Am I the only person who reads Agatha Christie?

(168 Posts)
overthinking Sat 15-Jun-13 20:37:32

My DH and friends giggle at me but I love her books. Chocolate, sofa snuggles and one of her books and I am a happy lady smile
Am I the only one?

ariadneoliver Sat 15-Jun-13 20:38:22

No, No you're not alone grin wink

SlittySluttySlots Sat 15-Jun-13 20:39:43

Nope - one of my favourite authors ever and have lost count of how many times I've re-read some of them! The Mysterious Affair at Styles is just genius!! grin

No. But I only read HP. I hate Miss M.

overthinking Sat 15-Jun-13 20:43:00

Ooh good good! Tonight's installment is 'Cat Among the Pigeons' grin
Remus what's wrong with Miss Marple?????

CMOTDibbler Sat 15-Jun-13 20:43:43

Haven't read them for a while, but I used to enjoy them. But my Agatha Christie fact is that my dad gardened for her for a few years.

SofaKing Sat 15-Jun-13 20:46:13

Love Agatha Christie books but I have read them all and no matter how hard I try I keep remembering whodunnit while re-reading them.

I need a memory wipe like Holly in Red Dwarf had so I can read them all again!

TheYamiOfYawn Sat 15-Jun-13 20:50:28

I've read all her books so many times that I have put them all in a box in the attic for 5 years until I start to forget the plots.

I love how in her earlier books the young people are all sparky and intrepid, but by the 1960s she has gone off young people and they are all dull and with bad skin and no fashion sense and moan a lot and sponge of their parents.

Victoria3012 Sat 15-Jun-13 20:51:18

You're not alone grin

Ashoething Sat 15-Jun-13 20:51:50

I love Agatha Christie so much I wanted to call my dd Agatha but dh vetoed itangry

DorisShutt Sat 15-Jun-13 20:52:06

Love Agatha Christie (may also have a thing for Dorothy L Sayers, Georgette Heyer, Margery Allingham, Patricia Wentwork & Ngaio Marsh).

Very genteelle and always well written. (I would so have given Harriet Vane a run for Lord Peter! wink )

WorrySighWorrySigh Sat 15-Jun-13 20:58:17

Another here. They are my comfort reading

PoppyAmex Sat 15-Jun-13 20:58:25

I agree, Doris.

I think the Americans called their style "cosy mystery" and I can see why.

HollaAtMeBaby Sat 15-Jun-13 20:58:49

You are not the only one! I'm a huge fan. smile

Yes I love her books but have now read them all twice so can't really read again

SuffolkNWhat Sat 15-Jun-13 21:02:11

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ariadneoliver Sat 15-Jun-13 21:02:39

I like both Poirot and Marple but I also wish she had written more Harley Quinn and other non Poirot/Marple books. Though I'm still waiting for one of my fave Poirots (Big Four) to be made for TV

babybythesea Sat 15-Jun-13 21:03:09

Me too! I like watching the TV adaptations too. I have a stack of them backed up on my sky planner thing to watch as I breastfeed DD2.

If you like Ms Christie, can I also suggest you try M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series? I stumbled on these when the first one was on offer on Kindle. I have seen them around but never read one and now I'm a fan. Same sort of idea - woman living in a country village ends up solving murders. There are differences though - Agatha Raisin is a retired and not overly nice PR lady who retires to a country village and sort of falls into murder solving by accident. Like the Agatha Christie books, they are very easy to read and a lot of fun.

babybythesea Sat 15-Jun-13 21:04:44

And this would seem like the perfect place to trot out my pet theory - beware of Miss Marple.

Poirot gets called in to solve things, but Miss Marple, well, she mostly just happens to be there. I think it's highly suspicious, and I suspect that she is framing others for her own devious murders....

ariadneoliver Sat 15-Jun-13 21:07:06

Miss Marple was the most successful fictional female serial killer ... until Jessica Fletcher came along. grin

thegrowlygus Sat 15-Jun-13 21:07:52

I love agatha christie! Especially that she disappeared for a bit in real life too. Although I did have a run a while back of reading loads back to back and got a bit confused about characters!!!

Love reading miss m's.

lborolass Sat 15-Jun-13 21:08:45

I would, if I hadn't already read them all grin

bassingtonffrench Sat 15-Jun-13 21:09:18

ha ha ariadne, my user name is also a christie reference.

how dare you babybythesea

her autobiography is absolutely wonderful.

usualsuspect Sat 15-Jun-13 21:09:35

I've read all of Agatha Christies books,

NumTumDeDum Sat 15-Jun-13 21:10:50

Have you read any of her romances written under the name Mary Westmacott? I haven't yet, but keep meaning to. I think I've read pretty much everything else. I really really want a lovely leather bound set.

bassingtonffrench Sat 15-Jun-13 21:11:25

that is so true re portrayal of young people yamiofyawn!!

overthinking Sat 15-Jun-13 21:12:32

Baby I read an Agatha Raisin but there was (whispers) SEX in it grin

FatherSpodoKomodo Sat 15-Jun-13 21:13:43

I read them years ago, my mum was a big fan so had the whole lot. I really need to read them again, anyone know of any cheap boxsets?

somewherewest Sat 15-Jun-13 21:14:09

My fortysomething aunt loves them too. Not my thing but I can imagine them being a relaxing light read if murder mysteries are your thing.

