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All About Agatha (Christie)

269 episodes - English - Latest episode: 10 days ago - ★★★★★ - 907 ratings

All About Agatha is a podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. For five years, Catherine Brobeck and Kemper Donovan revisited these novels in publication order, ranking them according to pre-set criteria (plot, character, etc.). Tragically, Catherine Brobeck passed away at the end of 2021. Since then, Kemper has completed the podcast's ranking project, and now contents himself with interviewing like-minded obsessives, dissecting new adaptations, and trying to solve the age-old mystery of why Christie--and Christie alone--endures as powerfully as she does. Call it a Christie-fest, as together we revisit Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, and, oh, so much more...!

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Interview with Andrew Winans, Director of The Hollow by Agatha Christie

April 12, 2024 10:02 - 1 hour - 123 MB

Andrew Winans is the director of a new off-Broadway production of Christie's theatrical adaptation of her superb novel, The Hollow. I loved getting to speak with someone who has been in the trenches with his cast of actors and crew of professionals over the past few months, bringing this Agatha Christie play to life.... To purchase tickets for this run of The Hollow (13-21 April) at The Players Theatre in downtown New York, click here. Come visit me on my ongoing book tour for my mystery...

*Special Announcement* re Next Episode

April 06, 2024 14:03 - 2 minutes - 4.37 MB

Next week's episode will be a discussion with Andrew Winans, the director of an upcoming Off-Broadway production of The Hollow, a play written by Agatha Christie, based on her novel. If you are interested in attending this production, which runs from 13-21 April in New York, go ahead and click here. And my East Coast/Midwest tour of the United States for The Busy Body is about to begin! Click here for more details. I hope to see some of you very soon--in person!

Klaxon Bell Bonanza: The Actress by Agatha Christie

March 30, 2024 00:57 - 51 minutes - 95.2 MB

If you're a longtime listener of this podcast, you'll know never to trust an actor in a Christie story. So what happens when not one but two actors feature among the rather small cast of suspects? A lot, as it turns out, in this early short story that showcases Christie's unique ability to spin seemingly endless variations on a single puzzle.... In addition to the titular story, the following Christies are spoiled in the course of this episode: "Miss Marple Tells a Story” "The Affair a...

Ranking Some (But Not All!) of the Various Screen Adaptations of Agatha Christie (with Teresa Peschel)

March 16, 2024 07:50 - 2 hours - 236 MB

Quick: what is the best Joan Hickson adaptation of a Miss Marple novel? Or how about your least favorite Suchet episode? If you like pondering such questions, then this is the episode for you! Just beware of spoilers; I list all the novels Teresa and I spoil in the course of this wide-ranging conversation at the top of the episode. To buy tickets to the All About Agatha Live! Panel at the upcoming Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay in September, click here. To check out all the splendid...

The Island by Agatha Christie Mallowan (with Guest Co-Host Sarah Hinlicky Wilson)

March 02, 2024 08:32 - 1 hour - 194 MB

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson is back! And with this episode, she’s officially earned her title as All About Agatha’s resident expert on Christian theology. I leaned heavily on her expertise for this episode, which involves a lot of parsing of Biblical and even apocryphal references, as we discussed this curious, fascinatingly revealing short story from the Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories collection. To read Sarah’s newly published article “Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Christian,” click ...

Agatha Christie's Most Prolific Stage Actor? Interview with Lee Samuel Tanng

February 17, 2024 19:22 - 1 hour - 138 MB

Actor Lee Samuel Tanng has appeared in TEN (!!) regional productions of plays based on Agatha Christie novels over the last eleven years. He sat down with me to discuss the joys of regional theater, the particular challenges (and advantages) of pulling off a murder mystery in real time, and of course, to rank his ten experiences from least to most favorite. This conversation was a blast. You can see a collage of all Sam's roles on the podcast's Twitter/X account here, and on Instagram here...

All About The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (Spoiler-Free!)

February 03, 2024 19:08 - 4 hours - 460 MB

Perhaps it was inevitable that an episode about the longest-running play in history would be the longest episode ever produced on this podcast.... And yet there's nary a spoiler in it; so tuck in, safe in the knowledge that the secret of The Mousetrap remains safely locked in my heart. Nibble nibble. Squeak squeak. Special thanks to my guests Phil O'Neill and Scott Ratner, and to Nick Cardillo and Christopher Diehl for their invaluable contributions. Click here to access the BBC Docume...

