Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making: Stories and Secrets from Her Archive - includes an unseen Miss Marple Story Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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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
‘This book is the story of a love affair between Curran and the notebooks, revealing above all how hard Christie worked.’ INDEPENDENT
About the Author
John Curran, a lifelong Christie fan, lives in Dublin. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter and acted as consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha’s Devon home. John has been working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish the Agatha Christie Archive, and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin.
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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 The unpublished stories are close to previously published ones.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.
If you haven't read all of Agatha Christie's books, I wouldn't recommend reading this as it is absolutely full of spoilers. Having said that, it's a fascinating read for those of us who have read most of Agatha Christie's work and want to know more about how she plotted so many entertaining mysteries.
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Bought for my wife at Christmas. She enjoyed reading it. Good deliveryPublished 17 months ago by john williams
allways loved her books she has surpased any other writer in the crime stories writting .no one will match herPublished on 4 Feb. 2014 by Mrs. Stella Houghton
Agatha must have been very prolific writer and storyteller. She breathes life into all her stories.
I look forward to every book.