Following in the footsteps of our previous post, tonight's entry is another by the grande dame of mystery novels, Agatha Christie; this time not featuring famously moustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot but another of well known characters, the presumably facial hair free Miss Jane Marple, aka Miss Marple.
Originally titled The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side, this is the eighth of the twelve books starring the spinster turned sleuth and, apparently, inspired by the true, tragic story involving the birth of Gene Tierney's first child. (A portion of the plotline is at least. I won't spoil it for you by detailing the whole story but, if you're into that sort of thing, this page will.)
Anywhoo, like many of her books, The Mirror Crack'd was later adapted for film. Thanks to the wonders of You Tube, here's the trailer for the 1980 version starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple and an ensemble cast featuring (among other less famous people) Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Richard Burton and Tony Curtis.
And yes, I will totally be watching this later to see what other sort of awesome, horrific, awesomely horrific and / or horrifically awesome outfits Taylor and Novak sport during the course of the film. Although I doubt anything will top Liz's purple and white flower hat.
Continuing our leisurely stroll through this pile of pulp fiction found by the husband over the course of a couple of leisurely strolls around one or more local flea markets this past Summer, tonight's entry is An Overdose Of Death by Agatha Christie. Interestingly, one of only a handful of Christie novels to appear on the blog over the years and only the second featuring famously moustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
A trivial fact made slightly more interesting, to me at least, based on the fact this single book has been published under at least three titles. (According to Wikipedia The Patriotic Murders is the second; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe was it's original title.)
Cover illustration by Adams
Naturally this knowledge led to a brief flickr search for examples of other editions / titles. Not so surprisingly, I found three. Interested parties can check out an alternate but similarly minded Dell edition here; a Pocket Books edition of The Patriotic Murders here; and a Fontana edition with the original title and cover sure to make anyone with a dentist phobia feel slightly uncomfortable, here.
(The Pocket Books one is my favorite of the bunch.)
As a fan of crime fiction novels, crime fiction films, film adaptations of crime fiction novels and TCM, needless to say, I've seen the 1941 movie version quite a few times. Yet for some reason, it's never occurred to me to track down a copy of the original novel. (Or rather a copy of the collected original installments; from what I understand most of Hammett's novels were first published as serials.) Now that one has essentially dropped into my lap I'm definitely moving it to the top of my reading pile.
(Sorry The Corpse Steps Out! And yes, I'm referring to the same euphemistic vacation reading pile referenced in our previous post. Even though I still have no plans for a vacation any time soon.)