Interview (#2!) with Alex Michaelides, Author of The Fury

January 20, 2024 03:13 - 59 minutes - 108 MB

Alex Michaelides has a new mystery out, and I had such a great time geeking out with him about Agatha Christie and other literary inspirations of his, including the great Ruth Rendell. You can purchase Alex's new book, The Fury, in the United States here. And you can pre-order it in the UK (it's out February 1st) here. You can purchase my new book, The Busy Body, in the United States here, the United Kingdom here, and Australia/New Zealand here. For details on my upcoming book tour, ...

Putting On an Agatha Christie Play (with Three Guest Co-Hosts)

January 05, 2024 22:25 - 1 hour - 173 MB

I've talked a bunch--especially recently--about Agatha Christie and the theater. But what is it like to put on an Agatha Christie play? In particular, in one of those smaller regional/community venues that so frequently put on Christie's plays? Thanks to the three experts I gathered together for this episode, we can begin to answer that question. You can find out more about each of them directly below. 1) Do yourself a favor and check out Brad Friedman's mystery blog. It has provided me he...

A Christmas Christie for Christmas: The Naughty Donkey by Agatha Christie Mallowan (with bonus rerun of Star Over Bethlehem)

December 22, 2023 05:30 - 2 hours - 275 MB

And you thought the days of bumper-sized episodes of All About Agatha were behind you.... This one might be a bit of a cheat, since it's a Frankenstein's monster (a Bella Baxter?!) of a few different things: 1) a nice long "mail bag"/"housekeeping" segment; 2) a fresh episode analyzing "The Naughty Donkey" in Christie's Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories collection; and 3) a rerun of the episode I aired in the summer this year with Sarah Hinlicky Wilson co-hosting, in which we discussed t...

How to Survive an Agatha Christie Novel, with Author Kate Jackson

December 16, 2023 06:36 - 1 hour - 122 MB

Kate Jackson knows her stuff when it comes to classic crime, and then some. I had such a good time talking to her about non-Christie authors of the Golden Age, and then engaging in a choose-your-own-adventure-style exercise that took us through various plot points she meticulously pulled from scores of Christie novels, short stories, and plays. What fun! To buy Kate's book How to Survive a Classic Crime Novel in the U.S., click here. In the UK, click here. To check out Kate's blog, cli...

Interview with Sophie Hannah re: The Mystery of Mr E

December 08, 2023 22:52 - 1 hour - 118 MB

It's time to discuss friend of the podcast Sophie Hannah's murder mystery musical movie!! Mystery and musical fans, unite!! To rent/buy Sophie's movie in the U.S., click here. To rent/buy Sophie's movie in the UK, click here. To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here. You can pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, in the United States (here), the United Kingdom (here), and Australia and New Zealand (here). This episode is sponsored by Britbox. For liste...

Interview with Mark Shanahan, Playwright and Director of a New Adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

November 23, 2023 00:21 - 1 hour - 125 MB

If you like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, then this episode is for you! If you like theater, then this episode is *really* for you! Mark was a delight; his passion for Ackroyd, theater, and all things Agatha Christie shines through our entire conversation. Enjoy! Click here to download the Orson Welles radio adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd referenced in the episode. Click here to visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page. You can pre-order my upcoming mystery novel, Th...

Interview with Booktuber (and Agatha Christie Enthusiast) Mara Sinclair

November 11, 2023 05:27 - 1 hour - 159 MB

What an excellent opportunity this conversation was to use--and explain--such new-fangled terms as "Booktube," "Bookstagram," and "BookTok." If the online world of readerly appreciation befuddles you (as it often does me), then allow Mara Sinclair to explain all.... For more Mara in your life, check out her YouTube Channel, Bookslikewhoa. You can also find Mara on Goodreads, Instagram, and Discord. You can pre-order my upcoming mystery novel, The Busy Body, in the United States, Austra...

