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02 April 2024 👁 51
The Craze for Ancient Egyptian Mysteries that Swept 1920s England

The Craze for Ancient Egyptian Mysteries that Swept 1920s England

When Agatha Christie wrote her short story “The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb” people were mad for everything Egyptian. Whether calculated or not, she tapped into a trend that had been wildly popular for decades. 

26 March 2024 👁 35
"Reading Christie Like a Flapper" Still Available on The Wickeds Website

"Reading Christie Like a Flapper" Still Available on The Wickeds Website

In case you missed it, on March 4, I was lucky enough to be a guest blogger on The Wickeds website. I wrote a little about the hows and whys of writing Agatha Annoted in a post called "Reading Christie Like a Flapper."

19 March 2024 👁 40
An Independent Streak Is Admirable, but Partnering Makes All the Difference

An Independent Streak Is Admirable, but Partnering Makes All the Difference

I work hard on my book marketing, alone with my laptop, and I used to feel my efforts were fairly effective. I had no idea what I was missing.

12 March 2024 👁 52
Now It Feels Real! That's Me on the International Agatha Christie Festival Website!

Now It Feels Real! That's Me on the International Agatha Christie Festival Website!

Tickets are now on sale for the International Agatha Christie Festival and the planners have posted the events available. I'm one of them, so I guess this is really happening!

05 March 2024 👁 58
The Blue Train: How the Upper-Class Traveled to the Riviera

The Blue Train: How the Upper-Class Traveled to the Riviera

In the early 1800s, it became fashionable for the privileged to leave cold and dreary England to spend winter on the sunny Mediterranean coast. At first, it was a long and difficult carriage journey, but by 1864, a railway across France made the trip simple and short. 

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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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