During the recent March Mystery Madness readathon, I had the opportunity to read quite a few fantastic mystery novels…many of which I’d never read before. One of the books I read for the very first time was The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie.
The Body in the Library begins when the body of a young woman is found in Colonel and Mrs. Bantry’s library, apparently strangled to death. The murdered woman is a complete stranger to both the colonel and his wife, a fact which puzzles both the police and the members of the household.
Mrs. Bantry quickly invites her good friend, Miss Marple, to their home at Gossington Hall to consult about the murder, and she agrees to look into the matter. But as Miss Marple and the police conduct their investigations, they find that there is no shortage of suspects, because nearly everyone who knew the victim has something to hide.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Body in the Library! It was a fantastic mystery, and one that I found impossible to put down. Despite my plan to read “just a few chapters” before bed, I became so invested in the story that I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting!
One of the things I liked most about this book was the large pool of suspects. While I’m a big fan of mysteries in general, the kind I like best are the mysteries that are able to keep me guessing about the identity of the murderer up until the very end. The Body in the Library is definitely one of those books.
Whether you are a fan of Agatha Christie, Miss Marple, or mystery novels in general, I definitely recommend taking the time to read The Body in the Library. It’s a great book that I’m sure mystery lovers will enjoy. If you do have the opportunity to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.