Title: The Body in the Library
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Ms Marple #2
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-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks.
But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?
The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery… before tongues start to wag
I love this book. I also love that Christie prefaces this book by telling the reader she is going to play with the trope of the body in the library by twisting it out of recognition. This is reflective in the number of time the words "Body in the Library" is repeated in the first chapter. It is really obvious that Agatha Christie was having fun with this one and it makes it such a fun read.
There are a lot of twists and turns and just when you think you have it worked out another red herring is thrown into the mix and you end up down the completely wrong path. I think it is just so well constructed as well as being incredibly funny. Ms Marple has such a sharp wit and she just shows it off marvellously in this book especially when she had Inspector Slack doing the running around for her. I used to prefer the Poirot Novels to that of Ms Marple but I am really enjoying the Marple series so far and I can’t wait to read more!
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