“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
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?
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
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 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
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
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
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