A Special HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR Episode: In a Glass Darkly by Agatha Christie

October 28, 2023 11:30 - 1 hour - 114 MB

'Tis the season for a spooky Christie story, and this one does not disappoint. On the contrary, I would argue it raises the bar by marrying elements of the supernatural and the rational, all in one text. Apparently you can have a trick and a treat; you don't have to choose! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can pre-order my upcoming mystery novel, The Busy Body, in the U.S. here. And you can pre-order The Busy Body in Australia and New Zealand here. ...

Interview with Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, Author of Jessica Brick Investigates

October 14, 2023 03:29 - 34 minutes - 62.8 MB

If you are a longtime listener of this podcast, Jamie Bernthal-Hooker is no stranger to you. But until now, our conversations have focused on his scholarly endeavors vis-a-vis Christie. Last month, I was fortunate enough to snag him for a half-hour at the Agatha Christie Festival to discuss his creative project satirizing murder mysteries in general, and Miss Jane Marple in particular. Get ready to meet Jessica Brick! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. Please ...

*LIVE!* Episode: Agatha Christie's Greatest Short Story? (Recorded at the 2023 Agatha Christie Festival)

September 29, 2023 20:41 - 1 hour - 151 MB

Get ready for some hot mics: it's time for a live episode of All About Agatha at the 2023 Agatha Christie Festival! I hope you'll be able to share in some of the fun we had down in Torquay this year, because we certainly had a lot of it. Enjoy! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. Please pre-order my upcoming mystery novel, The Busy Body, here.

Interview with Colleen Mulaney, Author of a New Book About Agatha Christie and Cocktails

September 15, 2023 15:58 - 55 minutes - 101 MB

Yes, yes: Agatha Christie famously abstained from cocktails and all other alcoholic drinks. So how was it possible to write an entire book--and speak for an entire hour--about Christie and cocktails?! Take a listen and find out! Colleen's book, Agatha Whiskey: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Bestselling Novelist of All Time is available at all major booksellers. Click here to purchase Colleen's book in the UK, and here for purchase in the U.S. To pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body,...

Interview with Karen Pierce, Author of a New Cookbook Celebrating the Work of Agatha Christie

September 01, 2023 07:21 - 57 minutes - 106 MB

I loved geeking out with Karen over the top ten "food-related" books within the Christie canon, and I think you will too! Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can purchase Karen's book here. You can pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, here. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit them here for 10% off your first month of therapy.  

All About the (Stage) Plays of Agatha Christie

August 19, 2023 00:38 - 1 hour - 132 MB

On this episode I talk generally about the stage plays of Agatha Christie (that we know of thus far), but first I do a massive housekeeping segment with messages from all of you. (Letters! We've got letters! We've got stacks and stacks of letters!) It's such a joy to hear from as many of you as I do; please keep in touch. Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can purchase tickets to the rehearsed (and costumed!) reading of Agatha Christie's version (much like Taylor...

Interview with Julius Green, Author of Curtain Up: Agatha Christie, A Life in the Theatre

August 05, 2023 05:57 - 1 hour - 148 MB

I had such a great time focusing on Agatha Christie's theatrical endeavors, with the person who knows more about them than anyone else in the world. Come delight with me and Julius Green in all the drama! You can visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can buy the newer, paperback edition of Julius's book (with a slightly altered title) here. You can pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, here.

All About the Dedications of Agatha Christie

July 22, 2023 06:56 - 1 hour - 151 MB

Get ready for another panoramic episode, in which I take full stock of the Christie canon from the unusual perspective of the dedications she (usually) inserted at the front of her books. I even managed to unearth some unsolved (by me, anyway) mysteries.... Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. Pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, at the bookseller of your choice here.

Summer Rerun: Accident by Agatha Christie

June 30, 2023 16:30 - 31 minutes - 58.1 MB

My former co-host Catherine Brobeck loved this short story, and this episode about this short story. And so do I! It's also one of the short stories under discussion at this year's upcoming International Agatha Christie Festival in September, during which my co-panelists and I will crown Agatha Christie's Greatest Short Story. Take a listen to the first part of the episode for a sneak peek at the other stories we'll be debating. Happy Summer, everyone! To buy tickets to the Festival, click...

