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17 October 2023 👁 63
Create a People-Pleasing Presentation to Find New Readers and Sell More Books

Create a People-Pleasing Presentation to Find New Readers and Sell More Books

What kind of presentation one can give about a glossary has stumped me for a while. It certainly doesn't sound like something people would line up to see, does it? I have a funny story about that, in fact.

08 October 2023 👁 68
Encore Presentation of Poirot Talk Coming Up

Encore Presentation of Poirot Talk Coming Up

I'll be giving my Poirot PowerPoint presentation (say that ten times fast!) once again on Wednesday, October 11. Now that I've done it once, I think I have most of my jitters under control!

Export event10/11/2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
03 October 2023 👁 64
Spooky Echoes from History Set the Stage for Christie's "Hallowe'en Party"

Spooky Echoes from History Set the Stage for Christie's "Hallowe'en Party"

Everyone’s been comparing A Haunting in Venice to Hallowe’en Party lately, and with Halloween coming soon, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the party traditions Agatha Christie wrote into her book.

15 September 2023 👁 78
"A Haunting in Venice" Movie Feels Very Like Agatha Christie – and Also Not

"A Haunting in Venice" Movie Feels Very Like Agatha Christie – and Also Not

After seeing the first film trailer, it was obvious that A Haunting in Venice was not going to be a faithful re-telling of Hallowe’en Party, the Agatha Christie novel on which it is based. But it still looked like it would be a fun movie, so we went to see it right away. It is quite different from the book, but there are more similarities than I thought there would be. I would never divulge spoilers, but here are some amusing tidbits to watch for if you go to see it:

05 September 2023 👁 75
An Excuse for Snuggling Up with a Cozy (or Cosy!) Mystery this Month

An Excuse for Snuggling Up with a Cozy (or Cosy!) Mystery this Month

Whether you spell it the American way or the British way, the cozy mystery genre is hugely popular, and September is the perfect month for celebrating these 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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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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