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Agatha Christie's unpublished notebooks revealed

books Updated: Nov 22, 2011 13:50 IST

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Agatha Christie might not be spinning nail-biting mysteries anymore, but her legacy has left enough to inspire literature on her. Christie expert John Curran has released the mystery queen's unpublished notebooks, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making.

Published by HarperCollins, Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making, is the second volume compiled from Christie's unpublished notebooks, which were discovered in her home in 1973.

According to Examiner.com, readers get a new glimpse into the mind of Christie's famed Belgian detective in "How I Created Hercule Poiot," a newspaper essay that Christie wrote in 1938. Curran also adds an early draft of Christie's 1942 Jane Marple story, "The Case of the Caretaker's Wife," that later provided the basis for her novel Endless Night. Present, too, is "The Man Who Knew," an unpublished story Christie later expanded into her 1924 work, "The Red Signal."

Curran includes the courtroom chapter from Christie's first Hercule Poirot series novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), which Christie later deleted at her publisher's request. Also present are her notes for a final novel which was never written, reports Examiner.com.

Christie enthusiasts sure have lots to look forward as they get a sneak peek into the life and letters of the author.