The Pale Horse

How Agatha Christie’s spooky story inspired real life murderers and detectives.

A friendly warning: there are major spoilers for The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie in this episode.

Special thanks today to my guests Kathryn Harkup and Sarah Phelps. Kathryn’s book is A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie and she’s on Twitter @RotwangsRobot. Sarah’s adaptation of The Pale Horse is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and in the US on Amazon Prime from 13 March. She’s on Twitter @PhelpsieSarah. Also, I’m indebted to Nick Hilton of Podot Pods for his recording assistance.

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Books and sources:
The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh
“How Agatha Christie mystery The Pale Horse may have inspired a murderer” by Kathryn Harkup for the Guardian
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

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