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March 3, Edited by Ehrengardian. December 20, Edited by Tom Morris. May 18, Murder on the Orient Express thrilled me. The ABC Murders captivated me. What fun.
She was a superb entertainer. Many writers since have taken the conventions of the mystery genre and done more with them — Ross Macdonald immediately comes to mind — by working in social commentary and psychological insights. But who established most of those conventions? Christie was the Steve Jobs of plot twists.
She invented dozens of them. Does Christie still hold up today? Does it matter? All of us who write crime fiction owe her as great a debt as we do the inventor of the printing press.
I read and re-read the four or five tattered copies. St Mary Mead, the fictional setting for the books, was actually Skibbereen and the rector was the parish priest. When I finally saw Margaret Rutherford, and later, Joan Hickson in the role on television, I decided that the casting directors had got it all wrong.
Granny was much taller than Hickson, and slimmer than Rutherford. Agatha Christie is the undoubted Mistress of the genre. The culprit was usually revealed by process of elimination, but I quickly learned that the person who seemed the most innocent would prove to be the miscreant.
Miss Marple and Monsieur Poirot took great pleasure in outwitting the local constabulary. But I feel now that these books were of their time, and class a bit like Granny. Still, I found a quote from her today, which stops me in my tracks. Agatha Christie was well-travelled. It has been translated into nine languages. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, will be published by Penguin in June My cousin had a superb Christie collection and, while my days were spent in Knockalougha, my evenings were spent visiting English country homes, posh London flats and even the Middle East.
I was captivated. She remains influential. The plot is terrific, the setting superb and the solution ingenious. Her new book, Are You Watching Me? Thus, his investigation depends on interpretation of character and psychology rather than physical clues.
But which of them did? Devoted readers can now visit the Battery Garden where Amyas died and Elsa posed and Caroline visited; and where Poirot triumphs. Christie has lasted almost years and outlasted many developments in crime fiction, so there is no reason to suppose that she will ever go out of style. Yes, certainly, her books invoke nostalgia for an era long past, a time perceived as civilised and elegant. But nostalgia alone does not make for world-breaking records. She still tantalises with one of the oldest questions in fiction: Whodunnit?
No one ever came — or, indeed, will come — close to her for plot manipulation and mis-direction or for solving the most complex-seeming puzzle with a simple solution. She will always be the Queen of Crime. At the time I could not get enough of her books and remember being truly devastated when I had read all that was on offer, knowing more were not to come. Although I have not revisited her works in many, many years they still hold a special place in my heart as well as admiration for the author.
Her contribution to crime fiction influenced the genre in such a momentous way in its infancy that she really laid the foundation for all that has followed. From her heyday until the present crime fiction has developed and changed, something that is unavoidable and necessary as evolution is the very basis of keeping an art form relevant and alive.
A hundred years from now the form will have adapted further and contemporary crime fiction will no longer be as relevant as now. This is inevitable and nothing to get upset about but one thing is for sure, most if not all contemporary crime writers would consider themselves lucky if their books are still in publication almost a century after they were written as is the case with Agatha Christie.
There can be no doubt that her best works can be classified as great mystery fiction as a result. The votes are already in. My favourite books of hers were the Crooked House and Endless Night, probably because of the highly surprising yet satisfying ending.
I just enjoyed being bamboozled, safe in the knowledge that Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple would light on the right man or woman, which, at a period when I was beginning to realise the extent to which life is neither just or fair, I found comforting — and, no matter how many Agatha Christies you read, there would always be another one waiting at the library. My favourite is Five Little Pigs. They know from the film Agatha that she once vanished and holed up in Harrogate — and why she did that and what she did there remains a mystery, but not much else.
In fact, she was an adventurous traveller.
In the early s she undertook a year-long trip with her husband Archie, as part of a team to promote the Empire Exhibition. She learnt to surf in Cape Town, subsequently honing her skills in Hawaii, learning to surf standing up — apparently one of the first Brits to do that. She spent time in Egypt, and later with her archaeologist second husband, in Iraq. She also spent time in the Canary Islands, which some years ago held a festival in her honour.
So Christie loved the sun and the sea, and no doubt her curiosity about foreign people and places fuelled her fiction.
But what of her settings? Indeed, most of her stories take place in England, but some of the most famous ones have exotic locations — Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, They Came to Baghdad. How can you write murder mysteries yourself if you can never work out who did it before Hercule Poirot explains? When your plot collapses in a hopeless tangle you can go back and sort it out — pausing briefly to reflect that the Queen of Crime would never have got into this mess in the first place.
Her shrewd observation and economy of style are a delight.
Our local library delivers books to housebound people. All of which is most welcome. The seventh, Vita Brevis, will be published by Bloomsbury in the spring.
It is easy to focus on the ingenuity of her plot twists, but for me her lasting power is in her ruthless depiction of human nature. Crime fiction, as a genre, is an extended attempt to explain to ourselves why people do bad things. We read traditional crime fiction because the restoration of order is so deeply satisfying.
Agatha Christie may not have been the first author to develop that formulation, but she perfected it — and arguably, years later, no one has done it better. The murderer Poirot exposes may well go unpunished, but the revelation of truth is enough for both him and his client.
The punishment of the guilty is less important than the redemption of the innocent. The guilty, Miss Christie implies, are all around us. The innocents, comparatively rare, are the ones who deserve a happy ending. Unlike their common image, as mere intellectual puzzles, I find in her novels deep reflection on the genre, its form and its philosophical and moral worldview.
But at the same time it brought the genre closer to all mainstream canonical realistic fiction the difference in form and literary texture between a Mankell novel and a McEwan novel is not that great , and made us forget, in a way, how experimental, how Modernist in fact, was the literary text that was the puzzle novel in the s and s, a text of which Christie was probably the most important author.
Books were my friends, my companions, my retreat from the world at large; on any given day I could be found, curled up, legs resting over the back of my dog Pharaoh with my nose buried within the pages of The Famous Five, The Secret Seven or Huck Finn. Despite my early love of mysteries and crime fiction, I do not believe I picked Agatha Christie to read; rather I stumbled upon her by chance.
Books arrived at our home in plastic bags, second and sometimes third hand, a potluck of literature so to speak. This was the first Agatha Christie book I ever read, and as luck would have it, it was my introduction to the great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. I fell in love immediately with this strange precise mercurial being.
I admired his astounding abilities to understand the human condition from the comfort of an armchair. Suddenly my life was infinitely richer.
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