Books like Agatha's.
Agathasmykid British Columbia, Canada
Hello everyone. The admin team created this new section on the forum and thought I would start a discussion where people could post books that they have read that resememble Agatha Christie's style. Has anyone read a book that reminded them a bit of Agatha Christie, a mystery set in a secluded setting, perhaps an old dark house, a book with lots of suspects, etc..Please list your books here! As a huge mystery book fan, I always enjoy hearing other people's suggestions.
I also would be interested in suggestions for Christie-a-likes.
Sayers <spit> aside, I enjoy the majority of golden age mystery writers; Dickson Carr with his leaning towards the supernatural, Anthony Berkeley and his dry wit and cynicism, Edmund Crispin, a latecomer to the genre but one who has me crying with laughter, even Gladys Mitchell whose work, for me, was very hit and miss for the duration of her half-century of crime writing.
But I have never found anyone who made me consciously feel the book I was reading was very Christie-like.
I think you can enjoy another book, but it will never be the same.
The Alderley Trilogy by James Anderson are good Candidates for this Thread, sadly there were ony three written before he Author Died, but they are very enjoyable ands the Author obviously had a love and Knowledge of Agatha Christie's work.
Betty Rowlands was branded a new Agatha Christie and I have loved her Mel Craig Books, Mel Craig is a Crime Writer living in Gloucestershire, I agree with Maximillion you won't get another quite like Agatha Christie, Simon Brett has Melita Pargetter who is enjoyable but she is a widow whose Husband had Dodgy Friends always happy to Help Melita If you want to add Betty Rowlands there is also Rebecca Tope who has 4 sleuths who sleuth in Different parts of the Country, the one I have read is the House-sitting Sleuth but she also has an Undertaker and a Florist as her sleuths.
Lilian Jackson Bruan has a very popular "The Cat Who..." series. It takes place in far north America, Moose country, and the male detective (he has a weekly column in the paper, and investigates everything that goes on in his community) is recognized by his distinctive mustache...Sprinkled with Shakespearean quotes, and the sense of village life - yet with a certain sophistication, it's a very pleasant read.
For even more atmosphere, I adore the series "The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries" by Emily Brightwell. Set in Victorean England, the widowed Mrs. Jeffries becomes housekeeper to a frequently baffled police inspector, and sets her household staff to work at investigating the crime - and helping the inspector (unknown to him) solve the case. They find it much more enjoyable than their housework...
I find P.D. James well-conceived; his detective's talent for poetry as well as detection. (Like Holmes and the violin).
Thankyou Shifra, I have been racking my brains trying to remember which Author I was thinking of, It is Emily Brightwell, I saw her books mentioned somewhere and forgot her name so thank you.
I have some of Georgette Heyer's Murder Mysteries but haven't got round to reading them yet,