Favorite Christie Detective?
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I think I liked how Tommy and Tuppence just kind of stumbled into mysteries and were more amateurs than Hercule Poirot. They were more down to earth too, and Tuppence is also just a great name!
I have also developed a deep appreciation for Miss Marple. The fact is that the vast majority of the aphorisms and homilies that she pops out with are actually very apt. Agatha Christie had a pretty good understanding of human nature and, when she was concentrating, could concoct amazingly satisfying plots.
A current favorite is "Taken At The Flood", which is actually Hercule Poirot, but it is an excellent example of Christie's understanding of people and their natural behavior patterns.
Didn't you like Joan Hickson's Miss Marple? I loved her gentle portrait of the spinster sleuth, whereas my first reaction to the new series was pretty negative. Initially I thought McEwan's interpretation was patronising and annoying. I did catch 4:50 From Paddington, which I thought was the best adaptation of all the versions, (I think John Hannah pulled it together) and that has made me warm towards her.
Do you prefer David Suchet's version of Poirot? For me nothing can beat the books- but I think Suchet's version has the perfect characters- a great Hastings and a very funny Japp.
I agree with you about the secondary characters, they're much more fleshed out in the Suchet version, especially Hastings, who is a particular favourite of mine. I read somewhere that Christie thought Albert Finney's performance in Murder on the Orient Express was perfectly in keeping with the character, but I prefer Suchet.
I still like them for sentimental reasons. And I was genuinely upset when Ustinov passed away (as I was when Joan Hickson died). That's something that the books have going for them, the characters only die if Christie decides they should.
CharlesTatumJr: If you're not a fan of Ustinov, do you have a favourite?
Of course "Murder on the Orient Express" is a tour de force - no question.
Nobody's mentioned The Mysterious Mr. Quin and Mr. Satterhwaite, but I like them too.
She solves murder mysteries and knits...
Suchet is a great Poirot, but Finney is a close second. His Poirot never turned his head. It's hysterical to watch.
David Suchet is a magnificent Poirot, and I am truly saddened that there will be no new Poirot movies after this years season. :(
I haven't read too much of Superintendent Battle, but from I would like to read more. He sounds thoroughly sensible.