The Body in the Library

Miss Marple #3

Agatha Christie

fiction Classics Crime Mystery
mysterious fast-paced

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Colonel Bantry has found the strangled body of an exotic blonde bombshell lying on his library hearth - and the neighbors are beginning to talk! When Miss Marple takes an interest, though, things begin to move along nicely, and its all far more convoluted - and sordid - than the genteel Bantrys could have imagined.

A curmudgeonly financier, his self-absorbed adult children, a couple of pragmatic and clever hotel workers, tons of money and influence, a wild local lad, some smitten girls, the film business, mix into a classic Christie plot filled with twists, turns, and double-backs galore. Plus the glorious settings of A Great House, a fancy Hotel, and an excessively genteel little village, and let's not forget Miss Marple...

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summary of 738 ratings (see reviews)


mysterious 100%
lighthearted 35%
relaxing 28%
dark 21%
funny 21%
adventurous 14%
tense 14%
sad 7%


medium 53%
fast 46%

Strong character development?

No: 84% | It's complicated: 15%

Loveable characters?

No: 38% | It's complicated: 30% | Yes: 30%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 85% | Yes: 14%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 38% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 30%

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