Posts tagged with agatha-christie

Jul 20 2023

If only it starred anyone else...


And despite my intense dislike of Kenneth Branagh, I have to admit that at least the trailer for his upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novel Hallowe'en Party looks pretty solid. (They're calling it A Haunting in Venice.) As ever...

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Jul 10 2023

The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie


Most classic mystery novels seem extremely formulaic to me: I can usually guess the murderer almost entirely based upon the size of the role they play in the story. That said, what feels overly familiar to a reader in 2023 was probably a lot less shopworn in 1916, when Agatha Christie wrote her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles...

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Jul 10 2023

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie


Our current Book Giveaway is the very beautiful Harper Muse Classics "Painted Edition" of Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles, her first novel and the book that introduced the world to Hercule Poirot. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jan 9 2023

The Murder of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Gray


I have read a lot of Jane Austen fanfiction, ranging from free stories on websites like AAO3 to published, high-profile efforts by well-known authors (those end up with fancier descriptors like “literary pastiche”, but whatever—they're totally fanfic). Claudia Gray's The Murder of Mr. Wickham is...

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Feb 20 2019

New-old Poirot


NPR recently posted a glowing review of The ABC Murders, a three-part British miniseries that is now available via Amazon Prime...

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Nov 21 2017

More mustache


According to Entertainment Weekly, the recent movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express has already made enough money to justify making a sequel, this time of Christie's Death on the Nile...

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Oct 4 2017

Maybe on TV?


The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Crooked House. It has a great cast and the sets look amazing, but if you haven't read the book, be warned: Crooked House is one of Christie's most...

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Jun 1 2017

Maybe not opening day, but...


Oooh... the new Murder on the Orient Express trailer is out, and I am at least 80% impressed. The train looks amazing, the cast is solid (I could do without Depp, though), and Kenneth Branagh does a fine impression of David Suchet's accent. On the down side, he is not David Suchet (no matter how much he sounds like him)...

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Jun 23 2016

Head to head


According to Lainey Gossip, Paramount and Sony are developing competing biopics of Agatha Christie. Sony is going the traditional biopic route, while Paramount is focusing on the mystery behind Christie's 11-day disappearance in 1926. Emma Stone...

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Jun 10 2016

Another one to skip


I'd managed to forget that Kenneth Branagh was making a movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, but apparently the deal has been hammered out and Angelina Jolie is in talks to star. I have no idea what role she'll play (personally, I'm hoping for a gender-swapped Hercule Poirot)...

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Aug 26 2015



According to the Guardian, there will be an exhibition of photographs in honor of the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth. The previously unseen images are allegedly a "world away from how most people picture [Christie]," and depict the author roller-skating and surfing...

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Jun 16 2015

Anyone else


UGH. The dread Kenneth Branagh is apparently in talks to direct a film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. I can't stand Branagh, a pedestrian director whose work has always been inexplicably over-praised...

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Nov 10 2014

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie


The 75th anniversary edition of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None opens with a smug quote from Christie's autobiography. In it, she describes the book's premise as “perfectly reasonable”, mentions that it was well received by critics, and announces that she was the person who was most pleased with it, as she alone knew how difficult writing it had been. Having now re-read And Then There Were None for...

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Nov 10 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie


This week's Book Giveaway is the 75th anniversary edition of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. I hadn't read this novel since I was a child, and I have to say: if it is truly one of Christie's best books, I am now really bewildered by the comparative lack of interest in Georgette Heyer's mysteries...

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Mar 30 2011

Next up: Hercule Poirot, pre-mustache?

According to Deadline, Disney is planning a new film version of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. This (possibly modern-day?) update would star Jennifer Garner, so they're obviously going for a youn...

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Feb 8 2010

Brilliant with a side of more brilliant

Clearly, soap opera stars + an Agatha Christie read-a-long = Two great tastes that taste great together.

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Dec 3 2008

Life imitating art

English mystery geeks take note: today is December 3rd, the anniversary of Agatha Christie's disappearance in 1926. The cause of the novelist's 11-day-long disappearance has never been proven (peo...

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Jun 24 2005

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the world's most famous mystery writer. She's right up there with the Bible and Shakespeare in terms of sales, you can find her books in 45 different languages, and her most fa...

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Jun 24 2005

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie


Warning: Damning Confession (for a bibliophile) Straight Ahead: I... I have always felt that Agatha Christie's stories make better TV shows than they do books. I know! I'm sorry! Just typing t...

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