The Christmas season is associated with gift-giving, and we have the gift that is Agatha Christie. In 2020, we celebrate 100 years of Agatha Christie as an author extraordinaire, 100 years of Christie mysteries, and 100 years since Hercule Poirot's first appearance. Poirot's debut was in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, first appearing in 1920. The classic novel already is filled with elements Agatha employed in the remainder of her career. One can only ponder how different her career would have been had this novel been less well received or if she hadn't built upon the foundation she laid down in Styles. This is an analysis, and appreciation, and a love letter to Christie and her novel. Come on over, get cozy, and rekindle your love of Agatha and Poirot with this revisit of a classic novel.
Greenway House was the (former) holiday home of Agatha Christie and her second husband Max Mallowan. Situated on the eastern bank of the River Dart in Devon, it provided her a respite from writing but gave her an opportunity to play the piano and be with her family. Greenway inspired locations in her novels with its boathouse, battery, and wooded paths. Learn a little about this home and enjoy this photo gallery of Greenway, taken just before the UK lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus. Come to Devon and to Greenway House by clicking this link.
Pass the time entertaining your friends with a "mysterious" take on the classic word game of Mad Libs. Get your list of missing words, fill in the blanks, and prepare yourself for an unexpected story with the words you've gotten from your friends. You can do it alone, too, if no one is around. When you're ready with your pen or pencil, head over to Murder on the Libs for some fun.
Agatha Christie was an independent woman. She supported herself with her writings when she needed to. Travelled the world adding new adventures. So, too, did some of her female characters. She had a few courageous, independent, smart, and daring heroines in her stories. They defied the odds, overcame obstacles, obtained work, defeated villains, and found love. Discover the brave, strong, and independent women of Agatha's here.