Is Agatha Christie A Good Writer?

Her plots are second to none. But is the Queen of Crime a true literary great?

Thanks to my guest, Sophie Hannah. Her latest Poirot continuation novel is The Killings at Kingfisher Hill and is available from all good booksellers. Find out more about all of her books at and follow her on Twitter as @sophiehannahCB1.

There are no spoilers in this episode.

My new map and guide, Agatha Christie’s England, is available for pre order now in physical form at or as an audiobook at

Books mentioned and further information:

“The Case of Agatha Christie” by John Lanchester from the London Review of Books, December 2018
Agatha Christie: First Lady of Crime edited by H.R.F. Keating with a new introduction by Sophie Hannah
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World by Mark Aldridge
— There are two episodes of Shedunnit featuring Mark Aldridge: The Many Afterlives of Hercule Poirot and Swan Song
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

NB: Links to Blackwell’s are affiliate links, meaning that the podcast receives a small commission when you purchase a book there (the price remains the same for you). Blackwell’s is a UK bookselling chain that ships internationally at no extra charge.

To be the first to know about future developments with the podcast, sign up for the newsletter at

The podcast is on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram as @ShedunnitShow, and you can find it in all major podcast apps. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss the next episode. Click here to do that now in your app of choice.

Find a full transcript of this episode at

Music by Audioblocks and Blue Dot Sessions. See for more details.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.