Listen to this: She wrote 78 mystery novels, 19 plays, over 100 short stories, 2 books of poetry, a children’s book, and 2 autobiographies. Whew! I am tired simply typing her résumé. Somehow, she also managed to write an additional 6 romance novels (under the name of Mary Westmacott).
In fact, Christie managed to write an average of two novels a year through most of her life. Only the Bible and Shakespeare have outsold her. How did she find the time? No, really, how did she do it? I sure would like a touch of her magic. Was it her pure love of writing or absolute dedication to her craft?
With such an illustrious career, it’s easy to see why she’s one of my muses.
Throughout her prolific career, she created two of my favorites — Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.
One day on a long car ride, I asked myself: If I had a choice of which one of these clever detectives to have dinner with, whom would I choose?
Such were the deep thoughts of this particular mystery author as the open road lay before her. I love them both, and it is already a hard choice to choose which one to curl up with along with a blanket and an apple. But dinner? That’s an entirely different matter. After all, my digestive processes would also be involved. After some debate, I concluded that Poirot’s ego would literally be hard to stomach. At the end of a long day, I would much rather talk about village gossip and have a glass of sherry with Miss Jane than have to deal with Poirot’s pride peppered throughout the meal, let alone his love of some rather peculiar foods.
In fact, the more I thought about it, I realized I would love to discover my own Miss Marple with all her keen insights into human nature. Does anyone have an intelligent, refined, kindly middle-aged spinster who loves her garden, and likes to knit those “white and soft and fleecy” things? The candidate must also have a brilliant memory and the ability to weave three stories of ordinary people into three fascinating tales of truth, passion and murder.
Miss Marple knew about people because of her keen observations of life in a small village. Perhaps the food we shared might not be gourmet, but it would be filling. Lamb chops with rosemary potatoes perhaps. After dinner, she would knit while we gossiped about the village. She would go on to explain that of course the man murdered his wife, and that he was motivated by the same reason that Bobby, the baker’s son, was jealous of his girlfriend. She would tie it all together with great logic. She always managed to related one person’s problems to someone else’s circumstances.
I also think she would be the more favorable toward small dogs and I therefore could discuss Spunky with her. Poirot might look at me with his eyebrows arched and lips twitching and say, “Small dog? You want me, the famous Belgian detective, to discuss a small puppy?”
Yes, if I only had one chance, one choice, I would definitely choose to share my dinner with Miss Marple.
Now, Who Would You Choose?
Who is Holly Lewitas?
Holly Lewitas is the author of the Spunky Murder Mystery Series — cozy mysteries for dog and cat lovers. Books include: The Nose Knows, The Nose Sees All and An Army of Noses. You are invited to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
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