S is for Setting–A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My topic for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge is Elements of Crime Fiction My topic for today is SETTING The setting or background of a detective story is a very important component. It determines the kind of people the victim and perpetrator will be. The setting will also determine the weapon used and the type of investigation. My favourite setting is the English … Continue reading S is for Setting–A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“R” is for Romance–A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

My topic for this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge is Elements of Crime Fiction My topic for today is: ROMANCE A thread of romance runs parallel to the main story in many detective novels. A love interest can blossom between amateur sleuths or suspects or witnesses. Some detectives are portrayed as being suave and handsome so that an attraction develops with a young woman … Continue reading “R” is for Romance–A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“N” is for Nuances, Hunches & Intuition — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

Nuances are shades of meaning or subtleties. Although barely perceptible individually, they add up to give a clear picture. In this way they help detectives both real and fictional to reach the correct conclusion. Agatha Christie ‘s Miss Marple was great at picking up nuances. In “After the Funeral” she catches an imposter. The woman the imposter was impersonating used to cock her head to … Continue reading “N” is for Nuances, Hunches & Intuition — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“D” is for Denouement — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

“Denouement” — long word, isn’t it? I learned it fairly recently. denouement /deɪˈnuːmɒ̃/ Learn to pronounce noun the final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved. The end of a Hercule Poirot story invariably shows you this scene : A circle of chairs is arranged in a large room. … Continue reading “D” is for Denouement — A to Z Blogging Challenge 2022

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “z” — Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

“The murder is the end. The story begins long before that — years before sometimes— with all the causes events that bring people to a certain place at a certain time on a certain day. All converging towards a given point…. And then the time comes — over the top! Zero hour.” These lines are said by the family lawyer in Zero Hour. What is … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “z” — Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” Y ” — WhY Didn’t They Ask Evans?

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? is one of Agatha ‘s stand alone books meaning that it does not feature one of her famous detectives. The sleuthing is left to two “bright young things” who also become romantically involved. Apart from this, (fans will not be disappointed) the murder takes place in a small town. A country house is involved. There is subterfuge and impersonation. Several … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” Y ” — WhY Didn’t They Ask Evans?

A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” X ” — Agatha Christie — The X Factor

Agatha Christie, the author and the woman, is an enigma. Whether it is your first encounter with her books, or you are a confirmed fan, several questions pop into your mind : What is the appeal of Agatha Christie? It is a hundred years since her first novel was published yet her popularity keeps growing. What is the appeal? Why did her play The Mousetrap … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” X ” — Agatha Christie — The X Factor

A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” W ” — Mary Westmacott

Mary Westmacott is a pseudonym that Agatha used for six books. Although, she has thousands of fans worldwide who know her as mystery novelist Agatha Christie, very few have read the Mary Westmacott books. These books are also novels but they are deeper, more serious than her other books. They portray and examine human relationships, emotions and feelings. I have read only four out of … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” W ” — Mary Westmacott

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