Center for Fiction: “Agatha Christie’s Heirs: Modern Mysteries Inspired by the Queen of Crime Fiction with Hilary Davidson”
Meeting Dates: 3/10, 3/31, 4/21, 5/26, 6/23 via Zoom
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of Agatha Christie in the world of mystery fiction. Between 1920 and 1976, Christie published some 75 novels, 165 short stories, and 16 plays—a body of work that continues to fascinate and delight readers around the world. Christie’s fiction—and her perennially popular detectives Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot—endure in part because her impeccably crafted mysteries are logical puzzles that are almost unsolvable, and yet can be worked out by the most attentive readers. (Christie always provides the necessary clues, albeit in a mass of red herrings.)
Christie’s work has inspired many modern crime writers, who have created their own captivating locked-room mysteries and unforgettable detectives. The contemporary writers this course focuses on bring varied perspectives to their books, exploring themes of class, race, and gender, broadening and deepening the appeal of their work. Some are set in international settings far from Christie’s English villages, but all will intrigue fans of her classic mysteries.
Tuesday, June 21, at 7pm Eastern Time
Sisters in Crime virtual panel: When Done Is Done
We’ve all heard that the secret to great writing is in rewriting, but what’s the secret behind great rewriting? For an author, diving back into your own work for draft after draft is both a necessary process and a risk. How do you know if you’re actually strengthening your story, or if you’re stuck in a loop of endless revisions? What do you do if you and your editor have different visions for the book? This panel featuring bestselling and award-winning authors Hilary Davidson, Brianna Labuskes, Alma Katsu, and Alex Segura and Mulholland Books editor Helen O’Hare will discuss what goes into rewriting (and editing) to make your fiction shine.