Best Agatha podcasts we could find (Updated October 2018)
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All About Agatha is a weekly podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. Every month we revisit one of these novels in the order they were first published in the UK. Discussions range from plotting and interpretation to the impact of the beloved adaptations to an attempt at ranking them all. On the weeks in between, we take a ...
 
A universally beloved woman has been murdered. But who would have the heart to kill Agatha Webb? Would her husband do it for money matters? Or would it be the cook, who died at about the same time? Or would it be the rich and well-connected Mr. Fredrick, who ran away into the woods? This work is also for feminist fiction lovers. As the story starts right after the murder, we see how Miss Page, a servant at a rich house who is the sweetheart of the same Mr. Fredrick, wants to join the investi ...
 
Prayers from New Zealand, South Africa, and United States
 
Putting God First and the Holy Relationships that flow from Our First Love
 
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Given the ceaseless flitting of that winged and mysterious fourth dimension known as time, we have managed to pass the two-year mark for our podcast... which means it's time to check in on our rankings! In other words, we were given a great excuse to nerd out yet again over those Christie creations we've already covered, and boy, did we capital ...…
 
While a trip to the dentist with Agatha Christie is the only trip to the dentist one might actually enjoy, we are sad to report our enjoyment of this novel was somewhat sullied by the incompleteness of the puzzle mystery therein. Thank goodness for Inspector Japp, who makes his final appearance in a Poirot novel in these pages, and who does not ...…
 
I had the pleasure of meeting the Rev. Duncan McLea last week as he was our Preacher and Teacher last Sunday at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. Duncan is Rector and Team Leader of St. John’s Parish, Wynberg, which is composed of six churches in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. as well as The Warehouse. Additionally, ...…
 
Time for another wacky installment of the enigmatic Mr. Quin and the put-upon Mr. Satterthwaite, who we see traversing not only the Atlantic Ocean but the Canadian continent in this story of a fatal attraction. (Be assured that no bunnies will be harmed in the reading of this story, or the listening of this episode.)…
 
Vulcán de Pacaya, Antigua, Guatemala, 2018 We’ve seen a lot of natural disasters in the Americas in the recent past with hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and North Carolina, and wildfires in the Smoky Mountains and California. This past June we saw the devastation caused by Vulcano Fuego in Guatemala. I’ve made donations through work o ...…
 
It's been a while since we've had the pleasure of dissecting a miniature Poirot mystery puzzle, and this one has almost all the classic Christie clue tropes we've come to love. We also enjoyed revisiting our beloved Captain Hastings and Felicity Lemon, as brought to life on an extremely early episode of the Suchet series. Come and revel with us ...…
 
I participated in the Nuevo Amanacer (New Dawn) conference a few weeks ago at the Kanuga Retreat Center near Hendersonville, NC. As the biannual meeting of the Latino/Hispanic ministries of the Episcopal Church, I had opportunities to practice my Spanish. Although many of the attendees are fluent in both English and Spanish, my Spanish is halti ...…
 
While the characters populating this Poirot novel almost all live up to its melancholy title, we're happy to report our reading experience did not, as we both quite liked this unusually structured Christie puzzle mystery... despite some glaring plot holes.
 
To say we loved this shockingly unsung short story is an understatement. We may even have lurved it. Come take a walk with us on the darker, dread-laden side of Christie....
 
Nuevo Amanacer 2018, Opening Eucharist, Kanuga Retreat Center, NC I was introduced to new ideas at the Nuevo Amanacer (New Dawn) 2018 Conference last week at Kanuga Retreat Center in North Carolina. Over 400 people attended from the United States and Latin American countries at this bi-annual gathering of the Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the E ...…
 
Our final installment of the Partners in Crime series, in which we say goodbye for now to Tommy and Tuppence, and goodbye forever to the series that adapted the collection. As discussed in previous episodes, we don't love every aspect of Christie's married detective duo, but we found a lot to celebrate here nonetheless.…
 
Another doozy from Mr. Parker Pyne! Someone ought to revise that final couplet of Romeo and Juliet, because we’re pretty sure this story has more woe in it, albeit of the marital variety…. Join us in a discussion so far-ranging, it manages to incorporate creations by Cole Porter, Tennessee Williams, and Jerry Springer. (Yup, Jerry Springer. You ...…
 
And then it was time to talk about the film adaptations (and one televised adaptation, too). We were lucky enough to have Dr. Mark Aldridge, author of Agatha Christie on Screen, back on the podcast for an interview about the many films based on this novel. We hope you enjoy... and that you also forgive us the telephonic tinniness of our voices. ...…
 
A bit of a supersized episode for a supersized novel! It is time, at long last, for And Then There Were None. Join us as we focus on the text only (film adaptations to be discussed next week), and revel in what many consider to be Christie’s most glorious creation, outlier though it undoubtedly is when considered in the context of her overall c ...…
 
