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Agatha Christie's True Crime Inspirations

2.74 of 5 stars 2.74  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The true scandals, crimes, and murdersthat inspiredthe works of the Queen of Crime, and affected those around her

Fact proves far stranger than fiction in this collection ofevents that either influenced the works of the world’s most popular mystery writer or affected the lives of many famous personalities involved in her long career. These include the exploits of Jack the R
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by The History Press (first published August 24th 2010)
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Katherine Coble
What a waste of time.

This book was like visiting a doddering old gossip in a nursing home. There were ostensibly chapters that ostensibly related to various true crimes (i.e. Jack The Ripper), but the book was really one long pointless ramble by an Agatha Christie obsessive.

The author regularly interrupts whatever case he's talking about to mention some modern crime that happened in Christie's birthplace of Torquay (pronounced TOR-key). It's awkward to be reading about the Lindbergh kidnapping
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Nellie
Since I haven't read Agatha Christie's mysteries, I found this book to be a bit hodgepodge. It went from detail to detail so quickly, it became difficult to tell when he was referring to the real crimes and when he was referring to things in Christie's book. Still, it was a good read and enjoyable enough. If you have read Agatha Christie's books, I think this would be a fantastic book to read.
Rose
chaotic, frenetic account of every crime possibly associated with Agatha Christie, her novels, or anyone associated with her body of work.
Belinda
I was sort of surprised at some of the vitriol directed at this book in other reviews--I thought it was charming. It's rather like a family tree of sorts--or 6 degrees of Agatha Christie--the title is a bit misleading (only a bit-there are stories in the book that refer directly to Ms. Christie's books) but a lot of it is stuff that is peripheral to the books or her life. For instance there is a chapter on Margaret Rutherford, who memorably played Miss Marple in a series of films and in her real ...more
Edna
Interesting to know that most of Christie's novels were based on current crimes during her lifetime but, I felt like I was reading several abstracts rather than a book.
Steven Heywood
Disappointing. A lot of shallow dipping into stories with often very tenuous links to Agatha Christie's books. There's some solid research behind some of this, a good editor might have helped the writer make something of it.
Janet
2 and a half stars. Some stories were more interesting than others.
Jacquie
Reminded me of channel surfing, just when a case was getting interesting it would jump to some news article that apparently was related in the author's mind but not in any way that was clear to the reader. Very superficial, many of the stories 'relate' to Agatha Christie only in a round-about way like the fourth cousin of a neighbor of the people who once rented Agatha's family a summer cottage shook hands with a suspected murderer. Can't say I learned anything new, just a light sloppy rehash of ...more
Catherine Thompson
This book purports to be a cataloguing of some incidents that may have inspired Agatha Christie's work. In some respects, it is. In other respects... not so much. There are several incidents (eg, the assassination of Lord Mountbatten) that occurred after Christie's death. Yes, Christie had an association with Mountbatten, and he apparently suggested a plot idea to her, but his assassination at the hands of an IRA operative really doesn't belong here, if you ask me. Like Christie's own work, this ...more
Thea
Another reviewer mentioned that this book is a bit like "six degrees of Agatha Christie," which is a perfect way to describe it. Many of the "true crime inspirations" in the book were so far removed from Christie herself that it is difficult to imagine them influencing her work. Some of them happened after she was dead! Maybe this book should've been titled "Various Crimes I Want to Ramble About" rather than supposing to have much to do with Agatha Christie at all.
Heather
How does one make true crime boring? Or Agatha Christie's romps pedantic? And the links between the two vague at best? This book proves that it's possible. Let's all put this book in one of Christie's famous locked rooms and do away with it.
Bookworm
A library loan that I stumbled upon by chance.

A short book (running to just 118 pages) with very short chapters.

An ok read - did enjoy the history element to it but felt the agatha christie content was lacking.
Joy
I basically skimmed this book and it was interesting, especially about Agatha Christie's missing days, but it wasn't anything grand or inspiring.
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