Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks
John Curran reveals the secrets of the world’s greatestmystery writer in Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making, the fascinating follow up to Agatha Christie’s SecretNotebooks featuring moreinsight into Christie’s captivating life story and a new windfall ofChristie’s unpublished work—including letters, archival papers, and a keenly incisive analysis of Christie’s last, unfinished novel.For readers new to Christie’s mysteries and for life-long fans of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, eitherfrom classic Christie novels like Murder on the Orient Express or fromthe popular Masterpiece Theater adaptations, “Curran’s discoveries will shapehow Christie is read.” (Independent on Sunday).
VI Elizabeth Temple Chapter VII An Invitation Chapter VIII The Three Sisters This list is not exactly reflected in the novel, but the suggested title of the opening chapter here is surely better than that eventually decided upon. ‘Overture’ is not thematically inked with any other chapter, while ‘Births Marriages and Deaths’ is both accurate and intriguing. Elephants Can Remember 6 November 1972 At a literary dinner, Mrs Oliver is asked to investigate the double death years earlier of Sir
handwriting not familiar to you?’ ‘No.’ ‘Do you not think it bears a marked resemblance to your own handwriting?’ ‘No – I don’t think so.’ ‘I put it to you that it is your own handwriting.’ ‘No.’ ‘I put it to you that, anxious to prove an alibi, you conceived the idea of a fictitious appointment and wrote this note to yourself in order to bear out your statement.’ ‘No.’ ‘I put it to you that at the time you claim to have been waiting about in Marldon Wood,9 you were really in Styles St
So, almost three-quarters of a century after its projected debut, the premiere of Chimneys took place on 11 October 2003. And in June 2006, UK audiences had the opportunity to see this ‘lost’ Agatha Christie play, when it was presented at the Pitlochry Theatre Festival. It is not known when exactly or, indeed, why Christie decided to adapt this novel for the stage. The use of the word ‘aged’ in the first letter quoted above would seem to indicate that it was undertaken long before interest was
Ancient Egypt in 2,000 BC, is a very early example of the crime novel set in the past; N or M? is a wartime thriller; The Body in the Library (1942) takes the ultimate cliché of detective fiction and dusts it off; and for Crooked House (1949) she wrote an ending so daring that her publishers asked her to change it. Her only short story collection of this decade, The Labours of Hercules (1947), is also her greatest (its genesis and history is discussed in detail in Agatha Christie’s Secret
15 years between use of this Notebook and the end of her career, Christie used poison as a murder method in a further seven novels, and mood-altering drugs are a major plot feature of Third Girl: Poisons Possibilities for book Pentanol (Amyl Alcohol) C3H11OH [should be C 5 H11OH] Ethylene Glycol CH2OH [formula should be twice this (CH2OH) 2 = C2H6O2] Colourless sweet taste – substitute for glycerine – freeze – preserving substance – 100 grams drunk in “Schnapps” was fatal Diethylene alcohol