A CENTURY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, PART THREE: Death – and Depth – in the 1940’s

“There is sometimes a deep chasm between the past and the future. When one has walked in the valley of the shadow of death, and come out of it into the sunshine – then, mon cher, it is a new life that begins . . . The past will not serve . . . “                         Sad Cypress (1940) Thirteen … Continue reading A CENTURY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, PART THREE: Death – and Depth – in the 1940’s

A CENTURY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, PART TWO: The Glittering 1930’s

“They say all the world loves a lover – apply that saying to murder and you have an even more infallible truth. No one can fail to be interested in a murder.”                                                                              The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) WORKS Seventeen Novels (as Agatha Christie) The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) The Sittaford Mystery (1931) Peril at End House (1932) … Continue reading A CENTURY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, PART TWO: The Glittering 1930’s

A CENTURY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, PART ONE: Roaring into the 1920’s

“Why not make my detective a Belgian? . . . A retired police officer. Not too young a one. What a mistake I made there. The result is that my fictional detective must really be well over a hundred by now.”                                                                          Agatha Christie’s Autobiography WORKS Nine Novels The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920/21)  The Secret Adversary (1922) The Murder … Continue reading A CENTURY OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, PART ONE: Roaring into the 1920’s

NEVER META-MYSTERY I DIDN’T LIKE: The Sentence Is Death

“The thing about you, Tony, is you write stuff down without even realizing its significance. You’re a bit like a travel writer who doesn’t know quite where he is.” Is there any modern author who embraces the style, tropes and fashions of classic crime fiction more frequently or creatively than Anthony Horowitz? Whether it’s in … Continue reading NEVER META-MYSTERY I DIDN’T LIKE: The Sentence Is Death

YOU TAKE DYSTOPIA, I’LL TAKE DAT TOPIA: Pondering the Hunger Games Prequel

Let me take you back to a meeting held one year ago in the editorial offices of Scholastic Books: Editor: Ladies, I fervently believe that the YA dystopian novel has not burned itself out yet! Even in these unsettled times, young people are spoiled and complacent. They love to read about worlds where adults have … Continue reading YOU TAKE DYSTOPIA, I’LL TAKE DAT TOPIA: Pondering the Hunger Games Prequel