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09 June 2023 👁 47
June Is a Lovely Month in England to Look at Gardens - and History

June Is a Lovely Month in England to Look at Gardens - and History

While thinking about a topic for this month’s post, I wondered if there was an Agatha Christie-related or 1920s event that happened in June to write about. I did a little online research – and then created my own event!

01 June 2023 👁 104
Welcome to the "Agatha Annotated" Website!

Welcome to the "Agatha Annotated" Website!

It’s been a long time coming!

I’m referring to this website, certainly, but I’m also thinking about Agatha Christie’s books. She wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1916 and it was published in 1920. That’s over one hundred years ago!

26 May 2023 👁 66
Wrestling with Titles and Subtitles

Wrestling with Titles and Subtitles

While crafting the perfect title for your book may seem like a creative effort, authors also need to exert their business skills before making a final decision. 

12 May 2023 👁 52
100 Years Ago, King Charles' Grandparents Got Hitched and Other Random Facts

100 Years Ago, King Charles' Grandparents Got Hitched and Other Random Facts

Working on this Agatha Christie book prompts me to wonder about life one hundred years ago, so I googled “what happened in 1923 in England.” One event was the wedding of the Queen Mum, King Charles’ grandmother, and that started me down a fun rabbit hole.


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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. 

Anybody can be a member and gain access to this rich glossary. Visit the Community page to learn the details.

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.

Kate will be adding to the database and members get the new terms and definitions first before the second volume is printed, plus members can comment and ask questions about the terms and Kate and other members can reply.

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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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