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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. For five years, Catherine Brobeck and Kemper Donovan revisited these novels in publication order, ranking them according to pre-set criteria (plot, character, etc.). Tragically, Catherine Brobeck passed away at the end of 2021. Since then, Kemper has completed the podcast's ranking project, and now contents himself with celebrating the greatness of Christie by attempting to solve the ultimate mystery where she is concerned. Why Christie--and Christie alone--endures as powerfully as she does.

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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. For five years, Catherine Brobeck and Kemper Donovan revisited these novels in publication order, ranking them according to pre-set criteria (plot, character, etc.). Tragically, Catherine Brobeck passed away at the end of 2021. Since then, Kemper has completed the podcast's ranking project, and now contents himself with celebrating the greatness of Christie by attempting to solve the ultimate mystery where she is concerned. Why Christie--and Christie alone--endures as powerfully as she does.

    Interview with David Morris of Collecting Christie

    Interview with David Morris of Collecting Christie

    It was a dream to be able to sit down with David Morris, and pore over all the priceless goodies he brought with him having to do with Agatha Christie books, art, and ephemera.
    The following titles are spoiled during the course of our conversation: The Mystery of the Blue Train, Death on the Nile.
    To watch me watch two gamers play Murder on the Orient Express the videogame while we discuss all things Agatha Christie, click here. This is the first episode of the PBS SoCal series Won't You Be My Gamer? It was a lot of fun.
    For more of David's scholarly work from a collector's point of view, you can visit his website here, find him on Twitter here, and on Facebook here. You can also check out his upcoming talk at the Agatha Christie Festival here.
    To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here.
    Visit the podcast on Twitter and Instagram.
    Visit me personally on Facebook at Kemper Donovan Books, or at my personal website.
    Click here to purchase tickets for my panel at the upcoming Agatha Christie Festival.
    You can buy my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body, at your bookseller of choice (make it an indie if you possibly can!) in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.
     

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Overbearing, Rich, and Idiomatic: The Americans of Agatha Christie

    Overbearing, Rich, and Idiomatic: The Americans of Agatha Christie

    It's time to discuss those pesky Americans who appear in the Christie canon, and answer such burning questions as: Are all Americans millionaires? (Alas, no.) Do all Americans speak solely by way of idiom? (Happily, no.) I was also able to answer a ton of mailbag questions, which involved one hundred percent more Spice Girls than I expected it to.
    The following titles are spoiled to varying degrees in this episode: The Actress; After the Funeral; The Big Four; A Caribbean Mystery; Cat Among the Pigeons; Death on the Nile; Destination Unknown; Endless Night; Evil Under the Sun; Lord Edgware Dies; The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side; Motive v. Opportunity; The Mousetrap (though only in a minor way), Mrs. McGinty’s Dead; A Murder is Announced, Murder on the Orient Express; The Soul of the Croupier; Sparkling Cyanide; They Do It With Mirrors.
    To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here.
    Visit the podcast on Twitter and Instagram.
    Visit me personally on Facebook at Kemper Donovan Books, or at my personal website.
    Click here to purchase tickets for my panel at the upcoming Agatha Christie Festival.
    You can buy my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body, at your bookseller of choice (make it an indie if you possibly can!) in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Collecting the Collectors: The Gays of Agatha Christie (Special *PRIDE* Edition... with Bonus Jamie Bernthal!)

    Collecting the Collectors: The Gays of Agatha Christie (Special *PRIDE* Edition... with Bonus Jamie Bernthal!)

