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“… cogently argued … … highly original … an accessible way for readers to understand how the novels work as puzzles.”

Dr John Curran

Agatha Christie archivist, expert and interpreter of her notebooks.

The ‘Golden Age’ of detective fiction in the United Kingdom can fairly be regarded as being roughly the period between 1918 and 1945.  Over that time Poirot appeared in 21 of Agatha Christie’s novels.  The puzzle elements in those novels – Solution, Plot and Clues – are comprehensively examined for the first time in Agatha Christie's Golden Age.  John Goddard brings to this unofficial analysis of Christie’s work not only the enthusiasm and warmth of a lifelong Christie fan but also the forensic skills of a former lawyer who was for many years a partner in a major City law firm in London.

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Dr John Curran

Agatha Christie archivist, expert and interpreter of her notebooks.

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“Poirot locked the door on the inside, and proceeded to a minute inspection of the room ….. ‘We have found in this room’, he said, writing busily, ‘six points of interest.  Shall I enumerate them, or will you?’”

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (chapter 4).