The Body in the Library was first published in 1942 and was another case for the author's second most popular character, Miss Marple. When the book was published World War II was raging, and Christie, feeling that her readers needed some nostaligia to take their minds off the horrors in each days' newspaper, decided to bring back Miss Marple and set the story around the English seaside - the book was a celebration of the very essence of English life - "Everything we were then fighting to defend with a cryptic crime thrown in for good measure." Agatha Christie
The book was reviewed favorably with the Times rejoicing that Mrs Marple was back - "Professional detectives are no match for elderly spinsters and their old maid logic."
Miss Marple and her old maid knowledge was just what readers wanted and Agatha Christie had another iconic crime novel on her hands.