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Supernatural - The Hound of Death

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  • shanashana Paramaribo, Suriname ✭✭✭
    I liked the supernatural stories that AC wrote very much. Wished she had written more of it.The Lamp is one of my favourites. 
  • CarterCarter West Sussex UK Investigator
    I enjoyed "The Hound of Death" stories, and also the novel  "The Pale Horse" which was an unusual and unique plot storyline for AC dubbed as "Murder by Black Magic". I enjoyed the television version too.
  • I have never liked the supernatural stories, but I really like "The pale horse" - both book and the old, 1997 movie. Though the movie took some liberties with the story, it left the main line intact - making the hero a suspect didn't add much to my enjoyment, but changing Tommy Tucker from a bohemian type to Ginger's shy friend gave Ginger more of a motivation to get involved, and having Hermia an accomplice of the "good guys" instead of an amused bystander (despite her lack of understanding of Mark and Ginger) was interesting. And having the incomparable Jean Rose as the chief witch Thyrza was great! I'd say definitely see the movie. However, why on earth did anyone think of remaking the movie with Miss Marple? Though I've seen a very positive report on it.
  • @taliavishay-arbel, this is a little off topic . . . . .at least with The Pale Horse [the film from 1997] it's set in the appropriate 1960s setting. It's rare to see an Agatha Christie adaptation set in this time period. I think those involved in this production took a risky and remarkable move considering the fact that most adaptations are set in the 30s to the 50s. 


    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • MohanMohan Chennai Investigator
    The Dressmaker's Doll - I just didn't "get" this one at all. After I finished reading it, my reaction was a "huh"? What was that??? 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't read the stories in Hound of Death, I should as from memory it has stories I like.
  • MohanMohan Chennai Investigator
    Of my favourite non series stories, The Listerdale Mystery is without doubt  at the top. I just LOVE this absolutely feel-good story with the surprise twist.

    One of her definitely darker ones is about a penniless woman with hardly anything to eat herself, is so fond of her dog. There is no mystery or suspense but it makes for compelling reading.

    I have often wondered how Christie was able to effectively depict the travails faced by people who are in penury. The girl with her dog story is a wonderful example. Even in The Listerdale Mystery she says through her protagonist, "when one is alone one can just do 'without things', but that can't be done when there are others in the picture." 
  • Mohan said:
    Of my favourite non series stories, The Listerdale Mystery is without doubt  at the top. I just LOVE this absolutely feel-good story with the surprise twist.

    One of her definitely darker ones is about a penniless woman with hardly anything to eat herself, is so fond of her dog. There is no mystery or suspense but it makes for compelling reading.

    I have often wondered how Christie was able to effectively depict the travails faced by people who are in penury. The girl with her dog story is a wonderful example. Even in The Listerdale Mystery she says through her protagonist, "when one is alone one can just do 'without things', but that can't be done when there are others in the picture." 
    I also liked the dog story - it is "Next to a dog" in "The golden ball". You get the situation of middle class people who find themselves with zero funds and no job, in many books set after WWII. It was a period of fluidity and reconstruction, and prior "safety nets" (such as trust funds and shares) had disappeared or devalued. You find that in Ngaio Marsh and Patricia Wentworth books as well.

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