Where to start with: Agatha Christie

Where to start with: Agatha Christie

1/21/2022 10:57:00 PM

Where to start with: Agatha Christie

Kicking off our new monthly guides to an author’s work, crime novelist Janice Hallett puts the spotlight on the creator of Miss Marple and Poirot

is its original title. Otherwise, this dark and menacing story of attrition is as brilliant a Christie as you’ll ever hope to read. Ten strangers come together on a windswept island, all with apparently nothing in common. One by one, they meet their various gruesome deaths according to chillingly accurate predictions … The final denouement is as satisfying as it is shocking.

The one to drop into dinner party conversationWhat better dinner party fare thanSparkling Cyanide? A group of high-society friends gather for a meal at the same table where exactly a year earlier an heiress died dramatically, apparently in a suicide by poisoning. A lesser-known Christie, it’s adapted from a Poirot short story called Yellow Iris. As your guests check their glasses, be sure to tell them cyanide is not necessarily detectable by its odour.

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Will certainly try the Japanese authors. Thank you. People using their fame to suddenly be authors? Don’t get it and I don’t think I’d value their work. For me it’s The ABC Murders, Evil Under The Sun and her first The Mysterious Affair at Styles Anna Katharine Green Was James Herriot the murderer?

And Then There Were None is its original title. Otherwise, this dark and menacing story of attrition is as brilliant a Christie as you’ll ever hope to read. Ten strangers come together on a windswept island, all with apparently nothing in common. One by one, they meet their various gruesome deaths according to chillingly accurate predictions … The final denouement is as satisfying as it is shocking. The one to drop into dinner party conversation What better dinner party fare than Sparkling Cyanide ? A group of high-society friends gather for a meal at the same table where exactly a year earlier an heiress died dramatically, apparently in a suicide by poisoning. A lesser-known Christie, it’s adapted from a Poirot short story called Yellow Iris. As your guests check their glasses, be sure to tell them cyanide is not necessarily detectable by its odour. Kenneth Branagh as Poirot in the 2017 film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. Photograph: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted for the screen no fewer than four times and for good reason: it’s the classic Christie whodunnit in structure, pace, character and mood. It’s also the 10th appearance in a novel for the author’s iconic Belgian detective Poirot. His job this time is to winkle out the guilty party from a bunch of eccentric first-class passengers. The ingenious and unparalleled plot is inspired by two real-life events: the stranding of an Orient Express for six days in Turkey in 1929, and the kidnap of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. The one for armchair travellers For an author synonymous with cosy English village mysteries, Christie frequently ventured abroad and takes us with her. For instance, we can wander the nooks and passageways of an archaeological excavation in 1930s Iraq, thanks to . For atmosphere and authenticity this title is hard to beat – Christie would accompany her husband on his archaeological digs and knew her sherd from her microlith – even if its plot stretches credulity. The odd one out The Seven Dials Mystery today, we are bound to remember that Christie was a contemporary and mutual admirer of both Evelyn Waugh and PG Wodehouse. Her suspects in this laugh-out-loud, upper-class jape all hail from a previous novel, The Secret of Chimneys, and caper across a landscape of stately homes, London pads and exclusive shady clubs littered with as many dead bodies as champagne corks.