Magpie Monday – Agatha Christie Collection
It started with just a little e-book I read on my Palm back in 2005. A Miss Marple story called ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I’d borrowed lots of Christie murder mysteries from my local library when I was in my early teens but hadn’t really read them properly back then. At that point in my life I just wanted to know who dunnit and read them very fast to find out.
Reading ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’ again as an adult opened my eyes to the humour I hadn’t noticed before. ‘A Body in the Library’ was next. Another e-book. They had just started publishing them as e-books, but they weren’t publishing them fast enough so I had to progress onto the hard[copy] stuff to get my next fix. A little dose of Poirot or Marple or T&T Beresford helped me cope with the day.
The cheapest way to get the books was second hand, so I acquired a motley assortment of grotty, yellowing paperbacks with tiny print. But I began to yearn for a matching set. Then I remembered that there had been a part-work series of magazines called the ‘Agatha Christie Collection’ with every issue accompanied by a hard-back book. The magazines didn’t interest me, but I started to search eBay listings for the books and eventually managed to build up the complete set. They sit on my shelves looking rather smart with their black spines and gold lettering (although Aled delights in pulling them off the shelves and they are no longer in the right order).
And I keep reading them and re-reading my favourites, especially the ‘Miss Marple’ books. The front covers of these are shown in the second photo below.
It was especially nice to finally have a proper printed copy of ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’, because it is much easier to view the plan of the study on the printed page than it was to try to view it on the tiny screen of my old Palm!
Charity shops and second hand bookshops continue to be a good source of books relating to Agatha Christie, as the bottom photo shows. The bottom photo also includes my most recent purchase – the audiobook version of ‘The Secret of Chimneys’ read by Hugh Fraser (who played Hastings in the Poirot tv series).
I’m linking up with Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow again. As always, I would encourage you to have a look at the other Magpie Monday posts this week – there are always some really wonderful finds!