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Detecting Agatha Christie

book cover image for Grand Tour

Who was the woman, Agatha, behind the mystery writer, and what sort of life did she live? Three new books have recently arrived which help to give some clues about the individual behind the author's persona--and as a bonus, reveal two previously unpublished Hercule Poirot short stories!

In The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition, we meet a young Agatha in 1922, setting out on a 10 month itinerary that would take her across South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada.  Told through her own extensive and lively letters home to her mother, along with lots of photos, we hear about the people and places Agatha and her husband Archie encountered during this British trade mission for the momentous Empire Exhibition planned to open two years later.  Anyone interested in Agatha Christie will relish the wit, wisdom and true spirit of adventure of the Queen of Crime long before her coronation.

book cover imageIn contrast, Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir, described by Christie as a "meandering chronicle of life on an archaeological dig", reveals a very different set of living conditions and interests as Agatha accompanies her second husband, renowned archaeologist Max Mallowan, as he investigates the buried ruins and ancient wonders of Syria and Iraq.  In this vibrant and vivid portrait of a place, a people and a past, Agatha Christie pens a remarkable narrative of everyday life in a world now long since vanished.


Best of all, for us die-hard Agatha Christie mystery fans, there are two complete Hercule Poirot short stories, never before published, "The Incident of the Dog's Ball" and the unseen thirteenth "Labour of Hercules" to be found in Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making. book cover image Here too, you will find an in-depth look at the writer's dimension of Agatha Christie's life, as it incorporates material from her 73 handwritten private notebooks.  This book uncovers how her penciled notes, lists and drafts led to her many successful books, plays and stories, including information on alternative plots, titles, characters and deleted scenes.

Hope you enjoy following the clues and uncovering unknown sides of the Queen of Crime, in these three new books.