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Friday, March 4, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #OneTwoBuckleMyShoe by #AgathaChristie #Twenty-First #21 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

It has been far too long since we last published on Agatha, and we're back!  Hercule Poirot, brilliant Belgian that he is, is once again using his noggin full speed ahead starting at the dentist's office, of all places!  He says: "The easiest way to get at a man is when he is off his guard, and when is a man more off his guard than in the dentist's chair?" (p. 212)

This quick, snappy tale of intrigue is characteristically colored with endearingly quirky characters and as usual, read carefully as all does not meet the eye.  Look at each with thoughtful examination as you turn these pages which weigh in at around 200, so it's perfect for a shorter trip.  (Most of her books are around 300 pages we believe.)  

As always, murder is in the air and bien sur mes amies there is more than a single one...but are they connected and how so?  Use those grey cells.

As usual even if you have been speaking English your whole life, you are bound to gain a couple of useful words and phrases that you likely don't know yet like "cast your bread upon the waters" which means generous.  The generous talent of Agatha Christie is truly timeless and the sharp mind of her creation, Hercule Poirot, constantly reinvents the plotline and even in the twenty-first story comes up with something new.  We also like the complimentary phrase "A Corker". (p.36)

It's all in the details, and boy you know we just LOVE SHOES.

And if you are new to reading our Agatha praises you should be aware that only God (The Bible) and Shakespeare outsell her.

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe is Recommended by Whom You Know!
It's quite a CORKER!

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

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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