Book 10 of 2018: The Body in the Library

This morning I finally wrapped up book 10 of 2018 – I have to admit, I’m feeling really proud of myself right now. This time last year I hadn’t even picked up a single book. I was determined to read one book every day until the 15th of January but my mind’s not been totally with me the last few days.

Despite studying English Literature for at least 6/7 years, I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never paid much interest to Agatha’s Christie’s work and honestly, I have no idea why. I can only assume it’s because her works are so famous. I have this weird thing about not following the crowd.

I read Murder on the Orient Express at the end of last year because I thought the movie would be fantastic (I was wrong, it was awful) but I really enjoyed the book. I realized, among my 200 books I had The Body in the Library, and it fits the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge Prompt: A book that takes place in a library or bookstore.

Now normally I read the real thriller stories. The kind that completely mess with your head and leave your shivering in fear as you hide under the bed covers, but I’m starting to warm to these fairly calm, detective stories.

I’d give this book 4 stars because I absolutely love the way Christie writes. There’s a real old-fashioned elegance in her words and the way she directs your suspicion from person to person without you even questioning her is brilliant.

At least twice I thought, ‘yup! It’s definitely him / her’ and then a few pages later I think, ‘wait, what? Of course it’s not them!’

Great twists in the story, well-rounded characters without wasting time on giving them pointless traits or flaws. I don’t know how she did it, but she’s a real genius!

What Agatha Christie books have you enjoyed?
If you’re in the UK is there any you’d like to book swap with me?
Please let me know your opinions or any recommendations you have.


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