A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
Sparkling Cyanide
The Forensics of Agatha Christie with Carla Valentine

Saturday 12th October 2019 at 3:00 pm

There were murders on the Orient Express, on the Nile and in Mesopotamia, not to mention in various vicarages and stately homes. All were pulled off with cold-blooded flair, panache and ingenuity. But how realistic are Agatha Christie's crimes?

Mortuary technician and pathology curator Carla Valentine will look into the real-life cases that inspired the novels of the world’s best-selling female author and explore how over the course of her long career Christie stayed at the cutting edge of developments in forensics. How would Poirot have been so easily able to identify a bullet from a Mauser pistol? How would Miss Marple have knowledge of blood spatter patterns? All will be revealed…

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Carla Valentine
Carla Valentine is technical curator of Barts Pathology Museum, part of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. She is a fully qualified anatomical pathology technician and worked in a mortuary for eight years conducting post-mortem examinations. She vlogs about the specimens on YouTube, under the name The Chick and the Dead. He book Past Mortems was published by Sphere in 2017. Her new book on Agatha Christie Murder Isn’t Easy will be published in 2020

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