Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Middle Sister's May Read

Yup, another month where I finished just one book. But it was a classic: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. This was the second Miss Marple, and there were dramatic differences between the first two books in the series, separated by eight years. Miss Marple is almost a secondary character in Murder in the Vicarage, but by Body in the Library, there are numerous allusions to her skill as a detective. She's also much more likeable as a character. 

And Dame Agatha has evolved as a writer, no doubt influenced by the politics of the 1930s. There's a subtext of classism that is not explored, but is very explicit.

I've read all of these before, but one of my online book groups is reading all the Miss Marple books in order. It's casting a fresh light on these old favorites.

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