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your favourite Agatha Christie - 23/1/2007 10:24:10 PM   
bozo


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It's a very difficult choice. She has written so many great novels, most of them brilliantly constructed and deliciously twisty.
But let's narrow it down a bit.
Ten Little Nig... Ten Little Ind... And Then There Were None. Amazing novel - a detective story without a detective! Demonstrates what Christie was best at - subverting the form. The form which she single-handedly created. This novel also has something which lacks in most of her other novels - creepy atmosphere. Nice.
Then we go to Christie's own favourite - Crooked House. Another amazing novel, mainly due to the... original and breathtakingly surprising nature of the villain. But, to be frank, otherwise nothing spectacular.
What about the last Poirot novel - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. What a way to say goodbye to your greatest character! And the murderer is in a league of his (or her) own - it's evolution, baby!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd? When the murderer is revealed... I almost swallowed my own tongue! Subversion supreme!
But my own favourite is... Cards On the Table. 1 victim. 4 suspects. Only 4 - no more, no less. And the murderer is one of the 4. No excuses. Just unbelievable tension and brainmunching twist after brainmunching twist. B R I L L I A N T !   
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RE: your favourite Agatha Christie - 24/1/2007 2:29:40 PM   
Spider


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Haven't read that many, they're one of those things that are always lurking and ready to be read but actually don't get read that often.

Of the ones I have read (I'm guessing you've read pretty much all of them) I think my favourite was Peril at End House, simply because of the brilliant twist at the end. Also because I rather like the ones with Hastings in them as opposed to just Poirot on his own.

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RE: your favourite Agatha Christie - 24/1/2007 9:02:58 PM   
bozo


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ORIGINAL: Spider

Haven't read that many, they're one of those things that are always lurking and ready to be read but actually don't get read that often.

Of the ones I have read (I'm guessing you've read pretty much all of them) I think my favourite was Peril at End House, simply because of the brilliant twist at the end. Also because I rather like the ones with Hastings in them as opposed to just Poirot on his own.


No! Really?

Trust me - it's one of her inferior novels. Try the ones I mention in my post. You won't be disappointed!

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RE: your favourite Agatha Christie - 25/1/2007 8:07:55 PM   
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I like a lot of her novels, but for some reason the one I read and re-read is The Thirteen Problems. I first read it when I was about 12 and something in it just captured my imagination. I loved how it could be a Miss Marple book, yet she was barely in it. I also really like Nemesis and Cards on the Table. 

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RE: your favourite Agatha Christie - 25/1/2007 8:55:46 PM   
bozo


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ORIGINAL: nomimalone

I like a lot of her novels, but for some reason the one I read and re-read is The Thirteen Problems. I first read it when I was about 12 and something in it just captured my imagination. I loved how it could be a Miss Marple book, yet she was barely in it. I also really like Nemesis and Cards on the Table. 


Yeah, it's a great book.

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