I don’t know why but in the past when I’ve tried to read Agatha Christie books I haven’t got on with then, despite loving the TV and movie adaptations I’d seen, or maybe because of them. However, I started reading some of the ones my parents have last summer and have loved reading them so I thought I’d try one of the ones I know better from TV now that the weather has improved and is better for sitting outside reading.
Hallowe’en Party is a Poirot story, I think he’s probably the most well known of Agatha Christie’s characters though I don’t know how well known her books are outside of the UK. It also has another recurring main character from the Poirot series in Ariadne Oliver, a crime novelist who comes up with unlikely answers to solve the crimes and is pretty much the opposite of the quiet, methodical Poirot when it comes to questioning. The book revolves around the murder of a young girl at a Halloween party whete Ariadne is a guest and so she brings Poirot in.
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Title: By the Pricking of My Thumbs
Author: Agatha Christie
Year written: 1968
Publisher and year: Wm. Collins, 1975
ISBN Number: This edition predates ISBN numbers, there are plenty of more recent ones printed, though I won’t list them all.
Until last year I don’t think I’d ever heard of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford as characters by Agatha Christie, it was the TV adaptations of a few of the books with David Walliams and Jessica Raine, called Partners in Crime by the BBC, that introduced them to me. This edition of By the Pricking of My Thumbs is one that’s been in the bookcase as long as I can remember and, after enjoying Death on the Nile so much, I thought I’d give it a go and see if I liked one of the lesser known character stories as much.
As far as the number of books about these characters that there are I don’t know but as this book has a small paragraph at the beginning, on the page with publication dates and that information, by Agatha Christie saying it was written as people were wondering what happened to the pair I would assume there were quite a few books and that this was written quite a while after the previous one.
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