Re: RARA-AVIS: Christie

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 14 Oct 2004

Hmm. I suppose that's where I went wrong. I went straight from Nancy Drew to Earl Stanley Gardner, at age 9.
    The problem I've had with Agatha Christie is birthday and Christmas presents. As soon as clueless coworkers or relatives figured out that "Joy likes mysteries," I'd be given these Christies, recommended by bookstores as the most popular, which I didn't care for and I'd already read anyhow. Of course, my social circle isn't Dame Agatha's fault.


Brian Thornton wrote:
> As for Christie, I started on her as well (unless you count The Hardy
> Boys)
> and liked a lot of her stuff ("Ten Little Indians," "The Murder of Roger
> Ackroyd," and "The ABC Murders" come to mind, in addition to "The
> Mousetrap," one of the more entertaining stage plays I've ever seen,
> although I guessed the solution halfway through). Obviously her British
> "mystery of manners" approach has become somewhat dated, but what of it?
> The same can be said for Doyle's work with Holmes (which as one of our
> members mentioned earlier was really an attitude wrapped around a few
> lines
> of memorable dialogue). Christie's a wonderful resource for poisons, and
> her plots are really good when she's "on" (as with "The Mirror Crack'd").
> When she's "off," as was the case with "Lord Edgeware Dies" or "Murder in
> Mesopotamia" (at least for me), it can be pretty laughable.

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