Let’s talk classic suspense author – the great AGATHA CHRISTIE! - Dark Streets by Toni LoTempio
The name Agatha Christie is certainly synonymous with suspense! Acclaimed as ‘the bestselling author of all time’ Dame Agatha Mary Clarisse Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. Christie was born in England. Under the name of Mary Westmacott she also wrote romance. She became a Dame in 1971 because of her wonderful works. Christie has been named the best-selling novelist of all time by the Guinness World Records and she also has the moniker of "The Queen of Crime".
Many readers have heard of her mystery Murder on the Orient Express. Speaking of Murder on the Orient Express, interest in that book was revived after the movie remake last year (another all-star event, featuring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer among others, and Kenneth Branagh as Christies’ sleuth, Inspector Hercule Poirot!). Maybe filmmakers will take a hint and start remaking more Christie classics!
Most of Christie’s mysteries have a hallmark scene. At the end the detective gathers the suspects together and reveals who is responsible and how the murder happened.
My very favorite Agatha Christie book is AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, sometimes also called TEN LITTLE INDIANS.
Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die. Unbeknownst to each other they all share one sinister thing in common - they have all had a hand in causing someone's death.
The suspense ratcheted up by this novel is unbelievable. It is a definite nail biter, and so are the not one but two movies that were made based on this book.
I would have to say that my second favorite features Miss Marple as the detective. The Mirr’r Cracked from Side to Side is another fine exercise in suspense. When an annoying woman is murdered just after gushing to an aging actress about the first time they met, Miss Marple comes to the rescue of the police once again. The movie version, called The Mirror Crack’d which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Kim Novak, was excellent as well! (Hint, hint, Hollywood!)
In a nutshell – you can’t go wrong with Christie!
Columnist: Toni LoTempio
While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and in Spring 2017, the new CAT RESCUE mysteries from Crooked Lane! She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
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