More importantly, how come the TV series Poirot lived in England for years and spoke fluent English, but still got really basic things like definite/indefinite articles wrong? Seriously? Was it to keep reminding the viewer that he was 'forrin'?

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sat 15-Jun-13 21:14:51

Gosh no, I love her. smile

Pancakeflipper Sat 15-Jun-13 21:16:40

I love her too. And some how I often forget why the crime occurred so I get to re-read them.

My grandma had carrier bags full of her books in a wardrobe and when I was in my teens I would borrow them.

MissBetseyTrotwood Sat 15-Jun-13 21:17:01

I just finished 'A Pocket Full of Rye'. Bliss. Total brain comfort.

DorisShutt Sat 15-Jun-13 21:26:15

Is it just me or was it a more innocent time then?

Back doors left ajar, vicars on bicycles and brazen hussies!

I think it's the era I'd like to visit - complete with afternoon tea at the Savoy or Ritz in a lovely hat!

Plomino Sat 15-Jun-13 21:26:21

Oh I adore them . I actually collect her first editions when I've got a bit of spare money , and have about 5 copies of each because I read them till they fall apart .

Ask me which one was my favourite and I'd be really stuck though .

Plomino Sat 15-Jun-13 21:28:25

Oh Doris I agree . I'm convinced I was born in the wrong era , and that my rightful place in time is about the 1930's .

HelgatheHairy Sat 15-Jun-13 21:29:03

Doris thank you for that list of writers similar to Agatha Christie. Going to be busy on Amazon soon!

baby I like Agatha Raisin too. I only started reading them as my mother got the first book and liked it so it turned into an easy present to buy her one or two and I ended up reading them myself. I've actually got two out of the library but need to read them myself first before giving them to her!

Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher both should be questioned very closely I think!

Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters is quite good too. Set in Egypt on archaeology sites.

MissBetseyTrotwood Sat 15-Jun-13 21:31:39

Yup. Born old I was.

MrsWilliamBodie Sat 15-Jun-13 21:32:00

I love them. I want to be Miss Marple when I grow up.

I wish more Parker Pyne and Harley Quin stories had been written.

MorvahRising Sat 15-Jun-13 21:36:38

Love them. Also Sayers, Allingham and Marsh. Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers is one of my favourites.

HelgatheHairy I'm another Amelia Peabody fan! Apart from my family I've never found anyone else who is so am rather excited. The books are great light reading, but you also learn a lot about Egyptology. I keep thinking I need to buy a parasol. So many uses in everyday life.

LondonJax Sat 15-Jun-13 21:43:48

I love Agatha! Hope they don't make a pig's ear of the new Marple tomorrow. Anyone seen The Mousetrap? Excellent.

Love them (can you tell?! grin)

I have reread all Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence and am on the last Marple... Then going to reread all the others! Don't know what I am going to read after that though!!!

HelgatheHairy Sat 15-Jun-13 21:46:42

morvah I suspect we're a small bunch! I love Egyptology and really wish I could go to Egypt in those days! And I think a parasol is a great idea!

DorisShutt Sat 15-Jun-13 21:46:48

Marple? Tomorrow?

<sets recorder>

I loved Mousetrap, saw it about 15 years ago, would love to go again one day!

HelgatheHairy Sat 15-Jun-13 21:49:23

doris ITV at 8. There was a new Poirot last week.

TheCameliousHumph Sat 15-Jun-13 21:50:46

Me too.

I have loads and 30 duplicates but can't bare to part with any blush.

High time I had an Agatha phase again.

Greydog Sat 15-Jun-13 21:51:15

Another fan here! Love the books, and also enjoy the Hercule Poirot series on the TV. It's all so genteel (unless you're the murder victim!)

SouthernerinMCR Sat 15-Jun-13 21:54:05

I love Agatha Christie and read all of the Poirot and Marple books years ago but now I tend to listen to the Radio 4 dramatisations whenever I need a 'Fix'. They work really well as radio plays. I like the TV and film adaptations too - although some more than others.

I am the world's biggest AC fan, or close to it! grin

I own all of her books, including the Mary Westmacott and non-fiction ones, auto- and biographies, those "bedside companion" type of books, etc.

