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Monday, April 12, 2021

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oooh how we LOVE a good game of cards!
If this is your first time here, you ought to know that Agatha Christie is the perfect solution to covid-stay-at-home entertainment.  Protagonist and champion of the utilization of the little grey cells to their highest potential, the one and only Hercule Poirot has achieved another victory in a plot only Agatha knows and you will NEVER guess.

Everyone that reads us absolutely loves a great party and there are rien de soirees during this horrid covid lockdown.  While you still wait for the ones in reality to happen, take a trip inbetween these pages for a virtual card party that turns just deadly.  You do not need to know how to play bridge to appreciate this tale.  

Psychology is central to peeling the layers off this onion of a plot, and Hastings in the foreword is SADLY MISTAKEN.  It is quite obvious why it is one of Poirot's favorites!

You'll meet Mr. Shaitana, whom we believe would be a staunch supporter of Whom You Know as he "collects only the very best." (p. 5)  And one knows, the best are the ones who have gotten away with it!  A colorful character, Mr. Shaitana invites Poirot among others to his smashing Park Lane flat where the human tigers will be uncaged and dining!  Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Haven't they heard it's bad form to murder one's host?  On page 15 you'll discover that all that is old is new again; note this is published in 1937:

"'You should go to civilization, not to the wilds for that,' said Despard.  'In the modern laboratory, for instance.  Cultures of innocent-looking germs that will produce bona fide diseases.'"

Murder is a habit.  Play fair.  Read Agatha Christie!  Poirot will greatly improve your mystery thought-process and also sharpen your questioning skills through his stellar example.

Play your trump card and crack open this winner!

Cards on the Table is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Previously on Whom You Know, Agatha has been lauded:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!

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