The Classic Corner Review: The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (September 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 157912626X
ISBN-13: 978-1579126261
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Mrs. Bantry
Miss Marple
Police-Constable Palk


A body is found in a library. There is no clue how it got there, or who killed her. Miss Marple is called in by her friend Mrs. Bantry, while Constable Palk leads the police investigation.


This was a mystery in the classic sense of the word. You don’t know who the killer is, why, or how it occurred until the very near end of the book. There are many false clues (red herrings) thrown in and a lot of details to absorb on the way to obtaining the answers.

This was my first foray into reading an Agatha Christie novel. I found that for the average reader, some of the language and terminology might not be real clear. While the events were cleared up and made total sense in the end, it seems that there would have been no way to outguess Miss Marple, because some evidence came forth that the reader was never aware of.

However, that being said, this novel kept me entertained and guessing from beginning to end. There’s a few strong words, and themes, so it might not be appropriate for very young readers. Howver, for a quick mystery that will keep you on your toes, I think you’d probably enjoy this.

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One Response to “The Classic Corner Review: The Body in the Library – Agatha Christie”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    I have never read a book by this author and from your
    review it sounds like a good one to start of with.
    Thanks for introducting me to a new author.