    It's raining long-haired, antique-loving, architecturally-inclined men! And a few women, too! June is Pride month for the LGBTQIA+ community here in the United States, which I took as an opportunity to explore the topic of "gay" characters in Christie... along with revisiting an interview Catherine Brobeck and I did with long-time friend of the podcast, Jamie Bernthal. Enjoy, my dears!
    The following titles are spoiled to varying degrees in this episode: The Mousetrap, The Rats, “Death by Drowning,” “Greenshaw’s Folly,” After the Funeral, Cards on the Table, Endless Night, Five Little Pigs, Hallowe’en Party, Lord Edgware Dies, The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, The Moving Finger, Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, A Murder is Announced, Murder is Easy, Nemesis.
    To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here.
    Visit the podcast on Twitter and Instagram.
    Visit me personally on Facebook at Kemper Donovan Books, or at my personal website.
    Click here to purchase tickets for my panel at the upcoming Agatha Christie Festival.
    You can buy my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body, at your bookseller of choice (make it an indie if you possibly can!) in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Interview with Journalist Karen Robinson on the Discovery of a Rare, Early Agatha Christie Artifact

    Interview with Journalist Karen Robinson on the Discovery of a Rare, Early Agatha Christie Artifact

    It isn't every day a new discovery is made regarding a physical record of Agatha Christie's writing, especially one from her earliest days as a writer.... Thank you to journalist Karen Robinson for sitting down with me to talk about What We Did in the Great War by Agatha Christie... and by others in the VAD in Torquay during the First World War! It was a fantastic discussion.
    For information about the exhibition in London where you can see this handmade magazine for yourself, click here.
    To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here.
    Visit the podcast on Twitter and Instagram.
    Visit me personally on Facebook at Kemper Donovan Books, or at my personal website.
    Click here to purchase tickets for my panel at the upcoming Agatha Christie Festival.
    You can buy my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body, at your bookseller of choice (make it an indie if you possibly can!) in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.

    • 45 min
    Ten Little Poirots & Marples: Ranking Agatha Christie's Detectives on the Screen

    Ten Little Poirots & Marples: Ranking Agatha Christie's Detectives on the Screen

    It's another episode focused on the adaptations of Agatha Christie: specifically, those talented actors who have brought life to Monsieur Poirot and Miss Marple in films and television for nearly 100 years now. Who will win the title of Greatest Poirot and Greatest Marple of Them All? And how will the rankings leading up to my #1 picks shake out? I surprised myself with a few of my choices here, and I look forward to receiving outraged responses from at least a few of you. Special thanks to Scott Ratner for his spirited commentary on one of these actors, and the valuable insights his perspective provided.
    Please note that I spoil the plot of Curtain, and also the 2018 adaptation of The ABC Murders in this episode.
    Click here to purchase tickets for my panel at the upcoming Agatha Christie Festival.
    Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page by clicking here.
    You can buy my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body, at your bookseller of choice in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.
    I mentioned a few different adaptations over the course of this episode. Click below to access them.
    Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple (Japanese-language animated series)
    Murder by the Book (starring Ian Holm and Peggy Ashcroft)
    Various BBC radio plays
    Viki.com (where you can watch Ms. Ma, Nemesis)
     
     
     

    • 55 min
    *LIVE!* Episode: Interview with Kemper Donovan, Author of The Busy Body (and Busman's Holidayer)

    *LIVE!* Episode: Interview with Kemper Donovan, Author of The Busy Body (and Busman's Holidayer)

    Saturday, April 27th is Independent Bookstore Day here in the United States, and what better way to celebrate than with this live interview from my book tour last week at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan?! Special thanks to Elizabeth Bosscher for conducting this interview. I had such a great time sitting down with her.
    If you'd like to visit or learn more about Schuler Books, which has four locations in Michigan, click here.
    Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page by clicking here.
    Click here to purchase tickets for my upcoming panel at the Agatha Christie Festival.
    You can buy my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body, at your bookseller of choice (though please do opt for an indie if you possibly can!) in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Lli2123 ,

Favorite podcast

This is my favorite podcast. Thank you so much Kemper. I’ve just about finished listening to the older episodes so please keep it going!

Mriban ,

Problematic male host

The male podcaster is a bit of a mansplainer throughout the series and talks over the other host. The content is amazing, I’m just having a hard time dealing with him not giving Catherine a moment to speak!
The irony of them reviewing one of the most popular female authors and not letting Catherine speak is not lost on me

NotNerve ,

#1000

my mom loves this podcast and is so glad there’s other people in the world who adore agatha christy more than she does

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