ISBN 9780007293216,The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 2002

ISBN 9780007293216

ISBN-10 0007293216


Language (English)

Miss Marple, a friend of Mrs. Bantry, has her suspicions about the murder of the blonde woman. She suspects that the murderer could be anybody from the colonel’s neighbour to the relatives of a wealthy widower. The blonde, whose body is found at Gossington Hall, is not only beautiful, but also appears quite poised, glamorous and sophisticated, even in death. It is evident that she has been strangled to death after being heavily drugged. However, there is nobody to claim the body, or even recognize her. Also, it is established that she was a virgin at the time of her death.

As the investigation progresses, it is discovered that the blonde woman had been about to inherit a huge lineage just before her death, and this is when the investigation take a sharp turn. The main suspects in The Body In The Libraryare Basil, a neighbour of Colonel Bantry, who has been known to date a woman with similar features to that of the victim, Mark and Adelaide, the son-in-law and daughter-in-law of Mr. Conway, a widower.

Miss Marple sets out to find the killer and tells Mrs. Bantry that her neighbour, Basil Blake, who is also the son of Mrs. Bantry’s school friend, could possibly be behind the murder. It is open knowledge that the colonel always disliked Basil. Later, the body is recognized by a cousin and colleague of the victim as that of a bar dancer, who was about to be adopted by one Mr. Conway. Mr. Conway, infatuated by the victim, had decided to disown his son-in-law, Mark, and daughter-in-law, Adelaide, and leave a huge fortune to the victim. Proceeding with her suspicions, Miss Marple discovers a startling truth in the climax, but has no evidence to prove the same.

Miss Marple’s trademark style of investigation makes full use of her experience and intelligence, her innate understanding of human nature and the ability to follow clues in a very intelligent way.

About Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie is a well-known British author of crime thriller novels.

Other books by the author are Black Coffee, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, After The Funeral, 4.50 From Paddington, Thirteen At Dinner and And Then There Were None. She also wrote the longest running play in the history of the world,The Mousetrap.

She has been recognized as the bestselling author of all time by the Guinness Book Of World Records. She was born to a wealthy family in Torquay and had been an avid reader since her childhood. Later, she went to France to receive formal education. During her youth, she wrote for and performed in theatres. She was married twice, and passed away at the age of 85 in 1976.