The Agatha Christie Book Club

June 15, 2016 - Comment

Bored with her stodgy old book club, Alicia Finlay decides to start a new one—dedicated to her favourite crime writer Agatha Christie. And so she gathers seven quirky members together, including dashing Dr Anders, a poisons expert, socialite Barbara Parlour, librarian Missy (as ditzy as Miss Marple and just as sharp) and fashionistas Claire and

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Bored with her stodgy old book club, Alicia Finlay decides to start a new one—dedicated to her favourite crime writer Agatha Christie. And so she gathers seven quirky members together, including dashing Dr Anders, a poisons expert, socialite Barbara Parlour, librarian Missy (as ditzy as Miss Marple and just as sharp) and fashionistas Claire and Perry who both bear an eerie resemblance to Hercule Poirot. As the new club sip cups of Darjeeling and happily dissect Evil Under the Sun, little do they know they’re about to stumble upon a real-life mystery of their own. Barbara suddenly vanishes and her husband seems oddly unperturbed. When he shows up murdered soon after, the group decide to do as the meddling Miss Marple would do, and investigate. So begins a real-life mystery adventure for the Agatha Christie Book Club (ACBC), a motley collection of amateur sleuths who use Christie as their guide. Following in the footsteps of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, the group must sort the clues from the red herrings to solve the murder of Arthur Parlour and the mystery of his missing wife. In this fun, fast-paced adventure, C.A. Larmer shows us, yet again, why she’s one of the best-selling contemporary cozy crime writers out there today.

Comments

Anonymous Smith says:

Strictly Middle of the Road (mild spoilers) Pretty standard entry in the cozy-type mystery genre. I was disappointed, especially considering it was supposed to be about a bunch of Agatha Christie fans. Pretty much all the characters were stereotypes (the gay guy) or cookie cutters (the villain), including the main protagonist Alicia. And there was an immediate set up between Alicia and the one straight guy in the group, who came across as incredibly unlikable. I couldn’t figure out why she even let him into the club, let alone developed…

ShowBizBuff says:

Okay/passable mystery … nice salute to Agatha Christie I was weaned on Agatha Christie at the age of twelve, when I read ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ the year the film was coming out in theaters, trying to finish before I saw the film. That was MANY years ago (too many)and MANY books/stories ago, and to this day Agatha Christie is still my favorite mystery writer – my own inspiration to wanting to become a writer – and the reason I chose this C.A. Larmer novel as my first Kindle purchase, without knowing anything about the book…

trininalinii says:

Entertaining but simplistic All Agatha Christie lovers will recognise the clues in this novel and solve it at midway or sooner. What I found ridiculous though was the fact that they claimed to be Christie die hards yet they did not read all her novels and went to the library to borrow them. Which Christie lover does that? I bought all her mysteries that I could find! Thus, I must conclude that the author is not really a Christie fan because her characters lack the understanding of one.

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