Book of My Choosing - 2018 · Book Review · Classic · Cozy Mystery · Crime/Thriller/Mystery/Horror

Book Review: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple, #3

Pages: 191
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!

my review

I picked up this book due to an Agatha Christie Readathon that James @ThisIsMyTruthNow is hosting during the month of April. The Body in the Library is my third Agatha Christie book! 

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.

My Rating3 stars


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!


5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

  1. I’m so glad you participated. Your note about Christie calling herself out in the book — how hilarious. I wonder if any authors had done that previously… might have to look that up.

    Her characters are definitely light. It may be the way these types of books worked in that time period. It’s the complete opposite of Henry James (though he was a few decades before) where everything was known. It’s a good balance, and I tend to fall for them as they create the British setting I like. And I’m a plot reader first, then character. Imagine how much more immersive it would be with an extra few pages per character! 🙂

    You are linked at : Join us to see all the other reviews in our Readathon!

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    1. Me too! I had to read that line twice and I laughed each time, lol. That’s a good question – I’m not sure if they have. I’ll have to pay more attention as I read to see if I can spot something similar.

      I was wondering if this way of writing was common more in the past. I think this is why I have a hard time with some extremely action-packed books/movies/shows because I would rather spend more time with the characters than see a dramatic sequence with people I don’t really know. That’s a good point – I bet this book would be amazing if we spent a few more pages with each character. 🙂

      Thank you for linking me, and I definitely have to check out the other reviews. Thank you for hosting! Can’t believe we’re approaching the last book of the readathon this week!

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    1. Thank you, Jasmine! It took me quite a while to pick up her books. I’m not sure why, but I am glad that James is hosting an Agatha Christie Readathon because it was the motivation I needed to pick up some of her books. If/When you have the chance to read her books, I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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