Questions tagged [agatha-christie]

Questions about the works of crime writer Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) or her life as a writer. Her works 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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Which mystery writer said they picked the murderer only after writing the book?

A discussion of murder mysteries on Twitter included this claim: Agatha Christie is on record as saying that she didn’t decide who the murderer was until she was ready to write the last chapter—then ...
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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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How much of Ariadne Oliver's character is self-insertion by Agatha Christie?

The recurring character Ariadne 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 is a "dream bomb" in Agatha Christie's "Third Girl"?

In Third Girl (1966) by Agatha Christie, the character Dr Stillingfleet describes the condition of his patient: “She’s down at Kenway Court. Came like a lamb. Can’t tell you much yet. The girl’s full ...
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Agatha Christie: some questions about The Hollow

Please don't look at this post if you haven't read Agatha Christie's The Hollow, in case of spoilers!!! After reading The Hollow, there are still a few points I do not quite understand. I would feel ...
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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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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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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 much did Lombard know about the murders in "And Then There Where None"?

When only Lombard and Vera are left alive, they have this dialogue that makes it seem like Lombard was the murderer. And while you could claim that it was a mutual misunderstanding (both of them ...
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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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What does Agatha Christie mean with "in a telegraphic style"?

Bold part of this passage from The 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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In the "Murder On The Links" by Agatha Christie, how is the murderer able to dig the grave?

I just finished the book "The Murder on the Links" by Agatha Christie. In the end it is revealed that was the murderer. But there is no explanation on how she did it. Poirot deduces that she ...
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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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What inspired the title of "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"?

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a novel by Agatha Christie. In the story, a dying man's last words "Why didn't they ask Evans?" inspires an amateur detective investigation, in which ultimately ...
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What does "ongtray" mean?

In "The Bird with a Broken Wing," part of Agatha Christie's story collection, The Mysterious Mr Quin, Inspector Winkfield tells Mr Satterthwaite: Must find out what terms they were on. That’s ...
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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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In Peril At End House by Agatha Chistie, who shot the bullet that Hercule Poirot finds near the table in the hotel garden?

While Hercule Poirot, Nick and Captain Hastings are sitting at a table outside the hotel, supposedly a bullet passes through Nick's hat and ends up on the ground near the table, which Hercule finds. ...
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What does "her face was innocent of makeup" mean?

I am reading Agatha Christie's Peril at End House. Can anyone help me understand what "her face was innocent of make" means in the following paragraph? It was, I think, her appearance of ...
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Lily of the valley used for murder (Agatha Christie)

I am looking for a novel by Agatha Christie in which she describes a murder with the water of Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley). Does anyone know the title?
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Why did he die in "Philomel Cottage"?

"Philomel Cottage" is a short story by Agatha Christie which was recently identified as the answer to a story-ID question on our site. After seeing it there, I read the story in full - it's only 10 ...
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Some questions about Agatha Christie's Peril at End House

Please do not look at the following if you haven't read Peril at End House, in case of spoilers! After reading this book, I had the following questions. I would feel very grateful if anyone can share ...
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In Agatha Christie's "Third Girl" how exactly does this murder work?

Norma Restarick goes to Poirot saying that she believes she has committed a murder, and has gaps in her memory where she can't remember what she was doing. We later find out that this is because she's ...
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Who is ‘the man in the barrel’ in ‘Three Act Tragedy’?

In Agatha Christie’s mystery novel Three Act Tragedy, the actress Angela Sutcliffe is being interviewed about the death of Stephen Babbington, vicar of St. Petroch’s church, Loomouth: “Dear old man, ...