So today marks the 126th birthday of Agatha Christie:
You may not know this because I haven’t had an opportunity to review one of her books just yet, but Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. She revolutionized the way mysteries are written, and created a wonderful collection of characters.
Not only are her plots amazing, but I like how she presents all the information to you that she gives her detective characters, putting the two of you on equal footing, although, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot tend to always be smarter.
Christie also does not shy away from doing extremely radical ideas, such as having a child be the killer
Or having a part of the narration be through the killer’s eyes (although at the time you don’t realize that person is the killer.)
Her work is so great that every time I am in a bookstore I hunt down her books as I hope to one day own them all.
I strongly recommend reading any of her novels. When you start one, you just can’t stop.
So to celebrate, instead of a mystery, I thought I would review a biography.
Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries by Gillian Gill
Unlike how most authors are today, Agatha Christie was a very private person. In fact at one point in her life she disappeared for ten days. She has never released a statement about what really happened and it remains an unsolved mystery to this day.
This book is supposed to be an in depth look into her professional and private life. It’s plan is to look at the works as a way of determining her “inner self”.
Thoughts After Reading:
I only gave this book two stars.
I loved the factual material, but it was written too dry that it was hard to read.
In fact her biographical fiction book Unfinished Portrait, written under her pseudonym Mary Westmacott, was a much more interesting and in depth look into who Christie was.
Also I hated how Gill would reveal the endings or important pieces of the mysteries.
I know most people who will read this are fans of Christie but some might not have had the chance to read all just yet. I think it is incredibly unfair that she would do that, Christie’s books should not be ruined, but enjoyed. Everybody should have a chance to try their hand at figuring it out.
For more Non-fiction, go to Cape May Court House: A Death in the Night
For more on Agatha Christie, go to This Business of the Clocks was Curious
For mystery reviews, go to Sleeping Beauty