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Monday, March 7, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #EvilUndertheSun by #AgathaChristie #Twenty-Second #22 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

Have you had it with the everyday routine of Covid crazy living?
Ready to unmask and get away on vacation?
Of course you are.
And when you are on vacation, this is what you should be reading because it's a tale of intrigue, mystery and of course MURDER because it's Agatha Christie!  She's only outsold by God (the Bible) and Shakespeare.

A proper English getaway is just what the doctor ordered for these guests and it even includes Americans (the Gardeners) and Mrs. Gardner is even a knitter.  Agatha Christie proves on every page that she possesses excellent taste and paints characters with style and panache and nuances that lesser authors are simply incapable of at the Christie level, even 80 years later.

You're going to want to refer to the map in the front to have a sense of the whole picture.

As usual you'll learn some British terms like charabancs (bus), and lilos (air mattress, you know, to float around on in your pool or beachfront property with your Agatha book obviously).  You'll even learn some French (though to be clear Hercule Poirot is Belgian) like Parbleu, which means good heavens.  We hear no one says Parbleu anymore in France today....and in addition to conversational words and nouns you don't know yet your vocabulary will expand with panoply (impressive collection), scallywag (rascal) and unguent (ointment).

Poirot is quite forward-thinking in saying, "To marry and have children, that is the common lot of women.  Only one woman in a hundred-more, in a thousand, can make for herself a name and a position as you have done." (p. 22)  Keep in mind this was published in 1941.  

There comes an end for even the most glamourous and beautiful and being strangled on vacation is the center of the plot.  Was it only one criminal?  Or many?  How did it happen?  Who's telling the truth?  Of course there are red herrings and you will need to invigorate your grey cells to determine what is what.  Blackmail, drug trafficking, and sneaking around all creep up inbetween these pages.

For those in Manhattan, sadly there is far more Evil due to the absolutely terrible policies on crime by New York and the horrid last two mayors we have had/have.   Escape it as the Christie Evil is the one you want!  Everything old is new again and here's your 22nd reason why you ought to be spending more time with Agatha and Hercule!!!  All the works make a great dinner companion too.

The fishiness here is not only in the ocean.  Timing is everything.

Evil Under the Sun is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:

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

Cards on the Table

Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness

Death on the Nile

Appointment with Death

Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Sad Cypress

One Two Buckle My Shoe

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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