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Sheer vintage Christie. Gentle, well plotted, hugely endearing characters, witty tongue in cheek dialogue (The wonderful 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, bitingly bright, Miss Marple. Coupled with several detectives (none a match for Marple!) and countless clever 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 - Mrs Bantry is a delight.) Highly recommended for an easy going, amusing, enjoyable and relaxing read.
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on 28 June 2017
Possibly this is not one of her best (and guessable from fairly early on) but very readable and good characters
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on 3 May 2017
These books are timeless and the is content is good for a good read.
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on 5 September 2017
Excellent!
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on 13 May 2017
Lives up to expectations
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on 25 August 2017
my 11yr old granddaughter is reading it, she,s enthralled
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on 7 August 2010
[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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on 18 November 2009
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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on 21 January 2017
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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