lunedì 14 settembre 2015
The body in the library
Dolly Bantry calls upon her old friend Miss Marple when the strangled corpse of an unknown blonde girl is found in the library of her home, Gossington Hall.
The body of a young woman is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs Bantry. Mrs Bantry immediately calls in her old friend, Miss Marple, to investigate the crime. The body is identified as a dancer, Ruby Keene, who had worked at a nearby hotel and was in no way connected to the Bantrys. It is also discovered that the young lady had attached herself to a rich old man and his family and that he had been planning to adopt her and leave her money
in his will. Soon afterwards, the body of another young woman is found in a burned-out car. She is thought to be a girl guide who had disappeared on the same day as the dancer. The crimes seem unrelated, but Miss Marple starts to investigate and finds a connection that enables her to solve the mystery. The old man’s son-in-law and his secret wife, Josie Turner, had killed the two girls and made Ruby Keene appear to be the Girl Guide, and vice versa, in order to confuse the police and Miss Marple and give themselves an alibi. They had killed Ruby Keene in an attempt to secure the old man’s money. Miss Marple discovers the truth and the couple are caught.
Se avete letto quanto scritto sopra, avrete già capito che il romanzo si snoda in due direzioni, i crimini commessi sembrano totalmente slegati all'inizio, ed il lettore è portato a pensare che l'uccisione della seconda ragazza non abbia niente a che fare con la prima, ma in realtà, la perseveranza di Miss Marple riesce a dipanare il mistero, mettendo in evidenza ancora una volta un lato oscuro dell'animo umano. Come al solito, anche la lettura di questo romanzo è stata molto piacevole, inquadrata nel mio piccolo progetto 'leggere qualcosa in inglese è meglio di niente'...