Book choice for May 2017

The Body in the Library [suggested by Uzma Ali]

The Body in the Library

It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks.

But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery... before tongues start to wag. [Description from author's website linked below]

The book has a Wikipedia page and was adapted for the screen in 1984 (see also IMDb).

The Body in the Library also has a dedicated page on the author's website.

Author's Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

 

Shortlisted for this month

The book selector for the month can choose up to three books for nomination. This month Uzma's other choices, continuing the "library" theme, were:

The Library

The Library

A cycle of six thematically linked stories, droll renditions of the nightmares ensuing upon misplaced, or (of course) excessive, bibliophilia. A writer encounters a website where all his possible future books are on display; a lonely man faces an infinite flow of hardback books through his mailbox; an ordinary library turns by night into an archive of souls; the Devil sets about raising standards of infernal literacy; one book houses all books; a connoisseur of hardcovers strives to expel a lone paperback from his collection. Winner of the 2003 World Fantasy Award Longlisted for 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. [product description from Amazon]

 

Author's Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

 

This Book is Overdue!

This Book is Overdue!

Buried in info? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper, disks, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians--they can help!

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that, in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us--expert and hopelessly baffled alike--can get along without human help. And not just any help: we need librarians, the only ones who can save us from being buried by the digital age. This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals--from the blunt and obscenely funny bloggers to the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI. These are the pragmatic idealists who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.

The book has an entry on the author's website.

Author's Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

 

 

 

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