As I mentioned in my reboot post, Friday will have a rotation of different things. As well as some of my own fiction and a return to the solve-alongs, this will also be the day when I post my more theoretical mystery musings/ramblings/essays. I’ve been thinking a lot about John Dickson Carr lately, so I think we’ll start with him next week.
The fourth sort of Friday post will be dedicated to Agatha Christie. She was the author who got me into mysteries when I was a child, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. But it’s been over ten years since I read most of her books, and I thought it was time to revisit them and also fill in the few gaps in my collection. My initial thought was to read them in chronological order, but there’s a pretty serious tailing off in quality towards the end of Christie’s life, and I don’t really want to power through the good stuff and then give up when I get to the later books. I thought about doing it in reverse order, but it’s such a long project that I’m not confident I’ll get to the end. If I’m planning to revisit Dame Agatha, I’d hate to only read her weaker books!
So I’ve taken the only sensible course: I’m going to work my way through the whole of Christie’s output, in a completely random order. I’ve got myself a book of raffle tickets and a list of everything the old girl wrote, including her plays, autobiography and romantic fiction. The first four numbers out of the tombola are:
57 – Third Girl (1966)
15 – Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1934)
24 – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
2 – The Secret Adversary (1922)
Which is a pretty lucky draw! That’s (as far as I recall) one stinker, one classic and two I’ve not read before. Depending on how quickly the two missing ones arrive in the post, I’ll either post about them in two weeks or three.