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 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

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “K” — The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie

The King of Clubs is a story featuring Hercule Poirot assisted by Captain Hastings. It chronicles a crime where a family playing bridge on a quiet evening are interrupted by a melodramatic neighbour who has witnessed a crime. This story repeats several of Agatha ‘s favourite motifs. The movements of the family at the time the crime takes place are determined by the evidence of … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — “K” — The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” I ” — Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Poirot Investigates is a collection of short stories narrated by Captain Hastings. I chose this title for today because I wanted to write about him. Captain Arthur Hastings is my favourite character in the Poirot series. He makes his appearance alongside Poirot in Agatha ‘s first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1921. Hastings is by nature easygoing, gullible, taking things at face value … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” I ” — Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

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Funerals Are Fatal

“Funerals Are Fatal” begins, very aptly, after the funeral of a rich and lonely old man called Richard Abernethie. In fact, this is the American title of the book, the British title being, more aptly, “After The Funeral”. As in many instances in literature  not just mystery novels, the heirs gather for the funeral and the subsequent reading of the will. It is the solicitor … Continue reading Funerals Are Fatal

A to Z Challenge 2021 — B is for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

In post war London the atmosphere of Bertram’s Hotel attracts impoverished genteel upper class ladies and gentlemen who can no longer afford these luxuries at home. They are equally attractive to rich and flashy young people who enjoy being coddled here. Anglophile American tourists get their money’s worth of the English experience at Bertram’s. While this period glitz and decorous glamour continues at Bertram’s, a … Continue reading A to Z Challenge 2021 — B is for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie