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Sunday, April 5, 2009

26. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie



Title: The Body in the Library
Series: Miss Marple Mysteries
Author: Agatha Christie
Copyright: 1942 (2000)
Pages: 220
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 4-4-09

"Oh ma'am, oh ma'am, there's a body in the library!" And so starts Col. and Mrs. Bantry's day. It seems that the body of a young, platinum blonde girl has shown up in the library, and no one knows how she got there. By the end of the day, there are plenty of suspects, but still no answers. Enter Jane Marple. In typical Miss Marple fashion, she cuts to the quick of the problem and discovers the secrets that everyone is hiding and helps find the killer.

I have to admit, having finished The Thirteen Problems not that long ago, I can say that Christie's strength lies when she is writing a full novel. Her short stories seemed so strained after reading this. The Body in the Library was a fairly easy read, and was quite enjoyable. I also like the fact that Christie does carry over several of the local characters of St. Mary Meade from one story to the next.

Next on the list, The Moving Finger.


Kerrie said...

Do are doind so well with your Agatha Christie reading.
Don't forget to submit your reviews to the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Blog Carnival.
See for details

tapestry100 said...

Thanks Kerrie - and I did forget about the Carnival! I need to try to remember that in the future.

Meg Waite Clayton said...

I love Agatha Christie, and enjoyed both Body and Moving Finger. I've rarely read the short stories even though I've read most of the novels, so I must agree with you on that without realizing I do.

Cindy B said...

This was the very first Agatha Christie I eve read, back when I was still reading Nancy Drew. I remember being a little confused at some of the Britishisms, but it didn't slow me down much! I still love her books.