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text 2019-03-04 19:12
What a Nice Discovery
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie Close Up: A radio investigation into the Queen of Crime - Julian Symons,Jessica Mann,Allen Lane,Richard Attenborough,Peter Saunders,Cliff Michelmore,Margaret Lockwood,Agatha Christie,Nigel Stock

I was listening to the Agatha Christie Close Up CD while adding covers to some of the books imported by MbD earlier this afternoon -- and guess what I discovered?  Penguin Random House is publishing a new series of Christie editions under the Vintage imprint!  And very pretty covers they have, as well ...

 

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text 2019-03-02 23:47
Reading progress update: I've listened to 160 out of 160 minutes.
The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Murder in the Mews / Personal Call - Agatha Christie,Ivan S. Brandt,Richard Williams,Full Cast

Sigh.  One of the things we learn in the interviews on CD 1 is that when writing for the stage (or for radio), Christie preferred to write plays "as (original) plays", rather than adapting her own novels; and she only started doing the latter after she found that she didn't much like what other people did to her work when adapting it.  (Hear that, Mr. Osborne?)  Now guess what is one of the first things we learn upon switching to CD 2?  The version of Murder in the Mews included here -- the longest of the three radio plays in this set -- was not actually written by Dame Agatha herself but by someone else and commissioned by the BBC.  Grrrr.

 

Also: How can you possibly have an adaptation of this particular story without its glorious conclusion on the golf links?!

 

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text 2019-03-02 22:12
Reading progress update: I've listened to 71 out of 160 minutes.
The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Murder in the Mews / Personal Call - Agatha Christie,Ivan S. Brandt,Richard Williams,Full Cast

Oooh!  Bonus material, including audio interviews with Christie and introductions by her of some of her works -- as well as a speech by her (and an interview) on the 10th anniversary of The Mousetrap!  Nice!!

 


Agatha Christie cutting the 6th anniversary cake for The Mousetrap

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text 2019-03-02 21:45
Reading progress update: I've listened to 55 out of 160 minutes.
The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Murder in the Mews / Personal Call - Agatha Christie,Ivan S. Brandt,Richard Williams,Full Cast

Personal Call -- slight supernatural tinge, in line with the stories collected in The Golden Ball and While the Light Lasts.

 

Note for the Agathyte whiteboard: Definitely no connection with the Bundle Brent novels.

 

Question for the Agathytes: Where else did Inspector Narracott (or Nerracott) appear?

 

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text 2019-03-02 17:53
Reading progress update: I've listened to 29 out of 160 minutes.
The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Murder in the Mews / Personal Call - Agatha Christie,Ivan S. Brandt,Richard Williams,Full Cast

First one down, Butter in a Lordly Dish ... so far, so fiendish!  (Even if I had an inkling what was going on partway through.)

 

No implicit connection with After the Funeral intended, however, I think.  (MR?)

 

 

 

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