Search Results: "Agatha Christie"


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AGATHA CHRISTIE by John Curran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"Not a book to read in one sitting, but one to love: a sumptuous buffet for fans who wish the Queen of Crime had lived forever."
Following Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks (2009), which scrutinized the early stages of some two-dozen novels by the legendary mystery novelist, Christie expert Curran returns to exhume and analyze selected entries from her 73 notebooks dealing with dozens of other novels and stories. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE by Leslie S. Klinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Less notable for its individual stories than for the revised narrative they support that shows Victorian women actively working the field long before Miss Marple."
Veteran anthologist Klinger's fondness for shadows (In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe, 2015, etc.) leads him to a bit of overreaching: none of the 17 authors showcased here toiled in Christie's shadow, because their stories all appeared between 1850 and 1917, before Christie had published a word. Read full book review >

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AGATHA CHRISTIE AND THE ELEVEN MISSING DAYS by Jared Cade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Ardent fans may be enthralled; she would be appalled. (31 b&w photos)"
A sympathetic biography of the celebrated mystery writer that focuses on her strange disappearance in 1926. Read full book review >

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AGATHA by Anna Pignataro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Though it's certainly well-meaning, it lacks the wit that brings such schoolroom dramas as Kevin Henkes' and Peter McCarty's alive. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals of all sorts, Agatha stands out. Read full book review >

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BLACK COFFEE by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still, the country-house atmosphere is suitably genteel, and the story holds its own with Christie's undistinguished contemporaneous novels—The Mystery of the Blue Train, The Seven Dials Mystery, and The Murder at the Vicarage."
A brand-new Agatha Christie novel based on material nearly 70 years old. Read full book review >

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 1939

"Grand suspense, a unique trick, expertly handled."
This ran in the S.E.P. and resulted in more demands for the story in book form than ever recorded. Read full book review >

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AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Agatha Christie
Released: Nov. 14, 1977

"And the many fans who've hoped for the best from this last legacy will not be disappointed: they, along with readers who've never cared for whodunits, will find this year's Christie for Christmas an irresistible forget-me-not from a 'tradesman in a good honest trade' who made the most of her talent and her time."
Just to be alive is a grand thing," and Agatha Miller Christie Mallowan was alive for 85 years, the first 75 of which are recalled in this candid (to a point), devourable (utterly), and cheering autobiography—a memory book so buoyantly free of either artistic pretense or commercial imperative that the reading becomes, like the writing, "an indulgence." Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1976

"Dual Literary Guild selection for December in a two-in-one volume with The Murder at the Vicarage (which took place some time ago)."
Miss Marple, almost as if she knew she wouldn't be around much longer, is her most self-effacing while she watches and warns quietly that "murder in retrospect" is the equivalent of sleeping murder which like those dogs should be let lie. Read full book review >

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PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1970

"The action is spotty but then Agatha Christie is enough of a grande dame to get away with her grand design in the form of a morality rather than mystery play."
A geopolitical fantasia which radiates (divagates?) in all directions and begins with the use of agreeable Sir Stafford Nye, a diplomat, by a young woman on a plane and later his hijacking onto an investigating committee of the upheaval to come. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1969

"Miss Christie even winds up on the wilder shores of mythology in this one and her Hallowe'en Party is a predictably spooky business."
At a Hallowe'en party a lying-thirteen-year-old brags that she had once seen a murder. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 5, 1967

"Only the grand dame of detective fiction could get such amateur plot published; her devotees have never been demanding on this aspect of good mystery writing."
Norma, one of three girls sharing a London apartment, seeks help from Mo Hercule Poirot because she believes that she has gone murderously mad. Read full book review >