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Book Review:The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agathat ChristieThis book takes place in a little village called Denemouth, England. The book is a mystery genre and it tells the story of a murder that occured in the areas of Denemouth and the hotel Majestic. One night when Mrs. Bantry was asleep up stairs and Mr. Bantry had come home around midnight a complicated but simple murder had occured right under their noses. They only found out the next day when the maid came through the library to dust the books. What I thought of Agatha Christie's book: I thought that she lead into the book extremely well by captivating the reader into thinking 'wow, what is going on?'. I the book I found that there were many characters to keep in mind all the time and it was difficult to keep up with all of their personalities at the same time. I rather liked how she made you think to your self while reading; 'What are the possibilites of this person commiting the crime?, What would this clue mean in the mystery?' and so on. She used beautifully descriptive words such as sullenly,outrageous, willingly, rebellious and dumbfounded. Naturally there were many more and these were just a few examples. I personally think that this book would do well for readers that are 15 or 16 years and older so it is easier to follow along with the complicated wording and all the characters. I enjoyed this genre very much and will read more of these fantastic books.
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Interesting twists but such cruelty and too twisted for the reader to get there.
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The Body in the Library — what a title to catch the eye of a bookworm! And especially the eye of a former library shelver bookworm like myself. Miss Marple stars in this Agatha Christie mystery that is complete with obnoxious policeman, devious witnesses, plenty of red herrings, and a brilliant finish. As in many of Christie's mysteries, the victim is never sentimentalized, and there are many people who would benefit from the victim's death. The work to discover the murderer is not a quest to avenge her, but a cool procedure of justice that must be done, even if the victim was a shallow, selfish gold digger. And yet there is a human element to the process as well; the body was found in Colonel Bantry's library, and if the murderer is never caught, suspicion will mark him out to be shunned in his circle of influence. His wife wisely sees that it will kill him in the end, which is why she enlists the help of her friend Miss Marple. If Miss Marple can't solve the mystery, no one can.Christie generally relies on well-established types to create her characters, and yet there is something compelling and memorable about them all the same. I liked the character of Conway Jefferson, though I'm not sure how his fatherly interest in Ruby Keene would be interpreted today. Christie's portrayal of Dinah Lee and her defiant attitude toward traditional morality is very insightful, and I love Miss Marple's compassion even toward people who are rude to her. The scene with the parents of Pamela Reeves is just heartbreaking. And that's something really very unexpected in a book like this, pigeonholed firmly in the murder-mystery genre. There's tragedy and humor mixed up together, and they don't negate one another. It's rather like real life, stylized as the art form of murder mysteries may be.I listened to this on audiobook read by Stephanie Cole, and it was excellent. Ms. Cole does a wonderful job with the characters' voices, especially that of Miss Marple. Cole perfectly captures the old maid's gentle, almost timid, but self-possessed and amused tone. Of course it's always so fun to have the case solved by the most unlikely, unimposing person imaginable. And prim little Miss Marple is a wonderful sleuth. Many times it's her womanly eye that catches the little details that the male policemen fail to notice. Poirot has long been a favorite detective of mine, but Miss Marple is definitely gaining on him!This story has less to do with libraries than the title implies, which was a bit of a disappointment to a library-lover like myself. But I certainly enjoyed it as a well-rounded, well-written mystery, and would recommend it (especially the audiobook version). If you haven't yet made Miss Marple's acquaintance and heard her theory of village parallels, The Body in the Library is a good place to start.
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The body of a young blonde is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry. The Bantry's call in their old friend, Miss Marple, to investigate the crime and Miss Marple is her brillant, shrewd self. It is discovered that the murdered girl was a young dancer at the resort in Danemouth. The cast of characters included a family with a tragic past, the tennis pro and a partying film producer. Only Miss Marple, with her knowledge of human nature and her suspicion of all, is able to sort it out. Even though this book was written in 1924, it felt fresh, fun and full of surprises. A great read; 4.5 out of 5.
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This one is delightful to read because Christie has such fun with the conventions of a village-cozy, almost-locked-room mystery. The local police and "film people" add much amusement.
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Substance: Vintage Christie, with fair play to the reader and shrewd insights into behavior.
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Another fun mystery by the queen.
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I found the best little copy of this book at a used book sale and needed something short and quick to read. It was well written with distinctive characters. I kept second guessing myself trying to figure out who did it.
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love the plot so much !! this book is one of my favorite case of miss maple , although Im more into poirot story .
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Compared to the first Miss Marple novel (The Murder at the Vicarage), The Body in the Library had its flaws. The original murder plan is not bad and I had no justified idea who did it until the end, but the story itself was too stiff in the center section. Christie’s characters are not really believable this time even though the ones like George Bartlett are interesting and humorous. The work of Melchett, Harper and Slack isn’t really entertaining and you immediately know that they will miss the point of the case and go just for the red herrings. Miss Marple’s reasoning in the final stages is really good though and one feels a bit stupid for not seeing it her way beforehand. But then even Miss Marple’s skills are not solely based on rational decisions; for example how she deceides to talk to Florence Small again is a bit lame and constructed. The Body in the Library isn’t as good as the first Miss Marple novel and if it weren’t for Christie herself I would give a 4.5 out of 5 rating. But compared to other Christie masterpieces this one is just not as good as it could have been.
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