Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November is Agatha Christie Month (On This Blog)

A recently-released photo of Agatha in her surfing days
There's nothing significant linking Dame Agatha Christie to the month of November. She was born in September and died in January. But I have three non-fiction books here about her (two of which will be released in November, right before the 85th anniversary of her mysterious disappearance for eleven days) and sixty-one of her books (only three unread) and I'm not quite ready to leave the RIP season behind so I'm declaring this my own personal Agatha Christie Month!

I will be reading:

An Autobiography by Agatha Christie (1977, to be re-released by Harper Collins on 11/22/2011)
Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks by John Curran (also being released by Harper Collins on 11/22)

I believe that the three unread books I have are all Poirot stories so I will try to get to those and will surely re-read some of my favorites, like the Harley Quin and Parker Pyne stories. I may also re-watch some film and television adaptations of her work this month. Murder on the Orient Express is always a good choice on a gloomy fall night.

If you would like to join me this month in an Agatha Christie reading or watching, please do! She was such a prolific author that there ought to be something in her catalog for almost every reader. The official Agatha Christie website also has a great page that lists her own ten favorite books and has a "Where to Start" article if you aren't sure what to try first.

Embarking on a treacherous but highly enjoyable journey,


  1. I'm ashamed to say I've never actually read anything by Agatha Christie, though I'm always meaning to. :/
    I'm excited to see what you have planned for this month! Maybe it'll encourage me to crack open one of her books.

  2. From what I've heard, she is quite an interesting lady. I'll look forward to seeing what you learn about her mysterious disappearance!

  3. I remember watching the movie about her mysterious disappearance many years ago - with Dustin Hoffman and I think Vanessa Redgrave as Agatha.

    But I've never been that fond of her books - I've read three or four, but they just don't grab me.

  4. Sounds like it'll be a good month! I keep having dreams that I find complete matching sets of all Agatha Christie's mysteries at a book sale, which I think is a sign from my subconscious to read some of her books again.

  5. Dooliterature - Oh, you must! I'll try and read a lot of good ones so that you have a selection of her best. :)

    Jenners - I sure hope she is -- it's quite a fat book!

    Tracy - I love the Doctor Who episode where she is in a country house mystery. And I'm sorry that you don't enjoy her books. I know that many readers find them to be too simple. I think that's part of why I like them. They're nice spacers between heavier books.

    Jenny - I like the idea of author months! I saw a matched set once at Half Price Books but I stupidly didn't pick it up. Okay, I didn't have hundreds of dollars to buy it but they were a nice dark faux leather set. Would have looked great on a shelf or two!