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Cathie from Canada

Love the Christie books! I have reread most of them many times.
Dumb Witness is a good one. Try Death on The Nile and Evil Under the Sun for two of the better nonHastings books. Also Cat Among the Pigeons.


I recently reread “N or M”, and enjoyed it immensely: noting it’s Prussian” villain ( and the Fifth Column plot) plot of this WW2 espionage yarn, set in a boarding house at the English seaside, and a subplot of Irish Nationalism...
And as I loved the Poirot series, Miss Marple remains my favorite detective.


Christie outlived Ian Fleming by more than a decade; I wonder whether she ever twitted him about having written a short story called "The Rajah's Emerald," in which a character named James Bond figures.

Decades ago, "Mystery!" showed an adaptation of a one-off Christie story called "Jane in Search of a Job." In his commentary afterwards, then host Vincent Price mentioned that it was atypical in that Jane was decidedly working class, and that Christie generally eschewed such characters as protagonists, feeling that she didn't have the mind-set to depict them credibly. Price quoted her as saying "I don't know what miners talk about in pubs."

Come to think of it, HMG was initially reluctant to broadcast the King's speech on the wireless because they didn't think folks listening in pubs would take their hats off. It's not just miners!

Have you ever heard "The Campbell Playhouse" adaptation of *The Murder of Roger Ackroyd*? Orson Welles doubles as Hercule Poirot and Dr. Sheppard. Edna May Oliver plays Caroline Sheppard and does a hilarious turn at the end as Miss Hildegarde Withers, the schoolteacher sleuth.

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