I found something to knit to that is exactly suited to the beginning of August. It’s called Phoebe Reads a Mystery. And that’s what it is: Phoebe Judge, host and co-creator of the Criminal podcast, reading a classic mystery novel, chapter by chapter, into my ear. In the series, she reads a whole slew of old mysteries, beautifully, for free.
I’ve started at the beginning, with The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It’s Agatha Christie’s first novel, written in 1916 on a dare from her sister Madge. The book is 48 chapters, and Phoebe Judge reads one a day. I’ve just started, and am still waiting for Hercule Poirot to show up, waxed and sassy.
Somewhat surprising fact about me: I’ve never read any Agatha Christie novels, and despite my devotion to Masterpiece Theatre, I’ve only rarely wandered into any of the television versions of her stories. Given my love of anything involving an English country house and/or people named Cavendish, I think I’m in for a good time.