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 — ” 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 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 — “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

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” H ” — Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

When I took down my copy of Halloween party, to look through for this post, I found a nugget on the first page. I had forgotten about the dedication which reads , ” To P.G. Wodehouse whose books and stories have brightened my life for many years. Also, to show my pleasure in his having been kind enough to tell me that he enjoys MY … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” H ” — Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

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A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” G ” — Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

A middle aged cleaning lady is killed in a small English village. The woman’s lodger is suspected and arrested for the crime. The motive for the crime seems to be the two hundred pounds that the woman kept under a loose floorboard and that the lodger, James Bentley knew about. Superintendent Spence, officer in charge of the case is not satisfied. He seeks expert consultation: … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge — ” G ” — Mrs McGinty’s Dead 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

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A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” E ” — Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

The Jolly Roger Hotel on Smugglers Island close to the coast of Devon sounds like the ideal location for a relaxing vacation. Hercule Poirot like several other guests is here for this purpose but like so many other of his holidays finds himself a the centre of human drama and murder. The victim is an actress who is found strangled on a secluded beach accessible … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 — ” E ” — Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 A is for Agatha

Agatha Christie, the best selling novelist of all time has sixty six novels and fourteen short story collections to her name. She has been entertaining her readers for one hundred years. Her most popular books are those featuring Hercule Poirot making him the most popular detective in English fiction. His fans outnumber those of Sherlock Holmes and his exploits have been translated and adapted countless … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge 2021 A is for Agatha