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Clues to Christie: An Introductory Guide to Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Tommy & Tuppence and All of Agatha Christie's Mysteries [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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Book Description

Dying to read Agatha Christie for the first time or to re-read one of her classic mysteries but don’t know where to start? This fully authorized and comprehensive guide to the Queen of Mystery includes an introduction by award-winning Agatha Christie expert John Curran with features on each of her classic detectives including Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and Tommy & Tuppence; guides to reading each of her series and her stand-alone novels; and an A to Z of Agatha Christie. Interspersed throughout are quotes from Christie, a list of the Christie novels that were her personal favorites and three of her classic short stories: The Affair at the Victory Ball, Greenshaw’s Folly and A Fairy in the Flat.

Clues to Christie Table of Contents: “Agatha Christie: An Introduction” by John Curran; The Hercule Poirot Mysteries; “The Affair at the Victory Ball”; The Miss Marple Mysteries; “Greenshaw’s Folly”; The Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries; “A Fairy in the Flat”; Agatha Christie’s Stand-Alone Mysteries and Short-Story Collections; The Queen of Mystery’s Personal Favorites; Ten Other Ways to Read Agatha Christie; “On Agatha Christie and Poisons”; The A to Z of Agatha Christie

Product Details

  • File Size: 2656 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZWI3HU
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a "definitive guide" December 2, 2011
By babel
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I don't like to write negative reviews, especially when the book is free, but I was so disappointed with this ebook. When I saw the listed book size (1299 kb), I was very excited: I thought there would be reams of information about the works of one of my favourite authors. There wasn't.

This book basically comprises a series of lists of Christie's titles under the "chapter" headings. There is an introduction, which was a nice, easy read of general information -- but nothing new or noteworthy, unless you are totally unfamiliar with Christie's life and works. Three short stories were included (The Affair at the Victory Ball [Poirot], Greenshaw's Folly [Miss Marple] and A Fairy in the Flat [Tommy and Tuppence]), preceded by a list of the books featuring each detective. "The Queen of Mystery's Personal Favorites" was again a list of books but with the books' covers (hence the 1299 kb). (A short paragraph on her reasons for choosing those books would have been interesting to read.)

For me, the only part of interest was "On Agatha Christie and Poisons," but this chapter was very, very short and, for the most part, excerpted from her autobiography.

This ebook is hardly a "definitive guide"; I wouldn't even call it a definitive list, as the titles do not even include the years of publication. I won't grumble too much more about it, as it was free, but I wouldn't pay money for it. And, if nothing else, this book reminded me about Agatha Christie's autobiography, which should be a much more interesting read. An Autobiography
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing December 8, 2011
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This is far from a definitive guide to Christie. I knew it was going to fall short of expectations when I saw there were only 1939 locations - a typical Christie novel has something like 3300.

The biographical information in the beginning and the section on poisons at the end are nice but brief. There are 3 short stories included - the Poirot and Marple ones are fine, but Tommy & Tuppence story was the worst possible choice. The editor selected the "story" that introduced the Partners In Crime short story collection. As such, it only reintroduces the characters and creates the setup that will lead to actual adventures. As a stand alone story it is useless and is not a good representation of Tommy & Tuppence.

As for the rest of the book - most of it is merely a series of lists of novel titles broken down into various categories. There are no synposes or critical comments, or anything else that would serve as a guide as to what would be most interesting to read next. Most disappointing was the listing of Christie's own favorites. That was merely a list (with photos of the covers) with no explanation of why each was a favorite, or even a note about where Christie said a particular novel was a favorite.

I give the book 1 star for the Marple and Poirot short stories and 1 star because it is free. And for anyone looking for a real guide to Christie's work, take a look at the Pocket Essential Agatha Christie - that does a much better job and the Kindle edition is fairly inexpensive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice read November 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Agatha Christie books and have re read all of them many times over the years.
I liked this book, it is a very fast , easy read, [got it free from Amazon, thanks Amazon.]
I especially liked the section on Agatha Christies own favourite books, the cover pictures were great. I wish it was possible to use them as screensavers on my Kindle, they , along with other favourite book covers would be ideal to use as screensavers. I wish Amazon would allow this in the next update.
I will be keeping this very nice little book in my Agatha Christie Collection on my Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar and Redundant--nothing new here January 7, 2013
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If you're any kind of Agatha Christie fan, you don't need Clues to Christie. There really aren't any nor are there any insights into the author's process. It's more of an "off the top of the head" compilation of Beresford, Marple and Poirot trivia, with mentions of Mr. Parker Pyne and Ariadne Oliver. It's way shorter than any of Christie's books, which are short enough. Seriously, just read Dame Agatha's books as well as her Autobiography, and you'll be light years ahead of this book.

If you're not a Christie fan, you probably wouldn't be interested in C to C, anyway. The only possible audience I can imagine for this book is for a Jeopardy! contestant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A tad misleading February 29, 2012
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The book is alright - if you like Agatha Christie you will like what it has to offer. My complaint was that it shows the author as Agatha Christie herself which it is not. (and perhaps while I should have known better, none the less, it is misleading).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Brief Read for Agatha Christie Fans! September 12, 2014
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This book contains a synopsis of Mrs. Christie's life, as well as example of her short stories. One story for each major protagonist such as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. It contains listings of her writings in various groupings. The style and tone of the writer was as pleasant as taking tea with Miss Marple. It was a very enjoyable read. My only complaint is that I finished it too soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Things Agatha April 28, 2014
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Just some nifty facts and figures about Agatha Christie. Quotes and anecdotes from an inside perspective. Enjoyable reading about the queen of mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but brief
Simple intro to Christie's bio and writings with trivia and samples from her Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Read more
Published 22 days ago by gamesman
4.0 out of 5 stars The clue is
This is an interesting overview of Agatha Christie 's life and work. However it made me want to stop reading the clues to Christie and find clues with Miss Marlow or Hercules... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Bratton
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not nearly as well written as Ms Christie's books and not nearly as insightful as hoped....was a tad disappointed, actually.
Published 12 months ago by Carla A. Langston
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Cool Book
I loved this book because not only do you get some of Miss Christie's mysteries, you also get a background on her as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by hachiko
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're a real Christie fan you'll enjoy this.
This is a collection of short stories and information about the detective characters that made Christie famous. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Vickie G.
4.0 out of 5 stars For Christie newcomers
A good synopsis of the author's history, especially her stage productions. A few anecdotes most fans already know, but interesting and informative.
Published 24 months ago by sam
3.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Term Paper....
I have to admit, I didn't look at the author so I wasn't expecting something written by Agatha Christie. Read more
Published on December 18, 2012 by 4Nbahu
5.0 out of 5 stars Clues to Christie
I've been Christie's fan since I was 13 years old. This book is amazing!!! I read it in 2 days. My last purchase, thanks to you guys in Amazon, is Christie's "An Autobiography". Read more
Published on April 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christie book
Just when you thought you knew the world's greatest writer, this book tells you more than you thought you knew.

Excellent read. never boring.
Published on March 11, 2012 by S. J. Hall
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