2008: 197. The Body in the Library

“Mrs. Bantry was dreaming.  Her sweet peas had just taken a First at the flower show.”

The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie

Ah, here is the one that first mentions Dolly Bantry (see The Mirror Crack’d).  Dolly is an old friend of Jane Marple’s.  One day she wakes up to be informed by the butler that there is a dead woman on the carpet of her library.  Since neither she nor her husband knows the girl, she is at first inclined to see the real live murder as a great lark.  Then she realizes that tongues will wag and that her husband will be the one who bears the brunt of it, and she decides that she needs to solve the crime and save his reputation.  So she calls her old friend, the crime loving Miss Marple and off we go!  This is classic Marple - a domestic murder in her own town of St. Mary Mead, and it is a well done basic Agatha Christie.  If you like the master, you’ll like this. 

Date/Place Completed: 11/25/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read, Agatha Christie Project

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017