Ranking the Murderers of Agatha Christie

June 17, 2023 04:11 - 1 hour - 134 MB

I loved everything about this nerdiest of episodes... other than the fact that Catherine Brobeck wasn't here to delight in this exercise alongside me. I know she would have dug it. I hope you do, too. Click here for the YouTube link to the recently uploaded (and free!) video of They Came to Baghdad, a 1950s television adaptation previously very hard to find. Click here to access the charts referenced in this episode. Click here to visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page. C...

It's Christmas in June! Star Over Bethlehem by Agatha Christie Mallowan (with a Guest Co-Host)

June 02, 2023 19:04 - 1 hour - 161 MB

You might want to pour yourself some egg nog and download one of those roaring digital fireplaces for today's offering, which is a rare Christmas-themed, and overtly religious, Christie short story. Many thanks to Sarah Hinlicky Wilson for co-hosting this episode with me. Click here to visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page. Click here to visit Sarah's website. Click here to read Sarah's article referenced in the episode: "Miss Marple's Low Anthropology." Click here to pr...

All About Ableism in Agatha Christie (with Three Guest Co-Hosts)

May 19, 2023 22:41 - 1 hour - 150 MB

This episode is one of those happy occasions on which you all get to hear a voice--and a perspective--other than my own. Three voices, in fact. Many thanks to my co-hosts Jenni Bishop, Tina Hodgkinson, and Emma for a fabulous talk on such an important topic. Click here to visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page. Click here to pre-order my mystery novel!

*Special Announcement* re Live Event at the International Agatha Christie Festival, Sept 2023

May 12, 2023 21:05 - 3 minutes - 6 MB

Please join me if you can in Torquay on Thursday, 14 September 2023 at 7:00pm in the Spanish Barn! Visit the Festival's website here to check out my event, and all the other marvelous offerings. Click the link here to purchase tickets for my event.

A Miss Marple Nightcap: Sanctuary by Agatha Christie

May 06, 2023 21:48 - 1 hour - 110 MB

What better way to celebrate Coronation Day than with a story Agatha Christie wrote to contribute to the restoration of Westminster Abbey? (No, really!) More such fun facts await you in this, our final Miss Marple story for the podcast.... Miss Marple is done! Long live Miss Marple! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. Please pre-order my mystery novel! There are an array of links to various booksellers here, including Bookshop, which allows you to buy from ind...

Things We Missed Along the Way: Lord Edgware Dies, A Murder is Announced, The Red Signal by Agatha Christie

April 22, 2023 07:37 - 54 minutes - 99.5 MB

In this hodgepodge of an episode, I revisit Christie stories already covered, and discuss a number of adaptations--and one text!--that Catherine and I failed to mention the first time around. (Please know that spoilers will abound for these stories.) Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here.

A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Agatha Christie

April 07, 2023 16:46 - 1 hour - 113 MB

If the teeth don't match, you must give your head a scratch. Au revoir, cher Poirot.   Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here.

Interview with Kitty Murphy, Author of Death in Heels

March 24, 2023 21:34 - 45 minutes - 83.2 MB

I had a great time chatting with debut author Kitty Murphy about the first book in her "Dublin Drag Mysteries" series. U.S. listeners can find Death in Heels at an indie bookstore by clicking this link. Click here to visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page.

Agatha Christie: In the Flesh

March 11, 2023 01:09 - 41 minutes - 76.1 MB

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to meet Agatha Christie in person? Well, here's your answer. Special thanks to Yasuo Sudoh, Dr. Ernestine Elster, and Norman Home for contributing to this episode.   Please visit and subscribe to the Podcast's Patreon page here. You can read the L.A. Times article referenced in this episode (all about All About Agatha) here.

How Many Wonders Can One Island Hold? Manx Gold by Agatha Christie

February 24, 2023 20:24 - 53 minutes - 98.4 MB

Is this the weirdest thing Christie ever wrote? Maybe! But let's embrace it, and journey together to the Isle of Man, where buried treasure awaits.... Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon account here.

Live-Playing (!!) The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge by Agatha Christie... & Hunt a Killer

February 11, 2023 01:41 - 40 minutes - 74.7 MB

In this episode, I try my hand at a "live game" experience based on a Poirot short story, which was provided to me for free by the game's creators.... And, spoiler, but I fail. Utterly.   This episode is sponsored by the Art of Crime podcast. Check out their website here.

