Friday, September 18, 2009

John Curran Selects Top Ten Agatha Christie Titles

Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks by John Curran

Agatha Christie expert John Curran published his selection of the top 10 titles from the author in an article in the Guardian earlier this week.

Curran provides a brief explanation for each of his choices, but reserves special mention for just a few titles, including Peril at End House ("[P]erfection; this is how the classic detective story should be written"), And Then There Were None ("Christie's greatest technical achievement"), Endless Night ("The best novel from her last 20 years"), and Five Little Pigs ("Christie's greatest achivement").

Curran is also the author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, recently published in the UK but not widely available yet in the US. Subtitled "Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making", the book is described as a fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie's 73 recently discovered notebooks, including illustrations, deleted extracts, and includes two unpublished Poirot stories.

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