History Creator / AgathaChristie

27th Jun '17 1:20:50 AM rufusluciusivan
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* BlackmailBackfire: One of Agatha Christie's unspoken rules is that any person trying to blackmail a murderer will be dead before the story ends.
26th May '17 11:32:29 AM john_e
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** In ''The Man In Brown Suit'', Anne rescues a young man and becomes so infatuated with him that she's willing to "walk across Africa" for his sake.

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** In ''The Man In in the Brown Suit'', Anne rescues a young man and becomes so infatuated with him that she's willing to "walk across Africa" for his sake.


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* PluckyGirl: Anne Beddingfield, the heroine of ''The Man in the Brown Suit'', who decides on the spur of the moment to throw herself into an adventure involving murders, stolen diamonds, lost heirs and a criminal mastermind.
20th Apr '17 5:42:39 PM danlansdowne
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** Averted in ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', which makes a one-line reference to a Wagon-Lits waiter named Pietro.
30th Mar '17 10:04:35 PM NightShade96
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** ''Literature/MrsMcGintysDead'' (1952)
28th Mar '17 8:35:04 PM PaulA
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* AuthorFilibuster: Christie novels tended to have long StartToCorpse times, something which she was occasionally criticized for. She used the first chapter of ''Towards Zero'' to respond to these criticisms by having a character deliver a lengthy speech on how a murder is the culmination of a murderer's plot rather than the instigating point, and thus should come as late in the book as possible.



* BeneathTheMask: Inspector Huish, the investigating officer in ''Ordeal by Innocence'' is described as a sad-looking man with a perpetual air of melancholy around him. Despite this, he is said to be the life of the party and is fond of jokes.



** The Argyles from ''Ordeal by Innocence''. Rachel Argyle, the matriarch, is a wealthy philanthropist who is obsessed with motherhood but because she is unable to conceive, expends most of her attention to support child care services, and, in the process, adopted five children from broken homes. Her husband, feeling unneeded because he can't satisfy her needs, began to fall for his secretary. Meanwhile, four of the five children harbours resentment towards Rachel for her interference, although two of them eventually grew out of it.



%%** ''Literature/DeathComesAsTheEnd'': Sobek, the second son, is a hard-drinking womanizer who wastes money on expensive dancing girls.



* CompressedAdaptation: In the play rendition of ''Death on the Nile'', known as ''Murder on the Nile'', there are significantly fewer characters than in the book counterpart. [[AdaptationNameChange Names of some characters have also been changed]], while others [[AdaptedOut were completely taken out of the cast]]. Poirot is also removed, as he frequently was in Christie's adaptations of Poirot novels, owing to her dissatisfaction with any actor cast to play him in plays or movies during her lifetime.



* ADayInTheLimelight: After a number of minor, supporting, and cameo roles, Superintendent Battle gets to be main detective in ''Towards Zero''.



%%** Yahmose, the eldest son in ''Literature/DeathComesAsTheEnd''.



* EveryoneIsASuspect: One of the central tenets of Christie's body of work. In most of her books, it truly feels that ''any'' of the characters could be guilty. Surprisingly - and yet totally believably - subverted in [[spoiler: Literature/PerilAtEndHouse, Poirot making the seemingly complete list of suspects and the main culprit not being there at all despite being well-known by everybody for all the time.]]

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* %%* EveryoneIsASuspect: One of the central tenets of Christie's body of work. In most of her books, it truly feels that ''any'' of the characters could be guilty. Surprisingly - and yet totally believably - subverted in [[spoiler: Literature/PerilAtEndHouse, Poirot making the seemingly complete list of suspects and the main culprit not being there at all despite being well-known by everybody for all the time.]]



* FakeAssistedSuicide: In ''Destination Unknown'', a secret agent recruits a suicidal young woman, telling her that if she's decided to die, she might as well make herself useful to her country, and promising that at the end of the mission, he'll help her with it. Naturally, at the end she's found happiness with another agent and has no intention of killing herself -- just as her recruiter intended.
* FateDrivesUsTogether: William Smith and Christina Grant in ''Murder on the Nile'' where he continuously courts her and at last asks to marry her. She refuses at first but it is hinted and later revealed that they do get married.



* GolfClubbing:
** A golf club is the murder weapon in ''Spider's Web''.
** Subverted in ''Towards Zero''. It appears that Lady Tressilian was killed with a golf club, but the murder weapon was actually a [[spoiler:modified tennis racket. This is important because it means that she was killed not by Audrey Strange, a left-handed golfer, but Nevile Strange, a right-handed tennis player using a backhand.]]

