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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Facsimile edition edition (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007208448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007208449
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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“The best opening I ever wrote.” Agatha Christie

“Genuine old-crusted Christie.” Time

“Professional detectives are no match for elderly spinsters… it is hard not to be impressed.” Times Literary Supplement

“one of the most ingeniously contrived of all her murder stories.” Birmingham Post

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Miss Marple's detective skills are called upon in the CD edition of this classic mystery --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Sheer vintage Christie. Gentle, well plotted, endearing characters, witty tongue in cheek dialogue (Mrs Bantry, for example, is determined to 'enjoy' the murder, on the basis of the body having been discovered in her Library!) and the sharpest tool in the box- the charismatic Miss Marple. Coupled with several detectives (none a match for Miss Marple!) and countless red herrings, this one has it all. A thoroughly enjoyable read. (The BBC audio dramatisation of this novel is also superb, has a wonderful cast and is an absolute joy to listen to) Highly recommended for an easy going, enjoyable and relaxing read.
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These books are timeless and the is content is good for a good read.
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Lives up to expectations
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[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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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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The body of a young woman is found in Colonel Bantry's library. Mrs Bantry immediately sends for her friend Miss Jane Marple and the Colonel sends for the police. It seems the victim is working temporarily at the Majestic Hotel as a dancer and has inveigled her way into the affections of one of the guests to the extent that Mr Jefferson wants to legally adopt her.

This is of course means there are plenty of people who might have wanted Ruby dead including her fellow workers at the Majestic and Colonel Bantry's neighbours who are starting to mutter about there being `no smoke without fire'. Can Miss Marple discover the murderer even though the police are baffled before the Colonel is completely ostracized by his friends?

This is an intriguing mystery which will definitely keep the reader guessing right up until the end. Of course the solution is obvious when you look back on it but at the time it seems far from clear. This well written mystery shows Miss Marple at her best as she displays her inimitable knowledge of human nature.
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This book is my first Agatha Christie book and it was phenomenal. It is packed with information and has a big explanation at the end.
Agatha Christie is my new favourite author!
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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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