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curtain up book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Agatha Christie has always been one of my favorite authors. She was, and probably still is, known as the queen of suspense and mystery. But what I didn’t know is that she was also a playwright, authoring many plays that in time, made her the most successful female dramatist. I have read plenty of her novels, with over 50 of them on my shelves, but reading this big book, Curtain Up, made me sit back and realize just how talented Agatha Christie really was.

Curtain Up explores the life of Agatha Christie in the theatre. Many people know her for the well written tales of suspense and mystery, but in these pages, we see another side to this multi-faceted and very gifted lady. It isn’t really a biography, but rather a comprehensive study of how much she contributed to the theatre world.

I do want to say that this book is written with a lot of information and in a matter of fact manner. This is not a novel, nor is it entertaining. In all reality, it can be quite dry reading so if you want something that will make you laugh, or are looking for a typical Agatha Christie story, this is not for you. Curtain Up is, however, interesting.

It is definitely full of information and an abundance of facts, but it took me quite a while to get all the way through it. I had to pick it up and read a chapter, then put it down and come back to it at a later time. The book delves into Christie’s early years as well as the plays themselves, their adaptions and censoring, and the scripts of her later years. I would urge anyone who is a fan of the theatre to take a peek. This isn’t just about Agatha Christie, but also a splendidly candid look at the stage during this time period.


Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.