Agatha Christie – The Body in the Library (1942)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Library or a Book
Date Finished: January 30, 2017
TBR #11
Follow the Clues step #11: from Body to Body.

Miss Marple returns after 12 years, not counting short stories, to investigate a dead body found in the library of the local aristocrats. The mystery leads to a missing dancer at a nearby resort hotel. The dancer, identified by her cousin, has become involved with a wealthy invalid and is about to be adopted by him, to the dismay of his heirs. Miss Marple is consulted by both the aristocrats, as well as by the police, and quickly determines the identity of the murderer, long before anyone else.

The novel is fairly short, with Miss Marple appropriately remaining in the background for much of the story. The focus is, as it should be, on the suspects, and not on the quirks of the detective. When Marple does appear, she is sharp, focused, and doesn’t prattle on about tea or knitting, as modern cozies would. The plot has a Christie-twist, a bit of humor, and is a much better read than expected.

The back cover has the books, spelling DEATH, for the cover scavenger hunt.

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