Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Creepy Classics: Agatha Christie

This review is part of my blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! Don't forget I've got a ton of giveaways going on!

For as long as I can remember, I've had an undying love for the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. So much so, that when I was a senior in high school and we had to do big compilation projects on a classic British writer, when most people snagged up Austen or Marlowe, I jumped on the Christie train. I had Masterpiece marathons on PBS and checked out about 10 of her books from the library.
So today, I'm going to talk about my favorite creepy classics author & some of my favorite works!

Murder on the Orient Express
Though Miss Marple was my favorite leading detective, I absolutely loved this classic murder mystery. Hercule Poirot (I'm still not sure how to pronounce his name, and I've struggled with this for years) is the Belgian detective who gets a telegram (!!!) to return to London instantly, so he books a ticket that night. The train gets stopped by snow, and then all kinds of chaos (including spoiler, a MURDER!) happens that Poirot sets out to investigate.

This is the epitome of classic murder mystery, and the reason I love it so much is that it all takes place in one setting and one time; the entire story happens on the train. It's full of suspense and super classic "gotcha!" stuff.

The ABC Murders
This is another Poirot mystery, but this was, hands-down, my favorite when I was binge-reading all the Christie books. Poirot receives letters, each signed "ABC" with locations and dates of the next murder that will occur. The murders also happen alphabetically to people with alliterative names, Alice Ascher being the first victim. Poirot begins discovering connections when he speaks with a victim's widow, and it's a race against the clock to make sure he can stop the murders before the killer strikes again and lives up to his letters.

This one is very Criminal Minds-esque. It's a puzzle book, and you can't help but try and solve the murder before the characters in the book do. It's fun watching the clues unfold, and if you like a super suspenseful story you'll want to finish in one sitting, this one is it.

What's your favorite Agatha Christie book? Or are you new? Do these sound like ones you'd want to start with?

1 comment:

  1. Love this, Cassie! I'm a huge fan of the David Suchet adaptations from the BBC. His portrayal of Hercule Poirot is so spot-on. :)

    I first read Christie's And Then There Were None in high school, and after devouring the television shows for the last year, I've recently begun reading her books again. My favorite this year is After the Funeral. Poirot doesn't even appear in the book until about 100 pages in, but it's a great mystery from the first page forward. Witty dialogue, English eccentrics, brilliant plot, and at least one murder by hatchet. :o You would love it.

    I'm such a fan of Christie's that I've begun a mystery novel series myself. It's a traditional mystery and I'm about to self-pub the first in the series. If you're interested, I would love to send you a copy. It's set in New Orleans and features an Alabama senior citizen named Imogene who's "creative" with the English language, her hypochondriac son and his partner, and most importantly, a dashingly handsome English bulldog named "Goose."

    You can reach me at hmurphywriter@gmail.com if you're interested. There's no pressure. I'm in the final proofreading phase of the book and will release it before the end of the year.

    You have great taste in books, so I had to at least stop by and say hello! :) All best to you.



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