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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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I'm on a bit of a cozy crime fiction spree at the moment and thought I should try Agatha Christie. I started with the first Poirot and followed it up with the first Miss Marple. There is a reason her books are so well read.

I really enjoyed reading this. I could picture the village and the characters. I have watched a number of adaptions which possibly coloured my imaginings. However I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.

Lizpixie Welcome to the #christiecrimeclub! 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @Lizpixie Thanks. I think I'm going to love the #christiecrimeclub. 4mo
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Finished this Christie last night. It's not my favorite, but it's a solid mystery. I love the premise of Poirot taking on a case from someone who has already died. Christie is a comfort author for me, so I really enjoyed the mental break of reading one of hers!!

4thhouseontheleft Christie is a comfort read for me too. 4mo
Nessavamusic Nice job! 4mo
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Cinfhen I just read a re-imagined book about the disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926 @TheAromaofBooks It was good 4mo
Lizpixie Dame Agatha is my go-to comfort read as well #christiecrimeclub (edited) 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - I saw your review for that one!! It looks interesting! Have you ever read Christie's autobiography? She doesn't talk about that disappearance, but she just ramble on about her life and such and it's great fun. 4mo
shanaqui I totally reach for Golden Age crime fic for comfort reading too -- Christie's one of the best, but most of the stuff in the British Library Crime Classics series works for me. 4mo
Cinfhen never read her bio, I bet it‘s great!! There was a fictionalized story that I read about her, which was also GREAT 4mo
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Hercule Poirot's Christmas | Agatha Christie
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Trying to stay cool on this hot & muggy December day by reading a classic Dame Agatha set in an English Christmas. Here‘s hoping the coming thunderstorm doesn‘t kick off a blackout so the aircon & fans stop working!🤞 #MistletoeManiacs 1pt #WinterGames2021 #notwinterherethough #ChristieCrimeClub #DashingDecember #readathon

Andrew65 I enjoyed that one. 5mo
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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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Bk4 of August & #LitsySummerCampReadathon & Bk1 of #AwesomeAugust #readathon is done. A reread by audiobook on Scribd, this has always been one of my favourite Dame Agatha books. One of her more convoluted murders, it‘s set in a big country house in England with a shooting, an unfaithful man & too many suspects. Loved it👍 #ChristieCrimeClub #ReadChristie2021 #ReadItAgainSam #AudiobookChallenge2021 #BookspinBingo #BritishCrimeClassicsChallenge👇

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Not. an Agatha Christie book I know of. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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Five Little Pigs | Agatha Christie
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Bk16 of April(and the last!)& Bk1 of #20in4 #readathon is done! It‘s past 12am here so it‘s 1st of May🍂 This is one of my favourite Dame Agathas, it‘s more cerebral than most as the crime is so old. I really like the David Suchet Tv ep of this too. #LitsyAtoZ2021 #LetterF #PickYourPoison #ReadChristie2021 #ReadItAgainSam #HistoricalFiction #BritishCrimeClassicChallenge #VintageMysteryChallenge #BackToTheClassicsChallenge2021 #CloakDaggerChal👇

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Today‘s random #shelfie is part of my Dame Agatha Christie shelf. These are most of my “signature editions” but I also have vintage 70s editions, Crime Collections Omnibuses & assorted other special editions. Yes, I‘m a bit Dame Agatha obsessed. #christiecrimeclub

marleed Oh cool. This will be the year I read her! If I only ever read one - which do you recommend? 1y
Lizpixie @marleed that‘s a tough question honestly. I can only tell you my favourites, and there‘s no way of narrowing that to just one! The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd is one of her best early books, Death On The Nile & Murder On The Orient Express are two of my fave Poirot stories, or Five Little Pigs or The Hollow. The best Miss Marples for me are 4.50 From Paddington & The Mirror Crack‘d. Plus her best standalone is And Then There Were None. 1y
Lizpixie But I also love Halloween Party, Taken At The Flood(one of her best villians in that one), Cards On The Table & The Body In The Library. See, I can‘t just pick one! 1y
marleed You have given me a great place to start - thanks! 1y
thegreensofa 😍 major shelf envy here!! 💕📚 1y
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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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Each day for seven days you post a book that made an impression on you.

