Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

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Title: The Body in the Library
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Miss Marple, Book 3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Paperback: 207 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
The body of a beautiful blonde is found in the library of Gossington Hall. What the young woman was doing in the quiet village of St. Mary Mead is precisely what Jane Marple means to find out. Amid rumors of scandal, Miss Marple baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Mystery stories were what started my reading addiction, and although I don't read them that much anymore, it's comforting to return to the genre that made me love reading in the first place. Agatha Christie is an all-time favorite of mine (as can be said for a lot of you, probably!), and while I've read a lot of Hercule Poirot, I haven't read a lot of Miss Marple, which is a shame. The Body in the Library is the third in the series and it's Christie's successful attempt to take a cliched topic and turn it on its head.

I really enjoyed this book. It's perfect summer reading, with its short length and fast-paced plot. As always with Christie's books, the characters are remarkable. There is so much humor and silliness amid all the drama and sleuthing, which makes these books pure entertaining, fun.

The ending was clever and I actually didn't see the twist at the end, which was a nice surprise. It was, however, rushed and I wish we could have actually seen the playout of Miss Marple's trap instead of a recap of it, but that's the only flaw I can find in this book.

In short, this is one mystery that will keep you in suspense all the while keeping a smile on your face. If you find yourself with a few extra hours this summer, definitely keep The Body in the Library in mind.