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Great review -- and yes, I would agree that it's substantially a "let's put a really huge dollop of balm onto the WWI trauma" response. Conan Doyle went all gloom and doom as a reaction to WWI -- Christie went in exactly the opposite direction (also, let's face it, with Bundle Brent).

Btw, if you haven't already seen the 1980s TV adaptation (series) of this and the second Tommy & Tuppence book starring Francesca Annis and James Warwick, you absolutely should. It captures the spirit of the thing very nicely -- I actually like the books better now that I can imagine Warwick and Annis as Tommy & Tuppence.
Moonlight Madness 6 months ago
Right - I didn't even mention Bundle Brent in this review because I haven't yet reread The Seven Dials Mystery, and her cavorting is much less prominent in The Secret of Chimneys. I'm doing a fairly loose reread of the Christie canon in order of publication this time around because I am interesting in what I'll learn from that process. The early books feel so different from the later ones - her youth is just bursting out of the pages.
Yes -- I pretty much went through the entire Christie catalogue again last year (on audio), and even though I didn't do it in publication order, this is what very much stood out to me, too. Well, that and the common thread behind all of her spy (and latter-day) fiction. Darn, I always meant to write a collective blog post trying to explain what (IMHO) drove her last novels and why so many of them are so god-awful ...
Moonlight Madness 6 months ago
I would be interested in your theory. I have my own pet theory about those later books, and I'm interested to get to them to see if it holds up with a chronological reading.
Let's compare notes then once you get there! Needless to say, I'd be interested in your theory as well.
Obsidian Black Plague 6 months ago
Your title made me laugh! Also yes they would have been dead within 25 pages.
"So it goes." 6 months ago
I agree with OB about the title. I had grand plans to reread all the Agatha Christie novels this year (well, I had the plan for when I turned 50, then I changed it to a later date, and I still haven't started) I am going to read the first few soon though, for Detection Club!
Moonlight Madness 6 months ago
I read all of the Poirots a few years ago, which is when I really fell in love all over again with Agatha Christie in particular, and with Golden Age mystery in general. She is a primary comfort read for me at this point - it honestly doesn't matter to me if I remember whodunnit, I still enjoy getting together with my old friends Hercule, Hastings, Ariadne, Battle, etc.