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Agatha Christie and Shrewd Miss Marple

Author: P. J. Keating

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780992650735

Category: Marple, Jane (Fictitious character)

Page: 250

View: 9093

"Keating gives a positive account of Christie's literary aims, draws attention to her creative interest in Freud and Shakespeare, and offers some challenging new interpretations of individual novels. Miss Marple herself emerges with a revitalized image and, as a bonus, a few mysteries about her personality and her famous home village of St. Mary Mead are unexpectedly solved"--Page [4] of cover.

At Bertram's Hotel

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Pub

ISBN: 9781579127329

Category: Fiction

Page: 270

View: 8171

During a vacation in London, Miss Marple becomes suspicious of the other guests in her too-dignified West End hotel.

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0006499562

Category: Detective and mystery stories, English

Page: 129

View: 3533

The crimes tackled by Miss Marple include 16 murders, four attempted murders, and assorted robberies, embezzlements, blackmailings and poachings. This biography combs through the 12 novels and 20 short stories in which Miss Marple appeared in order to reveal her true identity.

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making

Author: John Curran

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007310579

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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When Agatha Christie died in 1976, aged 85, she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide, she had achieved the impossible - more than one book every year since the 1920s, every one a bestseller. So prolific was her output, it was even claimed that Agatha must have a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those 55 years to more mundane methods of planning her ingenious crimes?Following the death of Agatha's daughter, Rosalind, at the end of 2004, a remarkable legacy was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie's private notebooks, 73 handwritten volumes which, though known about for years, had been largely ignored, probably because Agatha's unmistakable handwriting was so hard to read. But when archivist John Curran began deciphering the notebooks, the extent of this treasure trove became apparent ...This book lifts the lid on Agatha Christie's biggest secret - how her pencilled notes, lists and drafts led to her many successful books, plays and stories. Alternative plots, titles and characters, deleted scenes, even her plans for the books she didn't get to write - John Curran's investigation reveals a wealth of unpublished material, including two complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published: 'The Mystery of the Dog's Ball' and the unseen thirteenth 'Labour of Hercules!'

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A Miss Marple Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Pub

ISBN: 9781579126933

Category: Fiction

Page: 286

View: 6577

On a jaunt to visit her friend Miss Marple, Elspeth McGillicuddy sees a man strangling a woman on a passing train. The police dismiss her observation as imagination, but Miss Marple knows better and decides to search for the corpse on her own.

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple

The Complete Novels in One Sitting

Author: Jennifer Kasius

Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions

ISBN: 9780762452101

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

View: 2193

Miss Jane Marple, the elderly spinster from St. Mary Mead, is one of mystery fans' most beloved sleuths. She is featured in twelve of Agatha Christie's classic whodunits, all of which are summarized here in this tiny tome. Featuring plot synopses, character profiles, and photographs, this miniature edition gives any mystery lover a chance to cozy up with their favorite cases, from The Murder at the Vicarage to Sleeping Murder. Perfect for reading in small bites, or devouring all in one sitting!

Five complete Miss Marple novels

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Random House Value Publishing

ISBN: 9780517321775

Category: Fiction

Page: 650

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Here are five of the ever-shrewd Miss Marple's most intriguing cases. Includes The Mirror Crack'd, A Caribbean Mystery, Nemesis, The Body in the Library and What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw.

The Body in the Library

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780008196530


Page: 224

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Agatha Christie's world-famous Miss Marple mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. It's seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery... before tongues start to wag.

Crooked House

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Collins Publishers

ISBN: 9780007451654

Category: Audiobooks

Page: 122

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In the sprawling, ramshackle mansion in the affluent suburb of Swindley Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? The police think it's unlikely, and suspicion immediately falls on Aristide's luscious widow, fifty years his junior who is now set to inherit a fortune and is rumored to be cavorting with a strapping young tutor already ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is taking a much harder look. He's casting about his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows the family intimately. And he' certain that in such a crooked house such as the Three Gables, no one is on the level. Every member of the Leonide clan has a motive. Despite the absence of either of Mrs. Christie's two famous detectives, Crooked House is clever, chilling, and cunning - a brilliant piece of detection from the queen of mystery.

Sleeping Murder

Miss Marple's Last Case

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062073729

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before.

