Book Review

Agatha Christie: Doing the detective work on a literary woman of mystery

A new biography of crime queen Agatha Christie attempts to get to the bottom of her sensational disappearance for 11 days in 1926 as her marriage was crumbling

Agatha Christie in 1946: a private and mysterious life. Picture: Bettmann/Getty

Agatha Christie does not often get compared to James Joyce. Lucy Worsley’s provocative new biography, however, argues that the creators of Hercule Poirot and Leopold Bloom had more in common than you might think.

“What if the middlebrow and the modernist could actually be the same thing?” she asks. “A more inclusive definition of modernism might mean you can also find it in works that don’t necessarily bludgeon you in the face with the shock ...