Orion editor Jemima Forrester asks the question in all of our hearts. Is there life beyond Poirot?
And so it’s over. The LAST EVER episode has aired, and put an end to David’s Suchet’s epic, career-defining stint playing the one and only Hercule Poirot. I grew up on a hearty diet of Agatha Christie, and have been watching the TV adaptions of the Poirot novels since my early teens.
I’m not embarrassed to say that, last night, as the curtain fell on Curtains, I felt seriously bereft. Yes, I still have the novels (and I’ve been dropping some pretty heavy hints about getting the complete Poirot box set for Christmas), but what will be my new crime fix?
Well, I’ll definitely be looking to the new Flavia de Luce series: the TV adaption of the wonderful mystery novels by Alan Bradley, due to air on the BBC in 2015.
Flavia is a character as unique as the great Belgian detective himself (though I’m not sure what Poirot would make of her!). An eleven-year-old amateur sleuth with a penchant for poison, she solves murder mysteries against the quaint background of 1950s England.
There are already five titles in the series:The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows and Speaking From Among the Bones, with The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches coming out next year.
Bradley’s style is reminiscent of classic writers like Christie, and Flavia de Luce has already captured the hearts and minds of readers across the world. And if that’s not inducement enough, Bradley has won both the 2010 Agatha Award and the CWA Debut Dagger.
So, having wished a fond farewell to Suchet’s Poirot, I’m now looking forward to tucking into this new series and seeing how director Sam Mendes (James Bond and Call the Midwife, you couldn’t GET more English) brings Bradley’s precocious sleuth from page to screen!
Hey, things are looking up! Flavia won’t replace Poirot, but she will succeed him.
Jemima Forrester is an editor for Orion Fiction, looking after esteemed authors such as R. S. Pateman, Diana Bretherick and Mason Cross. You can find her @Jemimaforrester
You can find out more about Alan Bradley from his website.