Nemesis by Agatha Christie

Nemesis, Agatha Christie, 1971

My favorite quote: “Any coincidence is worth noticing. You can throw it away later if it is only a coincidence.”

Most interesting characters: Miss Jane Marple, a small-town spinster who just can’t seem to get away from dead people; Jason Rafiel, a recently-deceased millionaire; Michael Rafiel, Jason’s son; Verity Hunt, whose untimely demise thwarted her plans to marry Michael many years ago; Clotilde Bradbury-Scott, who identified Verity — and whose name is Clotilde. I’ll do anything to say “Clotilde” 

Opening scene: In the opening of Nemesis, Agatha Christie introduces Miss Marple, who is reading her afternoon paper, and thinking to herself — as she reads the obituaries — how sad it is that people are so interested in death nowadays

The gist: Miss Marple receives a letter from her recently-deceased friend, Mr. Rafiel, asking her to look into a crime after his death. Unfortunately, he fails to mention who was involved in the crime or even when or where it took place. Miss Marple — in true Miss Marple-style — soon finds herself tangled in a web of murder 

Greatest strengths: If there’s one thing I’ve always felt gets overlooked about Agatha Christie, it’s her humor. Under all the murder and mayhem lies a funny, funny lady. Granted, her sense of humor is pretty black, but it’s there — and it shines bright in Nemesis. (Also, in Nemesis, Agatha Christie named one of her characters Clotilde. That counts as a major strength to me. Like I said, I’ll do anything to say “Clotilde.” It just tickles something deep inside me. Probably my inner child or something, who knows? Can inner children be ticklish?

Standout achievements: Seriously … is there anything Agatha Christie can’t do? The answer to that question is, of course, no. Nemesis centers on the investigation of a crime that has no starting point — no time of death, no place of murder, no body, and no suspects … and yet, here we are. If there’s ever been any question as to why they call Agatha Christie the Queen of Crime, Nemesis ought to clear it right up

Fun Facts: My sister acquired an adorable kitty not too long ago and named her like, Sox, or something. I can’t remember. Anyway, I have officially renamed the kitty Clotilde, and now I get to say “Clotilde” whenever I want — I merely have to randomly insert her into conversations like I’m doing now. Anyway, none of this really has anything to do with Nemesis or Agatha Christie, I just didn’t want anyone to think I was kidding when I said I’d do anything to say “Clotilde”

Other media: There are a few adaptations of Nemesis, including the 1987 BBC broadcast, and the 2007 ITV adaptation 

Additional thoughts: In Nemesis, Agatha Christie deals — albeit very subtly — with homosexual themes … in none other than the character of Clotidle! Given the time period, Agatha Christie was kind of ahead of her time in that way

Hit or Miss: Nemsis, like every other Agatha Christie book I’ve ever read, is a hit

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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