Fish for Breakfast
September 15, 2010
If you woke up this morning craving fish for breakfast, I can tell you why. I can also tell you why you stumbled down the hall to ask Miss Lemon to make some tea, and to phone Captain Hastings regarding your afternoon plans. You were fixated on the character of Hercule Poirot, the private detective invented by Agatha Christie, whose birthday is today.
Agatha Christie wrote dozens of mysteries, though the best known are the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series. Christie published her first mystery in 1920, but she didn't reach lasting fame until 1926 when she disappeared for ten days. The resulting media frenzy set her on the path to being a best-selling author for the rest of her life. She is most widely acclaimed for her intricate plots. Christie's books achieved such success that they have been produced in many different media types, many times over the years, including books, videos, and audiobooks available through MCPL.
One of the proudest moments of my life was while watching a play of Ten Little Indians (also called And Then There Were None), and I was able to guess the right killer at intermission. It was the highlight of my mystery career. Even so, Poirot holds a special place in my heart. He is so precise and intentional that it's practically comical, but what I truly appreciate is Poirot's skill of discernment. He can tell when someone is lying, pretending to lie, or is simply mistaken (as in Thirteen for Dinner). Whenever Poirot got stuck on a particular case, he would have fish for breakfast to fuel his "little grey cells".
Brian M.Tags: mystery, Books