This Summer: Cool Down With Agatha Christie Read-Alongs & A Watch-Along

Agatha Christie is a name familiar to a lot of people. She is one of the most read and beloved authors in the world. She was my introduction into the world of adult literature and mysteries, and this year, she’s coming back with a whole new look when HarperCollins reissues all the books in the Christie collection. Almost all of the books with the exception of the Tommy and Tuppence books will be out this summer. Tommy and Tuppence will follow in Winter 2012

HarperCollins is proud to now be Agatha Christie’s global publisher and will be reissuing all of her books in beautiful trade paperback editions. These wonderful authentic editions are exactly as Christie wrote them using the original UK texts. Read all of the Christie mysteries including the Hercule Poirot Mysteries, the Miss Marple Mysteries, and the Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries. And don’t miss a single one of Christie’s stand-alone novels and short stories.

Very exciting. In celebration, 5 bloggers (me included) will be hosting read-alongs of Christie’s work over the summer (from Memorial Day to Labors Day. Sign up information and information on books for all the areas can be found at the different blogs. We would love for you to join in on the readalongs of some of your favorites books or to discover some new ones. This will be my first time reading the Poirot books, so I am eager to dive into the books and the movies.

Bookclub Girl -Short Stories
Booking Mama – Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Devourer of Books– Standalones
Linus’s Blanket – Masterpiece Theater Mystery Movies
The Sunday Review – Miss Marple Series

Sign up to join us on the Mr. Linky below.

For those interested in the Watch- Along, the schedule will be as follows:

June 20th-June 26th: Three Act Tragedy – PBS June 19th
June 27th-July 3rd: The Clocks – PBS June 26th
July 4th-July 10th: Hallowe’en Party – PBS July 3rd
July 11th-July 17th:Β  The Pale Horse – PBS July 10th

The movies will be available for streaming on the PBS website for a month after each airdate.

If you plan on participating, you can win a set of the books to get you started.Β  I have five sets to give away. To win a set, e-mail me at nicole [at] linussblanket [dot] com with the subject line “Nicole, I want to watch Agatha Christie movies with you this summer.” I will pick five winners on Friday morning.

I will post a more detailed schedule next week, and we’ll have some prize packs for the participants, that I am really excited about.

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  1. Kay

    OK, I can’t believe you haven’t read any Poirot books yet. You will have such a good time, at least I hope so. Poirot is a great character – sorta like Mr. Monk, but not not quite as OCD. LOL

  2. This is so cool! I have never read any Agatha Christie books, but this summer seems like the perfect time to start! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. This is really awesome! I can’t wait for the read-along to start! This new edition by Harper Collins looks really wonderful! Can’t wait to see it in the stores! If I may make a suggestion on the movie front – you might find ‘And Then There Were None’ (based on a stand-alone novel) and ‘Death on the Nile’ (based on a Hercule Poirot novel) quite interesting. ‘And Then There Were None’ is one of my alltime favourite Christies and the movie is wonderful too.

  4. Martha@Hey, I want to read that

    Yippee, yippee, yippee!! This is going to be so much fun. I was already excited about Poirot being back on Masterpiece and now even more so. I have to tell a quick, funny story. Last season my daughter and I were watching Murder on the Orient Express when she said ” I can’t remember who did it.” All I could do is look at her asking if she was serious. Boy, did she slap her head.

  5. The temptresses are back at it again. So did you guys get bored or what? You only have six projects going instead of the normal 12! Hee hee. I’d love to read some Agatha Christie. I can’t make any promises…I’ve got more than a full plate this summer and some big plans with some big books. But I just might try one or two. We will see!

  6. Tiffani

    This is great. I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan and the new additions look great

  7. Pam

    How fun! This looks like an awesome summer read-a-long. I haven’t read Agatha Christie in years but this might give me an excuse to get back into it.

  8. I can’t wait to see what the new covers look like! Hope you enjoy discovering Poirot!

  9. Amy

    Agatha Christie was also my introduction to adult literature nd mysteries! By age 12 I finished the YA section of our library (I had quite a lot of time to read when I was home recovery from surgery for several months every year) and my mom didn’t want me to read adult books with a lot of sex and other scenes so she gave me Agatha Christies books. They were fantastic! Of course, I don’t remember all of them so I hope I’ll have the time to read some this summer. But I’m definitely watching the movies!

  10. I actually shrieked out loud when I saw that HarperCollins is reissuing her books. I read Agatha Christie for the first time during a hot, hot summer spent variously in Florida and Georgia and Louisiana being hot, hot, hot. This summer looks like it’s shaping up to be just as bad. Agatha Christie is what I exactly need. πŸ˜€

  11. This sounds like a blast and I’m really excited that HarperCollins is reissuing her books..Yay!!!!

  12. I’ve joined the Agatha Christie challenge and am only one book in, so I look forward to reading your posts πŸ™‚

  13. I’ve been thinking of giving Agatha Christie a try this summer, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect! I’ll keep a lookout for your reading schedule so I can try the first one with you all. Sounds fun!

  14. I am looking forward to this summer book/movie club. I love Agatha Christie and look forward to adding to the conversation.
    M.J. Macie

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  16. Veens

    I am yet to see a movie based on Agatha Christie’s books! I hav to πŸ™‚

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