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All About Agatha is a podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. Every month we revisit one of these novels in the order they were first published in the UK. Discussions range from plotting and interpretation to the impact of the beloved adaptations to an attempt at ranking them all. On the weeks in between, we take a breather to discuss one of her many (100-plus) short stories, plays, non-mystery novels, and notable periods in her life. Call it a Christie-fest, as we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and oh so much more.... Join us.

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All About Agatha is a podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. Every month we revisit one of these novels in the order they were first published in the UK. Discussions range from plotting and interpretation to the impact of the beloved adaptations to an attempt at ranking them all. On the weeks in between, we take a breather to discuss one of her many (100-plus) short stories, plays, non-mystery novels, and notable periods in her life. Call it a Christie-fest, as we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and oh so much more.... Join us.

    And Then There Were 25: Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie

    And Then There Were 25: Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie

    We couldn’t stop talking about Mrs. McGinty being dead! Mainly good things, though not *all* good things. But what a delight it was to reach, at long last, this first of the “late Poirots” featuring Ariadne Oliver. Come for the drive-by fruiting, stay for the sick Poirot burns as to “feminine intuition.”

    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

    A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

    We begin the year in style with one of Dame Agatha's leaner puzzle mysteries--especially among those featuring our favorite grandstanding Belgian detective. It's been a while since we've had the pleasure of discussing our dear Papa Poirot in short story form, though this one is a bit super-sized, as it is in fact one of the few novellas within the canon. This year we all get to celebrate ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CHRISTIE, so you know we have high hopes for 2020. Happy New Year to all!

    • 41 min
    A Very Special Holiday Episode: The Call of Wings by Agatha Christie

    A Very Special Holiday Episode: The Call of Wings by Agatha Christie

    Most people know the apocryphal tale of Agatha's sister challenging her to write a murder mystery, but years earlier--1912 or thereabouts--her mother is supposed to have challenged her to write as a way of entertaining herself while recovering from influenza. Apparently this lead to an extended bout of neophyte creation that included this rather spiritual yarn, which just may remind you of another classic Christmastime story....

    • 30 min
    And Then There Were 26: They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

    And Then There Were 26: They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

    Real talk: this is not one of our favorite Christies. Alas. But it features some excellent scene setting in and among Baghdad and Basrah; whenever Christie takes us to the Middle East, we know we're in good hands as far as mise en scène goes. We just wish we could say the same about the plot (or lack thereof), and the characters populating this globe-trotting thriller....

    • 56 min
    A Very Special Episode: Knives Out, the Agatha Christie-Inspired Film

    A Very Special Episode: Knives Out, the Agatha Christie-Inspired Film

    We've been looking forward to this film for months... and are happy to report that on the whole it did not disappoint! Let's swoon together over cleverly employed Christie tropes, perfectly weathered white cable-knit sweaters, and everything in between.

    • 29 min
    A Very Special Episode: Interview (#2!!) with Sophie Hannah, Author of New Hercule Poirot Novels

    A Very Special Episode: Interview (#2!!) with Sophie Hannah, Author of New Hercule Poirot Novels

    We had so much fun speaking with Sophie Hannah a year ago, we had her on again! Tuck in for a free-ranging conversation that starts with Sophie's new mystery novel and ends--as all conversations should--noodling over the finer aspects of moral culpability in And Then There Were None. (DOES Emily Brent get a raw deal?) With lots of chatter about lots of Christie titles in between. (Are Evil Under the Sun and Five Little Pigs diametric opposites as to style? Is The Body in the Library secretly the best Miss Marple? Which should we be more excited about reading in the future: The Pale Horse, or After the Funeral?) We could go on... and we do! See you in the episode.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

tulipwars ,

Getting Better

This podcast had a bit of a rocky start. Sound quality was pretty bad and it took a while for the two hosts to develop a satisfying rapor--but I'm enjoying it now. Kemper still interupts Catherine all the time and does two thirds of the talking, which is infuriating, but both hosts have a definite love for their subject, which comes through. I wish they wouldn't get cute with the sound clips. It's not necessary and not as funny as they think it is.

neutronstarcollision ,

My go-to podcast after reading each Christie book

Fun, informative and inclusive. It’s my go-to podcast each time I’ve finished a Christie novel - I love listening to the hosts dissect and rate each book.

Joe's Shoppe ,

Intelligent, entertaining podcast

I’m impressed with the way the hosts of All About Agatha have grown into their roles as presenters over the past several years. Their more relaxed and humorous style is a pleasure to listen to. So much to learn about the background of the words and the adaptations. Topics discussed are relevant for the modern reader.

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