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Murder in the Making
by John Curran
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William Morrow, 2012 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making, John Curran offers more stories and secrets from Agatha Christie's notebooks. Curran came across the mystery writer's notebooks in an old cardboard box at her home in Devon in 2005. The 73 notebooks in 'various shapes, sizes, colours and states of preservation' offered a unique look at not only how Christie plotted out her stories, but they also offered some unique glimpses into her personal life as well as revealed changes she made in manuscripts and how her final, unpublished novel might have read.

This is the second collection of material gleaned from Christie's notebooks. The first one, Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, was published in 2009. In that book Curran looked at 25 of the author's novels, nearly a dozen short stories and the 'genesis of all 13 of The Labours of Hercules'.

Murder in the Making continues the investigation of Christie's work by including the rest of her novels as well as an unknown stage script. As Curran explains, 'This new volume contains some more personal glimpses her reading lists, her own account of the creation of Hercule Poirot, and a fascinating letter to The Times, as well as a new version of a Miss Marple short story.'

Although definitely interesting, Curran's detailed look at Agatha Christie's notebooks will probably appeal more to the author's serious fans and those interested in the creative process. There are sections of this book that probably only another writer would really appreciate.

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