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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Poirot is my favourite Christie character, so I was pleased to read that the author has done him justice with these new novels.
    As she is already a best-seller, she won’t miss me not buying a copy, as I have to say I have been rather spoiled by the David Suchet TV series. I can no longer see any other aspect of the character, since he took on the role. Despite my love for the time period, (and the Art Deco font on the top cover) I believe that the character should be left in his time and place, and don’t feel the need for more of his adventures.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Peter (I had written Poirot first! It goes to show how much we think about the character). I understand perfectly well what you mean. I also cannot help but think of David Suchet, although I have read that there are new adaptations planned. I must confess the offer of the book came at a curious time for me. I had just been chatting to my mother about Agatha Christie and how she had actually written the last adventure of both Poirot and Miss Marple early in her career, leaving instructions the circumstances when they should be published, and observed that due to that we were unlikely to have a never-ending number of Poirot adventures written by other writers, when I saw this and wondered what (apart from the money-making opportunity and issues of copyright) had induced the organisation to commission more novels and why from this writer in particular. So I felt curious enough to check it out. And yes, I could see it on the telly, for sure.
      Have a great week.

  2. Hi Olga. I enjoyed this very mindful review. I understand the desire to write and to read fan fiction… yet at the same time I don’t. I realize this is not presented as fan fiction, but as the genuine article… and I get that someone (who apparently is legally able to) commissioned her to write Christie’s character. I know it shouldn’t, but the whole idea just bugs me.
    I’m sure it’s a fantastic story and that she is a wonderful writer, able to imagine characters of her own. I don’t mean any offense.
    Keep up the wonderful reviews. Looking forward to anything you write. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I know what you mean. As I told Pete, I was curious because I knew it had been done for other characters (James Bond, for example) but had never read any of the stories resulting from those efforts and was intrigued. I wonder what Christie might have thought about it, although I am aware she wasn’t too fond of Poirot, so she might not have been that opposed to the idea.
      In some cases, fan-fiction or variations on novels are clearly homages or actualizations of stories and characters that might help get more readers to the original. I guess no stories are truly original, and as you say, here it is all legal and aboveboard. I must confess to enjoying some stories or characters so much that I’d like to read more about them and have even thought about writing their stories myself but I am not sure I’d ever feel comfortable doing it (not that I’ve been offered!). But the appetite for stories in the Christie universe is enormous, so I’m not surprised by the move.
      Have a great week!

      1. That’s very true. I’m sure I would enjoy this one. Hurricane on the way… Hugs.

  3. I find it quite odd that someone is writing about Poirot. He is so famous and there are many books featuring him so it seems unnecessary to me. I am a purest and don’t understand these things. Your review is good but I don’t think I would read a book of this nature that is not written by Agatha Christie.

    1. I know what you mean, Robbie. It is an official thing, though, and the author has been chosen by the Agatha Christie’s Society (https://www.agathachristie.com/)so they must think it is a good way to get readers to keep interested and perhaps get new readers to discover the classics. I don’t think it’s necessary either, but Christie was very savvy and she might have been all for it (who knows?). She was not that fond of Poirot. There are many authors who write novels in franchises or new versions or reimaginings of classics (and prequels and sequels), and I have enjoyed some of those, so perhaps it does not matter so much where the inspiration comes from if people want to read it. I have never been one for writing fan-fiction but it is quite a big thing.
      But there are plenty of new books as well. In my case, I was just curious to see how the author would go about it.
      Have a great week.

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