, so ms Marple has to come in to help them. There is a body found in the Bantrys library, but they don't seem to have any connection with the dead girl, so they wouldn't have a reason to kill her. Later on another body is found in a burnt down car in a quarry and it turns out to be the body of a missing school girl. I don't think I would have known who did it, if the ending hadn't been spoilt for me.

The book has such clues as, the reason why the body was found in a library, the length of the murdered girls nails and who she was out to meet.

This is a great miss Marple book and if you like her other books, you will definitely like this one, so I think you should definitely read it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A body in the first chapter., 10 Aug 2004
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Agatha Christie dedicated her 1941 crime novel, "The Body In the Library", with affection to her brother-in-law who had expressed a wish to find a body in the first chapter of her next book. Agatha Christie so contrived a response that the body could be found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs Bantry, neighbours of her famous spinster sleuth Miss Marple.
Accordingly, readers can expect to be entertained by mystery and mayhem, fortified by tea and sympathy, culminating in a well-explained denouement. Many of this writer's former conjuring tricks as well as one or two new one are provided, framed in a setting that has similarities to that of Dorothy L Sayers' "Have His Carcase", and re-working a formula used previously in her own "Death On the Nile". You might, like me, consider that the writer withholds too much information that might facilitate identifying the guilty, but a check will show that she provides clues (although well hidden) during the entertainment.
As cozy as they come, and with less thrills and action than most, this is one of Agatha Christie's better middle order crime novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Body in the Library, 22 Mar 2013
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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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 the second Miss Marple mystery, after The Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection). It sees Miss Marple in fine form, making her usual comparisons between the various suspects and locals she has known - there is, she says shrewdly, so much "evil" in a village. As always, Christie utilises the setting, with the hotel housing a great array of suspects, including a rich invalid, professional dancers and tennis coaches. There is also local Basil Blake, who works in the film industry and causes a great deal of gossip in St Mary Mead. Miss Marple manages to solve the crime and put all to rights with her shrewd judgement and common sense - great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple 2, 28 May 2014
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In the foreward to this novel Agatha Christie talks of a" Variation on a well-known Theme ". In this case the body is not quite the type of person to be found in that type of library. Although the body is found in Gossington Hall just outside St Mary Mead most of the story is set in a large, fashionable hotel on the coast, eighteen miles away. Miss Marple is the ultimate observer, listening to and watching the people around her and slowly bringing things together - sometimes even allowing the reader to guess the murderer first. Agatha Christie and her contemporaries wrote the theme with rules formulated by Ronald Knox at Collins. Everything that has appeared later are variations, many good others poor imitations, but for good, no-nonsense whodunnits the likes of Christie, Sayers and Marsh cannot be bettered and often told with wit and humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 29 Mar 2014
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A great detective 'whodunnit' themed story with Miss Marple. This was the first Marple book I read, and though I personally prefer Poirot as a character, this book really hooks you in, and I couldn't guess the ending! That's always a good sign.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, 18 Feb 2014
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Agatha never fails to keep the reader interested. Fully recommended and a well deserved five stars. A genius at work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Body in the Library, 16 Dec 2013
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This is one of the Agatha Christie novels that I don't have a paper copy of and it does just as well on my Kindle have read it before but still very good
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