A hundred years on from Agatha Christie’s first novel, crime fiction is going cosy again

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marples are among golden age sleuths giving new inspiration to a genre tired of alcoholic divorcees and goth hackersForget domestic noir and put down all those books with “Girl” in the title. Crime fiction is turning back the clock to its golden age with a host of books that pay homage to the genre’s grande dame, Agatha Christie, either intentionally or in spirit.Last week saw the publication of Closed Casket, Sophie Hannah’s second Hercule Poirot book, which “continues” the great sleuth’s life of solving crimes. The book has been published to coincide with what would have been the author’s birthday and to commemorate 100 years since she wrote her first published novel. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman deliver a silly, fun pastiche of hard-boiled crime fiction

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Looking at Agatha Christie and Feminism

This week, Claire Jarvis reviews a biography of Virginia Woolf by Gillian Gill. In 1990, John Mortimer wrote for the Book Review about “Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries,” Gill’s biography of Christie. Continue reading at The New York Times

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Damp, wrinkly, virile: Here are this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees.

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