Agatha Christie (Pocket Essential series) by Mark Campbell

By Mark Campbell

Pocket necessities is a dynamic sequence of books which are concise, full of life, and straightforward to learn. jam-packed with evidence in addition to professional reviews, every one publication has the entire key details you must find out about such well known issues as movie, tv, cult fiction, background, and extra. during this ebook, Mark Campbell presents an educated advent to the Agatha Christie phenomenon, together with a biography of the good writer, in-depth profiles of 10 of her most well liked characters, analyses of the tales, and a bit on movie, television, and degree diversifications. Appendices comprise an exhaustive biography and an summary of the simplest Christie web pages round.

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Amongst the cosy villagers are an obviously lesbian elderly couple, the first time Christie openly wrote about a female gay relationship. Conclusion: Although there’s a tad too many coincidences for 59 Agatha 16/9/05 9:38 am Page 60 comfort, this is nonetheless a densely plotted mystery with all clues fairly shown. It offers an excellent insight into the changing nature of village life in the aftermath of the Second World War. 4/5 8) They Do It With Mirrors (1952) Case: Something is clearly not as it should be in a juvenile reform home… Context: The book is peppered with Italian insults – unsurprisingly, in Italy these references were toned down.

The events of the novel are set in 1926, the year of Christie’s disappearance, and seem to mirror Archie leaving her for Nancy Neele. It was the first book to sell 20,000 in its first edition. Crale’s house is modelled on the author’s Devon home of Greenway House. Conclusion: With its vivid characterisation and strong plot, this is the first and best of Christie’s ‘murder in retrospect’ novels. 5/5 25) Poirot Knows the Murderer (1946, ss) ‘The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest’: See The Regatta Mystery (1939*).

Double Sin and Other Stories (1961*) Cast: ‘Double Sin’:Valuable miniatures have been stolen from a train… ‘The Wasps’ Nest’: Poirot investigates a murder before it has taken place… ‘The Theft of the Royal Ruby’: See The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960†) – this is an alternative name for the title story. ‘The Double Clue’: A prized collection of medieval jewels are stolen from a safe… Context: These stories were first published in magazines from 1923 to 1928. Conclusion: A reasonable selection.

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