A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” V ” — The Murder At The Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Murder At The Vicarage , the first Miss Marple story, was published in 1930. Much more than any other of Agatha ‘s books (nearly all of which belong to it) this story belongs to the Cozy Mystery Genre. For the uninitiated, I have put down below the Wikipedia definition of a Cozy Mystery: Cozy mysteries, also referred to as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” V ” — The Murder At The Vicarage by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” U ” — The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie

A man whose car breaks down on a country road walks into a nearby bungalow for help. He walks in on a crime scene. An attractive woman is holding a gun. Her crippled, psychotic and sadistic husband lies shot to death. A note found near the body refers to an incident in the victim’s past when he ran over and killed a little boy while … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” U ” — The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie

A to Z Challenge — ” T ” — Third Girl by Agatha Christie

A girl alone and adrift, with no real ties but a lot of baggage. Luckily for her, she meets mystery writer Ariadne Oliver who advises her to consult Hercule Poirot. After a lot of sleuthing, Mrs. Oliver and M. Poirot manage to pull the Third Girl out of a quagmire of drugs and deceit. Continue reading A to Z Challenge — ” T ” — Third Girl by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” S ” — Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

This is another case of murder in retrospect and is solved by Miss Marple. It is the first book by Agatha Christie that I read. I was twelve years old and became a fan for life. The story begins with newly wed Gwenda from New Zealand. She comes to England ahead of her husband Giles. Her plan is to find a house and do some … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” S ” — Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” R ” The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

I must confess that in the majority of Agatha ‘s books I did not manage to guess “whodunnit “. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of those where the solution left me completely flabbergasted. The technique used in this book shows Agatha at her best. The setting is the sleepy little village of Kings Abbott that Hercule Poirot has chosen to spend his retirement … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” R ” The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” P ” — Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

Parker Pyne Investigates is a collection of stories revolving around the concept of attaining happiness. An advertisement appears regularly in the newspaper “Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne.”  Parker Pyne is a retired statistician who uses his knowledge and a team of co workers to solve human problems. For a fee , he helps people with maladies like boredom, discontent, unfaithful wives … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” P ” — Parker Pyne Investigates by Agatha Christie

A to Z Bloggging Challenge 2021 — ” O ” — Murder On The Orient Express

The Orient Express was a train journey across Europe in a luxury train. Agatha made this trip several times to  accompany bet second husband Sir Max Mallowan on his archaeological expeditions. The murder mystery that she set on this train is a truly unique story. The murder victim is the kidnapper and murderer of a small child who manages to go inpunished. How he gets … Continue reading A to Z Bloggging Challenge 2021 — ” O ” — Murder On The Orient Express

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” N ” — N or M by Agatha Christie

I first saw the book N or M as a child . It was in a bookcase belonging to some people I visited with my family. I guess I was too shy to ask about the book or go up to it and look. Many years later I came across it again and was able to buy it and satisfy my curiosity. The reason I … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” N ” — N or M by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “M” — The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

Finally — I get to write about the book with which it all began. In 1921, Agatha Christie ‘s first book , The Mysterious Affair at Styles was published. This book introduces Hercule Poirot. It is set in the country house genre. The victim is an autocratic rich old lady. There is a large ish closed circle of suspects . In addition, Agatha gets to … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “M” — The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “L — The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie

The Body In The Library is part of the Miss Marple series. It features several familiar and entertaining motifs, primarily, the Library. All Golden Age authors loved using the Library in their books and Agatha is no exception. The library features prominently in most of her books. It is where the we first see the characters arriving one by one for their country house weekend. … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “L — The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie