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The London Blitz Murders Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2004
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Collins is careful to let us know where the lines between his fiction and Christie's factual life intersect, and points out that many of the characters in this novel were, in fact, real people. Information about wartime hazards and the ways Londoners adjusted to them is artfully described, giving readers a sense of life in England's "homefront" during these devastating years.
Collins does an excellent job of creating characters who seem very real. Still, the book is fiction, yet many of the characters and the situation is based on an historical event. Here with Agatha Christie as the protagonist on a murder case that actually happened made the novel interesting to read. The antagonists is, of course, to be discovered; however, it is the elusive historical Blackout Ripper. During the event, she enlists helps from the Yard's forensics expert Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the father of modern CSI techniques. While not an expert by any means, I know that much of the material on Christie is factual. It is obvious that Collins has done extensive research on this event and on Christie.
The novel was a nice diversion. It is interesting to see how Collins weaves fact and fiction together. The people really existed, as did the event, which made the story fascinating. For a nice diversion and an interesting mystery, give "The London Blitz Murders" a try.
Like most readers, I'm sure, I like to "cast" the characters in any book in order to make it come alive even more. This is one reason I believe why I'm not a big fan of audiobooks. Listening to one person read a book to me is okay if I'm 4 years old and it's a bedtime story but i like the different personalities that different voices give to the characters, so until they get a nice big cast together and actually make a production out of audiobooks, I'll stick to reading thanks. Throughout this book my Agatha was played by Angela Lansbury and the visual I imagined was as she was during the "Murder She Wrote" years.
In any event this entry in the "disaster" series tells the true tale of a series of "ripper" like murders that actually took place during the war years in London. Although Dame Agatha was living in London during those years and indeed working at a pharmacy as part of the war effort, in the same building as Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the father of modern CSI techniques she didn't actually take a part in the investigation as she does in the book. Otherwise, as usual in this series, Collins and his staff have done their research diligently and made the portrayals as accurate as possible while take sufficient fictional liberties to make it a cracking good mystery with just enough red herrings to throw the reader off the track until the final pages. Get it, read it, see if you can figure out whodunnit before the final reveal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story which incorporates actual happenings. First rate!Published 4 days ago by Julayne Masterman
London Blitz Murders is a clever mystery utilizing Agatha Christie as the protagonist. Perhaps she would have been able to persuade the male dominated world of Scotland Yard to tag... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles W. Riendeau
Very credible story done involving Agatha Christi and murders in which she was involved during the Blitz in WWII. The writing was crisp, concise and characters very interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by V. Looney
Enjoyable mystery starring Agatha Christie as a detective during the London Blitz. Nice period detail.Published 1 month ago by ESS
Interesting read describing life during the war in London. Murder mystery was good but just a little predictable.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've always been a fan of Max Collin's mysteries placed in interesting times and places of the past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by EZ writer