15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but unnecessarily complicated - could have been better,
This review is from: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (Paperback)
For Agatha Christie fans (like me) the book is a must read. In many respects it is a fascinating dissection of her notebooks, containing jottings of her methods, characters and plots, interspersed with day to day items about shopping and friends. It does provide us with a new angle on how she developed her plots but I found it quite hard to understand clearly as the notes are jumbled and not easy to follow. In places I got completely confused and had to re-read pages again to pick up the thread (a bit like her books I suppose!). The notes don't make a lot of sense without the author's commentary and I think, at times, he was sidetracked by his own enthusiasm into making the text more difficult to understand than it needed to have been. I did enjoy reading it and found it absorbing, but it isn't as straightforward a read as you might expect and is therefore a bit disappointing.