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Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks [Paperback]

John Curran
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22 Nov 2011
Note- ISBN 9780062065421 is the US version

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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (22 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062065424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062065421
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,480,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this book, thinking that it was a follow on from Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making: Stories and Secrets from her Archive, only to discover, upon receiving the book, that it is simply the American imprint of the UK edition, with a slightly changed title. But it is exactly the same book, with this edition containing a Foreward by John Curran. This is the only reason for giving the book a single star - it is a great book. I have informed Amazon of this anomoly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A (p)review rather than a review! 15 Feb 2012
By Bradley Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I did not know that Mr. Curran planned a sequel to his first book about Agatha Christie's notebooks. I was in a bookstore, picking out Christie novels for my drama students as prizes for creating and performing the best murder mystery when I saw this book on the shelf and snatched it up for myself. It may seem odd to write a review when I'm just beginning the book, but I have to applaud Mr. Curran and the publishers for finding a unique hook to attract true Christie fans. To be granted a glimpse into the creative mind of a favorite author, one who in life was so reticent about her process and ideas, is a rare and happy privilege.

I began a lifelong love for Ms. Christie's work when I was ten years old and picked up a copy of "And Then There Were None." Since then, I have read all the books, bought and listened to them repeatedly in audiobooks, purchased and enjoyed the films made for movies and television, as well as the marvelous BBC adaptations of Christie's work. I empathize with the reviewer for Mr. Curran's other book who described a dream of discovering a "lost" Christie work. I have had the same dream, I assure you! I think we all wish that Mr. Curran would find larger nuggets of Christie's work that could perhaps be adapted into fully fleshed-out novels. It would be a wonderful dream come true.

Meanwhile, I am looking forward to whatever new insights into Christie's mind and work that Curran provides in this second book. For his efforts - and for my abiding gratitude to Ms. Christie for giving me so much pleasure over the past five decades, I give this book five stars!

ADDENDUM: This final paragraph marks a return to this review and a deletion of one star for two reasons: first, the presentation of this material did get tiresome as the book went on. Sometimes Mr.Curran pondered tiny points of little interest, such as how many pages in the notebooks covered a certain work. (By the time one gets to PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT, it truly doesn't matter if the novel covered five pages in notebook this and ten pages in notebook that...it's still a frighteningly bad book.) The pattern of presentation was remarkably similar from book to book, which made reading this occasionally tedious. The second reason for knocking off a star is the presence of a number of small errors (names, plot points) and questionable judgments of certain works. Of course, Mr. Curran is entitled to his opinions as a Christie expert AND a fan, even when they disagree with my opinions!! :-) If he think less of AFTER THE FUNERAL, one of my favorites, that's his business. But he makes a point of criticizing the violence of Cora's murder as unnecessary, even crass, and the violence done to the body IS most necessary, as anyone familiar with the plot could testify.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Agatha Christie fans 1 Feb 2012
By K. Lamoreaux - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is of interest for serious Christie fans. I have read all of Agatha Christie books numerous times. About every two to three years, I start from the beginning and read them all again. I also have the Bedside Companion book which tells a little about each book. This just adds to my enjoyment and knowledge of her thinking, her methods, and of course, the books themselves. Don't read this book until you read the Christie mysteries or you will learn the endings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a keeper! 26 May 2013
By Patricia K. Arndt - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting, a fast, easy read. I was surprised to find that Dame Agatha's handwriting was not the neatest, nor was her recordkeeping. Ideas for stories/books were found in multiple notebooks. It's a wonder they ever got pulled together into best sellers, but it put her in a more human light. Maybe there is hope for all amateur authors. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all fans of Agatha Christie, though I missed being able to make notations in the margins.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reading with Tequila 17 Dec 2012
By Jennifer Sicurella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Why read: Received for review from publisher

What impressed me: The highlight of the book for me was the plot ideas that Christie came up with, yet never used in her books. That's what made the book interesting and worth the read.

What disappointed me: So very dry. And obviously full of spoilers for any Christie novel I haven't read yet. Lists upon lists upon lists of characters with little variation. Vaguely interesting, but the repetitive nature of the book gets old quickly.

Recommended: Only for hardcore Agatha Christie fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy. 3 July 2014
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Arrived rapidly, well-packaged, very happy.
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