Mystery writer/blogger Margot Kinberg expounds on the great Agatha Christie!
As this is posted, it would have been Agatha Christie’s 126th birthday. If you’re kind enough to read this blog even occasionally, you’ll know that I’ve been much inspired by her work, and am a great admirer of it. So my view of her writing is biased. Even so, I think it’s fair to say that her work has had a tremendous influence on writing in general and on crime fiction in particular.
Much has been written about Christie’s skill at plots and plot twists. That’s always been regarded as one of her strongest points as a crime writer. Another of her skills was arguably innovation.
We can look at Christie’s innovation on more than one level, too. On a personal level (that is, with respect to her own writing), she experimented with a wide variety of story structures, plot points and settings. Here are just a few examples:
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