The Body in the Library pdf
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The Body in the Library book
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition
Publish date: April 12, 2011
Pages: 224 eBook pages can be different
Genres: Crime, Detective
The idea of a dead body in the library was a classic of a detective story in the early 20th century and Ms. Christie presents it here as a ‘Variation on a well-known theme’. In the most traditional library of Colonel Bantry, a dead body of a young girl is found and to rustle up the mystery she has created a family of an old, crippled man, a tennis player, a young girl guide, a dance emcee, a film man etc. And to solve this, we have our dear Miss Jane Marple. The book was 1st published in 1942 and has been twice adapted since for Television series.
The story opens as the servants find the dead body of a stifled blonde girl in the library one early morning and the police investigation starts. The 1st suspect is a man named Basil Blake who is associated with films and is seen with a blonde girl akin to the girl found dead in the library, but his companion is alive. The body is identified as that of a Ruby Keene, by her cousin Josie who is a dance emcee at the Majestic Hotel, Dane mouth. Along with the police, we learn that Ruby had come to act as a dance emcee for a short period in lieu of Josie who couldn’t dance due to a broken ankle. We meet Mr. Jefferson, an old cripple who had lost his spouse, son and daughter in an accident and whose family now consists of his daughter-in-law Adelaide and son-in-law Mark Gaskell.
However, Adelaide and Mark respected and took care of Mr. Jefferson, they were now ready to set off with their life and Mr. Jefferson, feeling a little deserted, had taken a liking to Ruby. Ruby took full advantage of the situation and Mr. Jefferson had decided to adopt her and settle an amount of 50,000 pounds on her. This meant that his son-in-law and daughter-in-law will lose substantial amount of money and hence, had a reason to kill Ruby.
To add spice to the mystery, another dead body is found burnt in a car and is identified as that of a girl guide called Pamela. Were the 2 murders linked? What really had happened? Finally, Miss Marple comes up with the answer and along with the police she lays the trap to arrest the real murderer. A typical, enthralling, Agatha Christie thriller.
Christie writes with typical British fun and humor, ironic observations appearing here and there, such as a reference to a woman who regularly attended to the poor, no matter how hard they tried to avoid her. Miss Marple’s character is cleverer than everyone else, but not in the least haughty about it, finding lavish praise somewhat trying and glancing any boastful claims about her talents.
An enjoyable read, I recommend this book for a quiet afternoon or evening when it can lure you right into polite English country society and please with its light sense of humor. It’s easy to see why Christie’s books have such everlasting appeal.
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