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I like her too for "rigmarole of an aureole". - AOD :^)

One of her top-10 favorites was Endless Night. It's one of her late works. It has a dark, conservative undertone. I was impressed. $8 for the Kindle version.

I've read Endless Night - a very good book with a great ending.

Another fairly late effort is The Pale Horse, which deals with three women who practice occultism, including seances.

Many years ago I read "The hound of death and other stories" that has strong supernatural overtones. I remember the introduction stated that A.Christie was very interest in psychic phenomena and in my edition all stories were followed by a brief exposition of the phenomenon they were based upon: premonition, electronic voice, mediumship, etc... in fact they were my first introduction to these topics.

An open mind is always the best course. When you were five years old, did you know about and understand gravity, atoms, DNA strands, photosynthesis, cells, etc.? Even the most brilliant minds among us still don't understand the nature of the universe and consciousness. So Poirot is just being the thoughtful and insightful guy he always is, recognizing that most of what is around is invisible and not ordinarily apparent- we can't for instance, see cells or even the stride of a very fast animal like a horse (we need aids such as microscope or a camera with a fast shutter speed).

BTW, I loved the BBC adaption of Poirot starring David Suchet, who stars as Poirot, the fussy but brilliant little Belgium.

What a great photograph of her!

Thanks, Renzo. I was unaware of that book. It seems to confirm that she had a genuine interest in these subjects.

From the picture above it looks like Agatha Christie was quite beautiful when she was young. I had never seen a picture of her as a young woman before.

Michael, I just got an email from AcornTV about some new Agatha Christie adaptations, and it made me think of you:

Do you know Acorn? For $5 a month, you get access to the sort of British TV that I, for one, am seriously addicted to. And the first month is free.

I recently binge-watched this Australian series on Acorn:

Don't know if that last one will appeal to anyone else here, but I've rarely seen anything as good -- better than Mad Men or Downtown Abbey by a wide margin.

Thanks, Bruce. I hadn't heard of Acorn. I'll check it out.

Not to reawaken an old thread but..

On one of the cable channels here in the UK (Drama channel) they're rebroadcasting a 1982 series of adaptations of Christie short stories, called The Agatha Christie Hour. It's all "terribly terribly" clipped accents and a slightly dead play for the day atmosphere to them, but the thing of interest to your blog posting is that the second episode "In A Glass Darkly" is very much of a paranormal theme.

On the eve of the first world war a young man attends a party at a grand country hall, and while getting ready for dinner in his room sees reflected in his mirror an open doorway behind him - in place of the wardrobe which is actually there - and through it a young woman being strangled by a man with a long scar on his neck. Each time he turns around he sees only the wardrobe, but the mirror continues to show this murder taking place.

When he goes down to dinner he's introduced to the very woman he saw in the mirror...and her scar-necked fiance.

I shan't spoil it but beyond the supernatural means of the premonition - the mirror - the rest of the tale accords with the real life difficulties in interpreting and thwarting precognized images, such as in dreams.

Here's an article on the social history represented by the frequent appearance of the occult in Christie's stories.

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