Of the 67 posts published on SCENIC WRITER’S SHACK last year the one which received by far and away the most number of views was a quiz.
Here’s hoping lightning strikes twice.
The thirteen year old girl in the black and white picture above grew up to become listed by Guinness World Records as the bestselling novelist of all time.
Agatha Christie was best known for her 66 detective novels but also published 14 short story collections and wrote the world’s longest running, most watched play THE MOUSETRAP. She also penned six published romances using the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
So how well do you think you know her books?
Here’s the set-up: Imagine Agatha is travelling on a train with ten of her most famous mysteries. However, ONE of them is an imposter! Can you identify the fake mystery title before it kills everyone on board?
Soon you shall all be summoned to the drawing-room (located at the bottom of this post) where all will be revealed and the imposter shall be unmasked. Until then, if you consider yourself in any way a budding Hercule Poirot or fledging Miss Marple, by all means go ahead and point an accusatory finger at the title you consider is the ring-in.
Ps. Here’s a link to the official Agatha Christie website if any of this may have sparked an interest in finding out more about her life or works. If you scroll to the bottom of the homepage you can also sign up to an Agatha Christie monthly newsletter if you wish.
PSS. Following last year’s remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS comes news that 20th Century Fox studios are planning a remake of another Christie classic, DEATH ON THE NILE. The original version, filmed in 1978 and featuring a cast to die for (pun intended) – including the likes of Peter Ustinov (Detective Hercule Poirot) – Angela Lansbury – Bette Davis – Mia Farrow – Maggie Smith – Olivia Hussey – Jane Birkin – David Niven – George Kennedy – Jon Finch – and Jack Warden – is one of my all-time favourite films so I’m naturally skeptical about what any remake could offer in terms of a fresh retelling of the story. We shall see… and no doubt, we shall judge.
PSSS. Your bonus pic –
PSSSS. Not sure what Agatha‘s take on this would have been but the following link is to a collection of amusing (hilarious to me) short descriptions posted to Twitter when a Podcast hoster named Whit Reynolds asked her followers to describe themselves how they imagined a bad (meaning hackneyed) male author would see them.
PSSSSS. The imposter amongst the Agatha Christie book titles is FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT which was a collection of four novellas written by Stephen King and published in 1990.