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Saturday, July 9, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #CurtainPoirotsLastCase by #AgathaChristie #Thirty-Seventh #37 #FINAL #HerculePoirot #WhomWeMiss #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

We're not sure we've ever been so upset about a fictional character's death.
The title gives it away before you even open it-Curtain is literally Poirot's last case.
Usually you have to be human to be in Whom We Miss.

"You should know at least one thing, Hastings.  A man who has killed once will kill again-and again and again and again." -Poirot page 100 and we do think he would have liked Dateline.

It's Deja Vu all over again and it comes full circle at Styles and of course Hastings is with Poirot.  It's appropriately nostalgic and a true walk down memory lane with remembrances, reminiscing and memories!  If you don't know what we are talking about you must not have heard us the last 36 times we told you to read Hercule.  Now.  But you absolutely have to read the first one before you Read This.  The first one is The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Keep in mind that this was published in 1974 and it is funny when a character is described as "twittering" and another as "Madonna-like" and we have told you Agatha is before her time!  Also note that it seems a rubber is a playing card game.  You don't have to love Algebra to appreciate the meaning of X here.

Poirot is the master of secrets and we will tell you at the end he does let you in.   The postscript is among the best passages Christie ever wrote.  You are absolutely going to miss your old friend but whenever you want him, crack open one of these.

Curtain Poirot's Last Case is Recommended by Whom You Know.  Bien entendu.

But this does not mean we are done with Agatha Christie!

Stay tuned for Marple.

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

The Under Dog and Other Stories

Mrs. McGinty's Dead

After the Funeral

Hickory Dickory Dock

Dead Man's Folly

Cat Among the Pigeons

The Clocks

Third Girl

Halloween Party

Elephants Can Remember

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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