Tea & Murder: An Agatha Christie Podcast
The A.B.C. Murders with Ashley Norman
How different is the work of a real-life private investigator to the work of Hercule Poirot? In this episode, host Rebecca Thandi Norman interviews her sister (!) Ashley Norman, who is a former private investigator. They discuss how Poirot's work is similar to her own, whether there are really "famous" detectives, and the plot of The A.B.C. Murders. This is our last episode of season 1. Season 2 will start in fall 2023, but keep an eye out for a few fun episodes in between seasons this summer. Thank you for listening to "Tea & Murder: An Agatha Christie Podcast!"
Need to read something between seasons? How about a few books written by our guests this season:
First Class Murder by Robin Stevens (inspired by Murder on the Orient Express):
The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (a New Hercule Poirot Mystery)
Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism by Aja Barber
God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney
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10. At Bertam's Hotel with Dr Mark Aldridge57:56In the final episode of season 2, host Rebecca Thandi Norman speaks with Christie historian and writer Dr Mark Aldridge about a Miss Marple mystery that they both love: At Bertram's Hotel. Mark and Rebecca discuss the way Christie approaches the changes of the 1960s, the fantastic character of Bess Sedgwick, and why this is a book that may not be for those who want lots of clues and a big reveal at the end. They even imagine another ending (tell us if you prefer it too!).Mark is currently co-hosting the fabulous podcast "The Swinging Christies" with writer Gray Robert Brown, all about Christie's work in the sixties. Find it here.Read Mark's books:Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the Worldhttps://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780008296643Agatha Christie's Marple: Expert on Wickednesshttps://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780008522698Agatha Christie On Screen:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9781349676958Mentioned in this episode:Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre by Julius Greenhttps://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062313393Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email email@example.com or follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
9. Murder on the Links with Ragnar Jonasson45:14At age 17, Ragnar Jonasson began translating Agatha Christie books into his native Icelandic. Years later, Ragnar is a crime writer himself, specialising in the region's beloved "Nordic Noir" genre, but he still loves Christie's work. Jonasson and host Rebecca Thandi Norman talk about Ragnar's work as a translator, why he loves the Poirot & Hastings combination, and what book took the longest to translate. They discuss Murder on the Links, a book that Ragnar has a special connection to, and why it's a charming example of Christie's early Poirots.There is a partial spoiler for Lord Edgware Dies; one clue is partially revealed in a discussion of translation.Find out more about Ragnar Jonasson:http://www.ragnarjonasson.com/ // https://www.instagram.com/ragnarjo/?hl=enOur next book (and the final episode of season 2!) is At Bertram's Hotel:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062073693Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
8. An Appointment with Death with Manon Wogahn53:23**Please note that this episode contains mentions of suicide as part of the book discussion. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Please reach out to a loved one or a hotline in your country. All international hotlines can be found here.**We're chatting with Manon Wogan, the creator of Bookstagram account @mysterymanon and the fantastic The Cluesletter newsletter. Host Rebecca and Manon are talking about how to get involved with book-focused social media and dive into An Appointment with Death, the Christie book with a psychological edge.From talking about who they wish had been the murderer to why this book is different from all other Christies, Manon and Rebecca leave no stone unturned. Manon shares where this book sits for her in terms of her favorite Agatha Christies, other authors she loves, and what makes Poirot such an enduring character.Spoilers for An Appointment with Death and (sorry) by-proxy spoilers for Murder on the Orient Express.Follow @mysterymanon:https://www.instagram.com/mysterymanon/?hl=enSign up for The Cluesletter:https://www.manonwogahn.com/welcome-cluesletter/Our next episode is the penultimate episode of season 2! We'll be reading Murder on the Links:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780525565086Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email email@example.com. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
7. The Pale Horse with Freya McOmish55:14In this episode of Tea & Murder, host Rebecca Thandi Norman chats with digital designer, filmmaker, and astrology expert Freya McOmish. They discuss Agatha Christie's astrological birth chart, what makes astrology interesting, and how Chrstie typically includes spiritual and/or occult elements in her work.In the book club portion of the interview. Rebecca and Freya dive into The Pale Horse, the ideal book to reflect on how Christie often uses spiritual elements as a plot device in her mysteries. Please note that there are non-specific spoilers for The Pale Horse in this episode!In this episode, Freya mentions her forthcoming website, WooWoo. It is mentioned as www.woowoo.ooo, which is now redirected to www.hellowoowoo.com Stay tuned for updates!Looking for where to start with astrology? Freya recommends Astrology Zone with Susan Miller:https://www.astrologyzone.com/Next episode, we'll be talking about An Appointment with Death:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062074119Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
