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Clues to Christie: The Definitive Guide to Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and all of Agatha Christie's Mysteries [Kindle Edition]


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Book Description

The ultimate introductory guide to Agatha Christie and her detectives, including stories featuring Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence.

Ever wondered how Agatha Christie became the world's best-selling storyteller? Never read one even though you know someone who loves her? Too bewildered by the choice of books to know where to start? Then CLUES TO CHRISTIE could be the key that unlocks the door to a world of mystery, thrills and romance that has captivated readers from 9 to 90 for the last 90 years.

With more than two billion book sales, Agatha Christie is the world's best-selling novelist, translated into more languages than Shakespeare. And with more than 100 books and plays to her name, and over 150 short stories, it is no surprise that one-third of all fiction readers have read an Agatha Christie, and millions have seen the films and TV series.

This exclusive eBook sampler includes a specially written introduction by the award-winning author and world's foremost expert on Agatha Christie, John Curran. Together with other useful and enlightening material to help readers navigate the world of Agatha Christie, such as reading lists, suggestions on different ways to read the books, a Poison Primer, and an A to Z of characters, CLUES TO CHRISTIE also includes three specimen stories by the Queen of Crime, to introduce her world-famous detectives of Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple and Tommy & Tuppence Beresford, and to help you decide which Agatha Christie books you want to read next.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8577 KB
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH02WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a "definitive guide" 3 Dec. 2011
By babel - Published on
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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
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Dec. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice read 27 Nov. 2011
By Amazon Shopper - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar and Redundant--nothing new here 7 Jan. 2013
By Jody - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A tad misleading 29 Feb. 2012
By old amazonian - Published on
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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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