Agatha Christie Archive

The Casual Classism of Agatha Christie

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I’ve read more books by Agatha Christie than by any other author, and am happy to read each multiple times. But there’s also a lot about Christie for the contemporary reader to dislike, including the way much of Christie’s work seeks to bolster the rigid class system.

Solving the Mystery of Close Quarters: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

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In Murder on the Orient Express we are told that in the dead of winter nobody travels from Istanbul to Calais on the Orient Express. So, what better time to plot the elaborate murder of a supremely evil American businessman known to be traveling on that train.

Big Picture, Small Picture: Context for Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

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British mystery writer Agatha Christie follows the news of the ordeal with interest, using the circumstance for her classic novel, Murder on the Orient Express, first published in the U.K. on January 1, 1934.

What is Your Writing Routine?

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What is your writing routine? What does it look like when you sit to write? Any special rituals? I am so glad you asked. It’s really pretty great. I sit at my computer, and I check Facebook for, like, ten minutes. Okay, haha, twenty minutes. And then I write.

Round-Down: Enough of Genre Debate Already

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I’m a little disappointed in Jennifer Weiner. And not in the way you’d think. Certainly not in the same way as Jonathan Franzen. Rather, I’m disappointed that she’s seemingly buying into the genre vs. literary distinction while she (admirably and very hilariously) defends herself on Twitter against Franzen’s latest attacks.