Agatha Christie's Murder at the Vicarage

Author: Moie Charles,Barbara Toy

Publisher: Samuel French


Category: Detective and mystery plays

Page: 83

View: 1787

When the Parson declares rather carelessly 'Anyone who murdered Colonel Prothero would be doing the world at large a service !', he does not realise his words will come back to haunt him. From several potential murderers, Miss Marple must find the real killer

While the Patient Slept

Author: Mignon Good Eberhart

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803267268

Category: Fiction

Page: 313

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On a blustery February day Sarah Keate arrives at a gloomy mansion to nurse old Adolph Federie, bedbound after a stroke. Meeting the patient sets off an alarm inside her, but fleeing the house is impossible. The redoubtable red-haired nurse is stuck there with a strange coterie and a black cat named Genevieve. Originally published in 1930, a year after her debut mystery novel The Patient in Room 18, While the Patient Slept strengthened Mignon G. Eberhart's hold on fame.

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious life

Author: Laura Thompson

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681777118

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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The author of the New York Times bestselling The Six now turns her formidable biographical skills to the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie. It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. A brilliant and award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year—more than thirty years after her death—and it shows no signs of slowing. But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson reveals the Edwardian world in which Christie grew up, explores her relationships, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the many mysteries still surrounding Christie's life, most notably, her eleven-day disappearance in 1926. Agatha Christie is as mysterious as the stories she penned, and writing about her is a detection job in itself. With unprecedented access to all of Christie's letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories

A Miss Marple Collection

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062330551

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2630

This collection gathers together every short story featuring one of Agatha Christie’s most famous creations: Miss Marple. Described by her friend Dolly Bantry as “the typical old maid of fiction,” Miss Marple has lived almost her entire life in the sleepy hamlet of St. Mary Mead. Yet, by observing village life she has gained an unparalleled insight into human nature—and used it to devastating effect. As her friend Sir Henry Clithering, the ex- Commissioner of Scotland Yard, has been heard to say: “She’s just the finest detective God ever made”—and many Agatha Christie fans would agree.

A is for Arsenic

The Poisons of Agatha Christie

Author: Kathryn Harkup

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472911296

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 1799

Shortlisted for the BMA Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016 Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up ... Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts? Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.

The Secret of Chimneys

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062006738

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7339

What is The Secret of Chimneys? A young drifter finds out when a favor for a friend pulls him into the heart of a deadly conspiracy in this captivating classic from Agatha Christie. Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger. As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret. . . .

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Christie's Collections

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: 谷月社


Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 3262

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. Styles was Christie's first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. This is also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will. The true first publication of the novel was as a weekly serial in the The Times, including the maps of the house and other illustrations included in the book. This novel was one of the first ten books published by Penguin Books when it began in 1935. This first mystery novel by Agatha Christie was well received by reviewers. An analysis in 1990 was positive about the plot, considered the novel one of the few by Christie that is well-anchored in time and place, a story that knows it describes the end of an era, and mentions that the plot is clever. Christie had not mastered cleverness in her first novel, as "too many clues tend to cancel each other out"; this was judged a difficulty "which Conan Doyle never satisfactorily overcame, but which Christie would."

A Pocket Full of Rye


Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780008255985


Page: 224

View: 6961

A handful of grain is found in the pocket of a murdered businessman...Rex Fortescue, king of a financial empire, was sipping tea in his 'counting house' when he suffered an agonising and sudden death. On later inspection, the pockets of the deceased were found to contain traces of cereals.Yet, it was the incident in the parlour which confirmed Jane Marple's suspicion that here she was looking at a case of crime by rhyme...

Murder Is Easy

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062113437

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5601

A quiet English village is plagued by a fiendish serial killer in Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie’s classic thriller, Murder is Easy. Luke Fitzwilliam does not believe Miss Pinkerton’s wild allegation that a multiple murderer is at work in the quiet English village of Wychwood and that her local doctor is next in line. But within hours, Miss Pinkerton has been killed in a hit-and-run car accident. Mere coincidence? Luke is inclined to think so—until he reads in the Times of the unexpected demise of Wychwood’s Dr. Humbleby.…


A Short History of the Long Ball

Author: Peter Keating

Publisher: ESPN Books

ISBN: 9781933060095

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 1866

No single act in sports has had as great an impact on our culture, our language, and our imagination as the home run. So how come weve had to wait so long for the definitive biography! Dingers! tells the history of the round-tripper, from Babe Ruth to the chasing and breaking of the Babe's records to today's pumped-up tater totals. Its narrative will trace the relationship among home runs, players, and fans, showing how "going yard" has grown in importance to the point where jacking the ball over the wall often overshadows the actual results of games. Easy to read forhistory, browse for nuggets, or use for reference, Dingers! appeals to casual fans and seamheads alike. Think of it as your one-stop guide to going downtown.

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