A Revisitation of (a.k.a. *JUSTICE FOR*) The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

January 27, 2023 22:08 - 2 hours - 220 MB

Double, double toil and trouble.... It's time for a second--and much closer--look at the grand estate of Chimneys and its many, many (no really: many) secrets! (Don't worry, that Macbeth quote will make more sense once you listen.) I had more fun than I've had in a long time creating this episode. I also missed my dear partner Catherine Brobeck so very acutely.... I wish she could have done this with me.   Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here.

It's Raining Rankings! Hallelujah!

January 14, 2023 01:16 - 46 minutes - 85.2 MB

What a world we live in where Catherine and I are not the only two fanatics who have taken it upon ourselves to rank every single one of Agatha Christie's 66 mystery novels. In this episode, I delight in comparing and contrasting the All About Agatha grid with two other worthy offerings.... I hope you enjoy the nerdfest; it was a blast to record. Special thanks to our A+++ listener, and to Yasuo Sudoh. Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page. This episode is sponsored by...

Interview with Maureen Johnson, Author of Nine Liars

December 30, 2022 16:53 - 1 hour - 135 MB

What a joyous and festive way to close out 2022, by chatting with Maureen Johnson, the talented writer of YA mysteries very much inspired by Agatha Christie. Happy New Year, one and all! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page. This episode is sponsored by Britbox. Remember that if you buy a gift subscription this holiday season, you have the chance to win all sorts of cool prizes (no purchase necessary). Click here for more details.

And Now There Is None: The Final State of the Rankings... with John Curran!!

December 16, 2022 20:24 - 2 hours - 278 MB

My guest co-host John Curran certainly kept me on my toes (and I never expected to be forced to defend poor Nemesis as much as I was!), but I can truthfully say that having him on was the perfect event for this festive, end-of-year period. Happy holidays to all who celebrate, and please enjoy this very, very special episode. Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page for bonus content. This episode is sponsored by Britbox. Remember that if you buy a gift subscription this h...

Getting Happy with Parker Pyne (and Hercule Poirot?!): The Regatta Mystery by Agatha Christie, with guest co-host Michelle Kazmer

December 03, 2022 06:27 - 1 hour - 189 MB

I didn't think I'd care this much about saying farewell to Parker Pyne, heart specialist.... Fortunately, there is a LOT to discuss in this jam-packed (really, pilchard-packed) episode: hot mackerel, plasticine, and corncrakes, for starters. Eternal thanks to Dr. Michelle Kazmer for lending her voice and expertise on this episode. If it isn't the sendoff Parker Pyne deserves, it's because Michelle was way too kind and smart for him. Just saying.

In Conversation with Brad Friedman re Marple: Twelve New Mysteries

November 19, 2022 00:03 - 1 hour - 179 MB

It's time to discuss the new collection of Miss Marple short stories that came out this fall in a detail some may find excruciating, but which my co-host Brad Friedman and I found  to be juuuuuuust right. Come and get down-and-dirty in the weeds of these stories the way Aunt Jane herself would have done, gardener that she was. Because just like foxglove and belladonna, these weeds are beautiful, fascinating... and deadly.   Visit the podcast's Patreon site here for more content. Visit ...

Communing with Mr. Quin: The Harlequin Tea Set by Agatha Christie

November 05, 2022 06:44 - 46 minutes - 86 MB

What a joy it was to spend some time again with Christie's most dynamic detective duo, Quin & Satterthwaite (sorry, Beresfords). This is the rare late-career Christie short story, and while the puzzle isn't one of her strongest, there's no denying the strange magic of the Satterthwerse.... Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon site. This episode is sponsored by Britbox. Use coupon code "AGATHA" at checkout in the U.S. and Canada for 50% off the first month of your monthly s...

*Surprise* Hallowe'en SPOOKTACULAR: S O S by Agatha Christie

October 21, 2022 23:37 - 50 minutes - 91.8 MB

Boo! It's a surprise episode popping up like The Crypt Keeper in the opening credits to Tales from the Crypt (anyone with me here?), featuring one of Agatha Christie's weird tales of the supernatural! If you think this story can't *also* include some of the most grounded elements of a classic Christie puzzle mystery, then consider this the trick to balance out all those treats you've got coming your way at the end of the month.... Happy Hallowe'en, everyone! Click here for a lovely L.A. T...

