The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie
I’m a huge mystery fan, but this year was my first ever reading Agatha Christie. Despite my general ignorance surrounding her life and writing, I still was entranced by this book based on her letters and notes from her lengthy trip around the world in 1922. I can only imagine how much more I’d have loved the book if I’d read more of her novels!
All that is to say, while I think if you’re a fan of her works, you’ll already realize that you’ll likely enjoy this book, I don’t think you need to be familiar with her novels to appreciate it. Even without knowing who she and would become in the literary field, the glimpse at a long-gone way of life and travel was fascinating. Plenty of photographs accompany the text, and help bring it to life.
Recommended for all armchair travelers and history fans, and of course for fans of Christie herself.
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Now, in this fascinating travelogue of the prolific author’s yearlong trip around the British Empire in 1922, Christie provides the clues to the origins of the plots and locales of some of her bestselling mystery novels. Containing never-before-published letters and photos from her travels, and filled with intriguing details about the exotic locations she visited, The Grand Tour is an important book for Agatha Christie fans, revealing an unexpected side to the world’s most renowned mystery writer.
My favorite armchair travel book? It’s Liz Curtis Higgs’ My Heart’s in the Lowlands, featured as part of my series last year. So much fun!
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