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Miss Marple: a Life and Times

Another entry from the file of “Things Kept!” Here’s another college term paper of interest to mystery readers. This one was for an introductory course, Anthropology 101.  You know, one of those courses where you attend the large lecture hall with the ant-like professor lecturing at the front of the auditorium and then further discussion… Read More ›

An Interview with the Co-Author of The Agatha Christie Companion 3

PART THREE The Poisoned Martini ‘s first author interview continues.  Be sure to read Part One and Part Two.  Then read on for the third and final part of my interview with Len Lovallo, co-author of The Agatha Christie Companion. *** The PM: With the recent release of such books as Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Agatha… Read More ›

An Interview with the Co-Author of the Agatha Christie Companion 2

PART TWO The Poisoned Martini ‘s first author interview continues.  Click here to read Part One.  Then read on for the second part of my interview with Len Lovallo, co-author of The Agatha Christie Companion. *** The PM: What did you find to be the most fascinating, perhaps unexpected, detail(s) that you learned during the… Read More ›

An Interview with the Co-author of The Agatha Christie Companion

PART ONE For the first time, I’ve had the opportunity to interview an author and share the experience with readers here on The Poisoned Martini.  In this first interview, The Poisoned Martini  is fortunate to have the privilege of speaking with Len Lovallo, co-author of The Agatha Christie Companion: The Complete Guide to Agatha Christie’s Life And Works…. Read More ›

Towards Zero

Perhaps one of the best modern adaptations of an Agatha Christie story is the 2007 French film, L’Heure Zero (Zero Hour), adapted from the novel, Towards Zero. Here, Superintendent Battle become Det. Bataille and he is present in the prologue when a group of lawyers listen to M. Trévoz, a former solictor, explain his theory of… Read More ›

From the Co-author of The Agatha Christie Companion

Recently, The Poisoned Martini received a letter… Dear Brian Abbott, I am Len Lovallo, the co-author of the Christie Companion. This afternoon, I was on Google and happened to click on Image for myself–for no particular reason other than I had never done it before–and saw the photo of the Agatha Christie Companion –“well used”,  and I… Read More ›

Clues to Christie

Wouldn’t we all love to get a peek at a mystery author’s secret notebooks, where they’ve plotted out some of their most famous murders? Previously, I’ve mentioned The Agatha Christie Companion, which gives a little insight into her life at the time she wrote her novels (see here).  There’s also the more recent Clues to Christie:… Read More ›

The Agatha Christie Companion

People magazine called it, “Indispensable!” An entertaining and informative guide, The Agatha Christie Companion: the Complete Guide to Agatha Christie’s Life and Work is indeed indispensable.  Originally published in 1984, a revised, paperback edition was released by Berkley Books in November of 1989.  It is this paperback edition that is perhaps the rattiest book I own;… Read More ›

Dead Man’s Folly

“It’s a very wicked world, M. Poirot.  And there are very wicked people in the world.  You probably know that as well as I do.  I don’t say so before the younger people, it might discourage them, but it’s true…Yes, it’s a very wicked world…” So says Mrs. Folliat to M. Poirot at the end of Chapter… Read More ›

Murder on the Orient Express

Finally, I’ve been able to watch the David Suchet version of Murder on the Orient Express. Many have said Suchet is the perfect Poirot, and I wholeheartedly agree.  Though not the first actor to portray the Belgian detective, he has seemingly channeled the character right out of the pages of Agatha Christie’s novels and short… Read More ›

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