Agatha Christie

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Rob C

Agatha Christie

I had never rerad Agatha Christie before, and then Hachette did a partworks, with the hardback books, in original print covers. I dont usually go in for partworks, but decided to give this a go.

Wow - just love the books, and why I have never read Christie before is a mystery to me.

have just finished "A Murder is Announced". Loved every page.

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Gerry

Agatha Christie

She's underrated as an author. Haven't read her for ages but I recall her gift for succinct descriptions bringing characters to life in an admirably simple style.

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Thistledo

Agatha Christie

Hardly think she's been underrated. The Mousetrap's been running for 60 years!

She's a sort after authoress and has been since she started writing.

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Rob C

I liken...

...reading her books to being wrapped in a warm blanket, beside a log fire, on a cold winters night

:-)

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Gerry

Genre fiction

has traditionally not been regarded as "literature". One prime example is the mystery writer Margery Allingham who wrote superbly.

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Katrina B

Fashion in Reading

There seems to be a fashion in reading that I never follow by the way! At the moment it's all about the "sexy" novel (Shades of Grey, etc) that do nothing for me. I want to be entertained. I also have no time for the "soul searching" novels that are full of female angst! I have enough of my own without reading about other people's!

When I read I want to be transported to another time and another place. Jane Austin, The Brontes, Agatha Christie, oh, and I have been reading recently the Wallender books, translated from the Swedish. Even taking that into consideration Henning Mankell is a good author.

On holiday recently I was given "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
book to read, again by a Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was part of a trilogy and I got the other two. Very dark, very readable and, sadly his last novels. He died before he saw his three books reaching the best sellers lists across the globe!

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Katrina B

Margary Allingham

As an addition to your remarks, I too found out about Margary Allingham some years ago and was amazed to find that she came from the same area that my family and I frequently visit on holiday, namely, Tollesbury, near Maldon, in Essex (home of the sea salt of the same name by the way!) There is even a road named after her!

When you read her books you realise that the descriptions of the flat land and the marshland is just as you see them along the Blackwater estuary and the Essex coast!

 
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