Agatha Christie

A purity test for artists is the end of art

16 December 2017 9:00 am

However we keep ourselves amused over the holidays this year, two sources of entertainment are off the docket. Amid the…

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot

The death of cosy Christie

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Directors are taking Agatha Christie to increasingly dark places – and about time too, says Francesca Steele

Consequences with corpses: a new novel from the Detection Club

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The Detection Club is rather like the House of Lords of British crime writing, though considerably more select. (I should…

Wooden model of a brewing and baking workshop, Egypt, c.2000 bc, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Ancient Egypt’s obsession with death was in fact a preoccupation with life

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The Fitzwilliam Museum is marking its bicentenary with an exhibition that takes its title from Agatha Christie: Death on the…

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

If the world economy crashes again, blame the central bankers

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Like the Christmas pudding sampled by Hercule Poirot at Kings Lacey — but six weeks early — our Spectator Money…

When escape to the sun — or even to Devon — goes horribly wrong

7 November 2015 9:00 am

A character in Sophie Hannah’s A Game for All the Family (Hodder, £14.99, pp. 432) presents a theory: ‘Mysteries are…

Beatles mania! (Photo: Getty)

The best of British — from Agatha Christie to the YBAs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Is it true that, having lost an empire, we reinvented ourselves as an island of entertainers? Do we channel the…

Bohemian conformity can be just as suffocating as any other type: BBC1’s Life in Squares reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

On all those comic lists of the world’s shortest books (Great Italian War Heroes, My Hunt for the Real Killers,…

Poirot won’t be drawn

The sad demise of the amateur sleuth: it’s all the fault of better policing

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘The crime novel,’ said Bertolt Brecht, ‘like the world itself, is ruled by the English.’ He was thinking of the…

Indiscretions from two veteran producers

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton talks to Duncan Weeldon and Paul Elliott about the good old days – and getting shafted

The 'detestable, bombastic, egocentric' detective — Hercule Poirot lives on

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton on our love for fictional detectives — and especially Poirot