WHY MINE EYES DIDN’T DAZZLE: Christie’s Sleeping Murder

2020: My pal JJ finishes his first run of reading Agatha Christie. Mazel tov, JJ! Because he tackled the books in order of publication, his last read was Sleeping Murder. His review came out yesterday. 1940: According to biographer Laura Thompson, Christie began a staggering period of production, probably egged on by the bombs of … Continue reading WHY MINE EYES DIDN’T DAZZLE: Christie’s Sleeping Murder

TAKING TIME TO SAVOR CHRISTIE: Four Decades Worth of Suggestions

By now, it will have become clear, at least to myself and all the sensible people who pay attention to my whining, that I have to cancel my plans to return to London this summer. The Bodies in the Library conference has been postponed, the buildings are empty, and the streets are bare – and … Continue reading TAKING TIME TO SAVOR CHRISTIE: Four Decades Worth of Suggestions

ON THE CLEVERNESS OF CONSTANCE CULMINGTON: Eighty Years of And Then There Were None

This is an analysis/reflection of a classic piece of mystery literature. Be warned that the identity of the murderer and other details salient to the plot will be revealed and discussed. Do not read this post if you have not already read the book. I wonder. I wonder if Collins Crime Club sensed when it … Continue reading ON THE CLEVERNESS OF CONSTANCE CULMINGTON: Eighty Years of And Then There Were None