A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie, by Robert Barnard

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funny informative reflective medium-paced

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The author tries to explain why Agatha Christie is still so popular and widely read while most of her contemporaries are no longer in print. His answer is that Christie uses stock cardboard characters that allow the readers to substitute their local versions of the people.