December 19, 2009 |
With sales of her books topping 4 billion copies worldwide, this much is clear: Agatha Christie (1890-1976) knew how to spin a mystery. Now it turns out she knew how to live one too. In a plot twist fit for one of her delectable tales, Christie secretly stashed a finished short story amid the notebooks and journals in which she sketched out her books. The almost 6,800-word story, never published in her lifetime, features Hercule Poirot, the dapper detective made famous in several of Christie's novels.
July 3, 2009 |
Dame Agatha Christie remains the gold standard of mystery writers not only for her productivity -- the woman wrote 80 detective novels -- but also for her permanence. One could argue that Sherlock Holmes is the most universally famous detective, but Arthur Conan Doyle had but one iconic offspring while Christie had two -- Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. (Four if you count the wonderful Tommy and Tuppence; five if you add, and I do, Mr. Satterthwaite of the Harley Quin stories.
April 20, 2001 |
A dark and mysterious thing has happened. Agatha Christie's masterful Belgian detective of an earlier time, Hercule Poirot, has disappeared. The wax-sculpted mustache with tips saluting the heavens like tiny cathedral spires? Gone. The "twinkle" in the eye? Gone. The "mincing gait with . . . feet tightly enclosed in . . . patent leather shoes"? Gone. The vain, prissy, fussy, dust-free, dandified, sexually ambivalent, immodest little man who sees "with the eyes of the mind"? Gone.
February 13, 2000 |
After a five-year hiatus, David Suchet was thrilled to reprise his popular role as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's brilliant and eccentric Belgian detective, in the new A&E movie, "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," premiering Sunday. In fact, the British actor thought it would be a snap to get back into Poirot's shoes, having played the legendary sleuth on TV for more than six years. But that wasn't the case.
February 12, 2000
Five years away from the gumshoe habit, David Suchet reports he had trouble finding the talk and walk of Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot.
October 10, 1999 |
One of the many ways David Suchet prepares for a theatrical role is by making private lists of the attributes he shares with his character and those he doesn't. Seeing him without the weight and waxed mustache of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, then it's fun to imagine what he might have in common with the brainy, pompous, irritating and charming Belgian detective with whom he has become so identified.