Agatha Christie's True Crime Inspirations

by Mike Holgate | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0752455397 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 9/27/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Monday, September 27, 2021
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" Fact proves far stranger than fiction in this collection of real-life crimes, scandals, tragedies and murders which either influenced the works of the world's most popular mystery writer or affected the lives of many famous personalities involved in her long and brilliant career.
Discover the truth behind many of her books, such as how the exploits of Jack the Ripper inspired the serial killings in The ABC Murders and how the plot twist in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was suggested by Lord Mountbatten. This book also reveals how many of her illustrious acquaintances found themselves immersed in episodes so bizarre that they could have been written by Christie herself, including how the father of Miss Marple actress Margaret Rutherford committed murder and Poirot actor Peter Ustinov witnessed the assassination of a world leader.
Agatha Christie's True Crime Inspirations is a fascinating addition to Christie literature, focusing on little-known parts of this iconic writer's life and career. From her early roots in Torquay to her infamous eleven-day disappearance, no stone is left unturned as the events of her own life are revealed to be every bit as intriguing as her world-renowned novels. "


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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Monday, September 27, 2021
I purchased this book from Better World Books and it starts its journey with BookCrossing from Delphi, Greece, but I found inside a card hinting a bit of its past. For years it was part of the local library system in South Yorkshire, UK making the rounds on many towns in the area. I hope BookCrossing will help to keep track of its future adventures too!

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Friday, October 1, 2021
This was an easy read, but kind of pointless and all over the place. The author mentions incidents, persons and trivia that are mentioned in Agatha Christie's works or might have been an inspiration for some of her plot elements or that she happened to know or encounter at some point of her life and/or are very very loosely connected -if at all- with her. In some of the chapters, he tries to link completely irrelevant stuff through Torquay, the place where Christie grew up. It feels a bit like applying the 6 degrees of separation principle. More or less everyone and everything is not so distantly connected, but this doesn't mean it makes for a compelling read!

I was aware of some crimes and persons and incidents mentioned in the book, I made mental notes to check others, it was an OK-ish read, but nothing very engaging. I often found more interesting the "Stranger than fiction" weird incidents mentioned at the end of some chapters, rather than the chapters their selves!

Not an extremely bad book, but not great either.

Released 4 mos ago (1/18/2022 UTC) at Οδός Μητροπόλεως in Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece

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