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#4 - the original publishing title for The Mousetrap was Three Blind Mice.
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Correct, as usual, Eadie!  The book adds "and Other Stories".  This was one of the two I missed.  The other was A Holiday for Murder, which was driving me crazy, because I knew there were two other titles, and I couldn't think of either one!  :smileymad:

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  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.

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dulcinea3 wrote:
  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.


Number ten is SPARKLING CYANIDE.

 

Here's a bonus question - which short story is basically the same plot as this book, in a shorter version?

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becke_davis wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:
  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.


Number ten is SPARKLING CYANIDE.

 

Here's a bonus question - which short story is basically the same plot as this book, in a shorter version?


That's right, Becke!  And the short story was The Yellow Iris, I believe.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:
  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.


Number ten is SPARKLING CYANIDE.

 

Here's a bonus question - which short story is basically the same plot as this book, in a shorter version?


That's right, Becke!  And the short story was The Yellow Iris, I believe.



YES!! Spot on!

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dulcinea3 wrote:
  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.


#6 The Mirror Crack'd is also known as The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.

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That's right, Eadie!  I think that reading the quotation at the beginning of this book inspired me to read The Lady of Shalott.

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That's right, Eadie!  I think that reading the quotation at the beginning of this book inspired me to read The Lady of Shalott.


Me, too! My mom gave "The Mirror Crack'd" to me to read in high school (or middle school?) and told me the whole quote. Then, afterwards, I got into Anne of Green Gables and that sealed the deal. :smileyhappy:

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eadieburke wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:
  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.

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#9: Murder is Easy was the original publishing title in the UK. Easy to Kill was the US title.

 

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#7 So Many Steps To Death is also known at Destination Unknown.
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Correct, Ruth and Eadie!  (I reread So Many Steps to Death last year during our Christie celebration.)

 

#8 is the only one left!

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They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple Series)

 

#8  Murder With Mirrors was originally They Do It with Mirrors.

 

 

Nancy

 


dulcinea3 wrote:
  1. What was the original publishing title for An Overdose of Death?
    1. Dead Man's Folly
    2. Patriotic Murders
    3. Seven Dials Mystery
    4. Sparkling Cyanide
  2. Give the original publishing title for A Holiday for Murder.
  3. True or false?  The Hollow was the original title for Murder After Hours.
  4. What was the original publishing title for The Mousetrap?
  5. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw has an alternative British title.  What is it?
  6. The Mirror Crack'd is also known as _ _ _ _ _ _ _. (7 words)
  7. So Many Steps to Death is also known as _ _. (2 words)
  8. Murder with Mirrors was originally known as _ _ _ _ _. (5 words)
  9. True or false?  The original publishing title of Easy to Kill was Murder Is Easy.
  10. Remembered Death was originally presented as _ _. (2 words)

 

Anybody else want to try?  The first five have been answered, leaving mainly the fill-in-the-blanks.

 



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Good job,  Nancy!

 

Thanks for playing, everybody!!!

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As part of the unwinding of Britain's Chorion, Washington, DC-based Acorn Media Group has purchased Chorion's 64 percent interest in Agatha Christie Limited, calling it "the most important deal in the company’s history."

 

The Christie estate includes over 80 novels and stories, 19 plays, almost 40 TV movies, "and many more TV and feature films in development." Acorn is "the leading distributor of British TV on home video in the US."

 

Chorion bought their rights to the Christie Estate in 1998 for 10 million pounds. The Christie family retains its 36 percent holding and Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, remains as chairman of Agatha Christie Limited.

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As part of the unwinding of Britain's Chorion, Washington, DC-based Acorn Media Group has purchased Chorion's 64 percent interest in Agatha Christie Limited, calling it "the most important deal in the company’s history."

 

The Christie estate includes over 80 novels and stories, 19 plays, almost 40 TV movies, "and many more TV and feature films in development." Acorn is "the leading distributor of British TV on home video in the US."

 

Chorion bought their rights to the Christie Estate in 1998 for 10 million pounds. The Christie family retains its 36 percent holding and Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, remains as chairman of Agatha Christie Limited.


I get the monthly newsletter from the official website, but hadn't seen this yet. Thanks for the update!

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basson_mommy12 wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

As part of the unwinding of Britain's Chorion, Washington, DC-based Acorn Media Group has purchased Chorion's 64 percent interest in Agatha Christie Limited, calling it "the most important deal in the company’s history."

 

The Christie estate includes over 80 novels and stories, 19 plays, almost 40 TV movies, "and many more TV and feature films in development." Acorn is "the leading distributor of British TV on home video in the US."

 

Chorion bought their rights to the Christie Estate in 1998 for 10 million pounds. The Christie family retains its 36 percent holding and Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, remains as chairman of Agatha Christie Limited.


I get the monthly newsletter from the official website, but hadn't seen this yet. Thanks for the update!


Hot off the presses!

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Cigarette case given by Agatha Christie to man who found her when she disappeared in 1926 expected to fetch £10,000 at auction

Cigarette case given by Agatha Christie to man who found her when she disappeared in 1926 expected to fetch £10,000 at auction

 

  • Famous author disappeared for 11 days after husband asked for divorce
  • Cigarette case is inscribed with the words 'best wishes Col. & Mrs Christie'
  • Crime writer went on to write more than 70 detective novels

A cigarette case presented by the world’s most famous crime novelist Agatha Christie to the saxophonist who found her after she disappeared in 1926 is expected to fetch £10,000 at auction.

The beautiful silver box was given to musician Bob Leeming as a thank you from the author after he spotted Agatha at a hotel in Yorkshire.

Leeming’s sighting brought to an end 11 days of frantic searching for the troubled writer who had vanished from her sprawling Devon home on December 3.

