Her old friend Mrs. Bantry has called Miss Marple in again. It seems that the body of a dead blonde lies on the library floor, much to the chagrin of the servants. Miss Marple is only too happy to help, as there's nothing she likes better than nosing around in other people's business. Stephanie Cole manages just the right tone for this breezy story of English village life of sixty years ago. Taking you back to a simpler time and place, Cole performs with a chatty intimacy that lets you feel you might be at the next table overhearing (in true Miss Marple fashion) some intriguing goings-on.
The early morning hours at Gossington Hall have taken a sinister turn. The body of a beautiful stranger has been discovered sprawled in front of Colonel Bantry's library hearth. Perfectly posed and dressed to the nines, the stylish blonde appears to have a natural flair for glamour-even in death.But why was she there? And who in Gossington Hall, wanted her death? Miss Jane Marple has her suspicions....
In my opinion, one of the better Miss Marples. Not too many suspects to bog it down and an easy to follow investigation that gives you plenty of opportunity to form your own hypothesis on who-dunit (isn't that what makes Christie novels so much fun?). Jane Marple stays out of the way most of the time so don't expect too many scenes with her.
I enjoyed this mystery. Christie is a good writer, though I haven't read much of her Miss Marple. I wasn't quite clear at the end why the murderers tried to hang it on who they did, but I was also tired when I finished, so maybe I just wasn't paying close enough attention. The village gossip aspect is interesting, and much different than the Poirot I'm used to reading.
If Nemesis is one of her best mysteries, this has to be her worst. In between reading classics, I give my brain a rest with some mindless reading. But, why do I read such drivel as this? I must have some masochistic complex. Why would someone dump a body in a person's library? When you get to the denouement this will seem even more ridiculous. True to form, Miss M solves the murders early in the game, yet leaves the police (who do all the leg work) and the rest of us in the dark until the end. How she surmises many of the facts is more ludicrous than the dumping of the body. At least this is one of her shortest novels.