6. The Mousetrap with Kristian Husted47:16"The Mousetrap" is the longest running play of all time; we're discussing what keeps audiences coming back to this charming production! Director Kristian Husted recently staged a version with Copenhagen Theatre Circle, the English-language amateur theatre company based in Copenhagen. He speaks with host Rebecca Thandi Norman about the enduring appeal of the play, how to stage a mystery, and how to direct a play you've never seen before.Don't worry, there are NO SPOILERS in this episode. You're welcome!Please note that CTC's production of "The Mousetrap" has already run; we recorded this episode pre-release.See more about Copenhagen Theatre Circle here:https://ctcircle.dk/Our next episode features The Pale Horse:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062074119Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email email@example.com. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
5. And Then There Were None with Rachel Howzell Hall52:05It's our first repeat book of the book club, and we couldn't have chosen a better one: And Then There Were None. There are so many elements to explore about the best selling mystery novel of all time, so let's dive in. American author Rachel Howzell Hall discusses her own take on the structure They All Fall Down, as well as why Christie's book is such an enduring classic.And Then There Were None:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062073488See Rachel Howzell Hall's website:https://www.rachelhowzell.com/They All Fall Down:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780765398154These Toxic Things:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9781542027496Skies of Ash (book 2 of the Detective Lou Norton series):https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9781410490506To read for our next episode:The Mousetrap (our first play!)https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780573702440Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
4. Crooked House with Marthe Jocelyn50:57*Spoilers for Crooked House throughout this episode!*In this episode of Tea & Murder, host Rebecca Thandi Norman welcomes author Marthe Jocelyn to discuss Crooked House. They talk about the nature of evil in Christie's work, the psychology of the killer, and how to write murders that young readers connect to. Marthe is the author of the Aggie Morton series, a middle-grade book series based on Agatha Christie as a young girl.See Marthe Jocelyn's website:https://www.marthejocelyn.com/Follow Marthe on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/scissorhouse/reels/Read the Aggie Morton series:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780735265486Our next book is And Then There Were None:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062073488Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email email@example.com. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
3. The Mystery of the Blue Train with Levi Higgs41:28For this instalment of the book club, host Rebecca Thandi Norman is joined by David Webb Jewels's Head of Archive and Brand Heritage Levi Higgs to discuss The Mystery of the Blue Train. Levi is a jewelry expert, decorative arts aficionado, and mystery-lover, but he hasn't read much Christie...until now! The two discuss jewelry as a narrative device in mysteries, what works about the book (and what doesn't), and whether or not the regular person on the street would know a famous diamond if it smacked them in the face.Follow Levi Higgs on Instagram here:@levi_higgsMentioned in this episode:Simon Teakle:https://www.simonteakle.com/jewelryLarkspur & Hawke:https://larkspurandhawk.com/collections/all-jewelryArt of the Jewel Instagram account:https://www.instagram.com/artofthejewel/?hl=enWartski Instagram account:https://www.instagram.com/wartski1865/Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780345466952Read The Mystery of the Blue Train:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780593685365Next episode we're reading Crooked House:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062073532Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.
2. Murder in Mesopotamia with Caroline Crampton54:30*Spoilers for Murder in Mesopotamia*Our guest this episode is Caroline Crampton, author and host of the Shedunnit podcast. We discuss Murder in Mesopotamia, a book set in an archeological dig. Christie knew dig sites well, and that's reflected in the details of this book. Rebecca and Caroline discuss how her experiences shaped the book, colonial elements of the narrative, and why this is such a great example of a "closed box" mystery.Listen to Shedunnit's episode on Agatha's Archeologists:https://podcasts.apple.com/dk/podcast/shedunnit/id1439204048?i=1000554935371Pre-order Caroline's upcoming book, A Body Made of Glass:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780063273900Next episode's book is The Mystery of the Blue Train:https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780593685365Have feedback for us? We'd love to hear from you! Email email@example.com. You can also follow us on Instagram at @teaandmurder.