Murder Isn’t Easy

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.

Books referenced:
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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