Kos, Greece, November 2014 Song of Hope by Rubén Darío A great flight of crows sullies the celestial blue. A millennial gust of wind smacks of pestilence. Men are killing each other in the Far East. Has the apocalyptic Antichrist been born? Omens have been discovered and prodigies seen, and the return of Christ seems imminent. The earth is preg ...…
 
We found quite a bit to mull over with regard to our titular character, that romance novel-reading, trivia contest-winning, accidental jewel-thieving Edward Robinson. Does he secure his, ahem, manhood by the end of the story? Did we as Twenty-First Century readers find the definition of said manhood in this story to be rather troubling? Yes and ...…
 
Church, House of Lydia, Kavala, Greece It is in time of war that we become most acutely aware of our dependence on God. Whether the conflict is between nations or people, it never seems like it ends as the forces of evil try to derail the forces of love. I cannot overcome evil alone but I can recognize it and not ignore it; call it out to other ...…
 
Tommy & Tuppence are ba-ack, so you know what that means: time to start digging for buried treasure! No, really. Join us for this Christmas adventure in July as we discuss, among other topics, the vagaries of keeping potatoes from spoiling in warm climates, and whether or not Tommy and Tuppence are in fact smug marrieds.... (They are.)…
 
So much happening at the "Bells and Motley" (let's dare not forget those quotation marks). This is a Mysterious Mr. Quin story, so we shouldn't be surprised that things get loopy, fast. But did you ever think a Christie story would directly reference the year 2025? We sure didn't!
 
from Episcopal General Convention, Austin, TX, July 2018 It’s not new. In Genesis, Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the snake. Even 2000 years ago, we weren’t good about owning up to our failings or even our complicity when something goes wrong. Did we really think that God wouldn’t know the truth? It seems that our “defensiveness” has ramped up ...…
 
Murder is easy... if you're a small-town serial killer with a whole host of deep-seated issues. But is this decidedly thriller-like puzzle mystery of Christie's easy to read? Or enjoy?
 
We all know diamonds are a girl's best friend, but are they a distressed lady's best friend? Let us discuss. (Also: if you were thinking to yourself that the one thing this podcast is missing is Marilyn Monroe, then boy are you in luck.)
 
Hoo boy, this one's a bit of a doozy, in that the mystery is unfortunately light and our amateur detective is unfortunately creepy. Join us as we sing a song of sixpence... none the richer, that is. (No, but seriously: what *is* a milky twilight?)
 
It's time to romp once again with our alliterative detective duo, and oh, what a romp we have here. Particularly in the televised adaptation, which we discuss at some length as the "mystery" of this one is rather... simple, shall we say? But not quite as simple as our poor, besotted "victim" Montgomery Jones.…
 
It is in no way beginning to look a lot like Christmas, either in the real world or inside the pages of this novel. What it *is* looking a lot like is that rare creature, an honest-to-goodness Agatha Christie locked room mystery! Leave your crackers and crowns at home, but perhaps bring along a sponge or paper towel to help absorb the oodles of ...…
 
We were honored to speak with Christie scholar John Curran, whose books we reference so liberally on our podcast! Despite some sound quality issues, we think you’ll enjoy the insights and opinions he shared with us in a wide-ranging conversation about all things Christie.
 
Jon Meacham’s new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels provides a condensed view of the history of the United States, chronicling the tougher times that we have endured. I enjoy reading history, and at my age, I’ve lived a lot of it! What strikes me in reading Meacham’s book is how our history has been distorted by the st ...…
 
At long last we complete our baker's dozen of stories within the Thirteen Problems, Christie's first collection of Miss Marple short stories. Get ready to go DEEP on issues of class--not quite as deep as our poor, pregnant (!) victim does in a river snaking through the woods of St. Mary Mead, but deep nonetheless. As we've come to learn by now, ...…
 
It was a big weekend for me. I had a 10-year anniversary yesterday and of course there was the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday! It was 10 years ago that I joined the Episcopal Church at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. In 2008, it was Mother’s Day, Pentecost Sunday and the day that the Bishop laid hands on ...…
 
Well this one has a lot of Sturm und Drang for what we've come to expect from the Beresfords! But really, when a story includes *both* a box of poisoned chocolates and a suspected case of ptomaine (t)poisoning, should we really be all that surprised when someone's bed goes up in flames?
 
St. George's Gate at the visitor's entrance to Windsor Castle, England One year ago on May 23rd I was at Windsor Castle on a pilgrimage with my church tracing our Anglican roots. The photo is from the St. George’s Gate at the visitor’s entrance into the Castle. Last month on April 7th I attended an Episcopal Revival in Honduras, ¡Avivamiento! w ...…
 
There are mothers, and then there are MOTHERS. Mrs. Boynton definitely belongs in the latter category, as we explore in our latest novel, another "travelling" Christie--this one set in and around the Holy Lands, including an extended stay in Petra (Indiana Jones and affiliated grail hunting not included). Get out your Freud, your Jung, and of c ...…
 
