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  • Re: Recurring Themes in Christie's Work

    @taliavishay-arbel, other people have referenced similar points, but I wanted to say that I was thinking that generation gaps are central to the families in Crooked House and Taken at the Flood, and we see generational splits in One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.  Also, past vs. future living feature in Death on the Nile (Poirot's advice to Jacqueline), and it's mentioned in Hercule Poirot's Christmas and Sleeping MurderFive Little Pigs, and Elephants Can Remember.
  • Re: Publication History of "Five Little Pigs" / "Murder in Retrospect?"

    Evidence conflicts, but general reports say that Five Little Pigs was published in the UK in either Nov. 1942 or Jan. 1943.  The US version came out with the new title in May 1942.  US publishers had a habit of changing titles because they thought Christie's originals were "too British" and wouldn't appeal to American authors.  Release dates just depended on the publishing schedules of the publishing houses– sometimes the American version came out first, sometimes the other way around.  There often wasn't any rhyme or reason to it, just when different houses thought it would be a better time to put out the book.  Also, US editions used to make lots of cuts, especially during the WWII years when paper was scarce.  Editors made lots of weird cuts and changes...
  • Clues Are Everywhere!

    Have any of you been playing the new game, "Clues Are Everywhere," https://www.cluesareeverywhere.com, in connection with the new Murder on the Orient Express movie?  There are some hints on a Entertainment Weekly cover, in a movie trailer, on movie posters, and even on Amazon.com's page for the movie tie-in edition.

    Basically, there's a reproduction of the crime scene, and several objects at the crime scene can be clicked upon, and if you type in the right word, phrase, or number, you get to see a special feature that may give hints about the secrets the suspects are hiding, ranging from behind-the-scenes photos, "letters" written by the characters, revealing personal items, special audio recordings, and various film clips, including a clip from the movie and a couple of pseudo-documentaries connected to some of the characters!

    If you're stuck, do a little searching and you can find links to the passwords.

    Here are some spoilers if you're stuck, but be warned!  It's not a complete list.  https://twitter.com/i/moments/859911871029268480?lang=en.
    Here's another clue not on the previous list.  Do NOT click the link unless you want to be spoiled!  https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1711070/apparently-josh-gads-murder-on-the-orient-express-poster-has-a-secret-easter-egg-hidden-on-it.
  • Re: What Poirot novels do you think would be better suited to Miss Marple?

    Yes, it's interesting that Christie considered using Miss Marple in a book after only one previous Marple novel (plus some short stories) had been published.  Instead, Christie cast her (at the time) far more famous detective in Death on the Nile.  It took twelve years for Miss Marple to make another appearance after Vicarage.  After WWII, she'd start appearing far more regularly– a few times a decade in the 1950's and 1960's.  

    There's no evidence that I know of, but I wonder if Christie incorporated bits of her initial plan for Death on the Nile into A Caribbean Mystery
  • Re: What Poirot novels do you think would be better suited to Miss Marple?

    In Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, we learn that Agatha originally envisioned Death on the Nile as a Miss Marple novel, but she eventually decided to make it a Poirot book.