I've also been to lots of places, all by accident! Couple years ago I was at a conference in Harrogate and one of the dinners was at the Swan hotel which is where she disappeared to that time. Couple of weeks ago I was at another conference, this time in Torquay, staying at the Grand Hotel which is where she and Archie honeymooned.

But my favourite one...

Before we were engaged DH and I went on a Nile cruise holiday and the tour we were on stopped in Aswan. When I realised that was where she had written Death on the Nile I was v excited. DH disappeared with his phone for a few minutes, then came back and told me what he had done. We were leaving the cruise for a night to stay in the Old Cataract Hotel, the very room she had stayed in for several months one winter writing the book!!!!

LondonJax Sat 15-Jun-13 22:00:34

DH bought me a huge 'guide' type book of Agatha for. It's got synopses of all the stories and plays without giving anything away - which is genius in itself, along with all the characters. So if you wanted to know who Hastings was married to or his children's names as well as who's played him, it's all in there. Marvellous!

Oh and some of the Agatha Raisin stories mentioned on here have been made into radio plays with Penelope Keith as AR. Radio 4 extra have them so you may find them on IPlayer, depending on when they were last aired, along with Hercule Poirot (played by John Moffat) and Miss Marple (played by June Whitfield) - all very good.

Reading that back I sound slightly unhinged... Oh dear...

LondonJax I think I have the same book!

snozzlemaid Sat 15-Jun-13 22:05:58

I love her too. Having problems getting into any books at the moment so I went to the library today to see if I could find something and I spotted some Agatha Christie's. I've not read any of hers for years so I picked up a couple.
Started The Murder of Roger Ackroyd earlier and I'm loving it. They're great stories and so easy to read.

empra Sat 15-Jun-13 22:29:49

I loved them and now one of my dds is reading them all too.

TheYamiOfYawn Sat 15-Jun-13 22:32:56

I like the Amelia Peabody books, too. And Laurie R King. Also Phil Rickman although they are a bit more grim, and not really detective stories.

PoppyWearer Sat 15-Jun-13 22:34:12

I read loads and loads of her books as a teenager. Loved them!

No time to read except Mumsnet since having DCs. But I probably should work out which ones I have/have not read and work on the remaining ones at some point.

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 15-Jun-13 22:37:54

I've just started buying them on my kindle.
I love the Agatha Christie drama on the telly, especially David Suchet and Joan Hickson.
It's the time they were set with country houses and servants and genteel murders.
There's a new Miss Marple on ITV tomorrow, I'm so looking forward to it.

serengetty Sat 15-Jun-13 22:39:17

I did my dissertation on her many moons ago.

valiumredhead Sat 15-Jun-13 22:42:11

I've read all get books, the majority by the time I was 18,I devoured them ! Not read any for years, will have to dig one out.

valiumredhead Sat 15-Jun-13 22:42:41

Her not get

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Jun-13 22:51:44

I've read all her books & have at least one copy of all of them.

The first one I read was Murder on the Orient Express, which I found lying around at home once when I was about 14. I spent many happy hours pottering around second hand book shops picking up the rest of them. It got to the stage that I had all of them except for one, and it literally took me a couple of years to track it down - this being about 30 years ago before the internet.

Imagine my joy when I went into a bookshop & found not one, but two copies of the missing book. I was literally jumping up & down with excitement, and of course I bought them both. And for the life of me I can't remember which one it was now.

The whole set, plus all the biographies and books about books are safely stored in the attic. Must be about time for a re-read...

I'm going to try & remember which book it was, it's annoying me now. And it was such a big deal at the time!

Plomino Sat 15-Jun-13 23:03:24

The one that took me forever to find was the Listerdale mystery . Took me nearly 3 years to find it , even though I owned two second hand bookshops !

Now I've got it in hardback , paperback , on my kindle ..... !

Still trying to work out what my favourite would be , and I have to say I think it would be a Marple . Probably The Body in the Library as it was the first one I read , which formed the reading habits of a lifetime !

My favourite first read was probably After the Funeral. I prefer Miss Marple to HP in general.

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Jun-13 23:28:55

I recently re-read The Secret Adversary on my Kindle.

I enjoyed revisiting one of the most chilling lines in literature: "I am Mr Brown..."

Miss M appears to solve crime by doing nothing and being sanctimonious. I loathe her.

I like those Amelia Peabody ones though - they are hilarious. They get v samey after a couple though.

Plomino Sat 15-Jun-13 23:35:00

Oh yes ! I didn't see that coming .

I also loved the Man in the Brown Suit , with that genial villain Sir Eustace Pedler , and his secretary with a face like an executioner !

UniS Sat 15-Jun-13 23:43:28

I've just read my first Miss Marple - They do it with Mirrors. AND I'm starting my first Amelia Peabody Mystery... Thought I needed a change from Cadfeal, Baldwin and Peter Whimsey.

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Jun-13 23:54:26

Oh yes, the Man in the Brown Suit & the scary secretary!

