The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Series)

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Series)

by Agatha Christie
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The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Series) by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie's genius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart—or the dark passions that can stop it—better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.

The Body in the Library

The body of a beautiful blonde is found in the library of Gossington Hall. What the young woman was doing in the quiet village of St. Mary Mead is precisely what Jane Marple means to find out. Amid rumors of scandal, Miss Marple baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

Author Biography:

Agatha Christie is the world's best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.

Agatha Christie also wrote six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four nonfiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband Sir Max Mallowan.

Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671424121
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1981
Series: Miss Marple Series

About the Author

Agatha Christie, the acknowledged ‘Queen of Detective Fiction’ (The Observer) was born in Torquay in 1890. During the First World War she worked as a hospital dispenser, and it was here that she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons that was to prove so useful in her detective stories. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. This was published in 1920 (although in fact she had written it during the war) and was followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. This novel, with its complex plot and genuinely shocking conclusion, attracted considerable public attention and has since been acknowledged by many experts as a masterpiece. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. The brilliance of Christie’s plots, and her enduring appeal, have led to a number of dramatisations of her work on radio, television and film. In 1930 she was one of a number of crime writers asked to contribute a chapter to a mystery, Behind the Screen, that was broadcast on BBC radio on 21st June that year. More recently, June Whitfield portrayed Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4, whilst John Moffat starred as Hercule Poirot. On screen, Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie have all memorably played Agatha Christie’s famous sleuths. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theatre) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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The Body in the Library (Miss Marple Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
actorsaudio More than 1 year ago
The Body In The Library is one of the classic Miss Marple Mysteries. It is a quick read and definitely worth the time. If you like Miss Marple this is one of her best cases. It really gives an interesting look at life in England at that point in time. The body of a young, beautiful blonde woman mysteriously appears in the library of a wealthy man's home and no one seems to know how it got there. The woman worked as a professional dancer in a rural club in England. By today's standards, her job was pretty tame. The club was frequented by older people who liked to play bridge. No hanky-panky so to speak. She frequently talked to older people, and occasionally she would dance with a male partner who was a professional dancer to entertain the older people. So, how did she end up dead? Needless to say, there are many suspects, but the mystery revolves around how the body ended up in the rich man's library. I'll give you a clue: "This young blonde wasn't looking for a good book to read! In fact, it was never established that she could read." But, I can assure you Agatha Christie hides the answer right up to the very end, and when Miss Marple solves the case, you will be completely satisfie and say: "Why didn't I think of that?" This is a very interesting period piece told with great expository writing that gives the reader an interesting look at another time and another place. I've read most of Agatha Christie, and somehow I missed this one. The book cover caught my eye, and I found this one quite good.
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Agent_of_Change More than 1 year ago
I like Agatha Christie. I enjoy all of her stories and this was no less enjoyable. Yes, it's predictable, but it's still a fun read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this Jane Marple mystery, there were really no suprises or twists. Althouh it was enjoyable, it moved very slowly, but with a lot of Jane Marple, it is bearable. I wouldn't recomend it to any of Christie's fans, but if your into that kind of slow moving murders, read this one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not as good as the one I'm reading now, which is pretty interesting. There was only one twist, but it was good nevertheless. The murderer(s) were quite a surprise, as usual. It was interesting, but could be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt this was an interesting and clever, although rather short, mystery. Sadly it got very confusing as this edition, put out by Appletons, was missing several paragraphs and even a full page or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I am a big fan of Agatha Christe's work, and I didn't like this very much. It was dull, had no twists and turns, just plain old mystery. If you like that kind of stuff, then I guess you'll like this. They say the same things over and over. I don't really recommend this to any of Christe's fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How disappointng! How could Agatha Christie make such a horrid book, it's just not like her! I could put the book down! And I'm not the only one who thinks this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the worst Agatha Christie yet!i wasn't shocked at all about who did it. it was just so obvious! and there was like one twist and that was about the 2 bodies. if you buy this book you're wasting your money! This is a Don't read.i don't even think anyone who likes slow mysteries would like the book. It is very, VERY disappointing and very, very, very, VERY boring. I assure you that when you read this book, you'll want your money back!!I give this book a one-star which means poor. It was not poorly written but it had a poor plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Delightful Story, ending was a bit confusing. There was too much going on. Though, novel is quite appealing
Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie set of 1,000 copies and the 70 novels. But each Agatha Christie likes cozy mysteries. However, The Body in the Library is a cozy mystery novel. We kill by a man and Miss Marple has a detective series by Agatha Christie.