The body in the library – Agatha Christie
Adelaide Jefferson — Conway Jefferson’s daughter-in-law, who could have told much more than she chose.
George Bartlett — A guest at the
Majestic, he was young, single, and almost too famous.
Peter Carmody — Conway Jefferson’s grandson, who had a keen interest in criminology.
Mark Gaskell — Conway Jefferson’s son-in-law, keen, ruthless, and disarmingly frank.
Conway Jefferson — A dynamic personality confined to a wheelchair.
Raymond Starr — Young tennis and dance pro at the Majestic, he was suave, smooth, and personable, with an eye for the main chance.
Sir Henry Clithering — Retired ex-commissioner of the Metropolitan
Police; a friend of Conway Jefferson and the Bantrys, with great respect for Miss Marple’s “ability.”
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Mrs. Bantry was dreaming. Her sweet peas had just taken a First at the flower show. The vicar, dressed in cassock and surplice, was giving out the prizes in church. His wife wandered past, dressed in a bathing suit, but, as is the blessed habit of dreams, this fact did not arouse the disapproval of the parish in the way it would assuredly have done in real life. Mrs. Bantry was enjoying her dream a good deal.
She usually did enjoy those early-morning dreams that were terminated by the arrival of early-morning tea. Somewhere in her inner consciousness was an awareness of the usual early-morning noises of the household. The rattle of the curtain rings on the stairs as the housemaid drew them, the noises of the second housemaid’s dustpan and brush in the passage outside. In the distance the heavy noise of the front-door bolt being drawn back.