Agatha Christie by John Curran
Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks

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John Curran reveals the secrets of the world’s greatestmystery writer in Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making, the fascinating follow up to Agatha Christie’s SecretNotebooks featuring moreinsight into Christie’s captivating life story and a new windfall ofChristie’s unpublished work—including letters, archival papers, and a keenly incisive analysis of Christie’s last, unfinished novel.For readers new to Christie’s mysteries and for life-long fans of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, eitherfrom classic Christie novels like Murder on the Orient Express or fromthe popular Masterpiece Theater adaptations, “Curran’s discoveries will shapehow Christie is read.” (Independent on Sunday).
 

About John Curran

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John Curran is the longtime literary adviser to Agatha Christie's estate. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie newsletter and acted as consultant to the National Trust during its restoration of Greenway House, Christie's Devon home. He lives in Dublin.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by Harper. 435 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Following Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks (2009), which scrutinized the early stages of some two-dozen novels by the legendary mystery novelist, Christie expert Curran returns to exhume and analyze selected entries from her 73 notebooks dealing with dozens of other novels and stories.

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With a greater emphasis on the queen of crime’s inner life, Christie expert Curran reveals both Christie’s dedication to her craft and his own enthusiasm for his subject in his engaging follow-up to h

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Publishers Weekly

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With a greater emphasis on the queen of crime’s inner life, Christie expert Curran reveals both Christie’s dedication to her craft and his own enthusiasm for his subject in his engaging follow-up to his 2010 Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks.

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The Washington Post

35, for instance, contains 75 pages devoted to "Five Little Pigs" (U.S. title: "Murder in Retrospect"), 75 pages about "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," eight pages about "N or M?," four pages about "The Body in the Library" and 25 pages of general ideas.

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The Telegraph

Ideas for several different novels could be contained .

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Call it a long-running literary mystery – despite the tectonic influence and undimmed popularity of Agatha Christie's fiction (she is easily best-selling crime novelist of all time), serious consideration of her work and life seemed out of reach for decades.

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About.com

As with many of Christie's stories, there is much in the stories, especially the former, which is autobiographical in nature.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

John has been working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish the Agatha Christie Archive, and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin.

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AARP

But Curran's scholarship entailed detective work too, for he has followed clues spread across the 73 notebooks Christie left at her death to re-create her working habits and plumb the secrets of her success.

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