A Free “After the Funeral” Podcast, and a New Poirot Novel!

 

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Listen to After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

A Free Serialization of the Complete Audiobook in Eight Parts

Presented by Sophie Hannah

Throughout the serialization, Sophie informs listeners on the crucial distinction between the truly impossible and the deeply unlikely, points out the magic of a very personal motive, and explains her belief that “the best stories are the ones that would only ever happen once.”

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Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery now available in an updated edition with a foreword Sophie Hannah.

“He was murdered, wasn’t he?”

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she had made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say, “It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it. But he was murdered, wasn’t he?”

Did Cora’s accusation a dark truth that sealed her own fate? Or are the siblings’ deaths just tragic coincidences?

Desperate to know the truth, the Lansquenet’s solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery. For even after the funeral, death isn’t finished yet .

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Ten Reasons I love Agatha Christie

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s prompt is… Ten Reasons you love “X”. My “X” is Agatha Christie because her name was the first thing that popped into my head when I read this prompt. (That could be because I just watched a documentary chronicling her life over the weekend!) She’s been one of my favorite authors for as long as I can remember, so I should be able to come up with 10 reasons why, and I will do my best to keep it spoiler free. 🙂

Don’t forget to leave me a link to your own post in the comments, or just tell me what you’re loving this week, books or otherwise!

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Happy 125th Birthday, Agatha Christie

Picture of Dame Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime. - (Photo by Walter Bird/Getty Images)Today marks the 125th anniversary of Dame Agatha Christie’s birth, on September 15, 1890. She was always one of my favorite writers – I started reading Miss Marple stories in 4th grade, and have read 25 of her crime novels since then. At least, I’ve read 25 of them that I can remember reading – I think there may actually be a few more! I hope one day to actually finish all 82. (In addition to 82 crime novels and short story collections, she also wrote an autobiography, 6 romance novels using the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and 19 plays)

When I first discovered Agatha Christie’s novels, they had to be Miss Marple or I wouldn’t even pick them up. Tommy and Tuppence wouldn’t do, and I was not interested in reading about Hercule Poirot. I’m not sure what changed along the way, but Poirot is now my favorite Agatha Christie detective, and possibly my favorite fictional detective of all time. I love his interactions with Captain Hastings, Inspector Japp, the unflappable Miss Lemon, and Ariadne Oliver. As many books as I have left to read in her cannon, there are a few favorites that I re-read every so often. I can usually find some clue I missed the first time through, and it always feels like a visit to an old friend.

Are you a fan of Agatha Christie? If so, do you have a favorite or least favorite sleuth, or a favorite novel? I’d love to hear about it!