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  • Re: Some articles on Murder on the Orient Express's themes

    Yes!  It sounds like Death on the Nile is in the early stages of pre-production, with work starting on a script.  We'll get a better sense of the timeframe in the coming months.
  • Re: Murder On The Orient Express Detail

    Yes, the Suchet and 2017 condensation of the doctor's character is the production team's way of eliminating one character, probably saving a little bit of money and time.
  • Re: What made Christie so successful?

    Also, unlike many of her peers, she was consistently prolific.  She wrote a novel a year (sometimes more) for over fifty years, plus short stories and plays.  Other contemporaries, like Sayers and Berkeley, stopped writing mysteries after WWII.
  • 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...