Agatha Christie’s True Crime Inspirations

October 9, 2015 - Comment

The true scandals, crimes, and murders that inspired the works of the Queen of Crime, and affected those around her Fact proves far stranger than fiction in this collection of events that either influenced the works of the world’s most popular mystery writer or affected the lives of many famous personalities involved in her long career. These include the

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The true scandals, crimes, and murders that inspired the works of the Queen of Crime, and affected those around her Fact proves far stranger than fiction in this collection of events that either influenced the works of the world’s most popular mystery writer or affected the lives of many famous personalities involved in her long career. These include the exploits of Jack the Ripper, which inspired the serial killings in The ABC Murders; the kidnapping in Murder on the Orient Express was based on a family tragedy that befell aviator Charles Lindbergh; The Mirror Cracked was dedicated to the Miss Marple actress Margaret Rutherford, whose father was committed to an asylum for murder, and Hercule Poirot actor Peter Ustinov was interviewing Indira Gandi when the Indian leader was assassinated. The twist in the plot for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was suggested by Lord Mountbatten; while his son-in-law Lord Brabourne produced a series of star-studded Christie film adaptations before the two men became victims of an IRA bomb attack. There are also examples of how her books themselves became the unknowing inspiration for real life crimes, or how people reading them have been inspired to solve crimes. 

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gardenqe2 says:

Bored to Tears!! The basic premise of this book is interesting. There was plenty of research and many old photographs included. Christie’s life and times were fascinating. The book could have been a snappy report of “Agatha Christie’s true crime inspirations.” Unfortunately, Mike Holgate did his best to bore us all to tears while we read it. 

Charles H. Levenson says:

“true crime inspirations”?On what planet? You are confronted with a title like this;”Agatha Christie’s True Crime Inspirations”,and what comes to mind?That the material in the book will be,AS PROMISED ON THE BACK COVER,the”inspirations”that helped shape Christie’s crime novels…What you get instead is claptrap.Author Mike Holgate likes to decorate his chapter headings with titles from Christie’s novels but the little articles that follow have almost nothing to do with either”True crime”or Christie’s…

Kristy B. says:

Disjointed, not well organized. Very little, perhaps … Disjointed, not well organized. Very little, perhaps a third, of the content actually deals with true crime that could have actually directly inspired any of Christie’s novels. Most of the content is tangential, coincidental, and tenuously related by various degrees of separation, such as the father’s stepmother of the actor who played a character in the 19xx film of this novel was involved in such-and-such crime. Not impressive.

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