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P which is now smeared across her cheeksBut who is she How did she get there And what is the connection with another dead girl whose charred. The Body in the Library Miss Marple 3 Original Publication Year 1942Characters Miss Jane Marple Inspector Slack Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry and Abstract Bleached blonde girl clad in not new spangled evening gown is found strangled in the library of old Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry best friends to Miss Jane Marple The village spinster expert in human nature and motivations for murder notes closely clipped nails commonly bitten at that age unlike talons usual to Josie s job of professional Hotel dancer 2011 1371 224 1388 220 9789643635817 1389 334 9789649915364 1371 1388 1389 Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, now smeared across her cheeksBut who is she How did she get there And what is the connection with another dead girl whose charred. The Body in the Library Miss Marple 3 Original Publication Year 1942Characters Miss Jane Marple Inspector Slack Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry and Abstract Bleached blonde girl clad in Detective Wanda Wolfe not Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości new spangled evening gown is found strangled in the library of old Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry best friends to Miss Jane Marple The village spinster expert in human Dreams of Glass nature and motivations for murder Zawieszenie niewiary notes closely clipped Healing Sex nails commonly bitten at that age unlike talons usual to Josie s job of professional Hotel dancer 2011 1371 224 1388 220 9789643635817 1389 334 9789649915364 1371 1388 1389

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The Body in the Library

It’s seven in the morning The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library She is wearing evening dress and heavy make u. Last year the reading the detectives group read through Agatha Christie s Miss Marple mysteries as a yearly challenge Having joined the group late I did not have a chance to read all of the ueen of Crime s cases featuring her famous spinster sleuth As I participated in the challenge when I could I came to appreciate Miss Marple as an everyday detective who is a champion for the average person Using her uality of reading human nature to solve cases Miss Marple became a favorite crime fighter of mine as the year drew on When this year s classic bingo board in the group catching up on classics featured a classic mystery suare I used this as an opportunity to once again catch up with the ueen of Crime and the village of St Mary Mead s resident detective Dolly Bantry is woken by what she thinks is a bad dream but is really one of her maids alerting her and her husband Arthur to the presence of a dead body in their library Immediately the older couple notifies the local police who are just as baffled by the young woman as the Bantrys are In a village as small as St Mary Mead gossip spreads like wildfire and Dolly fears that people would start to believe that her husband murdered the woman himself Immediately she calls her close friend who happens to have a penchant for solving murders Miss Jane Marple Not giving a choice in the matter Miss Marple is dispatched to Gossington Hall to assist the Bantrys in solving this heinous crimeThe cast of possible suspects expands at once to include local film star Basil Blake as well as the younger set of people vacationing at the nearby Majestic Hotel The police discover that the body is that of Majestic dancer Ruby Keene yet are addle brained as to suspect and motive Dolly Bantry and Miss Marple head to the Majestic in order to solve this mystery before the entire village suspects Arthur of wrongdoing As with previous cases that I have read Miss Marple has put her facts together and pieces together the crime while the police are still shaking their heads She finds out that Conway Jefferson a close friend of the Bantrys is spending the season at the Majestic alone with his son in law daughter in law and her son Jefferson is shaken by the death of Ruby Keene who he had recently decided to adopt as a daughter and phones his friend retired Inspector Henry Clithering to help solve this case Clithering has always had respect for Miss Marple and the two join forces to work out the mystery especially as they see the police stuck for ideasAs in many Christie mysteries murders happen in threes Halfway through the book another young woman is found murdered in a burning car At once Miss Marple knows the identity of the murderer but has to verify the cause and alibi with the guests at the hotel as well as some residents in her village before the third murder occurs Miss Marple is indeed a shrewd judge of human nature whereas she notes that the police believe everything they hear at face value As a result she is the detective who is left explaining the entire case to the police force time after time With all of Marple s cases Christie has developed an older woman who is overlooked as a spinster and close to the scrap pile yet is still sound in mind and other body faculties Time and time again Miss Marple has proven to the police and readers alike that age is just a number and should not be used to inhibit living one s life to the fullestI often read mysteries in between denser reads or when I feel that I might be going into a reading rut as a means of cleansing my mind in anticipation of involved books ahead With the enduring reputation as the ueen of Crime Dame Christie s mysteries remain enjoyable to me as I often have to read an entire book to discover whodunit Even after completing this bingo suare I have a feeling that I will be reading through cases featuring both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot throughout the year most likely alternating between the two each month These uick whodunits sharpen my deductive reasoning skills and put me in a better frame of mind to accomplish reading a wide variety of books that I have on tap Palette cleansed375 stars

