Love - Agatha Christie

I have many loves. There are lots of things that make me smile, make me happy and get my little heart a-skipping with joy. The 'Oh, My Love!' posts here on this indulgent blog of mine are going to be me spreading a bit of my lurve around like proper butter on hot toast. You never know, there might be something that you fall for too and then I can feel smug that I've set you off on the path to a new romance. Don't worry, I'm not jealous. I won't hunt you down like an oddly bitter ex. I just hope you'll be happy together and that you'll think of me from time to time...

Anyway, my current oh-la-la love is Agatha Christie...

The new additions to my Christie collection...

The new additions to my Christie collection...

Yes, I am quite aware that this might make me sound like a prematurely aged spinster but do you know what? I don't give a monkeys because I LOVE AGATHA. My collection has been expanding over the last few weeks as my book greed knows no bounds. I am rattling through them at quite a pace and my addiction must be fed. However, and happily for me, there seem to be some crazy fools in my local area who are donating their books to Oxfam where I then go in and hoover them up. Hurrah.

Anyway, let me tell you why I love Agatha Christie and why, if you've not tried one yet, it might be worth opening your mind to a bit of murder mystery...

Firstly, the stories are excellently and tightly written. There's no clunking about through the plot, there's no padding, it's all building up perfectly and the dialogue is fabulous. Of course, it does help that I have a particular penchant for this period but the text transports you to St Mary Mead, the Orient Express, a cruise ship on the Nile or any of the other delightfully described locations. Escapism at its very best.

Let's be honest, anyone someone wrote 66 novels and 14 plays clearly knew a thing or two and about her genre and her audience. These are books that were bought and devoured and enjoyed by millions for just being a good read. Forget the obscure literary prize winners and those books that you put down with a mildly confused and vaguely unsatisfied feeling, these are satisfying books that don't require hours of hard work yet reward you beyond measure. Don't be a literary snob and think such a popular author is a little too obvious to bother with. Let me tell you, she's popular for a damn good reason. 

Anyway, if you've not lost yourself in an Agatha (or if you're a lapsed Christie fan), try opening one this weekend. Whether you go for a Poirot, a Marple, a Tommy & Tuppence or a plain old mystery, you'll have a surprisingly lovely time reading about strangulations, family feuds and poison pen letters.

As for me, I'm in love so am off to hop into bed with Hercule Poirot and those poor people stuck on the Orient Express in a snow drift. Something tells me, at least one of them isn't long for this world...