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to act out the rhyme themselves. The end of the novel exactly follows the end of the rhyme. Only one victim remained, and she hanged herself because of her perceived guilt (None 163). Christie imitated other authors writing styles, also. In her series featuring twin detectives Tuppence and Tommy Beresford, she parodied many respected authors of the time. The Sunningdale Mystery is a comprehensive medley of the Old Man in the Corner tales by Baroness Orczy. Christie not only emulated Orczy’s stylistic mannerisms, but she also copied the Baroness’ plotting style. Christie’s ingenious solution to the mystery also recalls Orczy’s ingenious twist answers. In The Case of the Missing Lady, Christie spoofed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. The

burlesque is done more through Christie’s brilliant plotting than through stylistic means. Any contemporary of Agatha Christie would have been amused by these parodies (Grost Internet). Although Agatha Christie s novels vary greatly in subject, there is one common thread that binds together all of her works. By reading her books, one can gain knowledge of and interest in the writings of many other notables. Literary references permeate Christie s stories, causing them to have more depth and profundity. Works Cited Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1940. Christie, Agatha. Sleeping Murder. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1930. Christie, Agatha. The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side. New York: Berkeley Books, 1962. Yaffe, Ben.

Biography of Agatha Christie. Internet:, 1997. Grost, Michael. Agatha Christie. Internet:, 1997. Miller, Carol. Agatha Christie s Books. Internet: millerca/christie.htm, 1995.