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It is too early to tell where Christie's literary reputation will head 100 years from now, but it is possible that later generations of literary critics may appreciate her works more than contemporary literary critics do. Even if Christie were forgotten 100 years from now, her house could still provide people from later generations a glimpse into what life was like in the 20th century. As the Queen of Crime, Christie's home could also serve as a springboard for illustrating the development of mystery novels during the Golden Age of detective fiction.
Like the previous comments above I find the Spectator
article out of kilter with the public view of famous authors. Alex Marsh obviously
listened to the visitor guides as he took the tour around Greenway, but seems
to have been rather bored with what he had the opportunity to enjoy – recalling
details about the wooden loo seat rather that the history behind the hundreds
of items that four generations of the family have collected. The history of the
house itself makes it worth saving; my favourite being the freeze in the library.
I ask myself why Alex decided to pop into Greenway on his way to The Ferry Boat
Inn on the opposite side of the River Dart from Greenway; was it a friend or
family member that was keen to visit Greenway – somebody with a little more
taste that Alex.
Both Rendell and James' books leave the reader harrowed. There is no emotional closure - quite often the killer is sympathetic and we feel bad about the end, or the waste of lives encompasses not just the victim but a lot of other people who do not get justice or closure.
In my opinion, every mystery doesn't have to be so realistic to the point where the dead body is described in full detail and where the solution is something an actual person could do in real life. Is it possible for mystery writers today to write a mystery in a way where the fun and joy of solving a murder is back for the reader and where the mystery focuses mainly on the puzzle and not so heavily focused on realism and the psychological?