Monday, April 02, 2012
Monday Mystery- Agatha Christie
Her sleuths are Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, a husband and wife duo, Miss Marple, a village matron, and siblings, Jerry and Johanna Burton, as well as the tidy Belgian Detective, Mr. Hercule Poirot.
Poirot had help on several cases from another memorable character. That character, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, was a mystery writer who loved to munch on apples much like her creator. Ariadne and Poirot joined forces in: Halloween Party, Cards on the Table, Mrs. McGinty's Dead, Dead Man's Folly, Third Girl, and Elephants Can Remember.
Tuppence and Tommy and Miss Marple lived in St. Mary Mead. Using the resemblance of character traits among the suspects and visiting with locals is how Miss Marple deduces the scoundrels who commit the crimes.
Poirot's first appearance was in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. This book has become recognized as a possible landmark mystery novel of the 20th century due to the inspired plot twist.
Agatha Christie didn't attend public school. She studied at home and studied abroad in Paris for singing and piano. If she hadn't taken up the pen and paper she could have made a living as a singer or pianist. She began her career writing romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Expeditions with her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan gave her fodder for her stories. Those stories have been translated into many languages as well as plays and films.
What is your favorite Agatha Christie sleuth and what is your favorite book?