Sunday, January 04, 2009

A Sunday Review

Really, I was out of town pretty much the whole week. So the offerings are a little light...

Agatha Christie this week was The Hound of Death from 1933, a collection of unrelated short stories. At first I was shocked at the pure supernatural tone of the title story, then remembered the Quin stories, which had a lot of the supernatural in them as well. This is genre-slipping, but the stories are tightly written and internally consistent. Had Agatha Christie chosen to write horror instead of mystery, she might have become the greatest horror writer ever, judging by these efforts. However, I prefer her mysteries.