As an avid reader, it’s hard to not fall in love with the works of the most widely acclaimed crime fiction writers of all time, Agatha Christie. Having written more than seventy crime novels over many years, she has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. With her judicious use of words, her books are usually under four hundred pages and an economical buy as well. Quick and engrossing has always been the ‘Christie trademark’. I always turn to her books for comfort reading. After all, what is better than a good old murder.
Having read (and re-read) her work for so long, I wondered what exactly is the secret behind the universal appeal of her books. So I put my *little grey cells* to work and I now put my solution before you. Shall we, mon ami?
When reading a crime novel, it is almost inevitable that one tries to simultaneously solve the mystery and therein lies Ms. Christie’s secret precisely. Her intricate, engaging plots where she gives us all the clues required to solve the murder by ourselves but we never really can guess whether a chance remark is a clue or not. This just goes on to make the final solution even more interesting.
Now I must admit, I have never successfully solved a Christie murder. She is pure genius, no one can quite compare to her style of murder stories.
Her fictional creations- Monsieur Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and a number of amateur sleuths (Tommie and Tuppence), don’t go around collecting cigarette ash and footprints like their contemporaries (a certain Mr. Holmes residing at 221 B Street); rather they delve into the psychology of the murderer and the crime, trying to ascertain the motive using ‘order and method’. All her stories have an unmatched flavour and that’s what makes her great.
There is no need to tell fledgling readers to read her book , I am of the order of thought that her work is one of the three things which will survive Armageddon (the others being Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hiddleston).
While I never have been to London or the English countryside, I’m sure if I ever do happen to visit, I’ll be looking for the silhouette of a man with an egg shaped head.
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