I've read And Then There Were None and A Murder on the Orient Express. Both endings were spectacularly genius!
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When they talk about the idea of "the least likely person did it", why is such a person the least likely?
(Really, who determines these likelihoods? Isn't the idea of quantifying such a thing entirely subjective?)
What I've come to realize is that the characters designated as "least likely" are often considered "least likely" because they are present not as individuals, but as functionaries. They're involved in the story -- seemingly -- not due to their personal lives, but due to their work.
I'm revisiting one novel where the culprit turns out to be the relatable-young-protag's boss, who seemed to have no personal connection to anything in the story. Honestly, I find this one a bit thin.
There are a few others where the reader gets to know, and, presumably/hopefully, love some family of characters in which there has been a murder, to the point where the reader doesn't want any of them to be guilty. When it turns out that the murderer is the doctor, or the maid, the reader is supposed to feel comforted that it's not one of the people they liked... not one of us. I personally hate those sorts of endings.
The "They meant to murder me!" is a different type of least-likely person, but I feel like once you've read one with that twist (raise your hand if one is in your top five Christie books), you start to suspect that person as soon as you hear that.
I'm just... sort of, exploring what makes some mystery stories feel more satisfying than others. Entirely subjective, but then again there are certain titles that repeatedly turn up in a lot of people's top-5 or top-10.
Can be novels or short stories.
One request: Please don't read the comments to see what others have said before you answer. I want to know your favorites off the top of your head, before you get any reminders.
I just discovered this wiki, and ... so, I've been just, thinking, about certain tropes/patterns that recur in Christie's novels.
Some of these, I've made lists and compared the various ways she's used them in different novels (can you tell I grew up on TVTropes? lol), some I haven't gotten to yet.
A few are:
The Narrator/Assistant did it -- the first use is the famous one, but there are a lot more. There are at least 2 other Poirot books and at least 1 neither-Poirot-nor-Marple book that fit this quite well. In the (I think?) later assistant-did-it Poirot book, I do really like the way Poirot handles it.
I have.... thoughts about the later 1st-person-narrator-did-it book. But. Anyway.
"They meant to murder me!" -- Suuuuure. I'll leave it at that.
Sleeping Murder -- Sleeping Murder, and one other in the '40's, and 3 in the '70's, including Postern of Fate. I can't help but get the sense that her attitude towards the concept changed in the intervening decades.
I also made a list of books where a new victim was killed, presumably because they knew about an older crime.
I'm planning an Agatha Christie-themed dinner party for 2. Any ideas re food, decor?
Can someone please tell me?
Hey so I don't know if anyone else here has heard of or used this app, but it's great if you want to keep track of which Agatha Christie books you've read or own! The books can be sorted into categories such as "Publish Date", "Title", "Slueth", "Type", etc. to make it easier to find one you're looking for. It also has tabs for "Book Count" (which shows you how many books you've read overall, as well as splitting it into categories if you prefer) and "Achievements" where it will note when you've reached certain milestones. So far I've read 73 of her books and one book based on her works. Hope this helps someone!
I have never been on this wiki before: I was doing research for a project about Ms. Christie and I was genuinely interested when google led me to a fandom. This looks really cool, and I am pretty passionate about Agatha Christie's writing, and would love to join this fandom. I have read about 5 Poirot books, a biography, and a Miss Marple.
This is just some information but I think some of you may find it useful. This post is about different character pages from this wiki which need to be improved. You could contribute by adding more information, and thus helping us out.
REMEMBER: None of the pages are "spoiler-free" so it is better to contribute only if you know the ending of the novel to avoid surprises.
The pages that need improvement are the characters from these novels:
Death Comes at the End, Towards Zero, Passenger to Frankfurt (except Amy Leatheran), the main characters from Mrs McGinty's Dead, One, Two, Buckle my Shoe, Evil Under the Sun, Curtain, Nemesis, The Clocks, Sad Cypress, Sparkling Cyanide (except Iris Marle), Appointment with Death, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, Elephants Can Remember, Evil Under the Sun, Third Girl, Endless Night, some from Murder is Easy, The Man in the Brown Suit and Ordeal by Innocence.
Please take a look at this proposed tree of organisation and comment
*Agatha Christie Characters
**Hercule Poirot characters
***ABC Murders characters
***Death in the Clouds characters
**Miss Marple characters
***The Body in the Library characters
***Murder in the Vicarage characters
*Characters not created by Agatha Christie
**Characters by other authors
**Characters from adaptations of Agatha Christie stories
***Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha characters
****Le cheval pale characters
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I made this server, it is just for you to chat, and talk about agatha christie’s novels, etc.
Please, if you join, keep the chat’s argument related to this wiki’s argument
It is something like a server linked to the wiki to chat and notify administrators of notifications
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Poirot has a theory, but there is no concrete evidence to back it up.
In terms of ordering Christie's stories for the Preceded by/Followed by section of infoboxes what publication date do we use?
For example Miss Marple Tells a Story was broadcast as a radio play (1934), printed in Home Journal (1935), and published in The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (1939).
I also think it would be helpful if the infoboxes had fields for "Stories" (for the stories in a collection) and "Collections" (for the collections a story appears in).