Learning from Agatha Christie

With her birthday on the horizon, I’ve been finding out more about that wonderful Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie – delving into her life to get a glimpse of what inspired her to write over 100 books!

Agatha Christie lived a full life – grasping opportunities to explore and to learn about people, places, experiences.  It seems to me that it was a life well lived.  Inevitably that spilled into her writing and her energy and enthusiasm meant that she just kept on going – writing and living.

Having recently read her biography, I have discovered some interesting facts about her.  Here are some of them:

– her ideas for plots, characters and settings came in a random way – she filled numerous notebooks, but there was no order or organisation to her note-taking

– she lived a busy life outside of her writing and was prepared to try her hand at all sorts of pursuits – even windsurfing!

– she travelled extensively

– she loved her privacy.

And, of course, over the years, many crime authors and scriptwriters have learned some tricks of the trade from Agatha Christie.

So, where does Janie Juke fit in?  Well, she is a young librarian with a passion for amateur sleuthing, having learned her trade from the great Hercule Poirot!  Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the Janie Juke crime mysteries are perfect for everyone one loves a good whodunit!

Now, to help celebrate the birthday of our wonderful Queen of Crime, you can buy the whole Janie Juke trilogy in one compilation.

The Sussex Crime Mysteries is available via all your favourite ebook stores…

Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. She has published six Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s and 1970s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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