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Crime fiction October 17, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Speaking of crime fiction, here’s a list of Agatha Christie’s more underrated novels, according to the Guardian as selected by Sophie Hannah who has written the new Poirot mysteries. This raises two thoughts, firstly the fiction of Christie. I’ve mixed feelings about it. She certainly could write and like many teens I suspect, her books were consumed voraciously (Ellery Queen too come to think of which there were many in Raheny Library) but last year returning to one of her novels on foot of a recent television adaptation the experience was tougher going than expected. No doubt there’s a certain rhythm to them that once one is acclimatised it is easier to read them.

As for the selection, it’s so long since reading her books that the only one that lodges in the memory is The Big Four which was curiously unChristie like in that it dipped a toe or two in something like outright espionage. Death Comes as the End and The Pale Horse and At Bertram’s Hotel are all very familiar, the last one very much so. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (not on the list) still strikes as a brilliantly constructed novel with a genuinely innovative twist ending (so caution on reading this link). On the other hand it’s so long since reading it perhaps it doesn’t hold up.

And the second thought is the question as to whether other authors can successfully shepherd an original authors literary creation. There’s been quite a few efforts in that regard across a range of genres. In the 90s some of the Bond ones were in the Library but they didn’t leave a lasting impression. The revival of the P.G. Wodehouse stories came as a surprise. Not sure how successful they have been either in specific instances or as a general rule.


1. Tomboktu - October 17, 2020

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is something else. It sticks with me decades later. A brilliant plot.

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WorldbyStorm - October 18, 2020

I think it’s quite subtle. I think she did subtle.

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