Mary's Agatha Christie Blog

Having launched the website www.all-about-agatha-christie.com This blog was created in response to the emails I received from other Agatha Christie fans telling me just exactly what they think about a wide-ranging selection of Agatha Christie related matters. My son David (see profile below) has very kindly offered to host the Agatha Christie blog for me, along side his forensic psychology blogs which you should check out if you get the chance - fascinating stuff.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Agatha Christie: Have Your Say (1)

A couple of days ago I launched the Agatha Christie have your say page where Agatha Christie fans can express their thoughts about anything to do with the great lady.

A Big thank you to Sean Keeley from The United States for sending in his thoughts.

Sean sent in his answers to the following questions:

which is your favourite Miss Marple Story?

A Murder Is Announced is my favorite because of the brilliant mystery, the reflection of village life, the Post WWII atmosphere, the characters, and of course Miss Marple at her best.

In which book you consider Hercule Poirot to be at his brilliant best?

Well, my favorite Poirot is Death on the Nile, but as for Poirot at his most brilliant - it's got to be The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. If I hadn't heard about the famous conclusion beforehand, I would not have seen that coming.

Which is the best Agatha Christie story ever?

Death on the Nile would be my favorite; it's just got so much going for it.

What you think about the current Miss Marple/Hercule Poirot television dramatisations – do they satisfy you or make you see red?

I like the Joan Hickson Marple episodes and most of the David Suchet series very much, but I'm not a big fan of the Geraldine McEwan series. It has its good parts (lots of them, in fact) but the mysteries are too modernized, and the writers keep sticking Miss Marple into the books where she doesn't belong! And in the last few years, the David Suchet series has been going the same way, though I much prefer it to the current Marple series.

What in your opinion is the best film version of an Agatha Christie story?

The original version of Murder on the Orient Express - the 2001 remake is awful! As for TV movies, any of the early David Suchet movies are excellent - "The ABC Murders," "Murder on the Links," "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," "Lord Edgeware Dies."

What was the first Agatha Christie book you ever read? Were you immediately hooked?

The first one I ever read was And Then There Were None. And considering that now I have gone through every Poirot and Marple story, and am working on Tommy and Tuppence and the stand-alone novels - yes, I'm hooked.

Click Here To Visit The Agatha Christie Have Your Say Page

1 Comments:

Blogger mdw said...

Many thanks to Aurelien Hayman from Wales who also answered the questions listed on the Agatha Christie Have Your Say Page

which is your favourite Miss Marple Story?

‘A Murder Is Announced’ - countless twists, subplots, marvellously woven in red herrings makes this a lot better than all the other Marple stories. The murderer a real shock. The story also really delved professionally into all of the characters’ feelings and emotions.

In which book you consider Hercule Poirot to be at his brilliant best?

I would have to say ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ - it introduced Poirot really well and Christie never branched the character away from the tone he set in this story.

Which is the best Agatha Christie story ever?

‘Death on the Nile’ is just fabulous. I also very much liked ‘Evil Under the Sun’ and ‘Lord Edgware Dies’.

What you think about the current Miss Marple/Hercule Poirot television dramatisations – do they satisfy you or make you see red?

I think I realised how much I liked the David Suchet series currently being shown when I discovered it was recently axed by ITV. Although they weren’t as good as they used to be, they were enjoyable to watch.

As for Miss. Marple, I find it such a great shame that they are ripping stories apart to fit her in where she does not belong. This series is shaming. Geraldine McEwan I quite like, it’s good to see different portrayals. The series will never be better than the Joan Hickson versions though, as we are all aware. They should right new screenplays which have nothing to do with Christie’s work, and are merely based on her character Miss Marple.

What in your opinion is the best film version of an Agatha Christie story?

‘Death on the Nile’ the original with Peter Ustinov. Why some people prefer the remade version is beyond me.

What was the first Agatha Christie book you ever read? Were you immediately hooked?

‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’. Who wouldn’t be hooked after reading this story?

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