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19 December 2023 👁 52
Growing Peace: An Encouraging Plant Story and a New Year's Wish

Growing Peace: An Encouraging Plant Story and a New Year's Wish

Growing plants is in my blood. Ancestors on both sides of my family grew crops, kitchen gardens, and flowers. When they moved from farms to cities, they grew plants in backyards and on windowsills. Even after our recent downsizing, I kept a seven-foot-tall Schefflera tree, a twenty-year-old Christmas cactus, and far too many other potted species.

05 December 2023 👁 49
The "Christie for Christmas" Tradition Today Is More "Christie-Adjacent"

The "Christie for Christmas" Tradition Today Is More "Christie-Adjacent"

Agatha Christie was such a remarkably prolific writer that “A Christie for Christmas” as a marketing slogan was used by her publishers for decades. Today, something “Christie” is still a popular holiday gift, so let’s take a look at what to put on your Wish List.

21 November 2023 👁 55
Experimenting with Facebook Ads for the Holiday Season

Experimenting with Facebook Ads for the Holiday Season

Every author knows that, while writing your book is hard, getting your book in the hands of readers is even harder. To find readers for Agatha Annotated, we are now advertising on Facebook and learning all about this kind of marketing.

31 October 2023 👁 53
"The Secret of Chimneys" Prompts Research into Parliament and Political Women

"The Secret of Chimneys" Prompts Research into Parliament and Political Women

Political history, especially that of nations other than my own, is not one of my strengths, but I do try to keep learning. It was a quote from Agatha Christie’s novel, The Secret of Chimneys, that prodded me to read up on English politics in the early 1900s.

24 October 2023 👁 60
Willow Lake Estates Craft and Vendor Fair

Willow Lake Estates Craft and Vendor Fair

The fall Craft and Vendor Fair at Willow Lake Estates is a favorite shopping option for holiday gifts, so I'm going to try offering books.

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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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We took the 1920s terms and published a book, Agatha Annotated: Investigating the Books of the 1920s, now available on Amazon in Paperback or Kindle format.

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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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