When Agatha Christie died in 1976, she was the bestselling mystery writer in history. This collection of new essays brings fresh perspectives to Christie scholarship with new readings and discussions of little-known aspects of her life, career and legacy. The contributors explore her relationship with modernism, the relevance of queer theory, television adaptations, issues with translations, information behavior theory, feminist readings, postcolonial tribute novels, celebrity culture and heritage cinema. The final word is given to fans in an editorial that collates testimonies from readers, collectors and enthusiasts.
J.C. Bernthal is a recognized authority on Agatha Christie, has published on queer theory and detective fiction in Clues: A Journal of Detection and Women: A Cultural Review, and has organized three international conferences devoted to the Queens of Crime. He lives in the United Kingdom.