I think my favourite non-Marple/Poirot was Death Comes As the End - I liked the Ancient Egyptian setting.

After I'd gone through all the Christies I read the Ngaio Marsh books. I think I have all of them as well.

I'm going to get hold of a few Amelia Peabody books, I've never heard of them until tonight so thanks for the recommendation.

CadleCrap Sun 16-Jun-13 00:32:31

I have spent the last year or so working my way through her collection.

I do have a slight chuckle at some of the (nowadays) non PC language used.

DramaAlpaca Sun 16-Jun-13 00:33:55

I know, and Ngaio Marsh is even worse. It's quite shocking to our modern ears.

SlittySluttySlots Sun 16-Jun-13 10:24:02

Helga & Morvah - i like Amelia too although haven't seen a new one in ages!

Someone up thread mentioned this but i do get comfort from murders set in this era, iykwim! You just know it will all work out smile

Clawdy Sun 16-Jun-13 10:28:39

Read them all,love most of them,except Tommy and Tuppence. Favourites are Evil Under the Sun,because it was the first I read,and The Hollow.

nettie Sun 16-Jun-13 10:37:38

Another fan here. I also have copy of all her books, the Joan Hickson Miss Marple dvds, the Magaret Rutherford films, some of the Ustinov films, Murder on the Orient Express dvd, looking foward to getting boxset of the Poirots when they finish them, numerous audiobooks etc. etc.

Nothing more comforting than a hot bath, cup of tea and a good murder!

Looking foward to Marple tonight, has the added attraction of having the gorgeous Charles Mesure in it smile.

Am reading a Flavia de Luce novel at the moment are very Christiesque(sp!).

nettie Sun 16-Jun-13 10:40:31

Forgot to say favourite character is Lucy Eyelesbarrow, and slight crush on Hastingsblush.

My dream holiday would be Burgh Island.

HelgatheHairy Sun 16-Jun-13 12:47:40

I just want to say that this thread is going to cost me a fortune in kindle downloads with the writers I've never heard of but now want to read all their books (Ngaio Marsh etc - have already worked my way through Dorothy L Sayer)

drudgewithagrudge Sun 16-Jun-13 13:14:28

I am a great Miss Marple fan but only the Joan Hickson ones. They muck about with the plots in the latest versions.

I find it hard to be fond of Hercule Poirot even though I have to admit he is clever. Somehow he doesn't seem quite human.

What always puzzles me is why all the characters agree to gather in the drawing room at the end of lots of the stories. Surely the villain must know that all will be revealed.

DramaAlpaca Sun 16-Jun-13 13:22:11

This is a lovely thread.

Is there any way it could be moved out of Chat into the Books section so all us Christie & mystery fans can keep dipping in & out to talk about the books (I think I'm right in thinking Chat topics disappear after a while?).

minsmum Sun 16-Jun-13 13:23:59

I love Amelia Peabody too. I have a lot of those books on my kindle.

Engelsemama Sun 16-Jun-13 13:24:38

I had an Agatha Christie phase when I was 14 (rural library so little choice - came right before my Danielle Steel pase blush ).

Thanks for reminding me - now time to load up my kindle smile

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 16-Jun-13 14:37:08

Hi - yes we'll move this into Books in a mo.

ariadneoliver Sun 16-Jun-13 15:20:37

Nettie maybe there should be an Agatha fan club meet up on the island

DramaAlpaca Sun 16-Jun-13 17:43:56

Thank you CatherineHMumsnent!

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 16-Jun-13 22:26:31

No. I am reading Hercule Poirot in order this year and am thoroughly enjoying finding old copies for pence with interesting cover art.

I read then in between other stuff or sometimes have a Poirot, other fiction and non fiction on the up. They are brilliant.

aPseudonymToFoolHim Sun 16-Jun-13 22:31:19

I love them. I have a memory like a sieve so I can re-read them as often as I like! HP and Miss M are fab! I don't like Tommy and Tuppence though.

I will ALWAYS sit down to watch one when they are on TV (today's The Man in the Brown Suit being prime example) no mattr HOW many times I've seen them before. Same with the wonderful Columbo

Taffeta Sun 16-Jun-13 22:42:16

Read all the books over 20 years ago <gimmer>

Not a fan of any of the adaptations esp. It's not the same when you know whodunit

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 16-Jun-13 22:45:35

I read quite a few when younger but can't really recall them, Murder in the Orient Express is my current favourite but am only up to The Murder if Roger Akcroyd (1928 edition that should arrive this week - excited beyond what is normal).

DramaAlpaca Sun 16-Jun-13 22:52:06

Ooh, you'll enjoy The Murder of Roger Ackroyd!

1928 edition? You lucky thing!

