Tag Archives: Agatha Christie

Reviews and Criticism

One way or another I’ve found myself discussing the value of “Criticism” recently, the general argument being made to me that it has little to no value. In fact some version of “those who can, do, and those who can’t, … Continue reading

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The Veronica Mars Movie [2014]

The best detective fiction often has a pair of crimes in parallel – one in the present caused by one in the future. To solve the present, you must excavate the past. This can take a range of forms, so … Continue reading

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The Case of the Late Pig [1937]

There’s always a danger in returning to the things you liked as a child. I can’t remember whether I’ve read this specific Marjory Allingham before, but I have been rereading a selection of Golden Age mysteries to assist with paytesting … Continue reading

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The Mousetrap

Unusually, let me begin by promising that there will be no spoilers in this post. While I can theoretically agree with Fraser’s argument that spoilers are about permanent consideration for the emotions of others, in practical terms I do tend … Continue reading

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The Big Four [1927]

I’d hazard that most of the major writers of Spy Thrillers owe a lot of their story mechanics to the Detective genre. Jason Bourne pieces together the puzzle of his life by fitting together fragmentary memories and following information trails. … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Blue Train [1928]

This was Agatha Christie’s 8th novel, and the 5th for Hercule Poirot. It came after the work widely regarded as Christie’s best, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and my favourite Poirot story, The ABC Murders. In a lot of ways, this … Continue reading

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Short Stories and their Novelists

Raymond Carver wrote an exquisite set of stories called What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Each story is quite short, only a page or two, and the prose is incredibly economical – there is hardly one wasted word. … Continue reading

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