This is a must read for all Agatha Christie fans. It's so rare to find any critical analysis of Agatha Christie, my all-time favorite author, so this book was such a treat. As an English major (many years ago), this felt like a warm blanket, and still so accessible.
Different aspects of Christie's works are covered, from the role of women, to her influence on later mystery writers, to aspects of information gathering and recall. There is also a very interesting essay on the movie Agatha, and the controversy and difficulties surrounding it.
I made this my before-bed book, because it required my absolute focus (so I couldn't let my brain drift to any worries or stress), and because, to me, it was a soothing and fascinating read. You can read just one essay at a time, but I would bet you'll get sucked in and find yourself unable to put this book down.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book, or my review itself.
First of all, the illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous. I was captivated by the visual portraits right from the start.
The mini-biographies about each woman are great as well. There were a lot of famous women I had already heard of, but quite a few I knew very little about. With some of the bios I wanted more, but in this case I think that's a good thing. This book has inspired me to go out and learn more about these women and their incredible lives.