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* GolfClubbing:
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GolfClubbing: A golf club is the murder weapon in ''Spider's Web''.
** Subverted in ''Towards Zero''. It appears that Lady Tressilian was killed with a golf club, but the murder weapon was actually a [[spoiler:modified tennis racket. This is important because it means that she was killed not by Audrey Strange, a left-handed golfer, but Nevile Strange, a right-handed tennis player using a backhand.]]
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** In turn, ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'' reveals the solution for Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress (though, thankfully, not the murderer's name).



** In ''The Clocks'', Sheila Webb runs into Colin Lamb, and the latter immediately declares her as "his" girl.



* LovingAShadow: ''Ordeal by Innocence'' has an interesting non-romantic example of this trope. Michael "Micky" Argyle resents his adoptive mother because she took him away from his real mother -- whom he remembers as a nice and caring, if somewhat ill-tempered, woman -- even though according to his adoptive parents, she was an abusive drunk. Micky later admits that he deliberately paints a rosy image of his real mother because he genuinely loved her and did not want to acknowledge that she doesn't love him back.



* MurderByMistake:
** In ''Sparkling Cyanide''. [[spoiler: Victor Drake]] intended to poison his cousin Iris to gain control of her fortune, but Iris's brother-in-law George ended up drinking from her glass instead of his own.
** A variation occurs in ''Curtain''. [[spoiler:Barbara Franklin]] attempts to poison [[spoiler:her husband, Dr. Franklin]], but Hastings accidentally changed the arrangement of the coffee cups by turning the table aside, causing [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard Barbara herself to drink the poisoned coffee]]]].

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* MurderByMistake:
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MurderByMistake: In ''Sparkling Cyanide''. [[spoiler: Victor Drake]] intended to poison his cousin Iris to gain control of her fortune, but Iris's brother-in-law George ended up drinking from her glass instead of his own.
** A variation occurs in ''Curtain''. [[spoiler:Barbara Franklin]] attempts to poison [[spoiler:her husband, Dr. Franklin]], but Hastings accidentally changed the arrangement of the coffee cups by turning the table aside, causing [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard Barbara herself to drink the poisoned coffee]]]].
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* RevisitingTheColdCase: ''Ordeal By Innocence'' opens with a key witness arriving two-years late to present an alibi for a convicted murderer, Jack Argyle, who had since died in prison. His testimony had forced the state to grant a free pardon to Jacko, and the police must re-investigate the case to catch the real murderer.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Literature/DeathComesAsTheEnd'', a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt.



** ''Literature/TheMovingFinger'', a novel about blackmail in a small English village, gets its title from Edward [=FitzGerald's=] translation of "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám": ''The Moving Finger writes, and having writ/Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit/Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,/Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.''



** Agatha Christie herself apparently exists in her universe; an errand boy working in an apartment building in one novel (''The Body in the Library'') mentions having the autographs of several mystery authors, including Agatha Christie.



* {{Yandere}}:
** One of her most prominent example is Vera Claythorne from ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' who [[spoiler:, while working as a governess, murdered a child in her care]] so that her lover can become rich and free to marry her.
** Another good example would have to be [[spoiler: Jacqueline de Bellefort]] from ''Death on the Nile'' who [[spoiler: is the mastermind behind Linnet's murder ''and'' murdered two other witnesses who saw too much.]] And who ''still'' manages to be [[SympatheticMurderer one of the most sympathetic murderers]] in an Agatha Christie novel.
-->[[spoiler: "She cares too much, that little one."]]
15th Mar '17 3:43:21 PM davah301
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* ''Literature/OrdealByInnocence'' (1958)
11th Mar '17 10:54:43 PM JakesBrain
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* GreedyJew: Christie often relied on the pre-War stereotypes of Jews as somehow "other" in her stories and novels, though she rarely goes into the truly offensive territory. After WW II Christie went back and edited the most offensive language out of her earlier books.

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* GreedyJew: Christie often relied on the pre-War stereotypes of Jews as somehow "other" in her stories and novels, though she rarely goes into the truly offensive territory. After WW II Christie went back and edited the most offensive language out of her earlier books. books; she did, however, sometimes leave in a character's anti-Semitism as a hint that we're not supposed to like him.
25th Jan '17 2:48:33 AM yisfidri
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* ''Literature/DestinationUnknown'' (1954)
22nd Jan '17 10:13:28 AM yisfidri
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** ''Literature/AtBertramsHotel'' (1964)

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** ''Literature/AtBertramsHotel'' (1964)(1965)
22nd Jan '17 10:09:41 AM yisfidri
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** ''Literature/AtBertramsHotel'' (1964)
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