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Remains are later discovered in an abandoned uarryThe respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery before tongues start to wag. Rating 4 solid stars of fiveThe novel surprisingly holds up well to a 21st century re read I was so pleased not to find anything shouting at me oh dear gawd please don t say that Slut shaming a huge component of the novel isn t something uniue to the times it is set in It was a pleasure not having anything other than that and class snobbery to overlookBut goodness me what a lot of it there was The film people were ever so louche my dear just Not Our Sort soAmerican you know The dead girl A Platinum Blonde one ofThose Girls chicken s ass face and doubtless not one smidgen better than she should be Later it is revealed she was a virgin you old cowBut what divine fun An actual fictional Body In The Library Cliche central send up a cheap one Then Dame Agatha does her magic the sort that turns things inside out and it s the library that s the red herring the body that s the clue and the mystery itself isn t about ANY of those thingsDivine funIn 1983 ITV s Miss Marple turned the book into a good faithful adaptation starring Joan Hickson headache face It was a bit grave dusty for me as were the other Hickson Marple outings I simply don t get the lady s appeal in the role In 2004 Agatha Christie s Marple did it over and made significant character changes to the evergreen plot I won t spoiler them for you because I think you should watch it The changes are fun I ll say that What a lark and pace you Hicksonians I think Geraldine McEwan makes a damned good Marple But the biggest and best casting delight is the ever joyous to watch Joanna Lumley as Dolly Bantry Delicious


10 thoughts on “The Body in the Library

  1. says:

    It had been a while since I read an Agath

  2. says:

    Last year the reading the detectives group read through Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries as a yearly challenge Having joined the group late I did not have a chance to read all of the ueen of Crime's cases featuring her famous spinster sl

  3. says:

    I confess to absolutely loving Dame Agatha Christie's books I find the coziness of them very soothing Miss Marple's character becomes rounded as we see her interact with her friends Even though there were less action in this book but I don't think that dooms it to being a bad book it's just a change of pace which is often refreshingIn the author's foreword Christie writes I laid down for myself certain conditions The library in uestion mus

  4. says:

    The Body in the Library Miss Marple #3 Original Publication Year 1942Characters Miss Jane Marple Inspector Slack Colonel Art

  5. says:

    I figured it out I knew whodunnitI was smugly chuckling and congratulating myself on finally beating Agatha Christie at her

  6. says:

    There's a small note to the reader at the very beginning of this novel in which Agatha Christie basically writes the trope of the body in the library is very common throughout detective fiction so I wrote this novel to fuck shit up Good old Agatha This is a Miss Marple story well I think it is because our beloved Miss Jane Marple is in fact missing from uite a lot of this novel Thankfully the crime is exciting enough for

  7. says:

    Someone here on Goodreads has a shelf called cozy mysteries and I think this is a perfect description of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple seriesYou can't get much cozier than a tea drinking elderly spinster in a tiny English village The Body in the Library is a clever little book Miss Marple is called in to investigate when her friend finds a dead body in the library What I enjoy about Christie is she doesn't take her myste

  8. says:

    Rating 4 solid stars of fiveThe novel surprisingly holds up well to a 21st century re read I was so pleased not to find anything shouting at me oh dear gawd please don't say that Slut shaming a huge component of the novel isn't something uniue to the times it is set in It was a pleasure not having anything other than that and class snobbery to overlookBut goodness me what a lot of it there was The film people were ever s

  9. says:

    What a pleasure it was to reread this book The first time I read a Miss Marple mystery storyl I was in my early teens and did not appreciate just how smart the woman is She's very observant and remembers little things about people and draws parallels between different people to figure out who could have done it t

  10. says:

    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

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