The end of Poirot is nigh

Cover of CurtainBoth David Suchet and I are mourning the end of the immaculate DVD series of Poirot novels on which he has been working for 25 years. Not that we’re quite there in New Zealand yet– it has just screened in Britain to an audience of 5.2 million, but the DVDs are yet to arrive here.

Suchet’s depiction of Poirot has eclipsed all who came before and the stunning 1930s settings are models of architectural and design excellence. Beautifully directed and superbly acted, the production of this series could probably sell any mystery writer’s output. The fact that it is the writings of the queen of golden age crime is just the icing on the cake.

Its easy to dismiss Agatha Christie now, but despite some dated attitudes and the development of much more sophisticated crime novels in recent times, her work still stands up.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd topped a recent Crime Writers Association poll of crime writers to find the best crime novel of the last 60 years. Like all her books it confuses and bamboozles the reader to the very end, just as a mystery novel is meant to.

The thing that trips me up is the shocking anti-Semitism which frequently crops up in the books, making me realise how widespread and acceptable it was in British society before World War Two. I’m pretty sure you won’t see it rearing its ugly head in the DVDs – which is another thing in their favour.

So keep your eagle eyes open. The last – and possibly the best – if the reviews can be believed, will be arriving just as soon as we can get hold of it.

4 thoughts on “The end of Poirot is nigh

  1. ValerieL 23 November 2013 / 10:38 am

    I really enjoy watching David Suchet’s interpretation of Poirot. I have seen many Poirot’s over the years, but he got my little gray cells working overtime. Everytime I see an Agatha Christie movie, I realise I have never read one. She is on my literary bucket list. If you enjoy Agatha Christie, you might like Josephine Tey. She was writing at about the same time as A.C., but didn’t write for as long. Her books are a little hard to come by, but worth the read.

    • berniceccl 23 November 2013 / 11:30 am

      Ooh yes she’s one of my favourites – especially The Daughter of Time when the detective is in hospital and starts trying to find out the truth about Richard III

      • ValerieL 23 November 2013 / 4:31 pm

        Inspector Grant was layed up in hopsital for ages and almost solve a possible homicide. I think I’ll try and get hold of that and re-read it if I can’t get hold of The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

  2. Gallivanta 23 November 2013 / 2:24 pm

    Loved David Suchet’s recent interview on the BBC. And then there is Nicola Upson’s fascinating recreation of Josephine Tey!

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