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Kathy

I do love Agatha Christie's books, possibly because my mom introduced them to me when I was a teenager. Even though I've read them all (more than once, I think), I sometimes still can't figure out or remember the murderer. I can only remember one book of hers that I was able to guess the murderer. I've been in the mood for a Christie, and I think I'll read this one since I've not read it for a long time.

Looking forward to your March prompt!

Danielle

Curiously I never did read her when I was younger, but then I was totally unguided in my reading. This is good and bad--I could explore at whim and just meander about without anyone looking over my shoulder but I fear I missed out (or got a very late start) on a number of really good books. My brain is like a sieve. When I wrote my post I had to go back to the book and flip around a bit and reorient myself. It always helps to write about stories after the fact! This was a most enjoyable story and well worth revisiting! I think I will pick up a Miss Marple next. Have you read the Tommy and Tuppence books? I have not yet tried them though they very much appeal. Maybe THAT is the direction I should head in next!

Lark

Christie does tell 'cracking good stories'. I love her mysteries and look forward to all the ones I haven't read yet. Including this one. :)

Smithereens

I love Agatha Christie. When I was younger and discovered this one, I misunderstood the title (in French) and though it was "the mysterious affair of styles", meaning that someone was not stylish enough, or of a different style, and had to be murdered for this ;)! The location at Styles totally eluded me, I didn't understand that a place could carry such a weird name.

Kathy

Yes, I've read Tommy and Tuppence--they are fun, too! I think there are short stories starring them, too? I know there are a couple of collections of short stories by Christie. You might enjoy combining your love of SSs with your love of vintage mystery and Agatha Christie.

Stefanie

What fun! A good one for your monthly prompt for sure. Looking forward to March which is almost here!

Danielle

I am sure I would love the Tommy and Tuppence novels--I even have the first one out and sitting by my bed (long sitting there, that one is...). I like the combination of suspense, vintage mystery and spying! Have you seen any of the TV adaptations? I think there have been a couple at least.

Danielle

That is the best way (I think) to describe here. She is a marvelous storyteller. I have loved or really liked all the books by her I have read and she wrote so much--there is still loads more to explore!

Danielle

It is a weird name and I can see how it would totally lose something in translation. It is so interesting that many English addresses have descriptive names (though I have not a clue either what 'Styles' must mean). Something to do with the geographic area? Here addresses are so boring--just strings of numbers and for the actual street name,if you are lucky, maybe a place or name like Washington or someone famous! She is always a delight. I happily will pick up any of her books--they are keepers for me!

Danielle

A nice little twist on themes, I thought. A totally different sort of affair for February. Murder works any month of the year--lol. I have three books for March--I guess I should really narrow it down a bit more? Maybe I will try to read all three and do a whole month of 'March' reading?! I will be thinking on it--maybe will have to close my eyes and eeny, meeny, miny moe it? before I get to writing my post for tomorrow!

iliana

I haven't read a Christie book in quite a while but I certainly have lots to choose from as I haven't read too many of her novels. I love that you try to jot down the clues as you readalong!

Kathy

I think I have seen one, but a long time ago. It would be fun to revisit.

Denise Rogers

Danielle,

Hastings' first name is Arthur.

I'm a big Miss Marple fan (my favorite book is Sleeping Murder), but Poirot has grown on me, mostly because of David Suchet's portrayal of him, I'm sure.

Danielle

She was so prolific and I have read only a handful of her books. So, like you, I have lots to choose from as well. I like to pick up one of her books now and again--I try to at least read a few every year. I might jot down clues/suspects but I rarely solve the crime correctly!!

Danielle

Thanks! I think he must turn up in other stories later (at least the Poirots?). I like that little rivalry (more on Hastings side)--curiously I have not seen hardly any of the TV adaptations (I did see the Peter Ustinov movies) as I don't want to see the story before reading the book--though I suspect I am not likely to remember in the end who the murderer is! I am reading the Miss Marples in order--I wonder where The Sleeping Murder falls into the list....

Danielle

I would happily reread any of my Christie books--I hate to admit how quickly the story fades from mind and I always forget who the murderer is (except perhaps in the case of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd!).

Denise Rogers

I think I read that The Sleeping Murder was the last Miss Marple mystery. Maybe it says that on the cover of my book? Anyway, there's a pretty good (but slightly different) adaptation of the book with Joan Hickson. I tried to watch the more modern one (can't remember if it was Geraldine McEwan or Julia McKenzie) but I had to turn if off because I disliked it so much. So yes, read before you watch!

Danielle

I think that is part of the problem and why I have not really watched many of the Agatha Christie adaptations--there have been so many Miss Marples and some seem to have been better received and worked better in the part than others! I David Suchet is so different than Peter Ustinov, but I think I just saw the movies with PU first and so always imagine him in my mind as Poirot. And then there have been recent remakes--like for And Then There Were None, which I always mean to watch which might work better since it is a standalone book. A bad adaptation will indeed put a person off reading a book sometimes!

Chris Chan

Miss Marple and Poirot only narrate short stories– Miss Marple narrates "Miss Marple Tells A Story" in its entirety, and narrates "The Thumb-Mark of St. Peter" and "A Christmas Tragedy" with introductions and conclusions in the third person. Poirot narrates "The Lost Mine" and "The Chocolate Box" to Hastings, with Hastings narrating the introductions and conclusions.

Danielle

Thanks Chris--that is interesting. I have only read a handful of Christie's novels. I did read one collection of Miss Marple short stories, but sometimes I am only reading for the mystery/story and not always paying attention to the set up and how Christie is forming the story, which is just as interesting really! Cheers!

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