Thursday 24 March 2011

ACRC Carnival 2011 #3 - March 2011

Welcome to the March 24, 2011 edition of Agatha Christie monthly BlogCarnival.

Many thanks to those who contributed links to the Carnival this time.
We have 20 contributions from 10 contributors, giving us a real variety of titles..
    Do visit the participating blogs and leave comments if you have read the books. Spread the word too about the existence of this blog and the monthly opportunity it offers to showcase reviews about Agatha Christie books. 
Today's 10 Contributors - please see the items below for exact URLS of their posts.


Jose Ignacio presents Agatha Christie and Nursery Rhymes posted at The Game's Afoot. A general pointer to this recurrent theme in Agatha Christie titles.

Jose Ignacio presents Hickory, Dickory, Dock by Agatha Christie posted at The Game's Afoot. "certainly a worthwhile read".

Yvette presents My Favorite Reads: THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT by Agatha Christie posted at in so many words.... This is early Christie (1924) and one of my favorites. A book that, for whatever reason, I never tire of re-reading.

ng kai-lee presents So Many Steps to Death posted at -Zhen's Summer Cafe-. aka “Destination Unknown” is a fast-paced, espionage-themed story narrating the adventures of Hilary Craven, a heartbroken woman seeking “escape” from her old life by trying to commit suicide in her hotel room in Casablanca.

KerrieS presents Review: THE POCKET ESSENTIAL AGATHA CHRISTIE, Mark Campbell posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "This is almost like an Everyman's guide to Agatha Christie - all you need to know in a few pages, provides useful detail and lists without being overwhelming"

Hercule Poirot

ng kai-lee presents A Review for Appointment with Death posted at -Zhen's Summer Cafe-. Overall, a good read if you are looking for something less elaborate.

Nan presents Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie posted at Letters from a Hill Farm. This book is a collection of eleven short stories, only one of which I had read before - The Case of the Missing Will.

Nan presents The Big Four by Agatha Christie posted at Letters from a Hill Farm. The Big Four is an unusual Hercule Poirot mystery. It has elements of international intrigue. The lives of Hastings and Poirot are in danger. There are four people who intend to take over the world.

Margot at Joyfully Retired presents Agatha Christie: Death In the Air posted at Joyfully Retired. Agatha Christie is well known for her “locked door” mysteries. Death In the Air is a version of the locked door.

Roberta Rood presents CARDS ON THE TABLE by Agatha Christie posted at Books to the Ceiling. "Every healthy Englishman who saw him longed earnestly and fervently to kick him!"

Margot at Joyfully Retired presents Book Review: Murder In Three Acts posted at Joyfully Retired. Murder In Three Acts (or Three Act Tragedy) is considered one of Hercule Poirot’s stories but I think it’s quite a different role for him. He’s always been the keenest observer of little details, but that’s to be his major function in this story. Well, that as well as solving the mystery.

Nancy Oakes presents The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie posted at crime segments. This has long been one of my favorite Christie novels, not so much for Poirot's detection skills, but for its classic ending.

Nan reviews Poirot's Early Cases posted at Letters from a Hill Farm. In place of the usual novel, given her advancing years [she was 83 that year], Christie's publishers brought out a collection of eighteen short stories written in the inter-war years and earlier serialized in newspapers or magazines.

Miss Marple

KerrieS presents Booktopia - Agatha Christie's Marple, Anne Hart posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "In this authorised biography of the world's most famous female sleuth, Anne Hart combs through the 12 novels and 20 short stories in which Miss Marple appeared, uncovering clue and amassing all the evidence to solve the most difficult case of them all -- the mystery of Miss Marple."

Superintendent Battle

Sarah M. presents Towards Zero by Agatha Christie posted at A library is a hospital for the mind..., saying, "Towards Zero is a thrilling read that left me guessing up until the very end... To that zero hour."

KerrieS reviews MURDER IS EASY posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "Recently retired, police detective Luke Fitzwilliam finds himself on a train, sitting next to Miss Pinkerton. She is on her way to Scotland Yard as she is convinced that her village has a serial murderer.
The conversation gets around to how easy it is to identify a murderer."

Tommy and Tuppence

Man O' Clay presents The Secret Adversary posted at Reflection on things fantastic, saying, "A general review, discussion of The Secret Adversary and Tommy and Tuppence."


Take the bait before Mousetrap snaps shut | The Australian posted at The Australian, "Since 1952, The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie's twisting whodunit and the world's longest running play - has entertained an estimated 10 million people. Now, 59 years after its London opening, it is finally getting an Australian premiere."

Precious Agatha Christie ivories to go on show in London posted at Cyanide Dna, "Precious ivory artefacts which crime author Agatha Christie cleaned using her face cream after her husband had excavated them have been bought by the British Museum."


KerrieS presents ACRC Update - 20 March 2011 posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "I've now chalked up 26 books and 11 collections of short stories. Quite a way to go yet though. This post lists all my reviews."

News & Headlines

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