The New Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie

The New Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie

56 authors on hundreds of titles, including plays and short stories. Lavishly embellished with black-and-white photographs, book covers, and images. Reviews of Agatha Christie works avoid spoilers. Original thoughts on tea, word puzzles, appetite, gender, accumulate to fun times....

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Title:The New Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie
Author:Dick Riley
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Edition Language:English

The New Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie Reviews

  • Rachel Garber

    Very interesting book about the books of Ms. Christie, includes books that have been been turned into movies, who was the best Miss Marple and who was the worse, (you'll be surprised at this disclosure) testimony by women mystery writers who claim her as their "mother" A chapter about the disappearance of Ms. Christie for a period of time. Crossword puzzle, Find the Name Double-Crostic; Interview with a Hungarian fan; Christie on the BBC; the longest running play in England; the selling of Chris

    Very interesting book about the books of Ms. Christie, includes books that have been been turned into movies, who was the best Miss Marple and who was the worse, (you'll be surprised at this disclosure) testimony by women mystery writers who claim her as their "mother" A chapter about the disappearance of Ms. Christie for a period of time. Crossword puzzle, Find the Name Double-Crostic; Interview with a Hungarian fan; Christie on the BBC; the longest running play in England; the selling of Christie in the movies (of course the movie stills are based on sex); how the book covers changed in the '80s when the books were published in new editions. The book has an icon on the pages with the review of the books, indicating who is the protagonist, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, etc, which have been made into movies, and so on. I read the books themselves back in the '70s. My late father-in-law had almost the whole collection and I would take several books home at a time, so I don't recall very much about the individual books, couldn't do the Find the Name, just didn't remember the names. I have to re-read the books and enjoy them once again.

  • Eva

    Excellent for anyone who is interested in all things Christy. The only disappointment is that it does not cover the David Suchet films of Agatha Christy. I think he made the best Piorot.

  • Diane

    A very handy book to have if you're interested in Christie. I had the original paperback of this book back in the early 80s, and read it until it literally fell apart. Some of the information in it is rather dated (it was published originally in 1979) such as the movies and TV series based on her books. You won't find David Suchet's excellent Poirot series in here, for example. However, there are very nice, detailed summaries of all the books and the most important short stories. There are icons

    A very handy book to have if you're interested in Christie. I had the original paperback of this book back in the early 80s, and read it until it literally fell apart. Some of the information in it is rather dated (it was published originally in 1979) such as the movies and TV series based on her books. You won't find David Suchet's excellent Poirot series in here, for example. However, there are very nice, detailed summaries of all the books and the most important short stories. There are icons next to the title of the book on the summary - a closed book for a novel, masks of tragedy and comedy for a play, a ball of yarn with knitting needles for Miss Marple, etc. - that make it easy to figure out at a glance that, say, "A Murder is Announced" is a Miss Marple Novel, while "Labours of Hercules" is a Hercule Poirot short story collection. Unlike "The Agatha Christie's Who Who," there are very few spoilers here. The only one I can remember is the solution to "Five Little Pigs" and you have to look for that.

    This book may be out of print again. I came across it purely by chance on eBay. I have not seen it for sale new anywhere. However, you can pick it up quite cheaply. I paid less than $10, including shipping, for my copy. I recommend getting the hardback ;)

  • Kris 83

    This is the must-have compendium for all Christie fans. In addition to the synopses of all Christie works, there are interesting feature articles that will certainly interest her fans.

  • Jannewyork

    This old go-to is still a must for any serious fan of Agatha Christie.

  • Chyazeto

    This book is actually great.

  • Feraca

    This book is totally cool.

  • Bookworm007

    Spoiled

    >;(

    This book CLAIMS it doesn't spoil Agatha Christie books...but it does, it does. So only read it if you're prepared for that.

  • Greg

    "Oh, Agatha! How could you?" writes Norma Siebenheller at the end of her three page summary of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." If you've read "Ackroyd", you probably feel the same way. (And if you haven't, I envy you!) But these ridiculously long summaries are pointless: a paragraph or two would have been sufficient. On the positive side we're served very nice side dishes: the films from her books are discussed (with posters and cast pictures), there are numerous and cleverly written fan letters/

    "Oh, Agatha! How could you?" writes Norma Siebenheller at the end of her three page summary of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd." If you've read "Ackroyd", you probably feel the same way. (And if you haven't, I envy you!) But these ridiculously long summaries are pointless: a paragraph or two would have been sufficient. On the positive side we're served very nice side dishes: the films from her books are discussed (with posters and cast pictures), there are numerous and cleverly written fan letters/articles, there is a "Mousetrap Double-Crostic", and the list goes on. Overall, this is a solid reference book for Christie fans.

  • Stormcrow

    This is an odd book. Let me begin by comparing it to another. Growing up, one of my favorite reference books was The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree. Once I discovered the Twilight Zone, I couldn't get enough and this book was a great guide in learning about the series, but also letting me know which season each episode aired. I loved the short descriptions which included Serling's opening and closing narration. It gave you everything you needed to know.

    Now this book mak

    This is an odd book. Let me begin by comparing it to another. Growing up, one of my favorite reference books was The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree. Once I discovered the Twilight Zone, I couldn't get enough and this book was a great guide in learning about the series, but also letting me know which season each episode aired. I loved the short descriptions which included Serling's opening and closing narration. It gave you everything you needed to know.

    Now this book makes it a great point in saying that they won't give away any of the murderers. So you have hundreds of pages (the vast majority of the book is summary of the novels and stories) that ultimately lead nowhere. If the description is supposed to entice you into reading the novel, well, it gives nearly everything away. Everything but the murderer. As a reference book, I feel it therefore fails. (Granted, the reveal would probably be best if it were on a different page or revealed in a section in the back, but it could have been done.)

    I've owned this book for many years and the reason I picked it up was after reading a Christie book a few months ago, it reignited my desire to refresh my memory on those books I read in my youth. Alas, these descriptions really didn't do it for me. Nevertheless, I did kind of enjoy going through the book. Hence, my two stars. However, it is for hardcore purists only as the other articles aren't really that interesting. Ultimately, in the age of Wikipedia, there's really no need for this book.

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