Category: Agatha Christie

3 Writing Tricks To Steal From Fleur Bradley’s MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL

A couple weeks ago, I was the lucky duck who received an advanced reading copy of my dear friend’s (hi, Fleur!) newest novel for middle grade readers: Midnight at the Barclay Hotel. My review of the story is up at Criminal Element which you… Continue Reading “3 Writing Tricks To Steal From Fleur Bradley’s MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL”

A Fond Farewell to the Dame

Well, kids, that’s it for Agatha Christie. I hope that you found something interesting to use for your own work from this bestsellingest of authors. Stuff that I’ll take away: 1. You don’t have to be all organized in your notebooks. I know that… Continue Reading “A Fond Farewell to the Dame”

Two Different Ends to Two Different Series

I just finished reading Curtain, Poirot’s last case. (I promise I won’t give away the end.) And recently I’d also read Sleeping Murder, which is Marple’s last case. In both cases the books were written years (decades) before they were published. Also in both… Continue Reading “Two Different Ends to Two Different Series”

Those Little Bits of Insight

“‘I was thinking,’ I said, ‘that when my time comes, I should be sorry if the only plea I had to offer was that of justice. Because it might mean that only justice would be meted out to me.’”~The Vicar Leonard Clement in Murder… Continue Reading “Those Little Bits of Insight”

Thursday Reviews: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (A Mentor Review!)

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was written waaaay before it was published in 1976. It sat in a deposit box waiting for the light of day. So there may be some inconsistancies with the rest of… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (A Mentor Review!)”

The Literary Portion of the Detective Novel

Strange that I should be talking about the accusations leveled against genre and literary writers when, lo, I come across an article by George Grella entitled “Murder and Manners: The Formal Detective Novel,” published in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, which contains an example… Continue Reading “The Literary Portion of the Detective Novel”

Genre vs. Literary: It’s Not a New Debate

“I cannot say that I have at any time a great admiration for Mr. Raymond West. He is, I know, supposed to be a brilliant novelist, and has made quite a name as a poet. His poems have no capital letters in them, which… Continue Reading “Genre vs. Literary: It’s Not a New Debate”

Notebooks!!

A book was recently released called Agatha Christie’s Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making, by John Curran. Check out Curran’s deal: he got to spend hours in a room, pouring over handwritten exercise books, reading page after page of difficult notes, deciphering… Continue Reading “Notebooks!!”

The Pen Name Game

Agatha Christie is a household name. It’s understood that she wrote ground-breaking mysteries. Mysteries are not the only stories she wrote. Under the nom de plume of Mary Westmacott, she also wrote romances. Six to be exact: Absent in the Spring, A Daughter’s Daughter,… Continue Reading “The Pen Name Game”

Young Marple? Jennifer Garner? What?

In late March, the Huffington Post announced: Jennifer Garner to Play Miss Marple. Yes, that Miss Marple. The Miss Marple of Agatha Christie’s brain. The Miss Marple who has been a spinster for years and years. Result: Much OUTCRY! Check out MTV’s movieblog: Jennifer Garner Not… Continue Reading “Young Marple? Jennifer Garner? What?”

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