The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries)

By Agatha Christie

The Queen of poser has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the stated mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth leave out Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and such a lot of different unforgettable characters—brings her whole oeuvre of creative whodunits, locked room mysteries, and puzzling puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. The physique within the Library, wearing a night dress and really useless, is a stranger to the good Bantrys…so they invite leave out Marple into their domestic to investigate.

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He—he will get all het up really simply. Being an invalid, I suggest. ” Melchett handed on from that. He requested: “Who used to be the younger guy with whom you final observed your cousin dancing? ” “His name’s Bartlett. He’d been there approximately ten days. ” “Were they on very pleasant phrases? ” “Not particularly, I may still say. no longer that I knew, besides. ” back a curious observe of anger in her voice. “What does he need to say? ” “Said that once their dance Ruby went upstairs to powder her nostril. ” “That used to be whilst she replaced her costume? ” “I think so. ” “And that's the very last thing you recognize? After that she just—” “Vanished,” acknowledged Josie. “That’s correct. ” “Did omit Keene be aware of anyone in St. Mary Mead? Or during this neighbourhood? ” “I don’t be aware of. She can have performed. you notice, an excessive amount of younger males come into Danemouth to the Majestic from all around approximately. I wouldn’t recognize the place they lived until they occurred to say it. ” “Did you ever listen your cousin point out Gossington? ” “Gossington? ” Josie appeared patently wondered. “Gossington corridor. ” She shook her head. “Never heard of it. ” Her tone carried conviction. there has been interest in it too. “Gossington Hall,” defined Colonel Melchett, “is the place her physique was once came upon. ” “Gossington corridor? ” She stared. “How striking! ” Melchett suggestion to himself: “Extraordinary’s the notice! ” Aloud he acknowledged: “Do you recognize a Colonel or Mrs. Bantry? ” back Josie shook her head. “Or a Mr. Basil Blake? ” She frowned a little bit. “I imagine I’ve heard that identify. certain, I’m yes I have—but I don’t have in mind whatever approximately him. ” The diligent Inspector Slack slid throughout to his more suitable officer a web page torn from his workstation. On it was once pencilled: “Col. Bantry dined at Majestic final week. ” Melchett regarded up and met the Inspector’s eye. the executive Constable flushed. Slack was once an industrious and zealous officer and Melchett disliked him plenty. yet he couldn't fail to remember the problem. The Inspector was once tacitly accusing him of favouring his personal class—of protecting an “old tuition tie. ” He became to Josie. “Miss Turner, I should still such as you, should you don't brain, to accompany me to Gossington corridor. ” Coldly, defiantly, nearly ignoring Josie’s murmur of assent, Melchett’s eyes met Slack’s. 4 I St. Mary Mead was once having the main interesting morning it had recognized for a very long time. omit Wetherby, a long-nosed, acidulated spinster, was once the 1st to unfold the intoxicating details. She dropped in upon her good friend and neighbour omit Hartnell. “Forgive me coming so early, expensive, yet i assumed, might be, you mightn’t have heard the inside track. ” “What information? ” demanded leave out Hartnell. She had a deep bass voice and visited the negative indefatigably, in spite of the fact that not easy they attempted to prevent her ministrations. “About the physique in Colonel Bantry’s library—a woman’s body—” “In Colonel Bantry’s library? ” “Yes. Isn’t it bad? ” “His terrible spouse. ” leave out Hartnell attempted to hide her deep and ardent excitement. “Yes, certainly. I don’t feel she had any suggestion. ” leave out Hartnell saw censoriously: “She inspiration an excessive amount of approximately her backyard and never sufficient approximately her husband.

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