 
 
Thank you present: Agatha Christie presented saxophonist Bob Leeming with this beautiful cigarette holder after he found her at a hotel in Yorkshire following her disappearance in 1926. It is engraved with the words 'With best wishes Col. & Mrs Christie

Thank you present: Agatha Christie gave saxophonist Bob Leeming this beautiful cigarette holder after he found her at a hotel in Yorkshire following her disappearance in 1926. It is engraved with the words 'With best wishes Col. & Mrs Christie'

 

 
Valuable: The King George V cigarette box is expected to fetch £10,000 when it is auctioned at Sotheby's in London next month

Valuable: The King George V cigarette box is expected to fetch £10,000 when it is auctioned at Sotheby's in London next month

The woman famed for scribing gripping whodunits had left authorities scratching their heads about her whereabouts and efforts to find her involved a reported 500 officers, tracker dogs, dredging water courses and even an aeroplane.

In the end she was discovered holed up at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel in Yorkshire on December 14.

 

The King George V case is inscribed with the words: 'With our best wishes, Col. & Mrs Christie' and has been passed on through several generations of the Leeming family.

Troubled time: Agatha Christie, pictured, disappeared for 11 days as she suffered a nervous breakdown following the death of her mother Clara Miller and her husband's announcement that he wanted a divorce

Troubled time: Agatha Christie, pictured, disappeared for 11 days as she suffered a nervous breakdown following the death of her mother Clara Miller and her husband's announcement that he wanted a divorce

Now the highly sought after item is going under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in London on July 10 and is expected to fetch a staggering £10,000.

It is still thought Agatha's disappearance was triggered by her mother Clara Miller’s recent death from bronchitis.

Her first husband Archie had been in Spain when Agatha’s mother became sick and because he ‘hated illness, death and trouble’ he left her to deal with the death herself.

She began to show symptoms of nervous breakdown, for example bursting into tears when her car wouldn’t start and having trouble remembering her name.

Agatha received some relief when her book The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was released June. 

The novel thrust her into the literary stratosphere and after clearing out her mother’s old house she was able to return to hers and Archie's home of Styles.

However, Archie’s announcement that he had fallen for another woman, Nancy Neele, and that he wanted an immediate divorce brought her further pain.

The pair separated, but had a temporary reconciliation which Agatha later said was a ‘mistake’ that led to ‘a period of sorrow, misery and heartbreak.’

It is these factors which are thought to have led to Agatha’s disappearance. The writer claimed she remembered nothing about how she arrived in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

 

She eventually divorced her husband in 1928 before going on to marry archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan in 1930.

In 2006, biographer Andrew Norman, in his study of the writer's life, claimed that when she went disappeared Agatha was in the grip of a rare medical condition named 'fugue state' and was in a trance for several days.

Agatha, who also wrote under the name Mary Westmacott, died in 1976 having written more than 70 detective novels, most famously Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple

Big story: The Daily Sketch on December 15, 1926, devoted the whole of its front page to Agatha Christie being found safe and well after her mystery disappearance

Big story: The Daily Sketch on December 15, 1926, devoted the whole of its front page to Agatha Christie being found safe and well after her mystery disappearance



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160664/Cigarette-case-given-Agatha-Christa-man-disappeared-...



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Agatha Christie classic Death on the Nile is censored after three decades and 100 airings ....because of a single viewer complaint

  • Viewer complained to Ofcom about scene where woman puts revolver to her head and shoots herself
  • ITV has now cut suicide scene from version aired before 9pm

 

For three decades, it has teased afternoon television viewers with its classic murder mystery plot

So you would imagine Agatha Christie’s drama Death on the Nile would be the last thing to fall foul of the censors.

Yesterday, however, TV watchdogs ruled that the 1978 thriller – starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot – is too violent to be screened on daytime television in its uncut form.

 
Murder Mystery: Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot (standing) in a scene from Death on the Nile

Murder Mystery: Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot (standing) in a scene from Death on the Nile

Following a single complaint from a viewer to Ofcom, ITV executives have promised that in future they will edit the closing scene, which shows a character committing suicide, when showing the film before the 9pm watershed.

 

The move comes despite the fact that the film has already been shown before that time on more than 20 occasions since 2004 alone.

A viewer complained after the film was shown at 3.30pm on Saturday, March 17. 

In the closing moments, after the murderer has been identified, the character Jackie de Bellefort – played by Mia Farrow – shoots her lover in the head off camera.  

She then puts the revolver to her head and shoots herself, causing blood to trickle from the wound. 

The viewer complained to Ofcom that the scene was too violent to be transmitted when children would have been watching – breaching the rule that violence shown before the watershed must be justified by the context. Ofcom yesterday criticised ITV for screening the scene.

ITV said the criticised scenes were essential to the plot and that Agatha Christie detective stories were not of particular interest to children

ITV said the criticised scenes were essential to the plot and that Agatha Christie detective stories were not of particular interest to children

It said: ‘Her suicide was shown in some detail and was not appropriately limited.

‘Given the Saturday afternoon scheduling of this film, our assessment was that it was likely that a significant number of children would have been watching ITV’s main and public service channel at this time.’ 

It said audience figures indicated that 71,000 viewers watching were under 16.  

‘While recognising the importance of including such a pivotal scene, we were concerned that the impact of the second gunshot was not edited or removed,’ it said. 

ITV said the criticised scenes were essential to the plot and that Agatha Christie detective stories were not of particular interest to children – especially younger children.

But it said: ‘In keeping with our periodic review of pre-watershed material and in the light of viewer concerns, particularly those of parents, we undertook some additional editing of this scene for future daytime broadcasts.’



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2157976/Death-Nile-censored-ITV-edits-Christie-classic-singl...