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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #ElephantsCanRemember by #AgathaChristie #Thirty-Sixth #36 #HerculePoirot #Mystery #ReadChristie2022

oooh we have quite a long memory we are told....and so this one has become one of our favorites!  It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know and we love knowing Agatha Christie in words, and her grandson James on LinkedIn.  And Ariadne Oliver is back and it's time to start addressing the truth!  But we shall not give it away.  We love her hair ambitions and if she came to life we'd suggest Salon Peachy.

Bien sur mes amis she is off to consult the superhero Hercule Poirot, who takes the cake as usual and we favor his intellectual prowess in black and white on the pages over any animation on the big screen ever.  If you are not reading Hercule by Agatha, here is our 36th reason why you ought to get cracking especially in this high holy season of summer reading!  By the pool, on the beach or if you are one of the unfortunate many thousand who had a flight delay and you were stuck at the airport, Agatha is here to save your day and brighten it.

"I am like the animal or the child in one of your stories by Mr. Kipling. I Suffer from Insatiable Curiosity." (p. 136 Poirot states)

To solve a mystery one must think outside the box and employing all the gray cells, call on those that were there when the action happened.  That's exactly what happens here, but it's never that easy, n'est pas?  (And how can we get a hold of Agatha en francais?)  The hunt is intriguing with layers upon layers of research expertly executed by the moustache-sporting master.  Family relationships and love interests are central parts to the plot so pay close attention!  And if you are a canine enthusiast, you know that dogs can be quite smart.

Can you believe it?  We think we just heard Hercule Poirot say, "Nom d'un petit bonhomme!" because we only have one Poirot left now.  Stay tuned!

Elephants Never Forget; You Ought to Remember to Put this at the Top of Your Reading List!

Elephants Can Remember 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

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

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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