Agatha Christie podcast time!
Yet again, JJ at the Invisible Event, and Brad at Ah Sweet Mystery, and I, have got together to discuss an Agatha Christie book: with full spoilers and not the slightest attempt to hide the solution. It’s Murder at the Vicarage, from 1930, the first Miss Marple mystery. If you’ve read the book, we promise you will enjoy this.
We love doing the podcasts – we did The Mysterious Affair at Styles during the summer - and we have reason to believe some people like listening, so we are going to carry on: there’s plenty more Agatha Christies to keep us going, I think I’ll be 102 by the time we get to the end of them. Though we might draw the line before Postern of Fate.
But that doesn’t imply that we are doing them in order – and even better, you can have a say in which one we do next: there is a public vote.
To listen to the podcast, and to cast your vote, go over to The Invisible Event
and have yourself a good time.
Agatha Christie is the author most frequently featured on this blog – she has a whole tab to herself at the top of the homepage. And the most recent entry on her was earlier this week: Murder in the Mews.successful blogposts concern the dress, the gun and the alibi – a question for the ages, and the perfect Clothes in Books topic. It gets a good going-over in the podcast, of course.
In more random Agatha Christie-ness: on a British TV quiz show a week or so, one round dealt with possible questions for a certain answer. One mentioned the murder weapon used to kill Maybelle in the Agatha Christie short story The Bird with the Broken Wing.
[If you happen to be in the middle of reading this slightly obscure short story, look away now]
After a few seconds thought I said to my partner 'No, she was strangled with a ukulele string'. He was strangely unimpressed, but I was very proud of my achievement...
And I am also always happy to bring new readers to my Battle of the Sleuths post:
Miss Marple vs Miss Silver – who is the best?
Spoiler – no real conclusion reached. But plenty of fierce perceptions about knitting along the way.
What's always bothered me about the gun alibi is not so much whether a hypothetical gun would be visible, as that it relies on Miss Marple being there and noticing. It feels to me like it's relying too much on luck, for a murder that's otherwise so thoroughly planned.ReplyDelete
Yes indeed, it really doesn't make sense. I will say that in the most recent TV adaptation they do try to address that, with A Killer arranging for Miss Marple to be out in her garden...Delete
I love it that you're doing this podcast, Moira. I can't think of anyone better suited to discuss Christie than you three. And that one's a very interesting choice. In my opinion, it doesn't show Miss Marple to her best advantage. I think she gets to be a more sympathetic, interesting character later. Still, a great 'village' mystery, and I do like the wit.ReplyDelete
It is such fun talking about Christie books, there is always so much to say! I'm looking forward to doing more.Delete
There is a woman in Melfort about to celebrate her 113 birthday. You are denying yourself the chance to be a super-centenarian by only thinking up to 102.ReplyDelete
You're right - I should be more ambitious tee hee. I come from a long-lived family, and Agatha Christie wrote a lot of books - what a great fit!Delete
I might have to tune in, if ever I read one!ReplyDelete
I'm sure it will still be available when you finally get round to it. We're doing another one soon - Roger Ackroyd.Delete