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 simple to learn. full of proof in addition to professional reviews, every one publication has all of the key details you want to find out about such renowned themes as movie, tv, cult fiction, background, and extra. during this e-book, 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 piece on movie, television, and degree diversifications. Appendices comprise an exhaustive biography and an outline of the simplest Christie web pages round.

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Conclusion: Expertly plotted and set against a vivid and exotic backdrop, this is one of Christie’s most entertaining reads. 5/5 39 Agatha 16/9/05 9:38 am Page 40 18) Appointment with Death (1938) Case: A repugnant American widow is killed in Petra… Context: Christie visited Petra in 1933, using the distinctive terrain for this and one other story (‘The Pearl of Price’ from Parker Pyne Investigates, 1934). The domineering American MP Lady Westholme is a parody of American-born MP and political hostess Lady Nancy Astor (1879-1964), the first woman to sit in the House of Commons.

Similarly, ‘The Incredible Theft’ was an expanded version of ‘The Submarine Plans’ (also to be found in The Under Dog) and was omitted from the US version of this collection, entitled Dead Man’s Mirror. ‘Dead Man’s Mirror’ itself, in which Mr Satterthwaite from the Harley Quin stories appears, was a longer version of ‘The Second Gong’, later found in The Witness for the Prosecution (1948*). Conclusion: Interesting to compare the first three stories with their embryonic forerunners. 3/5 16) Dumb Witness (1937) Case: An elderly spinster has been poisoned in her country home… Context: A dog plays a major part in this story, and the book is dedicated to Christie’s own terrier, Peter.

2/5 12) Double Sin and Other Stories (1961*, ss) Cases: ‘Greenshaw’s Folly’: See The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960†). ‘Sanctuary’: In Chipping Cleghorn, a man is found bleeding to death in the church… Context: This second story had appeared in the October 1954 edition of Woman’s Journal. Conclusion: An average tale. 3/5 13) Thirteen for Luck! (US: 1961, UK: 1966) ‘The Blue Geranium’: See The Thirteen Problems (1932). ‘The Four Suspects’: Ditto. ‘The Tape-Measure Murder’: See Three Blind Mice (1950*).

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