That's right; do not adjust your screens; before she wrote her much more famous Death on the Nile, Christie wrote a short story featuring her "heart specialist" Parker Pyne on a trip up that same (in)famous river.... Join us as we plumb the depths of this neat little puzzle mystery, which features a glancing reference to a substance these two A ...…
 
Harley Quin is ba-ack! But barely; he makes all but a fleeting appearance in this light yet surprisingly robust tale of double homicide rooted in a ghost story dating back to the English Civil War. (If you wanted a refresher on the "Roundheads" versus the "Cavaliers," you are in luck!) So grab some popcorn and watch along with us and Mr. Satter ...…
 
I’m still enjoying the afterthoughts from the Episcopal Revival I attended in Honduras a few weeks ago. It has fed my inner spirit with healing and revived my desire to live out the warm embrace of the Latino culture. I lived in San Antonio for 10 years before moving to Nashville and still miss my faith-filled friends there. I joined the Episco ...…
 
Rejoice, for our favorite (well, only) married detective duo are back! And they have chosen to put their brains together in the early Twentieth Century version of a Denny's restaurant to solve a murder-by-hatpin on the links that has been reported in the newspaper. Okay, sure! Plus we were able to shoehorn The Golden Girls into this episode, so ...…
 
I just returned from my first Episcopal Revival. Started in 2017 in Pittsburgh, these revivals by the Episcopal Church are designed to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in the language of the people and provide open space where we can share our stories about God. I attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Oklahoma City in 1983 and wondered if th ...…
 
This novel officially marks our progress through one third of Christie's canon! And it is of course much beloved among Christie fans... due in no small part to the outrageously enjoyable 1978 film adaptation (we're looking at you, Bette Davis; we are always looking at you). But there is much to discuss, not only about this adaptation and Suchet ...…
 
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and interpreter Dinorah Padro, April 7, 2018 I just returned from six days in Honduras where I toured a home for girls (Our Little Roses) and two Episcopal bilingual schools in the San Pedro Sula area, and attended an Episcopal Revival, ¡Avivamiento! in Siguatepeque. The revival was a great place of renewal with H ...…
 
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... unless that woman has Parker Pyne to turn to for help with her decidedly scornful husband. Is the "happy" result truly happy? Join us as we discuss this and such other topics as the nuances of movie makeovers (!!).
 
Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), Cambridge, MA Millions celebrated Easter yesterday, recognizing the power of a divine Man two thousand years ago. He came into the world to change us forever. Amidst our prosperity and success as measured by the world’s yardstick, we still haven’t conquered our despair. Despite our wealth and technolog ...…
 
That's right, there's no typo in this episode's title: it's The Girl *IN* the Train, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Well, perhaps we would have a meatier mystery and more three-dimensional characters, but we couldn't help enjoying this simplistic and somewhat fantastical early thriller story.... Think of it as Christie on a busman's hol ...…
 
What's the opposite of a no-drama mama? While you're pondering that, get out your hanky and start dabbing lightly at the corner of your eye because we've got a weepie on our hands. Especially if, like one of our co-hosts, you feel especially passionate about real estate. Come take a stroll on the softer side of Christie; we quite enjoyed it! An ...…
 
“@adamlerner took this a few hours ago at Holy Sepulchre. Give him a follow for more from Israel” by Jared Polin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / modified from original Today’s Question: What is your testimony about God and God’s love for the world? Br. James asks us how we can offer those around us our testimony that we love them. He offers ...…
 
“Candle” by scottgunn is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / modified from original Today’s Question: What have you seen or heard or touched concerning the word of life? Br. David Vryhof tells us that faith is rooted in tradition with added teachings that we have received, but it has to be authentic and real, based and rooted in our lives. We need to ...…
 
“CHURCH-47” by Raffi Youredjian is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / modified from original Today’s Question: Who are the people in your life who have witnessed God’s love to you? The witnesses in my life have taken different shapes. My mother took me to church every Sunday and I learned how important faith was to her in overcoming the trials in he ...…
 
“Worshipers at Golgotha” by scottgunn is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / modified from original Today’s Question: What are the tangible ways which you can make the love of God known to those around you? The Scripture for today is 1 John 3:16: “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one anoth ...…
 
“The Ethiopian corner on the roof of Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem” by donaldjenkins is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / modified from original Today’s Question: Where have you seen Love in Truth and Action? Today’s Scripture from 1 John 3:17-18 tells us that just talking about loving others isn’t good enough; we must respond with action. I ...…
 
“Reaching out for hope” by Matthew Roth is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / modified from original Today’s Question: Where is God Sending You? I like the idea from Br. Curtis that “…there are five Gospels. There’s the Gospel according to Matthew, the Gospel according to Mark, the Gospel according to Luke, the Gospel according to John, and the Gosp ...…
 
Real talk: we are not big fans of this one. But we *are* big fans of the three dogs discussed herein: 1) fictional dog Bob, our titular “dumb witness” (though whether he ever actually witnessed anything is... questionable); 2) Christie’s real-life faithful companion Peter, to whom this book is dedicated; and 3) actor dog Snubby, for whom David ...…
 
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