Getting Cozy; My Year Discovering Agatha Christie.

       Can you believe that until last week I had never read an Agatha Christie mystery?  Although you could find several of her novels wedged onto my bookcases,not one of their spines had been cracked. She had never been one of my highschool assignments,nor would she be found on my summer reading list.Even after ten straight years of attending the Malice Domestic conference,which is home to the Agatha Awards, I had managed to avoid reading the  “Queen of Mystery”.  I was avoiding her. How exciting could that elderly Miss Marple be anyway?  Throughout the years I have on occasion watched Mystery on PBS and  enjoyed the Poirot stories.  My favorite being Murder On The Orient Express.  I liked the movie so much  I bought the book.It’s been next to the clock on my night-stand for nearly twenty years.  I was going to read it, but Janet Evanovich,and  Sue Grafton had new books out. Could a Belgian detective compete for my time with the likes of Stephanie Plum and Kinsey Millhone? Never! They were modern women. They were young,exciting, full of action and sarcastic dialogue. Theirs was the type of book I wanted to read.  I’ve now read them all and through the years have added Nancy Martin’s Blackbird Sisters, Susan Kandel’s  Cece Caruso,and Cara Black’s Aimee Leduc. However, I continued to collect Dame Agatha’s books.

       Several days ago I found myself waiting in the car for one of my children to be dismissed from school. I was a bit early, and having nothing else to read, I grabbed a book from the backseat. The book I held in my hand was A Murder Is Announced. A Miss Marple Mystery no less!  With nothing else to read I opened its cover and plunged full steam  into its crisp pages. By chapter 2 (Breakfast At Little Paddocks) I was not only immersed, I was in love! I wanted to live in a lovely little village like Chipping Cleghorn, I wanted to be invited to tea and parties by people who  were called  Pip and Hinch.  A far cry from my beach reading of last year which included Fight Club and American Gods.

     It took me only a few days to read through A Murder Is Announced, and once finished I began The Moving Finger. It was on page 16 when I realized I couldn’t wait to read the next book,and the next. I feel as though I am on an adventure, one that I will keep track of on these pages. Be patient with me as I learn the ropes of blogging. I welcome any comments,recommendations,or stories pertaining to Agatha Christie and her works.

Thanks for reading!



4 Comments to “Getting Cozy; My Year Discovering Agatha Christie.”

  1. I love this, Kim! I need to go back and reread Christie. I grew up with her – my mother had shelves full and I read them right along with Nancy Drew. Wonderful stuff.

    And have fun with the blog!


  2. Oh, Kim! She’s addictive reading. You’ll plow through her books and be ready to move onto the next one. I spent my teenage years with her and am revisiting them now. Glad you have discovered her! Maybe you’ll see nuances I couldn’t when I was reading them. She was absolutely brilliant!

  3. Hey Mrs. Kim!
    Very good blogging!
    Enjoy reading Agatha Christie!
    Keep on blogging!

  4. If ever you are invited to tea with Pip and Hinch, I’d like to tag along, too!

    This is a great blog idea. I hope you’ll share lots more about your year with Dame Agatha.

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