Plomino Sun 16-Jun-13 22:53:56

I love them all , but its the Miss Marples that are the ones I read over and over . And there was only one Miss Marple on TV , which was Joan Hickson . Julia Mackenzie is ok , but Geraldine Mcewan reduced me to paroxysms of fury , so much so that DH banned me from watching her in his presence because I would shout at the screen " particularly in the ones she wasn't even supposed to be in !

But then Agatha Christie herself liked Joan Hickson for the part , didn't she ?

DramaAlpaca Sun 16-Jun-13 22:58:08

Joan Hickson for me is the definitive TV Marple.

I'm with you about Geraldine McEwan's Marple. I'm actually glad I can't get ITV where I live so I couldn't watch this evening.

DorisShutt Mon 17-Jun-13 07:05:11

Oh lord the "adaptations" where there is plot fiddling... Murder at the Vicarage made me apoplectic!

Least last night's (A Carribean Mystery) was relatively straightforward; but seemed a bit dumbed down? Certainly a couple of the back stories seemed to be missing.

Plomino Mon 17-Jun-13 07:35:38

The one that made me incandescent with rage was the one that had Tommy and Tuppence in it , and they turned him into a complete tosser and her into a right old lush . WTAF ?
And now I can't think what it was called .

Am quite excited at the moment , our local auctioneer mentioned he was going out to a house to look at someone's Agatha Christie collection ... Hopefully they'll sell them locally and I can add to my stash !

ariadneoliver Mon 17-Jun-13 07:58:09

Plomino It was 'By the Pricking of my Thumbs' and there was no need to draft in Miss Marple either T&T managed perfectly well in the book.

Clawdy Mon 17-Jun-13 08:31:39

LondonJax what was the name of your book about Agatha C?

mixedmamameansbusiness Mon 17-Jun-13 12:16:23

I ordered my Roger Ackroyd on Amazon so I am not convinced that I will actually be getting the 1928 copy, particularly as it cost me £4 - but I hold out hope.

Plomino Mon 17-Jun-13 14:13:14

Of course it was ! Thank you Ariadne.

Was rearranging the bookshelves yesterday , dusting off all my Christie first editions , and DH has promised to get me another this year . I'm holding out for the Mysterious affair at Styles first edition, but seeing as the last one sold at auction for about £12,000 , I'm not holding my breath !

mixedmamameansbusiness Mon 17-Jun-13 15:18:56

£12,000 - wow!!! Such a lovely collection though.

Plomino Mon 17-Jun-13 19:59:53

I'm hoping beyond hope that one day I'll find it in a charity shop for 50p!

I can dream !

Holliewantstobehot Tue 18-Jun-13 16:17:14

I too love agatha - just finished reading the third girl last night for the umpteenth time. Also love patricia wentworth and have just bought a gladys mitchell set from the book people. They are my comfort books, kind of like a grown up famous five. I also get very annoyed at the way they mess up the books - I don't mind a little bit of artistic licence but when they put miss marple in books she wasn't in and change all the plot around I get very annoyed.

mum2jakie Thu 20-Jun-13 15:32:13

I love Agatha Christie and have re-read all of the books I own to the point that I know instantly who the murderer was - and still read them! The only characters I dislike are Tuppence and Tommy.

Her short stories are good for nights when I am tired and just want something quick and easy. Has anybody else read her Parker Pyne books?

ariadneoliver Thu 20-Jun-13 17:33:32

I like Parker Pyne, I downloaded one recently on kindle and very quickly had to download the others. They were televised back in the eighties I think and I got them on DVD from Lovefilm. I think they'd be worth updating once the Marples and Poirots run out.

FannyMcNally Thu 20-Jun-13 18:12:48

My first AC's were Ordeal by Innocence and Ten Little Indians. I loved the covers, they were so gruesome that it started me on a life long love affair with her books. They were the Fontana 1960s editions I think. A Caribbean Mystery was particularly horrible. shock I must dig them out and find out who illustrated them! The tv adaptations have skewed my favourites over the years although I still watch all of them when they're on.

Some of the adaptations are awful - Ordeal by Innocence especially sticking in my mind because Miss Marple was in it when she SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN!!!

Agree with Joan Hickson being the best Marple and I really liked the intro music and graphics.

I LOATHE the books with Tommy and Tuppence, Harley Quinn, Mrs Oliver and Mr Satterthwaite. Miss Marple or HP? I think HP wins because I get irritated by Miss Marple recognising wrong 'uns by their resemblance to residents of St Mary Mead.

Great thread BTW.

DontmindifIdo Thu 20-Jun-13 18:43:19

My first AC was Lord Edgewear Dies - was a good introduction. I do like Ten Little Indians/And then there were None (I believe it was renamed).

I need to go through a list and work out which ones I've not read.

