Agatha Christie (Pocket Essential series) by Mark Campbell

By Mark Campbell

The Pocket crucial consultant To Agatha Christie offers an educated creation to the full Christie phenomenon; a biography of Dame Agatha Christie; in-depth profiles of ten of her preferred characters including an analyses of the tales during which they seemed; a glance at her espionage thrillers and non-crime titles; a bit on movie, television and degree diversifications; appendices that come with an exhaustive bibliography and an outline of the easiest Agatha Christie web pages round.

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5/5 25) Poirot Knows the Murderer (1946, ss) ‘The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest’: See The Regatta Mystery (1939*). ‘The Mystery of the Crime In Cabin 66’: Ditto (an alternative title for ‘Problem at Sea’). 26) Poirot Lends a Hand (1946, ss) ‘The Veiled Lady’: See Poirot Investigates (1924). 27) The Hollow (1946) Case: A young doctor has been shot in broad daylight by his jealous wife… Context: ‘The Hollow’ was modelled on Poirot actor Francis 42 Agatha 16/9/05 9:38 am Page 43 L Sullivan’s home in Haslemere, Surrey.

3/5 36) Dead Man’s Folly (1956) Case: A charity ‘murder hunt’ turns into the real thing… Context: The fictional Nasse House is based on Greenway in Devon, the house Christie bought in 1939 (its boathouse is where the corpse is found). The nearby village of Galmpton 46 Agatha 16/9/05 9:38 am Page 47 features as Nassecombe, and the Maypool Youth Hostel becomes the Hoodown Youth Hostel. This is one of only two occasions when Christie kills off a child. Conclusion: Good, traditional fare. 4/5 37) Cat Among the Pigeons (1959) Case: Unpleasant things are going on in an exclusive school for girls… Context: Set in the girls’ school of Meadowbank, some critics have compared it to Josephine Tey’s Miss Pym Disposes (1946), although the plots are quite dissimilar.

Dr Haydock Miss Marple’s own doctor and the local police surgeon. A flawed humanitarian, he is upright and above suspicion. Appearances: The Murder at the Vicarage (1930), The Body in the Library (1942) and ‘The Case of the Caretaker’ (Three Blind Mice, 1950*). Colonel Melchett Chief Constable of Radfordshire. Appearances: The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) and ‘The TapeMeasure Murder’ (Three Blind Mice, 1950*). Inspector Slack Rude and overbearing, he is universally disliked by all those he comes into contact with.

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