Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries

September 15, 2013 - Comment

Since the publication of “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” in 1917, Agatha Christie has become one of the most widely read authors ever. Yet despite her international reputation as a mystery writer, little is known of Christie’s private life and motivations – she remains, in fact, her own greatest unsolved mystery. Through a critical reading

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Since the publication of “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” in 1917, Agatha Christie has become one of the most widely read authors ever. Yet despite her international reputation as a mystery writer, little is known of Christie’s private life and motivations – she remains, in fact, her own greatest unsolved mystery. Through a critical reading of her work, this book presents a portrait of Agatha Christie as a brilliant and passionate woman and professional for whom the rigid conventions of the detective genre provided a protective cover while enabling her to express her most inner self. Chistie’s unconventional cast of characters – young men as sex objects, young women as breadwinners, women over 60 as mates of younger men – defy stereotypes of gender and age and confound established scenarios. Her lasting popularity is a testament to a unique and determined woman whose fictional creations sparked the fantasies of her millions of readers while reaffirming her personal values and happiness.

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K. Corn "reviewer" says:

Goes deeper than the usual bios The author of this works shows how Agatha Christie’s private life and the traumas she endured pushed her to go beyond the usual norms of mystery writing, surprising and enchanting her readers. Recommended for fans of Agatha Christie’s writing, as it lends insight into her life and her work.

Sarah "shoot_straight" says:

Thanks to Gillian Gill we are allowed a glimpse of our beloved Ms. Christie This book does a very nice job of rounding out the character of Our Agatha. Almost everyone living and breathing has heard of this famous mystery writer, but a fraction of those people know the events in Christie’s life that created a basis for her most loved tales.Gill’s obvious respect for Christie allows her readers to enjoy reading this biography almost as much as Gill must have had in writing it.One criticism would be that this book does tend to linger in the area…

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