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  • Re: The Seven Dials Mystery

    I need to read The Seven Dials Mystery again. The last time I read it was back in 2003 when Hurrican Isabel hit my state and I remember I was reading the book at the time the hurricane hit and when the lights remained off for days and days and days. I only read the book once and I remembered loving it but I don't remember who did it and all the little details. It's been 13 years since I last read it. Very soon I need to pull this book out of my box and give it a good read-through again. 
  • Re: Agatha Christie's grave

    Seems like Agatha Christie and her legacy doesn't really matter all too much to her family. And it goes to show with the way her adaptations are being done today. Not only that but with a new series of Poirot books being written, though Christie wrote Curtain for a reason. Looks like it's all about money. Receiving money. Bringing the money in, not putting the money out such as taking care of Christie's grave. And when you look at this forum, it's as dead as a doornail. What happened to the exciting discussions on the books and films? That's why I don't frequent as much as I use to. By the time I got here, all of the exciting discussions had dwindled and it's worse now then before. No wonder some have left, specifically Griselda whom I enjoyed discussing Christie with. What are the moderators doing so the excited discussions can happen once again? The forum is a shadow of its former self. 
  • Re: NON-mystery novels

    @billclayton, Agatha Christie did write some non-mystery books, about five or six, under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott 
  • Re: NEW Murder on the Orient Express

    Did anyone get the impression that the new Murder On The Orient Express film should have felt more claustrophobic then it was? In the book everything took place on that train and I felt that was one aspect that made the book a memorable one. We have Cards On The Table in which a murder occurs in a room with only 4 suspects, but the difference between Orient Express and Cards On The Table is that previous all takes place in one location but not so with the latter. I read a review in which the reviewer said, "Still, a little more claustrophobia may have boosted the suspense. It doesn't always feel like we're on a tight train with a killer." That's what sets Orient Express from other train mysteries from Christie such as The Mystery of the Blue Train or a murder on a plane like Death In The Clouds. The murder, the suspects, the interviews/interrogations, the clues/red herrings, and the drawing room-like denouement all takes place in that train, not outside. So the scene where all the suspects gather at the table outside resembling Last Supper portrait is creative, it just doesn't have that affect that it would have on that train. And the action sequences took a huge chunk of that claustrophobic feel away, diminishing the suspense in my opinion. It was all wrong. 
  • Re: What was the first Agatha Christie adaptation you ever saw on television?

    mstrsims2 said:
    I think it may have been the Partners in Crime from the 1980s.   I remember liking it but not loving it, and thinking it was a bit silly...but yet going back each week to watch the next one (PBS  Boston).  I had been a Christie fan, since my teen years, from reading the books.    Over time I have come to appreciate Partners series more--especially after seeing some of the 21st century adaptations.  
    The 21st century adaptations of The Secret Adversary and N or M were awful! The series was so bad that it was cancelled. They don't hold a candle to the feel of the 1980s Partners In Crime series. And I feel that it will be the best Tommy & Tuppence series that we're going to get in a very, very long time! When I first watched the 80s series, I had to get used to the look and feel of the series but overtime you get used to it, and like you said, after seeing the new T&T films and other recent Christie adaptations, you come to appreciate the older series. I said this many times before but I wish Francesca Annis and James Warwick would return to film the remaining stories: N or M?, By The Pricking Of My Thumbs, and Postern Of Fate  It's time they come back. They are the right age and it's time to complete what they started all those years before.