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Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library

First Published

Collins, London, May. 1942
Dodd Mead, New York, Feb. 1942
The Saturday Evening Post, May.10-Jun.21 1941


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks.

But who is she? How did she get there? And what's the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery...before tongues start to wag.


Miss Jane Marple, Colonel Bantry, Dolly Bantry, Conway Jefferson, Adelaide Jefferson, Peter Carmody, Hugo McLean, Mark Gaskell, Josie Turner, Ruby Keene, Raymond Starr, Basil Blake, Pamela Reeve, Sir Henry Clithering, Colonel Melchett, Det. Insp. Slack, George Bartlett, Florrie Small, Edwards, P.C. Bill Polk, Dinah Lee, Lorrimer, Mary, Mr Prescott

Movie & TV

The Body In The Library
Agatha Christie's MISS MARPLE, 1984
director Silvio Narizzano
writer T. R. Bowen
cast Joan Hickson(Miss Marple), Andrew Cruickshank(Conway Jefferson), Keith Drinkel(Mark Gaskell), Raymond Francis(Sir Henry Clinthering), David Horovitch(Slack), Frederick Jaeger(Colonel Melchett), Ciaran Madden(Adelaide Jefferson), Anthony Smee(Basil Blake), Trudie Styler(Josie Turner), Gwen Watford(Dolly Bantry)
The Body in the Library
Agatha Christie's MARPLE Season 1, 2004
director Andy Wilson
writer Kevin Elyot
cast Geraldine McEwan(Miss Jane Marple), Joanna Lumley(Dolly Bantry), Simon Callow(Colonel Melchett), Ian Richardson(Conway Jefferson), Tara Fitzgerald(Adelaide Jefferson), Jamie Theakston(Mark Gaskell), Jack Davenport(Superintendent Harper), Adam Garcia(Raymond Starr), David Walliams(George Bartlett), Ben Miller(Basil Blake)
Un cadavre sur l'oreiller
Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie, 2011
director Éric Woreth
writer Sylvie Simon
cast Antoine Duléry, Marius Colucci, Valérie Sibilia, Juliet Lemonnier, Nicolas Abraham, Charles Templon, Vernon Dobtcheff


  1. Official Site: The Body in the Library
  2. Wikipedia: The Body in the Library
  3. IMDb: Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984)
  4. IMDb: Marple: The Body in the Library (2004)
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