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Hi, Wendy, and thanks for joining us!  I also got heavily into reading Agatha Christie in junior and senior high school.

 

As I read your blog about your 'love affair' with Poirot, a thought came to me - I wonder whether there is a link between the sex of an author's main sleuth and their earlier preference for Poirot or Miss Marple.  If we took a poll, would we find that authors with male sleuths are Poirot fans, and authors with female sleuths prefer Miss Marple?  Or maybe they even love Tommy and Tuppence, and ended up with a detecting duo of their own!  I am sure that many mystery authors have been, to some extent, influenced by Agatha Christie, and this gender influence may be conscious for some and subconscious for others (if it exists).

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

That was a wonderful blog about Hercule Poirot. I didn't know he was such a small man, I pictured him on the TV series as being taller. I think my best remembrance was The Murder on the Orient Express. Suchet did a new version of the book and it was outstanding. Though I am  Miss Marple fan, the Poirot mysteries were just as good.

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

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dulcinea3 wrote:

Hi, Wendy, and thanks for joining us!  I also got heavily into reading Agatha Christie in junior and senior high school.

 

As I read your blog about your 'love affair' with Poirot, a thought came to me - I wonder whether there is a link between the sex of an author's main sleuth and their earlier preference for Poirot or Miss Marple.  If we took a poll, would we find that authors with male sleuths are Poirot fans, and authors with female sleuths prefer Miss Marple?  Or maybe they even love Tommy and Tuppence, and ended up with a detecting duo of their own!  I am sure that many mystery authors have been, to some extent, influenced by Agatha Christie, and this gender influence may be conscious for some and subconscious for others (if it exists).


What a fabulous question! We should take a survey.

 

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

Yes it is the same one. It is funny how the titles are different depending on whether they are an American or an English publication. I think they changed it to take out the Lord Edgeware figuring that wouldn't go over well with Americans. Just my take anyway.

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

That is really interesting. I wonder how true it is for writers. I will have to start asking people to see. I hope others will weigh in and let us know which sleuths the liked from Agatha Christie and what they write now. Can't wait to see the unofficial results! Thanks for the comment!

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

Partly he seems smaller now because people in general are so much taller. Also I think Hollywood has a lot to do with making him appear taller. The esthetics wouldn't be right if he was too short for the leading ladies.

 

Now we are taking an unofficial poll. If you are a writer, do you write with a male or female sleuth?

Wendy

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WS_Gager wrote:

Yes it is the same one. It is funny how the titles are different depending on whether they are an American or an English publication. I think they changed it to take out the Lord Edgeware figuring that wouldn't go over well with Americans. Just my take anyway.


I think some of the PBS Christie shows use the British titles, because I've noticed a lot of the books have been reissued here and are now available in British AND American titles. Which makes it even more confusing!

 

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WS_Gager wrote:

Partly he seems smaller now because people in general are so much taller. Also I think Hollywood has a lot to do with making him appear taller. The esthetics wouldn't be right if he was too short for the leading ladies.

 

Now we are taking an unofficial poll. If you are a writer, do you write with a male or female sleuth?

Wendy


 

Well, I write romantic suspense, which means I have a hero and heroine who get caught up in the investigation. Now, I am a big fan of Tuppence and Tommy,. but I like Miss Marple best. 

 

But I also like a lot of the non-series-detective books that feature female "leads."

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

Very nice article on Poirot. Christie made him very unique. Someone I could picture in my mind.

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

WS_Gager, Thanks for being with us. What do you like about Hercule Poirot? Do you like him better than Miss Marple?

 

Do you have a favorite?

 

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

I read a lot of Miss Marple but if I had choice it would be Poirot all the way. Not sure why, he is just my favorite. Hands down.

 

Also want to add a special thanks to Becke. She does a great job hosting and all the trivia she finds is amazing.

Wendy

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Re: Author Wendy Gager blogs about Hercule Poirot

Wendy - sorry I was gone for awhile. I went to a Jenny Crusie book signing and got home pretty late. Thank you so much for a great blog - you really got the conversation going!

 

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Thank you, Wendy, for your blog on Poirot, and becke, for all the wonderfully organized information on Poirot.

I don't know if I have a favorite Poirot books--they are all great, really. I do get a kick out of the ones where Hastings accompanies Poirot. I like the quote where Poirot says to Hastings, "Always the auburn hair", as that is the kind of woman Arthur frequently  is attracted to. I am  now looking forward to reading your books, Wendy, with an eye open for possible Poirot connections! What fun!

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Fricka wrote:

Thank you, Wendy, for your blog on Poirot, and becke, for all the wonderfully organized information on Poirot.

I don't know if I have a favorite Poirot books--they are all great, really. I do get a kick out of the ones where Hastings accompanies Poirot. I like the quote where Poirot says to Hastings, "Always the auburn hair", as that is the kind of woman Arthur frequently  is attracted to. I am  now looking forward to reading your books, Wendy, with an eye open for possible Poirot connections! What fun!


Oh, I like that, too - Hastings is such a romantic!