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Cozy Mystery Book Club Goes Virtual: Wednesday May 27, 6:30pm (From Organizations)
Lopez Island
May 11, 2020
Posted by Lopez Library (Lopez Island Library), Lopez Island

Cozy up in your own home with your choice of beverage and snack for the Lopez Library’s first Zoom (videoconference) Cozy Mystery Book Club.

What’s a ‘Cozy?’ No, not that thing you put on your teapot. In the mystery world, a cozy is a traditional whodunit where the focus is on an amateur sleuth in a small community. This kind of mystery is distinguished by what it doesn’t have―no graphic violence, intimacy, or language―the emphasis is on the clues and characters.

Join Beth and Ingrid for the classic cozy, The Body in the Library (Miss Marple book 3) by Agatha Christie on Wednesday May 27 at 6:30pm. (It is not necessary to have read books 1 and 2 prior.) When Colonel and Mrs. Bantry find the corpse of a beautiful girl in their library, they rely upon their good friend Miss Marple to solve the crime. The book is available on Hoopla (no waiting) and Overdrive/Libby as an e-book and an audiobook. Please contact us if you need help accessing these materials: beth@lopezlibrary.org.

Scroll down for discussion questions to ponder as you’re reading or after you’ve finished the book. Warning: some questions may contain spoilers.

Book Clubs usually last 75-90 minutes, and we are planning for that, but will understand if anyone finds that to be too much Zoom.

The Zoom link will be posted here closer to the 27th.


Discussion Questions for The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

1. Which character could you relate to best and why?
2. Choose a favorite passage or two to share.
3. What events in the story stand out for you as memorable and why?
4. Were any of the themes relevant in your life?
5. Was the setting important to the story and why?
6. The book was published in 1942; does it feel dated?
7. Do you think adopting an 18-year-old girl is odd?
8. How does this book expose the class lines in the British society in the middle of the 20thcentury?
9. What do you think of Miss Marple knowing who the killer is but not letting the reader know until she can prove it?
10. Finally, what did you like or dislike about the book that we haven’t discussed already?