In Chapter 9 Colonel Melchett states that "there's still one thing to be done. It’s a short book, but I assure you it will not affect the quality of it and you’ll enjoy this mystery which leaves you hanging until the end when all is explained. In light of these remarks, this novel can be considered a conscious reworking of the genre. In addition, Adelaide Jefferson's son, Peter Carmody, plays at being a detective and inadvertently provides a unique source of information. Miss Marple recalls a similar situation. Together they interview Conway and discover that he was going to adopt Ruby, disinherit Mark and Adelaide, and settle £ 50,000 on her. I love her writing style, love her characterisation and the mystery she weaves. With a new will in preparation, what would the heirs think? The shift of locations of action, from Miss Marple's village to a seaside resort hotel, were good for the story, "St Mary Mead regulars figure in the case, pleasantly diversified by fashionable seaside hotel guests and the film crowd." Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? Miss Marple learns from friend Florence that Pamela had been approached by a film producer and offered a screen test that evening, which was why she did not go directly home. Why did they need to lure Pamela (I think that was her name) to a film test and then murder her and pose her as Ruby? When this year's classic bingo board in the group catching up on classics featured a classic mystery square, I used this as an opportunity to once again catch up with the Queen of Crime and the village of St Mary Mead's resident detective. Another great Christie read. However, Mrs Bantry is determined that the crime should be solved, aware that suspicion will fall on her husband ("no smoke without fire...") and wisely calls in Miss Marple. The body in the library.". The story is enjoyable but I feel like there's something I'm not getting. She shares this with Dolly. ", An unnamed reviewer in the Toronto Daily Star of 21 March 1942 said, "It doesn't take long to read this one, but the two killings in it are made so mysterious that you will not want to lay the book down until the killer is caught." An excellent and very enjoyable read. They are married but tell no one in the village. You're Dolly, wife of the respectable Colonel Bantry, living in the lovely little village of St. Mary Mead. Guests saw Ruby as late as 11 pm dancing with George Bartlett, but Ruby did not appear for her dance demonstration at midnight. [Why was it necessary to kill the school girl ? In her Author's Foreword, Christie describes "the body in the library" as a cliché of detective fiction. The dead body of a murdered girl is found in the library of Colonel Bantry.Another very entertaining Christie mystery. While explaining how she concluded who the murderers were and how the widowed Mr Jefferson became so quickly enamoured of a girl, knowing so little of her, Miss Marple mentioned the old story The King and the Beggar-maid as a model for that sort of instant emotional reaction. Basil returns and confesses that after getting drunk and fighting with Dina at a studio party, he returned and found Ruby lying strangled to death on "his" hearthrug. 2005, Marple Facsimile edition (Facsimile of 1942 UK first edition), 7 November 2005, Hardcover; This page was last edited on 2 October 2020, at 15:45. It's a classic Christie, f. There's a small note to the reader at the very beginning of this novel in which Agatha Christie basically writes, "the trope of the body in the library is very common throughout detective fiction so I wrote this novel to fuck shit up". This book will hold your attention from the first chapter, it will impress you with the brilliantly crafted lines and take you straight into the murder scene. He finds the dead body of a young woman on the hearth rug in the library, dressed up and with platinum blonde hair. The drugging of the first victim is revealed later. The U.S. edition retailed at $2.00 and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6). Basil is well known for dating a young platinum blonde girl, called Dinah Lee. She visits Dinah Lee; Basil returns home, and he reveals how he found the corpse on the hearth rug around midnight when he came home rather drunk after a party. Thankfully the crime is exciting enough for us to overlook that minor setback. Ruby Keene: She is the younger cousin of Josie, and a dancer using that stage name. Dr Haydock: Doctor who performs the post-mortem on the first body, found in the Bantrys' library. Conway calls Sir Henry Clithering to join the investigation; Sir Henry sees Miss Marple at the hotel and in turn invites her to investigate. Miss Marple, Sir Henry and the Bantrys once again book into the Majestic (they had briefly left), but this time with Colonel Bantry, Melchett and Harper. Conway Jefferson takes a shine to her, going so far as to say he will adopt her and make her his heir once he alters his will. Explore Wikis; Community Central; Start a Wiki; Search Sign In Don't have an account? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The reviewer concludes, "Police do a lot of probing, but it is the shrewd reasoning - intuition perhaps - of Jane Marple that finds the missing link and discloses a diabolical plot. Panicking, he dumped Ruby in the Bantry's library. The reviewer concludes, "Police do a lot of probing, but it is the shrewd reasoning – intuition perhaps – of Jane Marple that finds the missing link and discloses a diabolical plot. Five Little PigsMarple: The Moving Finger. [2] The US edition retailed at $2.00[1] and the UK edition at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6). However, it is more likely a reference to the popular phrase 'cherchez la femme', meaning that there is frequently a woman behind a man's behaviour and motives in detective stories; since in this novel the victim was a girl, who was presumed to have a male lover, the phrase was changed jokingly by the detective. In Christie's Cards on the Table, published six years earlier, Anne Meredith knows Ariadne Oliver as the writer of a book called The Body In the Library.

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