Alicadabra Fri 21-Jun-13 14:15:14

I also get furious at them mucking around with the plots and particularly for drafting in Miss Marple for no reason. The Secret of Chimneys is probably my favourite Christie book and ITV randomly changed almost everything about it. angry

Having said that, I rather liked Geraldine McEwan's twinkly-eyed slightly wicked old lady approach - it was different but believable (I certainly believed she'd stick her nose in everywhere!) Julia McKenzie is ok but really just a 'lite' version of Joan Hickson, who was the definitive Miss Marple in my view (especially in A Murder is Announced - absolutely brilliant).

I read dozens of Christie books when I was young and have recently loved rediscovering some of them on my Kindle. Better still, I've found a couple that I've never read! smile

ZZZenagain Fri 21-Jun-13 14:42:24

think you have the same version of A Caribbean Mystery as I have Fanny. The cover makes me cringe, can't look at it.

I love an AC, perfect old fashioned cosy. I really like Cat Among the Pigeons and A Body in the Library. One I never really got on with was the one (forgotten the title) where Miss Marple gets sent on a stately homes of England tour and has to find out what really happened to Verity Hunt and some millionaire's son.

Nemesis perhaps. Could be called Nemesis.

Iseeall Fri 21-Jun-13 14:48:08

Our cat is named Agatha in honour of the lady herself. grin

ZZZenagain Fri 21-Jun-13 14:55:02

when my dd is practising instruments , I am generally not allowed in. If she deigns to allow it, she plays the Miss Marple theme to signal to me that I am required or permitted to come in.

She is thinking about changing to HP now.

Clawdy Fri 21-Jun-13 15:54:55

Nemesis is the follow-up story to A Caribbean Mystery,featuring the son of Mr. Rafiel.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Fri 21-Jun-13 15:56:00

Are you 70 plus?

Clawdy Fri 21-Jun-13 15:58:35

Fanny I love Harley Quinn! so dark. Apparently AC loved 'em too. They could never be filmed,though....don't think? hmm

FannyMcNally Fri 21-Jun-13 16:28:33

No no no! grin

ZZZ have we both got the copy with the green head and bulging eye? Horrid! And you're right, the stately home one is Nemesis.

ariadneoliver Fri 21-Jun-13 17:03:48

Rather shamefacedly, having dissed the drafting in of Miss Marple to random plots, I have to confess that one of my favourite tv adaptations is the Geraldine McEwan version of The Pale Horse. I have it on Sky plus and will happily will re-watch it for relaxation.

ZZZenagain Fri 21-Jun-13 20:10:26

that's the one Fanny, it is hideous. I'd buy it again just to have a different cover. What were they thinking?

Nivet Sat 22-Jun-13 07:28:39

Me too, me too! I bought the entire Miss Marple box set to read when I was pregnant with DS, perfectly non-taxing for a woman likely to cry at the Weetabix advert grin.

I also bought the DVD box set to watch during my first two weeks of maternity leave, DS arrived early, four years later I still have finished watching them.

Someone asked up thread about a box set (sorry, on my phone so can't see who), The Book People often do the whole set for about £12.

FannyMcNally Sat 22-Jun-13 10:52:37

I was tempted to buy the complete Joan Hickson DVD set but on Amazon it's still over £40. There is a dutch subtitled set for £15 so I might ask the dds to buy that for my birthday in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it already!

Nivet Sun 23-Jun-13 09:52:38

FannyMcNally I'm decluttering and reducing our DVD collection.

You are welcome to have my box set as it's your birthday! If you PM me your address I'll post them to you.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 23-Jun-13 16:54:11

I am getting worried that my Roger Ackroyd hasn't arrived yet.

I have never been into Marple and the rest but have only ever avoided them on TV. Might try them once I am done with Poirot but have loads left.

FannyMcNally Sun 23-Jun-13 17:17:35

Have pm'd you Nivet <excited>

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 27-Jun-13 17:50:07

It arrived, but is an early seventies edition. I should have known. I don't mind though, I just really don't like the new fangled, bland covers so I still have a great illustration.

MrsFrederickWentworth Fri 28-Jun-13 20:34:30

I love them but especially Miss Marple. I come from.a small village and what she says is so true. HP is do self satisfied.

The Agatha Raisins are fun, but if you want gentle and sentimental, try MC Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series, or the Precious Ramotswes, which I love because thru get the taste of Botswana.

Doris, am with you though find Campion more irritating than Lord Peter. Also love Josephine Tey, all of which have just been republished, and Edmund thingmummy of The Moving Toyshop and others.

Alfonso1 Sat 29-Jun-13 08:59:31

I love Agatha Christie books. Always read them when I am sick in bed. Very comforting.

notcitrus Sat 29-Jun-13 10:49:00

I've got that scary-covered Caribbean Mystery too!

The first 'grown up' books I read were Christies, and then living abroad the local library's English section was limited but seemed to include them all. At the time loads of the social nuances and historical references went over my head, but I loved Miss Marple's line about meeting all of human nature in a village and it being easy to study - I felt the same way about my boarding school.

