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"Dirt" by Bill Buford; Alfred A. Knopf (432 pages, $28.95) ___ The chef's hat on the cover and the subtitle reveal that the former New Yorker …

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Christie was way ahead of M. Night Shyamalan in her ability to spring surprises.

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Last year’s hit “Knives Out” saluted Christie’s trademark: assembling a cast of suspicious types in a grand house and bumping them off, one by…

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In movies and TV, Christie is the gift that keeps on murdering. “Death on the Nile,” from director/actor Kenneth Branagh, was set to open this…

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Because her main detectives barely age over the course of 50 years, Christie’s novels seem timeless, but besides twisty plots and vivid charac…

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Christie often borrows from history. Most famously, “Orient Express” takes place in the aftermath of a daring kidnapping based on the murder o…

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