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Thursday, April 7, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #TheUnderDogandOtherStories by #AgathaChristie #Twenty-Seventh #27 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

Have no fear, Under Dog is here!
Of course the tv cartoon doggie that aired from 1964 to 1967 came after Agatha's creation.  The Under Dog and other stories is another winner collection of short stories by Agatha Christie and is next in line for the Hercule Poirot series if you are reading 
in order along with us.  Like Poirot, Peachy absolutely loves order.

Unlike most short stories where they are all somewhat similar in length, the title is accurate and aptly named because The Under Dog lords over the others in length and deserves first billing. 

 However, as we are incredibly culinarily-inclined, we will start by drawing your attention to the last story: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook.  Everyone knows cooks are hugely valuable and talented and it's hard to find and retain good help.  Apparently according to Agatha, this is a timeless issue!  In this time of post-covid craziness as we all get back to normal, we'd encourage this book especially for all the restaurants for this one story in the back.  We will not give it away!  Poirot himself considers it to be one of his most interesting cases.

As far as The Under Dog goes, a major theme is human temperament.  As usual the devil is in the details and what could be more intriguing than a spiral staircase (think 9 West 57th Street) and a velvet curtain.  Among the other stories you'll meet a count at The Ritz, play a bit of bridge, dine with a Brass Hat, and discover Submarine Plans.  Pay attention to Red Hair!

We were absolutely delighted to see that Hastings is back!  And as usual you will discover the perfect sprinkling of French among English in these stories.

Also, for all our beauty enthused and we know you are reading us as Product Alert continues to be the most populated column, you ought to realize that Hercule Poirot is one of us as he indulges in pomade for his moustache. (p. 98)

The Under Dog and Other Stories is 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

Evil Under the Sun

Five Little Pigs

The Hollow

The Labors of Hercules

Taken at the Flood

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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