So now reading them again to appreciate the backgrounds properly, but currently sidetracked by Sayers, who I seem to be reading backwards - just read Gaudy Night and want to start it again!

mixedmamameansbusiness Sat 06-Jul-13 23:58:36

MrsFrederickWentworth - nooo I am the real Mrs Frederivk Wentworth.

It seems we share more than Agatha Christie grin

FannyMcNally Sun 07-Jul-13 18:36:52

Just resurrecting this thread to publicly thank Nivet for my birthday present!

I am slowly working my way through the series and hugely enjoying Joan Hickson's wonderful Miss Marple. I am going to re-read the books as well, just to see how close this series was to the originals. Lovely!

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 07-Jul-13 21:23:05

Mixedmama, v sorry (not) you fell down that stair at the Cobb in Lyme Regis.. you are not alone, there is a MNr who always wants to address me as Ms Anne Elliot.

Hah. Got there first and last.

( the secret thoughts of AE)

chalkie34 Mon 08-Jul-13 14:57:16

love Agatha Christie and Agatha raisin both great writers also love jack higgins

mixedmamameansbusiness Mon 08-Jul-13 19:29:00

I am going to have to look into Agatha Raisin - not least because that is possibly the most awesome name ever.

mixedmamameansbusiness Mon 08-Jul-13 19:29:54

<<deliberately ignores MrsFrederickWentworth and flounces to check her threads>>

MrsFrederickWentworth Mon 08-Jul-13 23:15:50


MrsFrederickWentworth Mon 08-Jul-13 23:20:09

Agatha Raisin is such a honestly not very nice person. I love the way the vicar detests her. Not that he is likable either.

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 09-Jul-13 11:44:04

Aww she wrote Hamish Macbeth too.

VanitasVanitatum Tue 09-Jul-13 11:51:14

Have read all of them several times, so am very excited about doris list too!! Now I just need a similar list for Georgette Heyer romances.. Being able to read them with my eyes closed maybe means I've read them too often..

MrsFrederickWentworth Tue 09-Jul-13 23:37:53

Mixedmama, I love Hamish Macbeth. V gentle, v sentimental, v funny..and. our DDog refuses to eat fig food too.

Vanitas (love the name) there is a GH thread under adult fiction, the regency books. I haven't looked recently but the discussions were very good.

MrsFrederickWentworth Tue 09-Jul-13 23:39:34

Dog, not fig, blasted phone.

Nivet Tue 09-Jul-13 23:46:51

FannyMcNally my pleasure, glad they went to a good home. Thank you for the card/postage, DH said I'd never hear from you again, cynical old bastard.

I was inspired by a very kind Mumsnetter who gave me a Baby Dan playpen. Ah, lovely Mumsnet grin

FannyMcNally Wed 10-Jul-13 08:19:28

Ha ha Nivet. Your DH sounds exactly like mine! grin

VanitasVanitatum Wed 10-Jul-13 10:06:24

Thanks MrsFrederick grin

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 10-Jul-13 10:17:21

I remember watching Hamish Macbeth - I assume it is based on the books.

Ubermumsy Wed 10-Jul-13 10:21:01

You're not alone. I love them - currently reading "Towards Zero". I don't even mind that I can remember whodunnit - I'm just enjoying the journey.

Debbycox Tue 16-Jul-13 10:48:52

read them all as a teenager. Love Tommy and Tuppence but she only wrote a few with this young 'daring couple!' her books really conjure up the glamour of the 20's and 30's.

Arabesque Tue 16-Jul-13 17:11:23

I loved them as a teenager, went off them for a while when I discovered the grittier PD James and Inspector Wexford mysteries, but came back to them like a pair of comfy old slippers. I re read them frequently. Even though I know the plots I just love the settings and the whole atmosphere she creates; particularly, as other posters have said, the novels set in the 1930s and 1940s. I'm fascinated by that era and she writes about it so well.
I prefer Miss Marple to HP but I enjoy both series.

MrsFrederickWentworth Tue 16-Jul-13 17:55:24

Have just read The Man in the Brown Suit for the first time..1924. Interesting, she hasn't got her style yet.

NicknameTaken Fri 19-Jul-13 11:37:25

Last year I went on a tour at the British Museum. We were looking at artefacts dug up during a 1930s (I think) excavation. The guide said to read AC's Murder in Mesopotamia as it gave a real flavour of what the dig had been like, including some of the more forceful personalities involved...No actual murder in real-life though!

edam Sun 21-Jul-13 16:01:16

That's interesting, nickname. Goes alongside the story that Georgette Heyer's An Infamous Army is apparently the best description of the Battle of Waterloo and was allegedly used at Sandhurst.

Calabria Sun 21-Jul-13 16:14:07

My husband and I are working our way through all the Agatha Christie books at the moment. He is doing it in chronological order. I'm not so organised though and just grab any one.

