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Discussion: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. The Murder at the Vicarage was Christie’s very first mystery to feature her [...]

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Discussion: 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

“A man strangled a woman!  In a train.  I saw it.” Mrs. McGillicuddy – 4.50 from Paddington Elspeth McGillicuddy was not a woman usually given to hallucinations.  But when she witnesses a woman being strangled on a train, no-one believes her.  With no other witnesses and no corpse, she turns to the one person who can help, but how can [...]

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Lee and Low Award News

Bird is this year’s winner of the West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Award. Tofu Quilt has been nominated for New Jersey’s 2012 Garden State Teen Book Awards. Two of our books have won the 2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People: The Can Man in the Grades Pre-K-3 category, and Only One Year in the Grades 4-6 category. Share [...]

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Interview with Michele Richard

Where are you from? I’m from Waltham, Ma. just outside Boston. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a reporter or a lawyer What do you do to unwind and relax? To relax? I actually write to relax. It’s my stress reliever. Tell us a bit about your family. I’ve [...]

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The Guardian Angel Diary by Grant Schnarr

This fictional tale of love, courage, and hope follows the life of a teenage girl as she faces a life-threatening illness in the aftermath of her mother’s recent death. Seeking answers, she begins a journal that becomes a vehicle for her to communicate with her guardian angel. Oh my! No matter what you think about guardian angels, this book will [...]

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The Agatha Christie Read-Along!

About the republication of Agatha Christie by Harper:   HarperCollins is proud to now be Agatha Christie’s global publisher and will be reissuing all of her books in beautiful trade paperback editions. These wonderful authentic editionsare exactly as Christie wrote them using the original UK texts. Read all of the Christie mysteries including the Hercule Poirot Mysteries, the Miss Marple [...]

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Agatha Christie Book/Film Club Activities

Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club Agatha Christie ACTIVITIES In Agatha Christie’s novels, party games often have a lethal outcome. Hallowe’en Party introduces two such pastimes: “Snapdragon” and “Bobbing for Apples.” A third game, “The Flour Game,” is also described. Consider adding one or more of these diversions to your gathering, be it held on All Hallows Eve or any [...]

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Agatha Christie Book/Film Club Discussion Questions

Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club Agatha Christie DISCUSSION QUESTIONS For her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie wanted her detective to be “someone who hadn’t been used before.” Thus, the fastidious retired policeman Hercule Poirot was born—a fish-out-of-water, inspired by Belgian refugees she encountered during World War I, in the seaside town of Torquay, where she [...]

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Who Was Agatha Christie?

Masterpiece Mystery! Book & Film Club Agatha Christie WHO WAS AGATHA CHRISTIE? Biography A mother declares that her young daughter will not be allowed to read before age eight. “Better for the eyes and also the brain,” the mother says. But by age five, the child, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, had already taught herself to decipher the letters in her [...]

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Delicious Death Cake Recipe!

Cooks around the world celebrated Christie’s 120th anniversary by baking their very own Delicious Death, the exclusive recipe created by Jane Asher. You’ll find everything you need to make your own Delicious Death below. ——————————– Ingredients 175g dark chocolate drops (50-55% cocoa solids) 100g softened or spreadable butter 100g golden caster sugar 5 large eggs ½ tsp vanilla extract 100g [...]

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My BEA pics – 2011

Was trying desperately not to have to upload these pictures for all to see, considering I was melting at the convention and my hair is slicked back making me look like a creepy used car salesman, but here goes.  There are only four.   This first one is of Tony Hawk and myself. I waited over an hour on line [...]

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The Note by Mike O’Mary + Giveaway

The Note is a book about the power of appreciation and how a simple note of appreciation can change a person’s life. This is the book and the story that inspired the Note Project, a global movement to make the world a million times better by inspiring 1 million people to write notes of appreciation, and by supporting literacy projects [...]

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