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All About Agatha is a podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. For five years, Catherine Brobeck and Kemper Donovan revisited these novels in publication order, ranking them according to pre-set criteria (plot, character, etc.). Tragically, Catherine Brobeck passed away at the end of 2021. Since then, Kemper has completed ...
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The opposite of true crime. Part book club, part interview show, Tea & Murder is a podcast all about Agatha Christie and her work. Every episode, host Rebecca Thandi Norman has an exciting guest to discuss an Agatha Christie book, story, or play of their choice. With a smattering of literary analysis and a big dose of humor, Rebecca and her guest dive into why we like the things we like, what makes a great mystery, and every conceivable element of the Agatha Christie universe. Welcome to Tea ...
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In 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 f…
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Actor Lee Samuel Tanng has appeared in TEN (!!) regional productions of plays based on Agatha Christie novels over the last eleven years. He sat down with me to discuss the joys of regional theater, the particular challenges (and advantages) of pulling off a murder mystery in real time, and of course, to rank his ten experiences from least to most …
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Perhaps it was inevitable that an episode about the longest-running play in history would be the longest episode ever produced on this podcast.... And yet there's nary a spoiler in it; so tuck in, safe in the knowledge that the secret of The Mousetrap remains safely locked in my heart. Nibble nibble. Squeak squeak. Special thanks to my guests Phil …
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Alex Michaelides has a new mystery out, and I had such a great time geeking out with him about Agatha Christie and other literary inspirations of his, including the great Ruth Rendell. You can purchase Alex's new book, The Fury, in the United States here. And you can pre-order it in the UK (it's out February 1st) here. You can purchase my new book,…
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At 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 & Hasting…
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I've talked a bunch--especially recently--about Agatha Christie and the theater. But what is it like to put on an Agatha Christie play? In particular, in one of those smaller regional/community venues that so frequently put on Christie's plays? Thanks to the three experts I gathered together for this episode, we can begin to answer that question. Y…
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**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 …
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And you thought the days of bumper-sized episodes of All About Agatha were behind you.... This one might be a bit of a cheat, since it's a Frankenstein's monster (a Bella Baxter?!) of a few different things: 1) a nice long "mail bag"/"housekeeping" segment; 2) a fresh episode analyzing "The Naughty Donkey" in Christie's Star Over Bethlehem and Othe…
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In 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.…
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Kate Jackson knows her stuff when it comes to classic crime, and then some. I had such a good time talking to her about non-Christie authors of the Golden Age, and then engaging in a choose-your-own-adventure-style exercise that took us through various plot points she meticulously pulled from scores of Christie novels, short stories, and plays. Wha…
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It's time to discuss friend of the podcast Sophie Hannah's murder mystery musical movie!! Mystery and musical fans, unite!! To rent/buy Sophie's movie in the U.S., click here. To rent/buy Sophie's movie in the UK, click here. To visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page, click here. You can pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, in the …
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"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 appe…
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If you like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, then this episode is for you! If you like theater, then this episode is *really* for you! Mark was a delight; his passion for Ackroyd, theater, and all things Agatha Christie shines through our entire conversation. Enjoy! Click here to download the Orson Welles radio adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd…
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It'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 s…
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What an excellent opportunity this conversation was to use--and explain--such new-fangled terms as "Booktube," "Bookstagram," and "BookTok." If the online world of readerly appreciation befuddles you (as it often does me), then allow Mara Sinclair to explain all.... For more Mara in your life, check out her YouTube Channel, Bookslikewhoa. You can a…
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*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 Mort…
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'Tis the season for a spooky Christie story, and this one does not disappoint. On the contrary, I would argue it raises the bar by marrying elements of the supernatural and the rational, all in one text. Apparently you can have a trick and a treat; you don't have to choose! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can pre-…
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For 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…
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If you are a longtime listener of this podcast, Jamie Bernthal-Hooker is no stranger to you. But until now, our conversations have focused on his scholarly endeavors vis-a-vis Christie. Last month, I was fortunate enough to snag him for a half-hour at the Agatha Christie Festival to discuss his creative project satirizing murder mysteries in genera…
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*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 e…
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Get ready for some hot mics: it's time for a live episode of All About Agatha at the 2023 Agatha Christie Festival! I hope you'll be able to share in some of the fun we had down in Torquay this year, because we certainly had a lot of it. Enjoy! Please visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. Please pre-order my upcoming mystery novel…
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Author and creator of Hill House Vintage Paula Sutton joins the show to talk about the Poirot classic, "Murder on the Orient Express." She and host Rebecca Thandi Norman discuss "vintage style, not vintage values," why we find certain aesthetics comforting, and why this particular mystery is so enduring. They also talk about the book's abrupt endin…
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"Agatha Christie believed in evil..." Season 2 of Tea & Murder: An Agatha Christie Podcast is coming! Get a sneak peek of what's in store with our short trailer. Our first episode comes out on Tuesday, 26th September. We'll be discussing Murder on the Orient Express with Paula Sutton. Read it here: https://bookshop.org/a/87919/9780062073495 Have fe…
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Yes, yes: Agatha Christie famously abstained from cocktails and all other alcoholic drinks. So how was it possible to write an entire book--and speak for an entire hour--about Christie and cocktails?! Take a listen and find out! Colleen's book, Agatha Whiskey: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Bestselling Novelist of All Time is available at all major …
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I loved geeking out with Karen over the top ten "food-related" books within the Christie canon, and I think you will too! Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can purchase Karen's book here. You can pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy Body, here. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit them here for 10% off your first…
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On this episode I talk generally about the stage plays of Agatha Christie (that we know of thus far), but first I do a massive housekeeping segment with messages from all of you. (Letters! We've got letters! We've got stacks and stacks of letters!) It's such a joy to hear from as many of you as I do; please keep in touch. Visit and subscribe to the…
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What does host Rebecca Thandi Norman think of the controversy surrounding word changes in Christie's books? Will the podcast be discussing film adaptations moving forward? Producer Kate and Rebecca discuss these questions and more in the second part of the listener Q&A. Season 2 begins next month! Please note that there is some feedback throughout …
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I had such a great time focusing on Agatha Christie's theatrical endeavors, with the person who knows more about them than anyone else in the world. Come delight with me and Julius Green in all the drama! You can visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. You can buy the newer, paperback edition of Julius's book (with a slightly altere…
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In this bonus episode between seasons, host Rebecca Thandi Norman and producer Kate Krosschell answer listener questions, including Rebecca's favorite Christies, whether she reads anything else (spoiler: she does), and whether the show will ever cover film and TV adaptations. Mentioned in this episode: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster https:/…
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Get ready for another panoramic episode, in which I take full stock of the Christie canon from the unusual perspective of the dedications she (usually) inserted at the front of her books. I even managed to unearth some unsolved (by me, anyway) mysteries.... Visit and subscribe to the podcast's Patreon page here. Pre-order my mystery novel, The Busy…
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My former co-host Catherine Brobeck loved this short story, and this episode about this short story. And so do I! It's also one of the short stories under discussion at this year's upcoming International Agatha Christie Festival in September, during which my co-panelists and I will crown Agatha Christie's Greatest Short Story. Take a listen to the …
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I loved everything about this nerdiest of episodes... other than the fact that Catherine Brobeck wasn't here to delight in this exercise alongside me. I know she would have dug it. I hope you do, too. Click here for the YouTube link to the recently uploaded (and free!) video of They Came to Baghdad, a 1950s television adaptation previously very har…
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