Pages: 272 pages
Published: February 1942
Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller
“When the Bantry’s wake up to find the body of a beautiful, young stranger in their library, Dolly Bantry knows there’s only one person to call: her old friend Miss Marple.
Who was the young girl? What was she doing in the library? And is there a connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are discovered in an abandoned quarry?
Miss Marple must solve the mystery, before tongues start to wag, and the murderer strikes again.”
I love reading Agatha Christie’s novels. For someone who loves reading mystery books, I can’t believe it took this long for me to discover Christie’s great works. This is 5th book by her that I read this year and I have yet to be disappointed.
The Body In the Library is another one of those “cozy” British mysteries. Her writing keeps you intrigued, her story keeps you guessing, and the twists you shock you and you never see coming. You get the small-village feel of the story, especially with the chapter when the entire village is gossiping about the murder. A great chapter on how news in a small village can gain so much momentum. Christie’s wit and humor in this chapter shows just how well she was able to capture the village’s personality.
I love Miss Marple. With other detective stories, authors give us a glimpse of what their characters are feeling. However, Christie does not do that and I am definitely not complaining. Miss Marple constantly throws the readers curve balls and the twist and turns keeps you on the edge of your street. Half the time, Miss Marple already knows who the killer is half way through the story. You are both trying to figure out what Miss Marple is thinking and finding out who the culprit is t the same time. It is very exciting. Yes, she is a busybody. But name me one great detective that isn’t.
Like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Christie shows that you don’t to write bloody and gory scenes to write a good mystery. Christie offers you excitement and adventure without the details overtaking the story. The Body in the Library is a another mystery that will be added on my shelf of great mysteries and I will definitely read another one by her.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars