The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (September 1, 2006)
Bleached blonde girl clad in not-new spangled evening gown is found strangled in the library of old Colonel Arthur and Dolly Bantry, best friends to Miss Jane Marple. The village spinster, expert in human nature and motivations for murder, notes closely clipped nails, commonly bitten at that age, unlike talons usual to Josie’s job of professional Hotel dancer.
I haven’t read a Christie book in a long time, so I decided to pick one up. This book has all the things I used to love about her books.
The characters are all interesting. Some are a little (or a lot) quirky and they each have their own personality traits that make the book a great read. Some are loyal, intuitive, adventurous, discreet, observant, imaginative, and of course Miss Marple has a keen eye that picks up things others disregard. Not all the characters have good qualities though, some are dishonest, rude, quarrelsome, self centered and/or sneaky.Add all those up and you have a very interesting book that will keep you wanting to read to the end.
As for the murderer, I never did figure out who it was and was a little surprised when they were found out. I loved this book and now I want to read more from Agatha Christie!
The book is short at only 192 pages, but is such a good story that it left a big impression on me. It’s one of those books that will be in my mind for a long time. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone whether they are a mystery lover or not.