15/05/2001

The Body in the Library (by Agatha Christie)

There is, of course, a certain sameness to many of Agatha Christie's crime novels. She found a successful formula, and used it repeatedly.

'The Body in the Library' is one such book. It begins when a dead body is discovered, in Myrs Bantry's library. The police are called, as well as Mrs Bantry's friend Miss Marple.

Unexpected twists occur as Miss Marple sets to work to solve the mystery. Naturally, she does it a great deal more effectively than the police!

I thought this was a good light read, but nothing special. Nevertheless, it's been consistently in print in both the USA and UK for many years.

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