Presenting Author - Agatha Christie

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Presenting Author - Agatha Christie

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:38 pm

Name of the author: Agatha Christie
Main genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Romance, Travel
Main audience: Young adult on

Main books: She's written over 80 books of fiction and also has written plays and travel/autobiography books. I don't know that there are any which are considered 'main books' because everyone seems to have their own favorites. My own favorites include The Man in the Brown Suit, Murder on the Orient Express, the stories of Tommy and Tuppence and Come, Tell Me How You Live.
Short summary of the author: Agatha Christie is the author of many mysteries, plays, short stories, romance and has also written suspense/drama as well as books of travel and autobiography. She's written under pseudonym Mary Westmacott and has been published with the name Agatha Christie Mallowan. (See below for more about the author.)
Points: Agatha Christie and her stories seem timeless. Even if the setting appears to be in a particular time period, and there is mention to telegraphs or items in the household which clearly date the story, it doesn't seem to matter. She has a distinct clarity and honesty in her writing, which is particularly clean and refreshing. She also looks at the world through eyes which see 'what is' and doesn't attempt to sugarcoat 'what is' but just accepts it is as it is (which isn't to say she condones it or agrees with it, just that there is no resistance in her to what she sees, which is a great strength).

This is some of what Goodreads has to say about Agatha Christie:
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.

During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
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Re: Presenting Author - Agatha Christie

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:55 pm

Title of the book: Murder on the Orient Express (also published as Murder in the Calais Coach)
Author: Agatha Christie
Series: no
Genres: Mystery, Classic, Fiction, Crime
Short summary of the story: Detective Hercule Poirot is an inadvertent passenger on a train which experiences a crime -- and he is enlisted to help solve it. As the train is stuck in the snow, he must exercise his little grey cells and uncover the truth of the situation without many of the devices and information gathering services so commonly used in the usual detective stories.
Points to consider: If you have seen the movie(s) or have heard how it all ends, it's still a wonder to read and re-read this book. Agatha Christie somehow brings to life an enormous diversity of characters and portrays them in the classic locked-room scenario where all must be figured out in order to know 'who done it'. Not all the clues are obvious, so if you don't care to read something and try to figure out who did what based on clues alone, you might not like this story. However, if you like a very good read and enjoy the cleverness and audacity of an excellent writer of mysteries, you will probably like this book.

This is a re-read for me and I greatly enjoyed it! I see, again, the cleverness of Agatha Christie as she builds up her story and the subtle interweaves of characters and plot. Superb. :)

Here's the astonishingly brief Goodreads write-up:
What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?
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