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21 May 2024 👁 14
Learning from an Unfortunate Book Marketing Surprise

Learning from an Unfortunate Book Marketing Surprise

While writing and publishing a book is hard, marketing that book is a whole ‘nother kind of hard. Here is my most recent tale of woe:

14 May 2024 👁 16
Will It Be a Lovely Day for a Craft Fair this Weekend?

Will It Be a Lovely Day for a Craft Fair this Weekend?

Craft fairs, author events, and presentations are way more dependent on the weather than you would think. I'm hoping for bad weather rather than good for the Willow Lake Estates Craft Fair on Saturday.

07 May 2024 👁 17
Chicagoland Bookstore Crawl Was Great Fun!

Chicagoland Bookstore Crawl Was Great Fun!

The last Saturday in April was the Chicagoland Bookstore Crawl in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. According to press reports, more than 40 bookstores took part, and I was invited to one of them. 

30 April 2024 👁 46
Travel First-Class with Agatha and Anne on a 1920s Steamship

Travel First-Class with Agatha and Anne on a 1920s Steamship

Agatha Christie loved to travel and she frequently drew on her personal experiences when writing travel descriptions in her novels. Perhaps the most obvious parallel is Anne Beddingfeld’s fictional sea voyage to Cape Town, South Africa. Anne’s journey is related in The Man in the Brown Suit which was published in 1924, just two years after Agatha completed the same trip.

16 April 2024 👁 45
Shake Hands with Two Wonderful Women and Learn their Fascinating Stories

Shake Hands with Two Wonderful Women and Learn their Fascinating Stories

I recently took part in the Local Author Fest at the Wheaton Public Library. One of the best parts of local author fairs is seeing old friends and I was super excited that one of my old friends, someone I hadn’t seen for a long time, was going to be in attendance.

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What is Agatha Annotated?

This website is the home of the Agatha Christie database as annotated by Kate Gingold, hence the name Agatha Annotated.

It's a rich glossary of

  • nearly 1900 terms
  • over 200 illustrations
  • 347 French phrases

Kate found them while reading Agatha Christie novels, and wrote them, along with definitions curated from years of research, into this database.

Currently the first 11 Christie books, those she wrote in the 1920s, are annotated here. 

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Annotator Kate Gingold

Kate Gingold

... has been a huge fan of the works of Agatha Christie her entire adult life. Christie's vivid descriptions of picturesque English life in the early-to-mid twentieth century fascinated Kate, but many of the people and places were unfamiliar to her. A writer herself, as well as a researcher and historian with several local history books to her credit, Kate began a list of these strange words and set out to define them. Now, Christie fans like you and all those who come after will be able to fully enjoy the richness of Agatha Christie novels with their own copy of Agatha Annotated.

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