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.
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.
A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook by Agatha Christie
It isn't often that we focus as much on an adaptation of a Christie story as the story itself, but if ever there were an episode to do so, it's this one. Join us as we gush over the very first episode of the David Suchet series, including a lengthy discussion as to why this short story was such an excellent choice for the pilot episode of this excellent program.
Fun Companion Podcast
This podcast is a great companion listen to enjoy as you read Christie’s books, and ultimately helps motivate one to read more. Also, check out their Facebook to get their rankings list of Christie’s books. I don’t always agree with their rankings, but they still have a good taste that points you in the right direction for which one’s to check out.
Reviewing the entire Christie library is an interesting concept. A great opportunity to introduce the original stories to a new generation, maybe even encourage those who know Christie only based on the TV or movie adaptations to seek out the full novels. After listening to 12 episodes, I still wonder why the hosts pretend to be Christie fans. I hear more criticism about plots, characters, storylines, and language than enthusiasm for her books. I would challenge the hosts to judge the books on the sensibilities of the era when they were written rather than using modern sensibilities as a guide for what is acceptable.
Although some of the early audio issues have been resolved, the overall audio quality remains marginal.
Fun insightful review of Agatha Christy’ work
I have been listening this show since its beginning and love their detailed reviews of my favorite author.