Genre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery/Crime/Classic
Publication Date: February 1942
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Deception, Honesty, Loyalty
A dead young woman has been found in the Bantry household’s library! Who is she? How did she get there? More importantly will the culprit be found before another murder takes place?
Who’s going to solve the mystery? Why, Miss Marple, of course!
There were some gems in the novel that made me either smile or laugh. For instance, there was a young boy interested in detective work and mentioned how he loved reading mystery stories. The part I laughed at was when he specifically mentioned how he loved reading Agatha Christie books! It was so silly that I give Christie credit for making a joke like this within her book.
As far as the general story goes, The Body in the Library was more of a plot-driven book. Though I do prefer a balance of both plot- and character-driven storylines, I did really enjoy Miss Marple’s persona even if we don’t really get to know her very well in this book. She had a lightness and sophistication about her that I found endearing.
In the beginning, I was excited – who wouldn’t like a story where the opening sequence is a body found in a library? It definitely seemed intriguing, and for a while, I felt the excitement. However, as the story progressed, there were some ups and downs for me. I think this was caused by me guessing who was the culprit earlier on in the novel. Also, I would have liked to see more of Miss Marple’s thought process as she inevitably solved the mystery. It seemed like one moment she wasn’t really involved, then the next she just knew who committed the crime.
Overall, the storyline was a fun one, but I think it needed more character development and a bit more of Miss Marple.
I would recommend this one to those who are Agatha Christie fans and who enjoy a short and simple murder mystery.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
18 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!