I am truly a lover of the mystery series and when attached to an author or the unique character she has created in the series, I can stay with them through dozens of books.
Again, this monthly series is for “females” only. I remind you because I have for years followed many mysteries series written by men. However, for now, they will remain nameless.
It is only fair to say, the strongest series of mystery books written by a woman, was written by Dame Agatha Christie. There has never been, nor do I believe, there will ever be, a woman so prolific, so intense and fascinating with her multi-layers plots of who-done-its, as Dame Christie.
For years Christie was plagued by Hollywood writers and producers who had no idea what she was doing. Thus they created a series of silly, baffoon-like characters who portrayed Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple in dozens of movies, she herself found embarrassing.
Thankfully, over twenty years ago, Granada Television, in conjunction with the BBC, brought to us the most realistic of these two characters. I am woe to say, she was not able to enjoy the magnificent acting of David Suchet as Poirot. In the thirty-odd years I have watched her characters on television and in the movies, he is the first who nails the little Belgian.
When stacked side by side with today’s female thrillers, hard-nosed suspense and kick-ass detectives, booksellers and critiques classify Christie as the original “cozy.”
I love “cozies.” They are a welcome respite from the fast-paced, often deeply disturbing psychological murder plots of many of todays writers. However, I must disagree with those who would classify Agatha Christie as a “cozy.”
For example, And Then There Were None, often called, Ten Little Indians, was a complex study in poetic justice. It is the tale of psychosis and, a madman’s vengeful belief that he has the right to stand judge, jury and executioner of ten people he believed had “gotten away” with their individual crimes, ultimately, himself as well.
A theme of poetic justice weaves throughout many of her most popular novels. Murder On The Orient Express, a classic Christie, examines the right of “twelve good men and true” to mete out justice to one who was able to wiggle away from the short arm of the law.
Jane Marple is a serious and methodical elderly woman with a snap in her heels and a wit in her ways and an amazing talent for ferreting out the truth.
Christie’s books were so well-loved that the New York Times, granted her an honor they never before, and never after granted to any other author. They ran an obituary for a fictional character. After the publication of Curtain, the book in which Hercule Poirot dies, the New York Times, on August 6, 1975, ran an obituray, Hercule Poirot is Dead: Famed Belgian Detective.
In total she published eighty mysteries and has to date sold over four billion books, more than William Shakespeare and, more than The Bible. Her play Mouse Trap had the longest initial run of any other play in the world. Christie’s awards are too numerous to name, awards such as The Edgar from Mystery Writers of America, and its highest honor The Grand Master award.
She was in her personal life much like her two famous crime solvers; fierce, serious, incredibly intelligent and hard-working. Visite her web page , go to your local bookseller and select one of the all time best mystery writers.
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