I knew this would happen in fact I believe I might have hinted at it in a previous post. What am I going on about? Well the fact that after seeing The Spiders Web on Tuesday night at the theatre I think I could very easily be going on an Agatha Christie craze. A belated one really as I do believe there was an Agatha Christie week or something not long ago.
For a belated birthday treat I took my big sister to go and see the latest play that The Agatha Christie Theatre Company have been touring with at its current venue Wimbledon Theatre. It was utterly brilliant. Not only was the acting superb, the plot was filled with twists and turns and I couldn’t guess the murderer until the very end, it was also hilarious, who new Christie did comedy or have I been reading the wrong Agatha Christie mysteries? Has Christie write some witty murderous novels that have skipped my attention?
I have to admit that I have always been partial to Miss Marple. You all know how I adore anything set in a village where very little but the fate and a whole heap of gossip goes on. I also like interfering old ladies, so am looking forward to mingling with many one day when I retire. So with these things taken into account I am naturally drawn to them add in some murder and a chance to play detective… I am there. I think that’s why I love M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin mysteries so much.
Poirot though has sadly never done it for me. I don’t know why but even on the telly I can’t sit through an episode and yet he is one of her greatest creations so I feel I must gel with him at some point. Now some of you must have read a Poirot at some point so if you have any advice then please let me know. I should really start with him at the beginning but I didn’t with Miss Marple (I know, I know, me who must read everything in order read Bertram’s Hotel first, tut, tut) so if there is a gripper you know of let me know.
As for her other mysteries… well where does one start? I have a few in the house but would love it if you recommended some. Though as I am trying, and currently succeeding, in not buying any books for the rest of the month it could cause issues though I did hold my own very well in Foyles yesterday when I saw these…
I didn’t buy a single one. At the moment my next Christie read once Aurora Floyd is finished will either be the next Miss Marple mystery ‘The Body in the Library’, some Marple short stories, ‘And Then There Were None’ or the book about Agatha Christies own disappearance by Kathleen Tynan. What would you recommend? What are your thoughts on Christie? What are your favourites? Have you avoided her? Do you think she is over/underrated?