NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, December 15, 2008


by Agatha Christie

As I'm trying to whip through Agatha Christie novels to finish out the Anything Agatha Challenge before the end of the year, I thought I'd give Poirot a break and catch up with Miss Marple. The Body in the Library was Christie's first Miss Marple book after a ten year break from the endearing old lady from St. Mary Mead. In this caper, the dead body of a woman no one seems to know is found in the library of Miss Marple's friends, the Bantry's. The police are stumped, but they don't pay attention to the town gossip the way Miss Marple does!

Jane Marple is a fun change from Hercule Poirot. Where Poirot is on the conceited side of intellectual ability, Miss Marple is simply an astute old woman who has learned a lot about human nature over her long years. She not adverse to using gossip as clues and sharing her wealth of knowledge of the townsfolk to assist local law enforcement. The Marple mysteries seem lighter and more amusing than Poirot's, but sometimes that's just the variation a reader is looking for. It was perfect for curling up under the electric blanket and ignoring that snowstorm we had last night!


Katherine said...

It's been a long time since I read The Body in the Library! Thanks for the review.

Lezlie said...

Katherine ~ You're welcome! It was definitely a great way to spend an evening! :-)


Anonymous said...

I have this book scheduled for a challenge next year. I love the Miss Marple books!

Lezlie said...

Lynne ~ They are like popcorn, aren't they? A great snack before bedtime. :-)


Kim L said...

Ah, the wonderful Miss Marple. I love her! It has been too long since I've read any of her books... maybe I need to find an appropriate challenge for next year!

Lezlie said...

Kim ~ "At Bertram's Hotel", "4:50 From Paddington", and "The Moving Finger" all fit into the 2009 What's In A Name Challenge. I was checking that out, too. :-)