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Monday, February 6, 2023

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Of course when you think of Agatha Christie, you think of mysteries as she's the best.  However, as we look ahead in February to Valentine's Day, we know that after perusing the fantastic short stories in A Deadly Affair that she is never a one-trick-pony.  Agatha's mysteries can also be love stories, and A Deadly Affair has some of the best.

Careful attention to details reveal the intelligent web Christie has woven throughout a variety of engaging quick tales. Weighing in at just over 250 pages with 14 chapters, 13 of which are stories, this makes a great gift for others as well as yourself.  If you think you have read all of the Christie books, think again because there could be some undiscovered gems for you here.

Fate, family ties and ooh la la do you know there was once a female whom Poirot was attracted to all are found within these covers!  A Deadly Affair sheds light on oh so much.  Tommy and Tuppence, the laudable Christie couple, also play a role and in costume at that!  You'll also meet Parker Pyne and Mr. Quin who were both new to us.  Also, Death on the Nile is not only the longer novel you know already; it is also a completely separate short story and it is included in this work.  It concludes with the courtships of Agatha herself.

A Deadly Affair 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

Elephants Can Remember

Curtain Poirot's Last Case


The Murder at the Vicarage:

The Body in the Library

The Moving Finger

A Murder is Announced

They Do It With Mirrors

A Pocket Full of Rye

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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