As I mentioned the other day, September 15 is the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, and there are big doings in Torquay and elsewhere.
I've been blogging this week about Agatha Christie, both here and on my other Blog, DyingforChocolate.com. Check out my other Agatha Christie, Queen of Crime, posts on Mystery Fanfare and Dying for Chocolate. More to come.
Today is Day 14 of the Agatha Christie 120 Blog Tour that Kerrie Smith of Mysteries in Paradise has organized. Kerrie identifies Agatha Christie posts all year round at the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. Be sure and check out the posts on the Agatha Christie 120 Blog Carnival Tour, a different blog site every day. Links here. This is a great way to find new Crime Fiction Blogs, too!
I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie, and I’ve been celebrating her 120th birthday this month by re-reading many of her novels. As I started to do this, I was reminded that I’ve read many of her 75+ novels more than once, not always by design. Sometimes I’ve read a specific Christie mystery because I was using it in a course or bookgroup. Very legitimate reason. Sometimes I've reread one of her novesl because it was so good I thought it deserved a second or third reading.
Alas, there have been other reasons. Sometimes I just forget I read the novel. Agatha Christie is such a fine plotter that I rarely remember what happens, so I can re-read the book as if it's brand new. Oh yes, occasionally bits and pieces fall into place, but rarely the endings. This reason moved to number one as I got older, but really it’s all about Christie and her writing that keeps me intrigued. When you’re reading one of her novels, no matter if a Poirot, a Marple, or whatever, you turn the page and say, aha! Then you turn the page again, and there’s a completely different ‘turn of events’, and so it goes. She’s truly the Queen of Crime. Her plots are intricate, unexpected and witty!
The second reason that I’ve unwittingly re-read some of her novels is that there are alternate titles for many of them. Many times years ago when I was traveling abroad or at the bookstore looking for a good read, knowing that Christie would foot the bill, I would come across these, buy them, and read them (for the second time). Many of the Agatha Christie Mysteries were retitled for the American Market and at other times retitled even in the U.K. because of changed sensibilities. And, sometimes, I've bought and read copies that where bootlegs with different titles altogether (Indian editions). Sometimes I bought them in another language (Meutre au champagne: Sparkling Cyanide). Such an easy mistake.
So to save you the trouble, here are some of my favorite Christies and their alternate titles. But maybe you’re like me, it doesn’t really matter. Agatha Christie mysteries are always worth re-reading.
Th Sittaford Mystery: Alternate Title: The Murder at Hazelmoor
Lord Edgware Dies: Alternate Title Thirteen At Dinner
Murder in the Calais Coach: Alternate Title: Murder on the Orient Express:
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?: Alternate Title: The Boomerang Clue
Three Act Tragedy: Alternate Title: Murder In Three Acts
The ABC Murders: Alternate Title: The Alphabet Murders
Dumb Witness: Alternate Titles: Poirot Loses A Client, Murder At Littlegreen House, and Mystery at Littlegreen House
Hercule Poirot's Christmas: Alternate Titles: A Holiday for Murder, Murder For Christmas
Murder Is Easy: Alternate Title: Easy to Kill
Ten Little Niggers: Alternate Titles: And Then There Were None, Ten Little Indians
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Alternate Titles: The Patriotic Murders; An Overdose of Death
Murder in Retrospect: Alternate Title Hercule Poirot Five Little Pigs
Towards Zero Alternate Title: Come and Be Hanged
Remembered Death: Alternate Title: Sparkling Cyanide
The Hollow: Alternate Title: Murder After Hours
Taken At The Flood: Alternate Title: There Is A Tide
Mrs. McGinty's Dead: Alternate Title: Blood Will Tell
Murder with Mirrors Alternate Title: They Do It With Mirrors
Funerals are Fatal: Alternate Titles: Murder at the Gallop
Hickory, Dickory, Dock: Alternate Title: Hickory, Dickory, Death
4.50 from Paddington: Alternate Titles: Murder She Said, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!
The Mirror Crack'd: Alternate Title: The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side
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