Today‘s book is the very first Dame Agatha I read when I was 7yrs old. My Auntie Lilla had a shelf full of old editions that she let me borrow to read. Gave me a lifelong love of crime fiction which I still enjoy very much. Especially Dame Agatha! #christiecrimeclub #sleuthsoflitsy

BookishMe Wow! Precious memories 2y
LeahBergen I love these old Crime Club editions! 2y
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I was overwhelmed by family stuff this weekend, but here are the discussion questions for The Mysterious Affair at Styles! Please see the comments below: #agathachristieclubR2

ferskner 1.) Is this your first time reading Christie? What was your first impression? 3y
ferskner 2.) If this isn't your first Christie, what brings you back? 3y
ferskner 3.) What do you think if Poirot as an investigator? And Hastings as his sidekick? 3y
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ferskner 4.) How does social class play a role in this mystery? 3y
ferskner 5.) How does Christie build suspense in the novel? How do you like her style compared to other mystery authors? 3y
ferskner 6.) Do you enjoy Christie's red herrings? Which is your favorite in the book? 3y
ferskner 7.) Did you find any flaws in the mystery? Do you enjoy looking for them, or do you want to be carried along for the ride? 3y
ferskner @batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie @k.reads I remember you participating off the top of my head, but please tag anyone else you know would like to join in! 3y
Librarybelle This was not my first time reading Christie, nor my first time reading this story. I‘ve always loved Christie‘s books for their readability. However, I‘m not a fan of her digs at minorities and those of differing religious views. Poirot can slightly get on my nerves at times - he‘s brilliant, and he knows it. Hastings I found even more annoying this second time through. He‘s almost like a comic foil to Poirot‘s little grey cells... 3y
Librarybelle ...I find that wealth plays a role in quite a few of Christie‘s books. This one has the upstairs versus downstairs feel, with both serving staff and houseguests involved in the investigation. Christie is a marvel at the “locked room” set up - a murder in an impossible situation with so many red herrings thrown into the story. The broken coffee cup. Was it or was it not poison? Who wore the disguise? It was clever to have the killer basically... 3y
Librarybelle ...in plain sight, having everyone suspect him then claiming his innocence. I‘m not sure I have a favorite, per se, and I admit that though I‘ve read this before, I completely forgot who the murderer is! I‘m sure there were flaws - it‘s not a perfect mystery and novel, but Christie shows her talent. Great questions!! I have to think on these some more! 3y
Lizpixie 1. Nope, been reading Christie since my aunt gave me a 2ndhand copy of Sparkling Cyanide when I was 10yrs old. I‘ve now read every book at least twice! 2. Characters & plot. She‘s a master at both. 3. Poirot is very arrogant, but he has every right to be, though he does rub me the wrong way sometimes. Hastings annoys me a bit, not his fault, unfortunately she‘s written him as a bit stupid.👇👇👇 3y
Lizpixie 4. Class defines British society in every way, if you‘re lower you‘ll always be regarded with suspicion & if you‘re higher no one will question you. 5. She builds it with impossible situations, like a locked door mystery, and by putting a teaspoon of suspicion on everyone so there‘s no trust. Her style can seem a bit dated, but she was the original at a lot of this stuff. 6. She can overload on the red herrings occasionally 3y
Lizpixie 6 cont. My favourite in this book is the disguise found in Johns room. 7. Of course there‘s flaws, compared to recent mysteries she can seem a bit dated. The plot can be a bit obvious & predictable, but she was a pioneer in crime. I just go with the story, poking holes ruins it.💁🏻‍♀️ Thanks for resurrecting this, I love my Dame Agatha! #christiecrimeclub 3y
AnneCecilie Christie was one of the first authors I read, when I started reading in my early teens. Then I read some of her books, maybe 5 or 6. Then I didn‘t read her until last year. I‘ve been watching the TV series of both Poirot & Miss Marple, and I want to read the books the series are based on. I like Poirot and find Hastings a little stupid but my impression is based mainly on the series so I‘m interested to find out if that change as I read more.... 3y
AnneCecilie Social class plays a huge role in the mystery, both in the way the family automatically suspects the outsider, but also how the maids are afraid of betraying their employer by talking to Poirot. I find that Christie is good at pointing the finger at everyone involved and completely confuses me. Something that I didn‘t know, is that you can only be put before a judge once for one crime in the U.K. I have never heard of this being the case in Norway 3y
