Everybody in St. Mary Mead knew Miss Marple; fluffy and dithery in appearance, but inwardly as sharp and as shrewd as they make them.Agatha Christie, 4:50 from Paddington
Miss Marple is a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner — Miss Wetherby is a mixture of vinegar and gush. Of the two, Miss Marple is much the more dangerous.Agatha Christie, The Murder at the Vicarage
This simply fascinating video series on the Youtube features the grandson of Everyone’s Favorite Writer discussing her life, her books, her inspirations and more. Here he shares a wee bit about the creation of Hercule Poirot. The most interesting part of the video, IMHO, is the fact that even Agatha received rejections! Unbelievable! And we also learn, genteel readers, that rejection letters have not changed a bit in nearly one hundred years.
One hobby (or perhaps bad habit?) I have never outgrown is collecting old, out-of-print books, mostly paperbacks, because they tend to be the ones I can afford. A dime for a great used book? Count me in! And now I have stumbled upon something that, at first, I believed would help me lose this obsession – but instead, alas, it has only added to my addiction. The “something” is Pinterest, where I previously only surfed the pages of others, but have now jumped into the fray and begun posting my own collection of lovely paperback book covers. My page is titled Marvelous Mystery Book Covers. It features mainly vintage books or out-of-print Agatha Christies, which are my favorite used books to find. I have stacks and stacks of them. And yes, I have read them all at least once! See even more book covers, and other items of interest such as pictures of my cats, on my new Instagram: donna.reads.and.writes
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Six people gather at a swanky 40’s era nightclub to celebrate the birthday of the title character, the beautiful but self-absorbed Rosemary Barton, who gracefully lifts her champagne glass for a birthday toast at midnight and drops dead on the expensive silk tablecloth the very next minute.
This novel was originally the Hercule Poirot short story Yellow Iris, with similar settings and characters but a completely different ending. Poirot doesn’t appear in the novel. I have a particular fondness for both versions of the story, and the novel is notable in that it presents a different form of storytelling than the typical mystery. In Part One, the six characters who were present when Rosemary died each tell their story of what happened that fateful night and the months preceding it. In this way the genteel reader is given insight into the lives and minds of the suspects and may, perhaps, begin piecing together the jigsaw puzzle toward the eventual conclusion of the mystery. The remaining two parts of the novel revert to the usual straightforward style of a murder mystery, telling us “what happens next” and keeping us turning pages until the satisfactory conclusion is reached, in deft Agatha Christie style.
Please visit my Pinterest page, Marvelous Mystery Book Covers, for more mystery-type things!