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 or so 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. We take a breather in between novels to discuss one of her many (100-plus) short stories, and to interview like-minded mystery obsessives (scholars, authors, etc.). Call it a Christie-fest, as we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and oh so much more.... Join us.
A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: The Plymouth Express by Agatha Christie
This short story is a precursor to The Mystery of the Blue Train, but don't let that put you off! We found much to enjoy--both in the source material and the Suchet adaptation.
And Then There Were 13: The Clocks by Agatha Christie
Well... they can't all be winners, can they? This (barely-there) Poirot novel is not one of our favorites, we're sorry to say. But as usual, we relish the opportunity to explore and explain why. Because even a lesser Christie is a source of wonder and joy.
A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: The King of Clubs by Agatha Christie
We've got Poirot. We've got Hastings. We've got a prince. A lady of mysterious origins. A frozen-in-time bridge tableau! If you need more, you're probably not listening to the right podcast....
A Very Special Episode: Interview with Sarah Pearse, Author of The Sanatorium
We were fortunate enough to sit down with Sarah Pearse, the author of one of this season's hottest (or is that iciest?) thrillers, The Sanatorium. There are lots of connections to be made between her book and Christie, and naturally, we made them all. Enjoy!
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And Then There Were 14: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side by Agatha Christie
Someone might need to stage an intervention, because the longer we talk about Christie, the more we apparently have to say! We hope you enjoy our super-sized discussion of this intriguing late Christie novel (perhaps the *first* late Christie novel?), during which we wax poetic about all sorts of topics--from the rigors of film acting to the ravages of time. Oh, and Dark Marple, of course.
A Very Special Episode: Interview with Martin Edwards, Scholar of Agatha Christie... and Much More!
We were thrilled to speak with Martin Edwards, one of the foremost scholars of detective fiction of the Golden Age. He is also a mystery novelist in his own right, and the current President of the Detection Club. What is the Detection Club, you ask? Take a listen and find out!
This episode is sponsored by Best Fiends.
They feel like friends!
I discovered this podcast in 2019 and have since been revisiting every novel and short story, before listening to each podcast in order. It’s my own little project and an absolute joy. Kemper and Catherine give a depth to the novels that I would not otherwise appreciate. They are fun and engaging, and I feel like I am having a chat with friends. Occasionally, I find myself disagreeing (often out loud!) and I also want to put a British perspective on some of their musings (I mean, hundreds and thousands, please!) Thank you, Catherine and Kemper, I am very grateful to you.
Engaging, Entertaining, and Sometimes Educational
Catherine and Kemper have kept me sane through a year of lockdown and working from home. As well as being extremely engaging and personable, they also bring a lot of passion and background knowledge to their reviews and discussions, such as insights from Christie’s other works or possible inspirations for her plots. Even when I don’t agree with them (Murder on the Orient Express better than Death on the Nile?! Outrageous!), hearing their views and perspectives is always entertaining and sometimes very informative. Thanks both of you, from a very grateful Christie fan!
My favourite podcast and best guide for Christie lovers.