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Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making: Stories and Secrets from Her Archive - includes an unseen Miss Marple Story
 
 

Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making: Stories and Secrets from Her Archive - includes an unseen Miss Marple Story [Kindle Edition]

John Curran
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'Many of Curran's discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future… This book is fascinating.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Agatha Christie’s notebooks have had to wait for the meticulous attention, dedication and prodigious knowledge of John Curran to achieve publication.’ THE TIMES

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Agatha Christie’s life and career told through the decades, from the never-before-published original ending to her first book to the unused ideas for her last, complete with two unpublished Agatha Christie stories - including a lost Miss Marple.

In this follow-up volume to the acclaimed Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, Christie archivist and expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie's writing career, unearthing some remarkable clues to her success and a number of never-before-published excerpts and stories from her archives.

Starting his investigation in the 1920s, John Curran examines the conventions of detective novels as they existed then and how Agatha Christie's publisher talked her into changing the ending of her very first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a move that almost certainly changed the fortunes of not only her career but the future of the whole crime writing genre. For the very first time, this book prints Agatha's original ending, painstakingly transcribed from her notebooks.

Every decade saw Agatha Christie's success grow to new heights. The emergence of the world-famous Collins Crime Club in 1930 brought with it the very first Miss Marple mystery, the austerity of the 1940s had Agatha Christie preparing to kill off Hercule Poirot, and the 1950s saw her experiment increasingly with formats influenced by more modern thrillers. Focusing on the detail of more than 20 Christie novels to illustrate this, John Curran shows the evolution of Agatha's writing through the decades, including the influence of the swinging sixties and seventies, concluding the book with a look at Agatha's last notebook, using his Christie knowledge to speculate about what she had in mind based on her brief notes for an unwritten final book.

Also includes a number of short stories from the archives reproduced in full, including the unpublished The Man Who Knew, How I Created Hercule Poirot, and an early draft for a Miss Marple story, The Case of the Caretaker's Wife.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2744 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH02EO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detail for fans 9 Sep 2011
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book covers similar ground to John Curran's earlier Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making, including fascinating extracts from Agatha Christie's notebooks and other sources, biographical information and two previously unpublished stories.

Like the stories in the earlier book, both of the "new" stories in this book were rewritten by Christie and subsequently published. In this book, "The Man Who Knew" is an earlier version of "The Red Signal", dating from very early in Christie's career. "The Case of the Caretaker's Wife" became "The Case of the Caretaker". The version in this book is superior to the rewritten story, having Miss Marple out and about and solving the mystery rather than recovering from flu as in the rewrite.

This is a book for Agatha Christie fans. The unpublished stories are close to previously published ones. The chapters on her notes and life are fascinating, but a casual reader might not find them so. To get the best from this book you need to be familiar with her work, and have read a lot of it, as solutions are revealed to many of her novels - these are clearly stated however so these bits can be skipped. The book is arranged by decade, with interesting sections on unused ideas. These are jottings for books that were never written. The most interesting is the last one, which would have been a new direction for Christie.

Although not an essential book, fans of Agatha Christie and her work will find much to enjoy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Plus 3 Sep 2011
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Agatha Christie's remaining plotting notebooks have been meticulously deciphered and presented for our delectation accompanied by interesting and stimulating commentary. In addition, John Curran has unearthed some fascinating new material: an extended and superior version of a published Miss Marple short story, more intriguing 'Unused Ideas, etc. The book will afford particular pleasure to readers well-acquainted with Agatha Christie's oeuvre.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More of the same. 27 May 2014
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As an avid Agatha Christie fan,most of my life, I was excited about this book, and bought the two, including Agatha Christie's Notebooks. I was very disappointed, as it is just the same things and not worth buying them both. Very disappointed indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice insight 17 Feb 2014
By JJ
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As a writer and a reader, I find both Curran's books fascinating. The peek into Christie's notebooks is intriguing as is the realisation that she probably did most of the plotting in her head, just writing stuff down when she needed to "see" it. The notebooks are in no particular order, she rarely dated anything. That makes it difficult for Curran to put together a flowing, cohesive piece of work, but hat's off to him he does a good job. Great for aspiring writers and for those who love Christie's work.
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