AnneCecilie So I think I might have missed some of Christie‘s clues concerning the suspect. I don‘t look for flaws, and since I‘m easily fooled I probably wouldn‘t find them either, so I just like to get carried away and enjoy the ride. And feel like Hastings when everything is revealed 😉 your questions really had my thinking and I liked reading your thoughts @Librarybelle and @Lizpixie they got me thinking about the book and some parts a little different 3y
TheAromaofBooks @AnneCecilie @LIibrarybelle @Lizpixie - hey everyone!! Life has been crazy the last couple of days so I am just getting a chance to check out everyone's comments and thoughts!! I'll add a few of my own after I read what all of you have to say. :-) It was fun to revisit Styles as it had been several years since I read this one. 3y
TheAromaofBooks First, to answer @ferskner 's original questions - (1) Definitely not my first time reading Christie, and not even my first time reading this particular book. (2) Honestly, one of the reasons I always come back to Christie is her wry sense of humor. I also love the way that, for the most part, she let's us see the clues as well. 3y
TheAromaofBooks (3) Poirot honestly isn't my favorite Christie character as he is a bit pompous for my taste, but I don't usually mind spending time with him. I'm fond of Hastings despite the fact that I think Christie writes him as slightly *too* oblivious. (4) It's always interesting to me to watch Christie's writing change through time, as she was living through a great deal of change regarding society & class. Here, during WWI, we are starting to see the 3y
TheAromaofBooks breakdown between the classes. (5) I'm a simple girl with simple tastes, so I enjoy Christie's classic approach: set up the characters, kill one of them off in a way that narrows the killer down to someone else within the household, then present clues and red herrings until we have a chance to gather everyone together for the big reveal at the end. I'm not sure I would call this particular story suspenseful as I didn't really fear for anyone 3y
TheAromaofBooks else's lives, but I thought the pacing was good. (6) My favorite red herring here was probably the overheard argument. (7) There were a couple of times where someone seemed so obvious that it was almost ridiculous that Hastings couldn't see it. However, I've read this book multiple times before, so it's possible that that was my subconscious remembering how things went! Overall, I tend to just go along for the ride and enjoy the way things unfold. 3y
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed revisiting this one - although instead of reading her second book next, I almost want to jump straight to Poirot's final appearance in Curtain, which does tie back to this one in some ways. Anyway, I'll look forward to rejoining all of you at the end of October to discuss The Secret Adversary, which is actually one of my very favorites as I LOVE Tommy & Tuppence, and also quite enjoy a good (aka rather terrible) spy romp! 3y
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks I love all your thoughts! I'm very fascinated by the fact that Norway doesn't have double indemnity! I really like this book and I'm astounded that it's her first novel. I definitely have a soft spot for Poirot and I love how Christie writes him - pompous, but a bit tongue in cheek. I really like that the solution is a double bluff (the killer is the original suspect)... 3y
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks ...something she'll use a few more times! As far as flaws, obviously the racism is an issue, and I also don't get why the killer leaves the torn-up letter in the room. Why not put it in his pocket? Or go get it after the coast is clear? He leaves it there for days! She's not as tight of a plotter as she'll eventually be. 3y
Linsy Okay, so I know I‘m late to the party, but here it goes... This was not my first Christie, but I haven‘t read hat many other than Tommy & Tuppence. This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it so much more this time than the last! I can‘t tell if Poirot is just rubbing off on me or what. Hastings is a pretty terrible sidekick, but I‘m loving Poirot more and more! But in my head, he‘s Kenneth Branagh. 3y
Linsy The “man of the manor” seems to get so much more leeway than others around Poirot. When people of the town talk of him, they can‘t conceive of their lord being the one who committed the crime, although his family is more than willing to throw him under the bus. I really enjoy how Christie built suspense slowly and methodically. The quietness of it made the suspense even more intense, in my opinion. 3y
Linsy The first time I came to this book, I got really lost with all the herrings and explanations, so I wasn‘t so excited to pick this one up. This time, however, I had the completely opposite experience. Those things built the suspense and enjoyment of it for me. I don‘t know if it was my mood or if I‘m understanding Poirot‘s style better, but I‘m so glad you inspired me to pick it up again! 3y
Linsy I really enjoy just being carried along for the ride. My husband likes pointing out flaws in magicians‘ performances and I‘m always like — No, don‘t spoil the magic! 3y
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