Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks

July 14, 2013 - Comment

As he did in the Edgar®-nominated and Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards–winning Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, Christie expert and archivist John Curran once again examines the unpublished notebooks of the world’s bestselling author to explore the techniques she used to surprise and entertain generations of readers. Drawing on Christie’s personal papers and letters, he reveals

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As he did in the Edgar®-nominated and Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards–winning Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, Christie expert and archivist John Curran once again examines the unpublished notebooks of the world’s bestselling author to explore the techniques she used to surprise and entertain generations of readers.

Drawing on Christie’s personal papers and letters, he reveals how more than twenty of her novels, as well as stage scripts, short stories, and some more personal items, evolved. Here are wonderful gems, including Christie’s essay on her famous detective, Hercule Poirot, written for a British national newspaper in the 1930s; a previously unseen version of a “Miss Marple” short story; and a courtroom chapter from her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which was edited out of the published version in 1920; plus an insightful, well-reasoned analysis of her final unfinished novel, based on the author’s notes and Curran’s own deep knowledge of Christie and her work.

A must-read for every Christie aficionado, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making is a fascinating look into the mind and craft of one of the world’s most prolific and beloved authors.

Comments

Bradley Friedman says:

A (p)review rather than a review! I did not know that Mr. Curran planned a sequel to his first book about Agatha Christie’s notebooks. I was in a bookstore, picking out Christie novels for my drama students as prizes for creating and performing the best murder mystery when I saw this book on the shelf and snatched it up for myself. It may seem odd to write a review when I’m just beginning the book, but I have to applaud Mr. Curran and the publishers for finding a unique hook to attract true Christie fans. To be granted a…

K. Lamoreaux says:

A must for Agatha Christie fans This book is of interest for serious Christie fans. I have read all of Agatha Christie books numerous times. About every two to three years, I start from the beginning and read them all again. I also have the Bedside Companion book which tells a little about each book. This just adds to my enjoyment and knowledge of her thinking, her methods, and of course, the books themselves. Don’t read this book until you read the Christie mysteries or you will learn the endings.

Jennifer Sicurella says:

Reading with Tequila Why read: Received for review from publisherWhat impressed me: The highlight of the book for me was the plot ideas that Christie came up with, yet never used in her books. That’s what made the book interesting and worth the read.What disappointed me: So very dry. And obviously full of spoilers for any Christie novel I haven’t read yet. Lists upon lists upon lists of characters with little variation. Vaguely interesting, but the repetitive nature of the book gets old…

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