Tuesday 20 December 2011

ACRC Carnival 2011 #10 - December 20, 2011

This is the 2011 Christmas edition of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Blog Carnival.
Many thanks to today's contributors and seasons greetings to all participants and readers.

Many thanks to the 10 contributors who have provided 23 blog posts and discoveries for you to visit.
    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 in the main part of the newsletter for exact URLS of their posts.


Marie presents The Man in the Brown Suit posted at I ♥ reading. "I really enjoyed this Agatha Christie murder mystery; it isn't as formula driven as the other Christie books I've read to date. I'm actually starting to wonder if there's an Agatha Christie novel out there that I won't enjoy."

ng kai-lee presents A Little Romance from Christie posted at -Zhen's Summer Cafe-, saying, "A collection of the memorable couples in Christie's whodunits. Yes, we all know she likes to play matchmaker!"

Cheryl Lyda presents Agatha Christie's Wit & Wisdom posted at Agatha Christie's Wit & Wisdom, saying, "Here's what Christie (through Hercule Poirot) had to say about holiday stress:
“Families who have been separated throughout the year assemble once more together…. There will occur a great amount of strain. People who do not feel amiable are putting great pressure on themselves to appear amiable! There is at Christmas time a great deal of hypocrisy...Under these conditions...it is highly probably that dislikes that were before merely mild, and disagreements that were trivial, might suddenly assume a more serious character. The result of pretending to be a more amiable, a more forgiving, a more high-minded person than one really is, has sooner or later the effect of causing one to behave as a more disagreeable, a more ruthless and an altogether more unpleasant person than is actually the case! If you dam the stream of natural behaviour, mon ami, sooner or later the dam bursts and a cataclysm occurs!”
[Find the source for this and more quotes on this website.]"

Rishi Arora presents Endless Night by Agatha Christie posted at Classic Mystery Hunt, saying, "The Mystery does not start till the final part of the book which is last 70 odd pages. But I think the author was not trying to write a simple detective book. She wanted to do something different she wanted to create an atmosphere so strong that when you read the final pages of the book it hits you so hard that it gives you Goosebumps."

KerrieS presents Christie at Christmas posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "I focus on just four Christmas related Christie stories. Do you have a favourite?"

Sarah Ahmad presents Crooked House posted at The Book Nook. "In Crooked House, Agatha Christie confronts the issue of heredity and the resulting "kinks" in people. "

Hercule Poirot

Rishi Arora presents Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie posted at Classic Mystery Hunt, saying, "Although Christmas is a time for merriment and benevolence. but for mystery lovers the combination of Agatha Christie, Poirot, a bloody murder and a crackling mystery is truly Christmas."

KerrieS presents Poirot will be back on TV! posted at Agatha Christie site, saying, "5 new Poirot films to be created for ITV. This will complete 70 films for David Suchet over 22 years."

Marie presents The Mysterious Affair at Styles posted at I ♥ reading. "I enjoyed reading this novel, despite my lukewarm feeling towards the narrator, Mr.Hastings. "

KerrieS presents Review: THE UNDER DOG, Agatha Christie posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "I have a soft spot for Agatha Christie's short stories. These, in particular, flesh out the character of Hercule Poirot, highlighting characteristics that will be later focussed on in longer novels: his care of his appearance, his interest in the "psychological", his weakness for beautiful young women (although most of them don't respond in any emotional sense), his liking for the final denouement in which he assembles the characters and gives his verdict, Christie's little word pictures of a social structure that was really dealt a death blow by the the Great War, and much more,"

Marie presents The Murder on the Links posted at I ♥ reading. "Captain Hastings is the perfect side kick to Poirot's brilliant mind."

Sarah Ahmad presents The Clocks posted at The Book Nook. "The Clocks by Agatha Christie has a huge cast that is just 'mentioned'. What I mean is that a lot of known characters from various novels are mentioned in this novel. "

Becky Laney presents Hercule Poirot's Christmas posted at Becky's Book Reviews, saying, "My review of Hercule Poirot's Christmas."

Ryan Groff presents Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie posted at Wordsmithonia. "Agatha Christie ... can spin a story on the end of a needle, throwing red herrings and clues with equal aplomb. She is the perfect author and I adore her for it."

Miss Marple

KerrieS presents Miss Marple back on TV! posted at Agatha Christie site, saying, "3 new Miss Marple films to be shot in 2012."

Superintendent Battle

courtney presents too many books, too little time: shorties. posted at larking., saying, "A brief review of The Secret of Chimneys, one of the few Christie titles I can't seem to love."

Marie presents The Secret of Chimneys posted at I ♥ reading. "All of Agatha Christie's trademark plot twists and devices are present in this novel: the setting is a large country estate; there's a clever, witty and beautiful woman at the centre of the mystery; a protagonist with a mysterious past; and lastly, a large serving of political intrigue."

Tommy & Tuppence

Yvette presents Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence: PARTNERS IN CRIME posted at in so many words..., saying, "Tommy and Tuppence Beresford star in the 1983 TV series featuring James Warwick as Tommy Beresford and the glorious Francesca Annis as his wife Tuppence".

Marie presents The Secret Adversary posted at I ♥ reading. "Young Adventurers Tommy and Tuppence are super cute and lots of fun. I really hope Dame Christie has a few more novels about this young couple."


Flash Quiz - Agatha Christie by the Numbers posted at Fun Trivia, saying, "A tricky quiz that stump even the best among us"

KerrieS presents AGATHA CHRISTIE'S SECRET NOTEBOOKS Edited by John Curran posted at George Kelley, saying, "Should you buy this book? George Kelley thinks so. See why."


KerrieS presents ACRC Update - final for 2011 posted at MYSTERIES in PARADISE, saying, "My journey is going well. Just over half way now. I've changed the way my records work on my blog."

Sarah Ahmad presents Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Carnival posted at The Book Nook. "19 books read this year".


How well do you know Agatha Christie? posted at Books news, reviews and author interviews | guardian.co.uk, saying, "Another quiz to try."

Agatha Christie Quiz posted at All the Tests Quiz, saying, "even more quizzes!"

A tricky Agatha Christie numbers quiz http://www.funtrivia.com/flashquiz/index.cfm?qid=343684

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