Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making

  • Nonfiction-about
  • 2011

In this follow-up volume to the acclaimed Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, Christie expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie's writing career, unearthing some remarkable clues to her success and a number of never-before-published excerpts and stories from her archives.

In this truly fascinating book, John Curran not only gives us the facts of what is written in Mrs Christie's notebooks - he shows us how her remarkable novels came to be written.

David Suchet

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In this invaluable work, the award-winning Agatha Christie expert and archivist John Curran examines the unpublished notebooks and personal papers of the world's bestselling author, exploring the techniques she used to surprise and entertain generations of readers. He shows how more than twenty of Agatha's stories evolved, as well as revealing over a dozen unused book ideas, including the notes for her unfinished work.

Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making features several wonderful gems, including Agatha's essay on how she created Hercule Poirot, a previously unseen version of a Miss Marple short story, and the unpublished ending to her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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