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16 December 2019 00:33

Harry Potter J. K. Rowling Coleen Rooney

Agatha Christmas, more like. The Queen of Crime isn't far behind Dickens as the most festive of authors. Despite only rarely using seasonal settings in her stories, "A Christie for Christmas" was the name given to her tradition of publishing a new novel each December for much of her career. Screen versions have also become synonymous with the holiday period, ideally suited to family viewing with a tin of Quality Street passed from lap to lap. Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (Channel 5) wasn't an adaptation of one of her books - which frankly would have been preferable - but found Christie herself as the protagonist of a fresh feature-length mystery.

Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar review - A cut-price Christie for Christmas is still quite a treat

Without the rights to Christie's own works,...