I absolutely LOVE Agatha Christie novels! Especially those that have either Poirot or Miss Marple as the lead detective in them. They’re so brilliantly written! I particularly adore the era in which they are set – the language used; the descriptions of characters and dress and settings. They’re fantastic stories! I mean – absolute drama over things that don’t have nearly as much of the same kind of importance or relevance today! Things like servants, family lineage, social status and profession. I find it all so incredibly interesting! And I love the excitement of the characters! How things like murder and theft are given their proper dues by the detective at hand, but it all still comes across as a glamorous time.
And Agatha herself led what would appear to be an intriguing life. Married to an archaeologist, travelling to many of the places she uses as settings in her crime novels at a time when travel took weeks and months, not hours like it does these days. The places she would have seen…! Agatha, her stories, her characters, her ideas and the era in which they live – it’s all brilliantly fascinating! And so thrilling – especially when the little regal Belgian detective that is Poirot is on the scene! He definitely is my favourite! But I think the best thing about her books, is her ability to make me exclaim out loud at the twist that comes at the end of the story! I was reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the other day in my office and luckily no one else was there because I got to the end and started gasping and crying out at the characters because I couldn’t believe how it was all finishing up! What a huge twist! It was fantastic! She’s fantastic…if you haven’t, read some Christie!