Interview with David Brawn, Publisher of Agatha Christie

October 08, 2022 05:34 - 1 hour - 179 MB

HarperCollins UK publisher David Brawn has been keeping Agatha Christie in print for over 25 years now. More recently, he’s helmed the Christie continuation projects, starting first with Charles Osborne’s novelizations, then Sophie Hannah’s Poirot books, and just last month, Marple: Twelve New Mysteries, a new collection of Miss Marple short stories by twelve different writers. We had a lot to talk about, so I was thrilled to sit down with him in Torquay at the International Agatha Christie ...

*LIVE!* Episode: Agatha Christie's Greatest Novel? (Recorded at the International Agatha Christie Festival)

September 23, 2022 08:33 - 1 hour - 153 MB

This episode was a joy to create: live and in person, in front of an audience and a group of co-panelists all bubbling with the same passion for Christie I'm used to sharing with all of you over the airwaves (podwaves?) alone.... I wish I could say that the recording does the event justice, but it's better than nothing. (Just.) Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon site. This episode is sponsored by Britbox; use coupon code "AGATHA" at checkout in the U.S. and Canada for 50...

And Then There Was 1: Curtain by Agatha Christie

September 08, 2022 16:41 - 3 hours - 421 MB

Somehow, the day is upon us: the last Agatha Christie novel to review on this podcast.... There is no question this was the hardest episode I've ever done, but also the most rewarding. And not just for the George Eliot and Virginia Woolf references my co-host and I managed to squeeze into the nearly four-hour (!!) proceedings. Much love to you all. À bientôt! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon site for bonus content. This episode is brought to you by Britbox. Use coupon ...

Interview with Lucy Worsley, Author of Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman

August 26, 2022 20:28 - 1 hour - 133 MB

Lucy Worsley is an author, a historian, a TV presenter, and she is also one of us, because she is a listener of this podcast (!!) and she is *obsessed* with Agatha Christie. As our conversation will attest. Bonus points for the Jane Austen content we manage to shoehorn in here, plus, this is easily the best conversation I've had with anyone (barring my beloved Catherine) about Agatha Christie's infamous disappearance. For bonus content, please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon s...

A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: The Mystery of the Baghdad (or is that Spanish?) Chest by Agatha Christie

August 13, 2022 00:14 - 1 hour - 128 MB

When I found myself adding an instrumental track of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" to an excerpt of this short story I'd been reading aloud, I realized I had passed a milestone of fandom and absurdity I never knew existed till I was on the other side of it. I am happy to be able to share this milestone with you, dear listeners. Enjoy. Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. This episode is brought to you by Britbox. Remember to use coupon code AGATHA at checkout for 50% ...

And Then There Were 2: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

July 29, 2022 02:59 - 3 hours - 334 MB

When Catherine and I started this crazy little venture, I never thought I'd say this, and certainly not with the excitement it inspires in me now, but at long last we've broken the three-hour barrier. That is how much my co-host Tony Medawar and I had to say about this final(/not-final) Miss Marple novel. Please enjoy, because we sure did. For bonus content, please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon site. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp.

A Hercule Poirot Amuse-Bouche: The Third Floor Flat by Agatha Christie

July 15, 2022 20:48 - 46 minutes - 84.6 MB

It's time to pick apart a Poirot short story in excruciating detail, though thankfully the process is anything but excruciating--especially with a miniature puzzle mystery as clever as this one, and set in the vicinity of Poirot's own digs, to boot! Let us never underestimate the power of propinquity.... This episode is sponsored by Britbox (use coupon code AGATHA) and BetterHelp. For bonus content, please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon account.

*Special Announcement* re In-Person Appearance at Int'l Agatha Christie Festival in September

July 08, 2022 20:45 - 4 minutes - 8.44 MB

I'm going to Torquay, listeners! Or as I like to think of it: Agatha-land. Please join me at the International Agatha Christie Festival for a special, live episode of All About Agatha, where I will debate which title deserves to be crowned Agatha Christie's greatest novel with the likes of John Curran, Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, Mark Aldridge, and Carla Valentine (!!!!). You'll even get to weigh in as an audience member... but only if you're there in person! Wednesday, 14 September at 7:00pm. Al...