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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 interviewing like-minded obsessives, dissecting new adaptations, and trying to solve the age-old mystery of why Christie--and Christie alone--endures as powerfully as she does. Call it a Christie-fest, as together we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and, oh, so much more...!

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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 interviewing like-minded obsessives, dissecting new adaptations, and trying to solve the age-old mystery of why Christie--and Christie alone--endures as powerfully as she does. Call it a Christie-fest, as together we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and, oh, so much more...!

    Agatha Christie's Most Prolific Stage Actor? Interview with Lee Samuel Tanng

    Agatha Christie's Most Prolific Stage Actor? Interview with Lee Samuel Tanng

    Actor Lee Samuel Tanng has appeared in TEN (!!) regional productions of plays based on Agatha Christie novels over the last eleven years. He sat down with me to discuss the joys of regional theater, the particular challenges (and advantages) of pulling off a murder mystery in real time, and of course, to rank his ten experiences from least to most favorite. This conversation was a blast.
    You can see a collage of all Sam's roles on the podcast's Twitter/X account here, and on Instagram here.
    Check out the Long Beach Playhouse here, which is where Sam has appeared in all these wonderful productions over the years. Long live regional theater!
    Please visit and suscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here.
    Click here for more information on upcoming book tour events for my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body.
    And you can now purchase The Busy Body in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    All About The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (Spoiler-Free!)

    All About The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (Spoiler-Free!)

    Perhaps it was inevitable that an episode about the longest-running play in history would be the longest episode ever produced on this podcast.... And yet there's nary a spoiler in it; so tuck in, safe in the knowledge that the secret of The Mousetrap remains safely locked in my heart.
    Nibble nibble. Squeak squeak.
    Special thanks to my guests Phil O'Neill and Scott Ratner, and to Nick Cardillo and Christopher Diehl for their invaluable contributions.
    Click here to access the BBC Documentary The Mousetrap and Me, which I reference in the show.
    You can find Phil O'Neill's wonderful book, Poems from the Unconscious, here, and Scott Ratner's extremely funny original play, Kill a Better Mousetrap, here.
    You can find my Crimereads article on why Agatha Christie has endured uniquely among mystery writers here.
    You can now purchase my debut mystery novel, The Busy Body (as a paper copy, ebook, or audio book), in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and New Zealand.
    Click here for more information on upcoming book tour events for The Busy Body.
    Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page.
     
     
     
     

    • 4 hr 11 min
    Interview (#2!) with Alex Michaelides, Author of The Fury

    Interview (#2!) with Alex Michaelides, Author of The Fury

    Alex Michaelides has a new mystery out, and I had such a great time geeking out with him about Agatha Christie and other literary inspirations of his, including the great Ruth Rendell.
    You can purchase Alex's new book, The Fury, in the United States here. And you can pre-order it in the UK (it's out February 1st) here.
    You can purchase my new book, The Busy Body, in the United States here, the United Kingdom here, and Australia/New Zealand here.
    For details on my upcoming book tour, visit my website here.
    You can visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here.
    This episode is sponsored by Even the Royals, which you can find wherever you listen to podcasts, including here.

    • 59 min
    Putting On an Agatha Christie Play (with Three Guest Co-Hosts)

    Putting On an Agatha Christie Play (with Three Guest Co-Hosts)

    I've talked a bunch--especially recently--about Agatha Christie and the theater. But what is it like to put on an Agatha Christie play? In particular, in one of those smaller regional/community venues that so frequently put on Christie's plays? Thanks to the three experts I gathered together for this episode, we can begin to answer that question. You can find out more about each of them directly below.
    1) Do yourself a favor and check out Brad Friedman's mystery blog. It has provided me heaps and heaps of both entertainment and insight.
    2) You can look up Christopher Diehl's community theater here. And here is a link to another theater where he works on numerous projects, including those by Christie.
    3) Click here to check out Jamie West's debut mystery novel, Death on the Pier, inspired by his love of mystery and theater.
    If you'd like to come see me on my upcoming book tour, the details are on my website here.
    And you can still pre-order that book (for a few more weeks) in the United States here, the United Kingdom here, and Australia/New Zealand here.
    Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page.
    This episode is sponsored by Britbox. For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, click here and use the promo code "AGATHA" at checkout for 50% off the first month of your monthly subscription.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    A Christmas Christie for Christmas: The Naughty Donkey by Agatha Christie Mallowan (with bonus rerun of Star Over Bethlehem)

    A Christmas Christie for Christmas: The Naughty Donkey by Agatha Christie Mallowan (with bonus rerun of Star Over Bethlehem)

    And you thought the days of bumper-sized episodes of All About Agatha were behind you.... This one might be a bit of a cheat, since it's a Frankenstein's monster (a Bella Baxter?!) of a few different things: 1) a nice long "mail bag"/"housekeeping" segment; 2) a fresh episode analyzing "The Naughty Donkey" in Christie's Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories collection; and 3) a rerun of the episode I aired in the summer this year with Sarah Hinlicky Wilson co-hosting, in which we discussed the titular story of the same collection.
    So much Christie, so much Christianity, so much Christmas. Rejoice!
    You can check out Sarah's short story podcast here.
    You can see my upcoming book tour events (!!) here. Please come see me!
    You can pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, in the United States here, in the United Kingdom here, and in Australia and New Zealand here.
    You can visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here.
    This episode is sponsored by BritBox. For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, click here and use the promo code "AGATHA" at checkout for 50% off the first month of your monthly subscription.

    • 2 hr 29 min
    How to Survive an Agatha Christie Novel, with Author Kate Jackson

    How to Survive an Agatha Christie Novel, with Author Kate Jackson

    Kate Jackson knows her stuff when it comes to classic crime, and then some. I had such a good time talking to her about non-Christie authors of the Golden Age, and then engaging in a choose-your-own-adventure-style exercise that took us through various plot points she meticulously pulled from scores of Christie novels, short stories, and plays. What fun!
    To buy Kate's book How to Survive a Classic Crime Novel in the U.S., click here. In the UK, click here.
    To check out Kate's blog, click here.
    To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here.
    To pre-order a copy of my upcoming mystery novel The Busy Body in the U.S., click here. In the UK, click here. And in Australia and New Zealand, click here.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
959 Ratings

959 Ratings

DJ Jimmy D. ,

FantastiChristie!

I’ve coined a word to describe this podcast. If you’re a fan of the author’s work, you are really gonna love this podcast. It covers all the bases (including lots you didn’t even know existed)!

Sissi Stinketh ,

Excellent podcast

I love the short episodes and I LOVE the long ones =)

Family-to-go ,

Listening pleasure

I discovered this podcast during my daily COVID walks early in the pandemic and it re-introduced me to Agatha Christie. I came for the simple pleasure of rediscovering her genius and stayed for the thoughtful analysis (even when I disagree with a ranking) of story, place and time. Kemper and his guests are well versed and enthusiastic about Agatha in particular and mysteries in general.

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