THE AGATHA CHRISTIE WHO'S WHO (1980) More than 2000 colorful characters from the world of Agatha Christie, completely cross-referenced and elegantly illustrated. Compiled by Randall Toye.
Examples of a few of the characters mentioned. How many do you remember?
MR. AMBERIOTIS - "A Greek gentleman of somewhat doubtful antecedents." Amberiotis was a spy in Germany and France and sometime after that began his career as a blackmailer. He was given an overdose of painkillers, adrenalin and procaine at the dentist's and became the second murder victim, but police were convinced that he shot his dentist, Henry Morley, after his appointment. ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE.
INCH - Inch's Taxi Service was the official name of old Mr. Inch's company, even though ownership had passed to Mr. Roberts. "The older ladies of the community continued to refer to their journeys as going somewhere 'in Inch,' as though they were Jonah and Inch was a whale."THE MIRROR CRACK'D FROM SIDE TO SIDE and NEMESIS.
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR KELSEY - Gentle, kind and efficient officer in charge of the Meadowbank murder case, "Inspector Kelsey was a perceptive man. He was always willing to deviate from the course of routine if a remark struck him as unusual or worth following up." He once worked with Poirot in a case years before under the direction of Inspector Warrender. CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS.
COLONEL EPHRAIM PIKEAWAY - As head of the Special Branch in England, Colonel Pikeaway was perpetually covered in a layer of cigar ash. He "seldom raised his head. Somebody had said that he looked like a cross between an ancient Buddha and a large blue frog, with perhaps, as some impudent youngster had added, just a touch of a bar sinister from hippopotamus in his ancestry." CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS; PASSENGER TO FRANKFURT; POSTERN OF FATE.
VIRGINIA REVEL - Nee Cawthorn, the widow of Timothy Revel, the daughter of Lord Edgbaston and the the cousin of George Lomax, she possessed an "exquisite slimness...and a delicious and quite indescribable mouth that tilted ever so slightly at one corner in what is known as 'the signature of Venus'. " Her ponderous cousin George Lomax invited her for the weekend at Chimneys as an added inducement for Jimmy McGrath (played by Anthony Cade) to hand over Count Stylptitch's memoirs. THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS.
COLONEL JOHNNY RACE - A Secret Service agent, Colonel Race aged just over forty years in the four novels in which he appeared. He was the heir of Sir Laurence Eardsley, and proposed to Anne Beddingsfield, but she turned him down and he remained single. Race was "usually to be found in one of the outposts of the Empire where trouble was brewing." In THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT, he was on the trail of the arch villain the "Colonel," and Sir Eustace Pedler referred to him as: "that long-legged, pompous ass, Race." He first met Poirot when he was one of the four sleuths invited to Mr. Shaitana's bridge party in CARDS ON THE TABLE. Race and Poirot again joined forces in DEATH ON THE NILE and his last appearance was in SPARKLING CYANIDE.