How much did Agatha Christie really know about dead bodies?
Thanks to my guest for this episode, Carla Valentine. She is a trained mortuary technician and the technical curator at Barts Pathology Museum in London. She’s also the author of Murder Isn’t Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie.
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There are no major plot spoilers in this episode, although there is some discussion of the death in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.
— The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
— The Tuesday Night Club aka The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
— Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
— Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
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