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Agatha Christie’s Many Houses

A portrait of a writer via her addresses.

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Mentioned in this episode:
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Sources consulted:
Agatha Christie’s Complete Secret Notebooks edited by John Curran
Agatha Christie: A Biography by Janet Morgan
Agatha Christie: An English Mystery by Laura Thompson
Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman by Lucy Worsley

Shedunnit episodes referenced:
At Home with Agatha Christie
Agatha The Adventuress
Agatha’s Archaeologists

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