Many parcels have arrived from Amazon lately to complete the collection.

Louise1956 Sun 21-Jul-13 19:31:43

yes, I love her books. i have read many of them several times, favourites like Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Cards on the Table, Mrs McGinty's Dead, A Murder is Announced, Towards Zero, At Bertram's Hotel, etc. i love Poirot and Miss Marple, also Superintendant Battle (I wish she had written more about him). her autobiography is marvellous too, especially the early part about her childhood and youth, and her experiences of WW1.

Louise1956 Sun 21-Jul-13 19:34:46

the Agatha Raisin books are okay, though she is a very silly woman, they are nothing like as good as Agatha Christie's books though.

leilajay Mon 22-Jul-13 11:11:15

I am a big fan, I have a great collection myself.

JulieAnderton Fri 26-Jul-13 09:03:06

I'd heard so much about the genius of The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd and couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately I correctly guessed the culprit about halfway through. Was rather pleased with myself, but also a bit sad that I didn't get the OMG reveal moment!

chihiro Fri 26-Jul-13 10:01:38

This thread has just reminded me I have two unread Christies which I picked up at a charity shop. They are The Hollow and Miss Marple and the Thirteen Problems. I may get some chocolate today and curl up with one of these when the kids are in bed.

Which one shall I read first?

ElizaCBennett Fri 26-Jul-13 10:36:43

Definitely The Hollow. Love AC, have read all her books many, many times. Brilliant storyteller; enjoy!

chihiro Sat 27-Jul-13 11:35:08

The Hollow it is then. I shall start it tonight.

edam Sat 27-Jul-13 11:53:46

Julie, thing is she invented that trick. No-one had thought of it before - so at the time it was shocking and original. Everyone today has the benefit of decades of people developing detective fiction, so it's not as surprising to us.

CircassianLeyla Sat 10-Aug-13 21:19:25

Just finished Roger Ackroyd. I remembered the characters from the TV series but couldn't be sure that I remembered it accurately so was suitably impressed. Murder on the Orient Express still my favourite though.

CorrieDale Sat 10-Aug-13 21:51:38

I devoured these as a teenager! I re-read them for years until I found Wexford and pd James and Colin dexter and various others. Including the car-crash detective agatha raisin. So although I have all the ACs I haven't read them for many years. This thread is inspiring me to dig a couple out! Murder in Mesopotamia perhaps...

CircassianLeyla Sat 10-Aug-13 22:11:00

The Big Four is next for me. On the hunt for an interesting cover edition so will be looking about in second hand shops - my favourite pass time.

Greythorne Sat 10-Aug-13 22:34:42

'then there were none' is very haunting, not cosy crime fiction at all!

JohnnyFontaneCannaeSing Sat 10-Aug-13 22:37:19

Nope I love too!

CircassianLeyla Fri 23-Aug-13 21:48:15

My pottering in second hand shops is yielding no results for The Big Four.

This thread needs to stay around forever!!

nettie Wed 04-Sep-13 16:09:00

Just heard about this on R5, must admit I've read the "new" Sherlock Holmes and "Death comes to Pemberley" but can't get excited about this, we had Poirot's finale, it just seems like cashing in to me.

ariadneoliver Thu 17-Oct-13 12:03:43

Great news, The Big Four is on ITV next Wednesday , I can hardly wait!

CircassianLeyla Thu 17-Oct-13 23:15:39

Of gosh I better read it.

runes Sun 20-Oct-13 20:56:16

I loves Agatha grin . I have all the Poirot and Marple and am now collecting the rest of her crime novels. I read them over and over, for some reason they comfort me, which is fairly ridiculous given the genre confused .I would so love to attend a Poirot murder mystery type thing, with full 20s regalia, DH is appalled at the idea grin . Can't wait for the new Poirot series. David Suchet IS Hercule Poirot.

ariadneoliver Wed 23-Oct-13 16:39:44

Nettie I have just looked at your link. Sophie Hannah is not in the same league as St Agatha, I can't believe the estate has chosen her. She wrote one good book and then the others have gone downhill from there. sad

bluebayou Wed 23-Oct-13 17:38:00

Love very single one of them . very excited Poirot is on T.V. tonight

bluebayou Thu 24-Oct-13 10:53:51

Loved Poirot on TV last night , thought it was really "camped" up and great .

ariadneoliver Thu 24-Oct-13 14:52:14

Unfortunately I missed it. I forgot to record it then ended up going out for dinner at the last minute so no time to nip home. Hope it's on catchup!

CircassianLeyla Thu 24-Oct-13 17:01:27

Yes I came in at 9.15 when I had missed the first 15 mins on +1. I will have to watch on catch up - with no adverts!!

Just read Nettie's link. I don't know who Sophie Hannah is but I don't like this idea.

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