Review: A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

How powerful would you consider the irony, if the world’s greatest crime fiction writer was to be sucked into a real life mystery in which she herself takes centre stage? Will Mrs. Christie fall victim to the schemes of a mad doctor or will she use her expertise to escape his dangerous game?

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The Women of Christie (Part 1)


Agatha Christie was born a Victorian but grew up in a time when women had one foot in a crinoline and the other down a trouser leg. The Great War came and people started toppling off their Victorian pedestals into a steadily germinating modernity. More and more women were learning how to drive, volunteering as aid during the war, running establishments and basically entering what were predominantly patriarchal roles; finally, sexual stereotypes and gender roles were being renegotiated.

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Valentine’s Day Special: Top 14 Pairings from Agatha Christie


We don’t know if you’ll agree with us, but we think Valentine’s Day is most certainly one of the most tiresome holidays of the year. To make it a bit more fun, we’ve attempted something brave – Agatha Christie themed e-wishes! Whether you’re happily single, playing the field, in love or in the friend zone, we’ve got you covered. Here are our 14 favourite pairings from the Christie canon:

1.  General Alistair & Margaret Ravenscroft (Elephants Can Remember)


2.  Jane Marple & Her Knitting


3.  Thomas & Prudence Beresford (Tommy & Tuppence)


4.  Patrick & Christine Redfern (Evil Under the Sun)


5.  Philip Lombard & Vera Claythorne (And Then There Were None)


6.  Amyas & Caroline Crale (Five Little Pigs)


7.  Hercule Poirot & Countess Vera Rossakoff


8.  Simon Doyle & Jacqueline De Bellefort (Death on the Nile)


9.  Amy Murgatroyd & Lizzie Hinchcliffe (A Murder is Announced)


10.  Salome Otterbourne & Her Booze (Death on the Nile)


11.  Hercule Poirot & Felicity Lemon


12.  Captain Arthur Hastings & Dulcie ‘Bella’ Duveen


13.  Jerry Burton & Megan Hunter (The Moving Finger)


14.  Hercule Poirot & Robert ‘Bob’ Arundel (Dumb Witness)


Wherever in the world you are, do let us know who your favourite couple is in the comments below! Happy Valentine’s Day!