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Questions tagged [agatha-christie]

For questions about the renowned crime writer Agatha Christie or about any of her literary works, which include And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and many stories about the detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

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What does Agatha Christie mean with “in a telegraphic style”?

Bold part of this passage from A Mysterious Affair at Styles. Miss Howard shook hands with a hearty, almost painful, grip. I had an impression of very blue eyes in a sunburnt face. She was a ...
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Identifying a story described within an Agatha Christie book

About 3/4 of the way through Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None' (pub c.1940), is this paragraph, describing a book, or maybe a story in some other kind of format: She broke off, went on: "...
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Is Hercule Poirot religious?

I recently saw an episode of the Hercule Poirot series where he was portrayed as religious. I have recently read the book the episode was based on and there is nothing about religion in the book. In ...
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Which Agatha Christie book was this adaption with an Irish woman committing suicide based on?

When I was a young boy I viewed one filmed book from Agatha Christie on television with David Suchet. Now I would love to read that book but I forgot its name. I remember only few facts. I remember ...
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How much of Ariande Oliver's character is self-insertion by Agatha Christie?

The recurring character Ariande Oliver (present in a number of Agatha Christie's novels) seems to be at least partially self-insertion by Christie (At the very least, both write mystery fiction ...
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What were the three clues mentioned at end of Agatha Christie's And There Were None?

In the end of the book it is said that the culprit believes, even though the crimes commited were perfect and police will be unable to solve it, there are three clues left that can help identify the ...
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What was the alternate ending of Agatha Christie's 'Death comes as the end'?

I completed reading Agatha Christie's 'Death comes as the end' and while going through the wiki page of the novel I read that Author had changed the ending by suggestion of a friend and she later ...
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Is this quote by Mr Eastwood a pointed remark by Agatha Christie?

In Agatha Christie's book The Listerdale Mystery, in the story Mr Eastwood's adventure, there is the following paragraph: He knew only too well that the kind of story that the editor in question ...
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Why was Cowen easily seen to have been Cohen?

In Agatha Christie's book The Listerdale Mystery, in the story Swan Song, there is the following qoute: It required no imagination to realise that his father's name had been Cohen. This comes ...
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Why was the ending of “And Then There Were None” changed for the stage version?

Agatha Christie's famous crime story And Then There Were None was written both as a book and later as a play by Christie herself. However, when adapting her own story for the stage, she made a ...
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What is the meaning of this paragraph from “And Then There Were None”?

I was reading this paragraph from this mystery of Agatha Christie And Then There Were None, this small paragraph is there which has no previous resemblance. By Jove, he'd sailed pretty near the ...
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Why is the Agatha Christie play called “The Mousetrap”?

The Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap has not only the longest initial run of any play in history (it's been running continuously for nearly 65 years, mostly in the very same building in London), but ...
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Is there any merit to reading the Poirot novels in order?

Curtain is Poirot's last case and for fear of spoilers I have not looked up whether it is his last case because he dies. I intend to read it only after I have read all the other novels featuring him. ...
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In which book did Poirot find a four-foot long clue?

In one of the Poirot books he mentions that though clues are often small he once found a four-foot long one. Unfortunately I can't remember in which book he mentions this. Does anyone know which ...
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How old was Hercule Poirot?

The New York Times record Hercule Poirot's age as "unknown" in their obituary: Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who became internationally famous, has died in England. His age was unknown. ...
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To what extent did Agatha Christie base Captain Hastings on Dr. Watson?

I've noticed that there are quite a few parallels between Agatha Christie's Captain Arthur Hastings and Arthur Conan Doyle's Dr. John Watson: Both served in the British military (Hasting in World War ...
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Was Mrs Croft really an invalid?

In Agatha Christie's detective story Peril at End House, was Mrs Croft really an invalid? Or did she just pretend to be one? We find out in the ending of the novel that Mrs Croft was a criminal. ...