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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

January Book Club

It was my turn to host book club this month....

We read The Woman on the Orient Express. I tried to recreate an English Tea. I did hot cider instead of hot tea however.

I used Mama G's pretty Haviland china. I picked up some pretty cocktail napkins at Tuesday Morning.

 I was going for an artistic table.

I bought the little cupcakes but  I made the cheese straws, cookies and salted Pecans.

These are Little Debbie cakes but they taste yummy and are much cheaper than the petit fours I looked at the other day at Publix.

Some interesting facts about Agatha Christie...
She was homeschooled for her early education.
She married Archie Christie after only knowing him for a short time. He left the day after they were married to serve as a pilot in the RAF in WW1.
She has one daughter, Rosalind.
On learning her husband wanted a divorce in order to marry his mistress, she had a nervous breakdown and disappeared for a short time. This caused a media frenzy.
She did take the Orient Express in 1928....visiting many exotic places.
On her 1930 trip on the Orient Express to the desert, she met Max Mallowan. Max was 13 years her junior but they married and lived together until Ms Christie's death in 1976.
She spent many years with Max in the desert, doing archeological digs. Max was awarded a knighthood for his service in that field.
Agatha Christie is the Best Selling Novelist in the world of all time. Only the Bible and Works of Shakespeare have outsold her works.

A question for all you Agatha Christie fans....who is your favorite character created by this wonderful author? Mine is Miss Marple with Hercule Poirot coming in a close second. Judy at Cranberry Morning had two kitties named Tommy and Tuppence if I remember correctly. I knew at once who they were named for!!

18 comments:

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Your table looks beautiful and all the goodies were perfect.

Brenda Burke said...

Tied-Marple and poirot-read the books over and over-the Best

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I didn't know much about this author but I've read most of her books! How interesting. So many of the famous people were eccentric. It makes me wonder...am I eccentric? I'll have to 'think on that'! haha! I love Miss Marple...my husband and I both love that character best! Your table is lovely!

Angela S. said...

Hercule Poirot is also the only fictional character to have an obituary in the New York Times. I still can't bring myself read or watch "Curtain". Her play "Mousetrap" is the longest running play ever. If you like Agatha, I would recommend Colin Dexter.He is very good too.

Anonymous said...

I have never read a book by her. I need to add that to my library list. What a great party idea! Cuteness everywhere.

Arlene Grimm said...

Angela, thanks for stopping by!! We love Colin Dexter as well. PD James is also a favorite. Masterpiece on PBS introduced me to a world of great detective stories, then I wanted to read the books. I am an addict now.lol

Robin in Virginia said...

Your spread for book club looked fabulous, Arlene. I really should give her another try. We read one of her books in college and by the time we picked the book apart, I wasn't a fan. Hope your snow didn't make an appearance yesterday!

Mary Hutchins said...

A Book Club sounds like so much fun, I think I would enjoy being a member. Your table was very pretty!!

Mrs.T said...


Your table looks lovely and the eats look delicious!

I think I like Miss Marple the best of Agatha Christie's detectives, with Poirot as a second choice.

Have you ever read the Mrs. Pollifax books by Dorothy Gilman? I highly recommend those!

Mari said...

What fun! You did a great job setting it up.
We are big lovers of Hercule Poirot and watched the entire series, but I haven't read the books.

Barbara said...

This was very interesting and informative. I have never read anything by Agatha Christie but of course, I have heard her name many times.

Your table decorations and goodies look wonderful!

Gina said...

Oh your tea party is delightful, Arlene! I think Hercule Poirot is my favorite and then Miss Marple.

Dianna said...

What a beautiful table you set for your book club tea, Arlene. I love how you use the things that have special memories associated with them...like your mother-in-law's china. And all of your food looks delicious!

RJ said...

Your table display is lovely Arlene. I bet all the ladies loved it too. I once was asked to make petit fours for a large coffee at the Officers Club. I was just a young wife so said I would be happy to make them. Little did I know how hard they are to make. It was an all day project. RJ

Arlene Grimm said...

Loved reading all the comments today and the various favorite characters mentioned.

Mary said...

Oh, what a perfect tea display!! I would love to try those cheese straws!

Sam I Am...... said...

What a lovely table and goodies! How nice to have a book club. I am a big Christie fan and have been for years. I need to read that book it sounds interesting. Cheese straws...love them! What is a nervous break down...really?

Carol said...

What a beautiful table you set for your book club with all of those delicious goodies. I, for one, would have LOVED the Little Debbie treats :)